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BGI Relocates!

We’ve been feeling a little like Christmas elves lately - dashing around to get things done. And that’s because we’ve moved! 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, Dallas We have relocated our offices to a larger design space directly off the Dallas North Tollway to better serve you. Our new offices are located at 4950 Westgrove Drive, Suite 120, in Dallas and house extensive product samples for your design or renovation project. Everything we need to design fabulous rooms and furniture for you is right ...

Blog-o-rama: I am versatile...

Oooh, fame, you are mine, finally MINE! Well okay maybe not, but I would like to thank my buddy Annie of the smart blog http://www.thedayafteryesterday.co.uk/ for listing alfred lives here as her favourite blog ever in the whole wide world and bestowing this Versatile Blogger award on Alfie. Fave blog ever! Well, okay, she said top five, I was rounding up. Whatever. Oh, and I am not sure why this is called the Versatility Award. Sounds totally X-rated to me. Or does ...

On Swimming in the Blog Bowl by C.C.Cole May 28,2011

As a new author, I spend time earning a living, with a career I enjoy and using my spare time reading and writing. Blogs have almost overtaken my mind with so much to read (mostly great), so many to join, and so many contacts can be made. I’m now in a bowl of blogs, feeling like I’m losing control of where I go, which way I spin, but either way, unless I change, I’m going down the pipe into the ...

Fooled

This weekend, The TrifExtra Challenge is asking for 33 of our own words inspired by the following photo. I paid my money and now we wait for Them to take my wife, my kid and me (y mi corazón; mi amante) across the border. Four hours and Still Nobody Comes. Again.

We Made It to New Orleans . . .

My head is still spinning – over the last two months we packed up our home in Prescott, drove ourselves and the three cats 1650 miles across company and have more or less moved into to our new home. What an incredible amount of experience crammed into a few weeks! The kitchen in our house was gutted . Once escrow closed  Meggan installed a utility sink in the kitchen. She says it is hard to clean and paint without water! We got ...

Pasta and Presidente

It was early afternoon in the Dominican Republic. To reach our final destination, we had to take a couple of buses, settle into the bed of a very old truck and cross a river on a horse led by a young boy who charged us five pesos. The trip required patience and stamina. A sense of humor helped, too. I was U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer. My sister Liz was traveling with me, a visitor to this tropical island for the first ...

Screenshot

After seeing a friend do this on Facebook, I decided to give this a shot.  I typed "ludicraft" into a Google Images search just to see what would come up.  Here's a screenshot of what I got: All things I've posted here and about!  I was just curious to what would come up. It's kind of nice seeing a sort of snapshot of all the things I've posted about.  Shown here is the top of the search.

The Wedding – Secrets continued!

The Wedding I saw the potential of this painting as I was painting ‘Secrets’ and decided to develop that area of the painting into a separate picture.  Here is a photo of it as it appeared in ‘Secrets.’ ‘The Wedding’ as it appeared in ‘ Secrets’ I really liked this area of the work and saw that it had potential to develop into something in it’s own right.  In fact I would go so far as to say that it demanded to be ...

milo...the camping cat

hi.  i'm milo. even the yard manager needs a break now and then. tomorrow afternoon we go camping. we don't rough it anymore. hey, i'm...uh...about 15...and if my two favorite humans were still tent camping... i'd have to stay home.  so we have a slide-in camper. i like being outdoors - but at my age - i deserve all the comforts of home... but on a smaller scale. i was born in plant city, FL. me asleep out back in plant city my mother, stimpy...disappeared while me & my brothers ...

A Vine Art Affair – Exhibition

A Vine Art Affair II A Vine Art Affair – Venue Well it’s that time again.  After many months of turning up at class every week the students have a wonderful body of work really worth seeing!  So please come along and join us at Fires Creek Winery Holgate between April 6th and 14th. The Biennial Student Exhibition, of Art Classes Central Coast, will again be Hosted by Fires Creek Winery, 192 Wattle Tree Rd, Holgate – see Google map in sidebar You are ...

A Beginner’s Guide to Planting Fall Bulbs For Spring

A field of yellow daffodils Like the name implies, fall bulbs, including daffodils, tulips, crocuses and hyacinths, are planted in the fall. Unlike other flowers, these need a period of dormancy in the garden soil before they can bloom in the spring. And then in the spring, gardeners can look forward to the wonderful display of colour! Planting fall bulbs is fast and rewarding. And it’s easy to do, even if you have never picked up a shovel before! Fall bulbs are ...

Fun Flower Facts: Pasque Flower (Pulsatilla)

Pasque Flower (sometimes pasqueflower) is a genus of flowering plants native to the meadows, foothills and prairies of North America, Europe and Asia. It is a member of the buttercup family. The pasque flower can be identified by its showy, bell-shaped flowers and attractive seed heads. The leaves are grey-green. Fine hairs cover the entire plant, including the flowers, stems, leaves and buds. The flowers have 5-7 petal-like sepals. Flowers are available in a rainbow of colours including, blue, pink, ...

Weird & Unusual: The Jellyfish Tree

**Click on image to see larger version and to learn more about this plant!** Just one look at the flowers and you will understand why the Medusagyne oppositifolia is nicknamed the Jellyfish Tree. This extremely rare and endangered tree produces small white flowers that resemble jellyfish. The tree is so rare, it is the only member of its family! It was once thought to be extinct until the 1970s when several trees were discovered.  The Jellyfish Tree is an endemic and can ...

The Love Birds

The Love Birds This is one of my favourite paintings at the moment.  It continues my exploration of the cave theme and contains many different things to look at that are not obvious at first glance.  I love the little love birds that just popped in for a visit while I was painting this amazing place. This is quite a large painting – 40×40 inches, painted in oils on canvas.  One of the things that intrigues me is the way the cave ...

Freebie Friday: Free April 2014 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper!

While for some of us it’s hard to believe, Spring really is on it’s way! Here in Edmonton we are looking forward to double digit temps next week! Exciting! To help celebrate Springs arrival here are ...

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The Kid Got to Me

When she told me that she wanted to write books I knew that she had suffered. Only the scarred would dare to write, to make sense of, or at least to look at, the entrails ...

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Artist’s Studio

My new artist’s studio is is finally setup! Your artist’s studio is the hub of your creative endeavors. It is your home away from home. Often it is the home of your heart. An ...

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7 Questions With an Author: Frank Viola

Frank is a highly-sought speaker and an incredibly prolific writer with 16 published books so far. His web blog frankviola.org is one of the Top 10 Christian blogs on the Internet. His latest work is a ...

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Run Like Hell!

Humans can be porcupinish in nature. You get too close and their adrenaline kicks in, triggering a panicky spray of barbed quills, homing in on your most vulnerable places, usually the face and eyes. And why ...

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Haiku: The First Day Of Spring…

Today is Thursday March 20th, the first, official day of spring! The buds start to peak through; crocuses, forget-me-nots, blossoming cherry trees herald the awakening of a new day. Spring has sprung and we can ...

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Defining Moment 1985

One strong arm robbery (no weapons) turned into 2 when the take on the first was too light. The 2nd got us caught. I was driving, and we were about to pull away but a ...

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Afterlife of the Viking

Shevata leaned back on the armrest of the obsidian throne. “Zermon, no more savages!” “I’ll remind you that you released the last one?” Zermon rolled his eyes looking over a short man brought before ...

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A Good Master And A Greater Revelation

Jason Clark is a singer/songwriter, author, speaker, and pastor. Jason’s passion is to know the love of God more each day. He lives to see a generation step into their identity as sons and daughters ...

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Acknowledging the pain of others

People like me, who write about their experiences of child sexual abuse, do not intentionally set out to cause other people pain. Unfortunately, however, we do. When we are lucky enough to have people ...

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Guest Post: Bulb Flower Gardens

The fondest experience for any gardener is the sight of the first spring flowers peeking through the last snow of winter. These spring flowers have been long seen as a sign of new life. Whether ...

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Peer support through blogging

One of my reasons for returning to study is that I would like to set up an organisation whose sole purpose is peer support for adults (both women and men) who experienced abuse as a ...

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Mind Boggling

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Have you ever given any thought to how amazing the mind is. The more I read and watch what happens in this world, the more I realize what an amazing creation God gave to us. Even as slow as I can be at times, it’s the other times that totally blows me away. I ask myself …

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Joffrey in the Underworld

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The love-to-hate little evil King Joffrey of “A Song of Ice and Fire” books and “Game of Thrones” series meets the Gastar series lead character in the afterlife. Let’s have some fun with His Grace: Shevata sat in Zermon’s huge chair before the huge fire pit surrounded by a smooth black terrace. Though she found Hell …

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The Dragon and the Demon

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“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” The Gastar lead characters meet the dwarves at the Lonely Mountain: The group of dwarves looked over the odd pair with suspicion. “Exactly who are you?” Asked one of them, with a long white beard. The tall, horned demon opened his mouth to speak, but the teenage girl with him, gestured him …

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On Prince Richard

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“The White Queen” Henry Tudor As “The White Queen” series wrapped up, as usual, I had to watch the finale about four times to take in all of the details before making up my mind what inspired me the most about the series. Overall, I found it enjoyable as well as Ms. Gregory’s books. As we …

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Artistic Imagination

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Artistic imagination Artistic imagination is one of a creators most important assets. To continue the previous conversation on day dreaming, is daydreaming any more important to us as artists, or to creative people than to any one else? Well actually it is. Why? To create significant works of art we need to develop our artistic imagination or the …

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On The Game of Queens

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Richard III “The White Queen” With the US release of “The White Queen” cable series, again I find myself behind as usual on literary works and history with my vast hard science educational background. While I knew about The War of the Roses, I’m embarrassed to admit I asked my liberal arts-educated husband if it took …

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