Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Terror Attack: Would You be Dead or Alive?

It depends on where you are located:  Two terror attacks this weekend. First one was in New York, when a man start stabbing Orthodox Jews in a synagogue . Second one was in Texas where a man opened fire with a shotgun during a church service. What separates these two incidents is that the victims in the Democrat state of New York had to fight their attacker with chairs (!) as worshiper after worshiper was stabbed.

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In Texas, a conservative state, the attacker was shot and killed, ending what could have been a more deadly rampage. No less than four ( it was 5) armed members of the Church stood up with guns drawn and confronted the shooter who ended up getting shot in the head. - WP, facebook

safety is of the LORD


Sunday, December 29, 2019

Fifteen 15 Things to Help You Sell Your Home

The magazine article   states that you may be able to sell for 30% over asking price for  particular renovations. They are listed below.

 Most of us are looking for a good investment and do not want to waste money; so do proceed with caution as each of these home improvements cost extra dough $$$.  I should know as I have done 5 that are on the list and am still feeling the financial $$$ pinch, ouch. 

1.  Steam Shower

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2.  Professional Appliances

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3.  Entertainer/ Prep Sink

pc: Stephani Buchman

4.  Shed or Garage Studio


5.  Heated Floors


6.  Meditation Room

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7.  Wine Fridge

pc:  A Bengochea
8.  Chef's Kitchen

pc:  Talitha Bullock

9.  Herringbone / Parquet Floors

pc: Cody Guilfoyle

10.  Freestanding Tub
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11.  Solar Panels
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12.  Outdoor Fireplace
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13.  Carrara Marble
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14.  Home Theatre

pc:  Emily Henderson

15. Farmhouse Sink

pc:  SK Johnson

Read the entire Domino Magazine article H E R E

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Wall Decor: Art Murals Are Hot!

There are times I am reminded to be thankful to what I already own.  This article was one of those prompts.  Thank You! to our dear daughter who did the work.

We’re Calling It: Muralists Are the New Ceramists Why a painted wall is the art form of the moment.  -- Domino Magazine

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There’s never been a better time to pick up a couple of buckets of paint and use that blank wall as a canvas for all the geometric, abstract, Matisse-like, and nature-inspired shapes you can imagine. Murals are having a moment, and Instagram is to thank.
That’s what artist Lea Carey (who also happens to have a few pieces of home decor in Urban Outfitters’s Artist Editions) realized when she decided to paint her first mural—a spontaneous project in her kitchen—back in 2016. “I think there was something about it people could relate to,” she says. “Like: Hey, I should buy some paint and go rogue on my walls, too.”
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Colorful, large-scale murals aren’t just popping up in private residences—they’re everywhere from restaurants to retail stores. They’re not quite the Insta-bait that first gained popularity about five years ago (think: influencer-mobbed cheesy slogans and angel wings), but rather something simultaneously playful and refined, offering messages that transcend words.
As with ceramists, Instagram has become a platform for muralists to share and spread their work, acting as a digital portfolio. Artist Alex Proba attributes her A Poster a Day project, during which she designed, you guessed it, a poster every single day from 2013 to 2017, posting each to her feed, as the thing that helped her build and interact with an audience, not to mention hone her art. “Making something every day helped me understand what I like making and what I’m good at, and that made me grow to who I am today,” she says.
By the time a friend and former boss, Aaron Robbs, asked her to collaborate with him on her first-ever mural for Dropbox HQ in 2016, she felt prepared—though, admittedly, a little intimidated. “Once you have a challenge like that in front of you, you just figure it out and go for it,” she says. “I kept thinking, the worst thing that can happen is painting over and starting again—which is ultimately not bad at all.” Since then, Proba has become quite the mural aficionada, with work featured in Kin Euphorics’s Brooklyn speakeasy, Tia health clinic, and caf├ęs and restaurants worldwide. She estimates that at least 60 percent of her commissions come straight from Instagram. “If [people] like my work, they can directly reach out,” she says. “It’s easy and totally makes sense.”
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Artist Marleigh Culver agrees, pointing to Instagram and Pinterest as major tools for scoring commissions, like her first-ever mural, completed last October in Wild Ones’s pop-up in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood. “It was on such a busy street and in a beautifully designed place,” she says, “I just thought, after I completed it, that it was all I wanted to do.”
For Culver, it’s the scale of murals that make them so exciting. “I get disinterested when I have less space, because then I can’t fully use the amount of space and color I need to express myself,” she says. “I just love pouring it all out there for everyone to see.”
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Of course, it requires time to put together such a large-scale project. Culver’s Wild Ones mural took about two days (with the help of a taller friend and her boyfriend)—though the process, for some, is part of what makes this art form so magical. “I think, in part, murals resonate on Instagram because you can see the various stages of design and painting in real time, not just the final product,” says Carey. Simply put: On the street, you might spot a mural serendipitously on your everyday commute. But on social media, you get the full story. 
A work of art may say something different to each person who beholds it, but there’s something universally inspiring about a painting that stretches far beyond the confines of any canvas. And in the form of splashes of color, oversize flowers, or even a few cartoon geese for good measure (all of which can be found in Carey’s mural for Brooklyn restaurant Gertie), there’s plenty of material to fill you with some sense of whimsy, joy, or even just momentary bemusement, before you continue your stroll (or scroll).
“What I love most is that murals completely transform an environment—they add life and personality,” says Proba. “They make you smile when you see them. They are an emotion for me.”
Read the entire Domino Magazine article H E R E


Sunday, December 22, 2019

Christmas 2019: Nuts for Nutcrackers

Went  a little crazy for cute Nutcrackers this year.  It began when my children bought me a MacKenzie-Childs embroidered Nutcracker Brigade lumbar pillow for my birthday in October (it has since been sold-out at their web site).  I then bought Nutcracker disposable paper place mats by Hester & Cook for a dinner here at home. We attended my friends' party for her granddaughter which had Nutcracker as its theme. Party favors were Nutcracker cookies made by the ever-talented Ashley.  I purchased Nutcrackers at 50% off at Hobby Lobby, yay! 
I saw Nutcrackers everywhere! The only thing missing is for me to watch the Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky live and in color. It's been years.

my friend's collection on display

Nutcracker dolls, also known as Christmas nutcrackers, are decorative nutcracker figurines most commonly made to resemble a toy soldier... While nearly all nutcrackers from before the first half of the 20th century are functional, a significant proportion of modern nutcrackers are primarily decorative, and not able to crack nuts. - wikipedia

Other than the MC pillow, my  personal favorite is the black Nutcracker.  He is dressed as a kingly Magi.  His outfit is beautifully & vibrantly colored. He was the only one of his kind at the Hobby Lobby store. 

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In him was life; and the life 
was the light of men.


Thursday, December 19, 2019

LIST: Hubby's Employer Ranking for Yr 2019

My husband's company made it among the Yr 2019 TOP 10 employers (1000+ employees) in the Chicagoland area, hoorah! -- beating-out Comcast (BIL's employer), MacDonald's Corporation,  and Lou Malnati's Pizzeria (what?!!).

Who would not like a company that shuts down during the Holidays so that more family-time could be had, and gives gifts and decent bonus checks?! 

Praising God for His provision thru the years.

Source: Energage, Chicago Tribune