The Fabulous Thunderbirds at the Sioux Falls Jazz Fest

Posted July 16, 2011 by Tina
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New page added to Hoagyland!

Posted June 23, 2011 by Tina
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I’ve been hard at work adding a page to Hoagyland that links the song title used in the post back to the photo.  Now you can search by song title.  Check it out! 

A rare photo of Tina hanging out with Hoagy.

The 44’s and Los Fabulocos

Posted June 8, 2011 by Tina
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More photos from my adventures at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues FestivalThe 44’s kicked off the festival on the blues stage, where Kid Ramos sat in for a song or two, followed by Los Fabulocos featuring Kid Ramos. Here’s my version of what happened:

Photos from Simi Valley

Posted June 6, 2011 by Tina
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Memorial Day weekend had me in southern California at the Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival.  As usual I took lots of pics.  Here’s a slideshow from the Lester Butler Tribute Band with Big Pete and the rest of the band honoring Lester Butler.  For a review of the show or to learn more about Lester, check

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Stained Woods has a new home

Posted April 22, 2011 by Tina
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Almost, anyway.  If you have not heard, I’ve moved to Aberdeen, SD.  I’m getting the new space ready to start creating.  I think I’m going to need some shelves.  In the mean time, if you are interested in what I’ve been up to in a non-Stained Woods kind of way, you can check out my new tumblr.  I’m trying to keep track of all the new things, sayings, photos that I run into while getting settled in to the other side of the Mid-West.  Check it out, send a comment or inspiration my way.

Stained Woods is on the move

Posted April 6, 2011 by Tina
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Yes, it’s true. I am no longer living in Indiana, and have moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota.  I’m still setting up the new work space, and can’t wait to get back to staining wood.  Until then, check out my new tumblr.  Hub Citizen. I’m attempting to track what I seen and learn about my new home.

Christmas creativity

Posted December 19, 2010 by Tina
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Since my usual work stations have been cleaned, and many of my tools put into boxes, I decided to get creative with sweets.  And, not wanting to get the kitchen too messy, I settled on Seven Layer Bars with dark chocolate chips and macadamia nuts.  Adding a little food coloring to the coconut makes them more festive.   My other treat of the day:  Rice Krispie Treats.  Nothing fancy, but so tasty.

Seven Layer Bars and Rice Krispie Treats

Adventures in masking

Posted November 27, 2010 by Tina
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Stained Woods and I are in the process of moving to South Dakota.  Here’s a few pics of my dismantled work spaces.

Oh, and I’ve found some new masking materials.  Tape with attached plastic sheeting for additional masking.  Very useful for painting the ceiling, but not sure if it will be added into the Stained Woods inventory.

Yes, the stained glass below is my work, too.

Moving on, with lessons learned

Posted July 25, 2010 by Tina
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I’ve blogged about my IATSE 618 logo project several times.  I am feeling the need to get the final project out of my head, so I can move on to something else. I tried several new techniques, most of which turned out rather well:  New stencil paper, arced tape lines, stencil numbers and letters.  I’ve learned a few unexpected lessons along the way as well:  Don’t over-burnish the tape, ’cause you’ll get dimples; the stencil numbers are rather sticky and the wood needs to be cleaned after use; and most importantly, measure the length of the nails used in the sawtooth picture hanger.  I couldn’t fix the last problem, and have been angry at myself for this simple mistake for quite awhile.  It’s time to move on.

Not that I won’t come back to it, but I think I need to mix it up a bit.

Fourth of July Weekend

Posted July 8, 2010 by Tina
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My husband and I — along with a new lens for the camera — decided on a last minute trip to Chicago for FitzGerald’s American Music Festival. We both wanted to see the Blasters with special guest/original member Dave Alvin.  My husband assured me that I’d enjoy the rest of the acts, and I trust him.  I rearranged my work schedule and off we went.  I was not disappointed.  Two nights of the festival, three different stages, good fun, plenty of waitresses and a Cubs game to fill the time between days.  We even had paper napkin fireworks! If you want to hear more about the festival, check out this review or this one.  Trust me, it was a great festival, and I wouldn’t hesitate to return.  My new lens served me well, too.  Take a look.  Oh, and this is just a small sample, check the reviews above or here for more pics.