Sunday, December 30, 2012

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Jiffy Lube - I was warned but didn't listen...

Took my '97 Corolla into a Lincoln Jiffy Lube for an oil change last week. I had actually stopped using Jiffy Lube several years ago, but this time I was in a hurry and wanted to make sure my oil was changed and my tires were inflated for a rapidly approaching trip to Minnesota.

At the time of service, I was led to believe that my vehicle was "unsafe to drive" because of the coolant and that I needed it "flushed". I was told the coolant in there wasn't made anymore.  Because I had traveling to do and didn't have time to take it to my mechanic, I agreed to purchase the service. They just HAPPENED to be having a special on it. When I got home, I looked further into the radiator/coolant issue.

I checked my service records and researched recommended coolants and service intervals for my '97 Corolla. Here's what I found:

  -My last radiator flush was 8,000 miles ago, so I highly doubt that I needed another one. NOWHERE have I seen that a coolant be flushed at less than 10,000 miles, and in the research I did, the mileage interval was many times higher (60,000 at one recommendation). 
  -My Toyota had red coolant in it and they replaced it with green coolant. This should not happen. The red coolant is to be used with Toyotas, and the type of coolant should be consistent from flush to flush.
  -The red Toyota coolant is available at, among other places:, therefore, it is still being made.

In addition (and this seems minor in comparison), I informed the attendant that I didn't need the interior vacuumed, and to not bother replacing the washer fluid as the washer fluid tank has a leak in it. When the attendant showed me my near-fatal coolant situation, the washer fluid tank was full and dripping profusely. So much for communication among the staff.

I had been warned about Jiffy Lube and this type of practice, and now I warn others.

Monday, December 03, 2012

One a Day - Selections from December 1st & 2nd

December 2nd, 2012: No. 2

December 2nd, 2012: No. 3

December 1st, 2012: No. 1

December 1sr, 2012: No.2

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

One (or Two) a Day - November 27th, 2012

November 27th, 2012: No. 1
November 27th, 2012: No. 2

One (or more) a Day - November 26th, 2012

November 26th, 2012: No. 1
November 26th, 2012: No. 2
November 26th. 2012: No. 3

Saturday, November 24, 2012

One (or Two) a Day - November 24th, 2012: Emily D.

November 24th, 2012: Emily D. "Consciousness is Noon"
November 24th, 2012: No. 2

One (or More) a Day - November 23rd, 2012

November 23rd, 2012: Reading Exercise
November 23rd, 2012: No. 2

November 23rd, 2012: No. 3

One a Day - More Recents

November 11th, 2012
November 15, 2012: No. 4

One a Day - Recents

November 10th, 2012
November 22nd, 2012: No. 1

November 22nd, 2012: No. 2

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Stampsmith Ornament Swap 2012

"Princess" Ornament
THEME: Winter Holidays. 5 for 5, plus 1 optional for Estelle.
Must use at least one Stampsmith image.

Postmark by Dec. 10th.
$7.00 for return shipping and packing.

By "small" I'm thinking no larger than about 3" in any dimension, not including hooks, strings, danglies, and tassle-type thingies.

Leave questions in the comments section and I'll answer them quickly.
You can sign up by emailing me at, or by joining the Stampsmith Yahoo Group and adding your name and details to the swap database. And of course, you can purchase Stampsmith stamps at

Really, making five of the same ornament is not much more work than making one.
I remember one year, for a swap that asked for five of the same ornament, making
extras as gifts for family because once I got things set up, assembling them
went fairly quickly. That's the beauty of rubber stamps.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

One (or more) A Day - November 3rd, 2012

November 3rd, 2012: No. 1
November 3rd, 2012: No. 2

November 3rd, 2012: No. 3

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Saturday, October 20, 2012

One (or Two) a Day - October 20th, 2012

October 20th, 2012: No. 1
October 20th, 2012: No. 2

Friday, October 19, 2012

One a Day, October 18th, 2012: Emily D. x2

October 18th, 2012.1: She laid her docile crescent down
October 18th, 2012.2: The pungent atom in the air

Thursday, October 18, 2012

One (or Two) a Day - October 16th & 17th, 2012

October 16th, 2012: No. 1
October 16th, 2012: No. 2
October 17th, 2012: No. 1
October 17th, 2012: No. 2

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lenna's Prayer Flag Swap

Back in July I signed up for Lenna Andrews' prayer flag swap. At the time, I was in some serious denial about how long it would take me to get my studio functional in my new home.
As the deadline (September 15th) approached, I was still up to my neck in boxes, and had to set-up a worktable and pull together some supplies on the fly.

 I ended up with brightly colored, multi-layered flags in a theme of "Home Sweet Home."
Detail of the "Home Sweet Home" prayer flag.

Here's a quick summary of what I used and what I did.

Materials: duck canvas, felt, fabric, thread, acrylic paint, permanent marker, rick-rack, sewing machine.

Techniques: monoprinting, painting, felting, sewing (both hand and machine), and writing.

To begin, I tore the duck canvas to size, then stitched along the edges to control the fraying.

I then put down the first layer of color by monoprinting onto the canvas using a Gelliplate. I followed that by dampening my canvas and spraying Tulip fabric dye onto the back, allowing it to bleed through to the front.

For me, it is all about layers. So I continued to put  color onto the fabric.  In addition to the monoprinting and spray dye, I used stencil and good old fashioned splatting.

At this point in the work, I still didn't know exactly where this was taking me, what the prayer was. As often happens, I am usually standing smack in the middle of the answer: Home, Sweet Home.

I love to use text as a design element....and in this case I wrote "Home Sweet Home" repeatedly onto the flag with a maroon Sharpie.

I decided that I wanted to use felt and felting for my "home" and the "heart" in it, and used both cut felt and wool roving to create the houses. I also cut small, hot pink hearts from felt, then stitched both to the flag with embroidery floss.

I hand-stitched some rick-rack (nothing happy can happen without rick-rack) along the bottom. I then gathered small fabric scraps in the same color palette and hand-stitched those along the stitching line for the flag sleeve. The scraps are meant to fray and wear in the outdoors, adding age and character to the flag.

This was a great swap, thank you Lenna for your time and your skills in hosting it!

To see the other flags created for this swap, go to Lenna's "swaps" blog at: To learn more about Lenna and her artwork, visit her main site at:

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Harry Wysocki Owl

One of my most cherished possessions. There is a certificate on the back that says it is by artist Harry Wysocki, also known as Heronim. I can find absolutely *no* information about it anywhere. Nor can I find any other prints - it says there were 500 prints made.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

One a Day - August 2nd, 3rd & 4th: Emily D. x3

August 4th, 2012: "Pain has an element of blank"
August 3rd, 2012: "Magic perpendiculars"
August 2nd, 2012: "Wonder is not precisely knowing"

Thursday, August 02, 2012

One a Day - August 1st, 2012: Emily D.

August 1st, 2012: "We learned the whole of love"

One a Day - July 30th & 31st, 2012: Emily D,

July 30th, 2012: "Zero at the Bone"
July 31st, 2012: "A music numerous as space"

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

One a Day - July 28th, 2012: Emily D.

July 28, 2012: The mushroom is the elf of plants