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If You Don't Know How to Frame a Print

Sometimes it may seem a challenge to frame a square print.  Here are some helpful hints. For spaces like children's rooms, apartments, and places where you may not even want a nail in the wall, washi tape is a great idea.  It won't damage walls and one can easily mix and match prints with no need to even frame!   One could also purchase one of my wood panels.  They have a notch in the back for hanging.  The painting can be mounted with an acid free glue stick very easily.  I am happy to trim and mount the print for you if you purchase one of the wood panels in my shop. And then of course, there are frames....

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Bathroom Remodel

Because of a broken bathtub that flooded the floor, we have need for an update to a bathroom in one of my homes.  The house is in a suburb just west of Chicago and was built midcentury early 1950's.  I believe it was built in 1952.  It still has a coal heat stove in the basement although has been retrofitted with central heat and air conditioning throughout.   And although Chicago Water and Fire were able to remove and dry the old boards and remove the tub without damaging any tile, we will have to replace it to install a new tub.   So although I love the design and handiwork of this tile job, it looks like it will...

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Coming Soon Original Paintings on Hardwood!

Coming August 1 at Christenberry Collections is a new collection of oil paintings on exotic and American hardwoods! Custom designed, cut, and finished wood panels including Maple, Birch, Cedar, Cherry, and Purple Heart.  Several layers of clear gesso and painted showing through to the natural wood grain underneath and peeking through bits of the painting.  Showing both the natural grain and even knots and holes in the wood throughout the paintings.    

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Diffusing Essential Oils

I recently started diffusing essential oils in the home.  Not only is it satisfying, it's fun to use.  The variety of essential oils is vast and practical.  One can get calming, uplifting, cleansing, sensual.  It may sound hoaxy.  But the oils really can lift the mood or calm the mind (in my experience). Even as a young child, I never liked the chemical scent of air fresheners.  But essential oils are a different story.  They are genuine organic oils (by organic, I mean not man made -- but some are certified organic too).  

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