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It happened again today. A photo posted to Facebook, shared by a friend, with one of my designs prominently featured. There’s always a rush of excitement, a little burst of pride when I happen upon my work out there for all the world to see.There’s just one problem. I didn’t make the canvas in the photo. Someone copied one of my designs, down to the font, layout and colors, and made it themselves. Then they gave it away as a gift.It’s not the first time, and it won’t be the last, but it never fails to upset me. The person...

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It's a beautiful spring day here, although a bit on the windy side. It would be the perfect day to fly a kite! Because we're in the empty nest phase of life, we have the luxury of sleeping in on Saturday mornings, and then deciding how to best spend the day. We knew we wanted to attend a local art fair, but we also thought it might be fun to do some junkin' as well. With that in mind, our first stop today was a local vintage store that is only open one weekend per month. It's called "Second Hand Chic" and...

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It all started with the cable television show Trading Spaces. Like the first taste of anything addictive, this show baited the hook. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, tossed out the line, while Rehab Addict and Fixer Upper reeled in the big one. What do all three programs have in common? Each of them starts out with a decrepit, beyond repair house that, over the course of thirty to sixty minutes, transforms into a dream home. The designer, laborers and other team members put in tons of sweat and muscle, tearing down walls, building up new ones, rolling on paint and laying down...

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