The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
Art: From time to time, I receive requests for my art. If you would like to look at more of my art, go to The Failed Artist. If you would like to buy my art, email me. I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Sell Your Soul

With the downturn in the housing market, inflation, bank failures, rising gas prices, and the imminent disintegration of the economy, I thought you cash strapped housebloggers might be interested in this untapped source of financing for your next home improvement project, selling your soul. Sure we all joke about selling our souls to our vintage homes (well I don't, the Devil Queen already consumed mine), but now you actually can. They even have a online calculator for estimating the dollar value of your soul though it seems to be out of order at the moment. If their testimonials can be believed, you could probably fund some major home renovations by selling your soul.

What is even funnier is this press release issued by the City of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, warning the public about this which was posted online by the Iconoclast blog.

Check it out, it'll definitely give you something to think about.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Touch My Monkey

Okay, it's official! The first run of the Home Improvement Monkey Tee Shirts will be without text. However, second iteration of this shirt may have text. If so, I'm thinking of having a vote to see which text goes on them. We'll see how it goes my pretties.

So, I'm ready to start taking pre-orders for the shirt. I'm waiting on the 12 inch squeegee I ordered to come in (it should be here this week), and I'll have to buy the shirts since I don't have any on hand. I'm planning to start shipping the first full week of August. The shirts are $20.00 each and that includes USPS First Class Shipping to the continental U.S. If you'd like Priority Mail or to have then shipped to someplace like Canada for instance, let me know and I'll calculate and tack-on the extra postage.

If you'd like one email me here. Please include your size and mailing address in the email. The default color for the shirt is white, but I'm willing to entertain requests for other colors (except black and other very dark colors which won't show black ink).

Paypal is preferred, but checks, money orders, and possibly bartering are accepted. Paypal payments may be sent to the same email address. Otherwise, I'll email you my mailing address.

Any questions or comments are welcome.

Oh, I've tweaked the design I posted earlier this week. It's basically the same with better definition in the face and wings. I'll post a picture of the slightly revised version tomorrow.

Anyhow, now is when we dance on Sprockets!



I'm Not the Only One

There is a lot of love for flying monkeys out there. This photo is by a Spanish photographer named Joan Fontcuberta. This is apparently one of her best known photos. Go figure.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pet My Monkey

Here is the Home Improvement Monkey silkscreen t-shirt design, 1.0. It still needs some work, but I think I ought to be ready to take orders by next week. Now, here is a question for you all: does the design need text (example: Home Improvement Monkey, etc) or should I go with the graphic only? Or, both? Any input is appreciated. Thanks.

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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Unintentional Spy Camera

This is what happens when a technologically challenged DIY'er encounters a cell phone with a camera.

The genius that I am, I just now figured out how to email photos on my cell phone to my computer. It only took me a year.

I was sending off all my pictures and deleting them to free up memory when I found this. From what I can tell, around 50% of my pictures are taken on accident. There were probable a dozen pictures of the inside of my pocket (totally black), ceilings, up my nose, and such on my phone. I think this picture was taken while I was clearing out the dining room to putty the floor last year. I think I picked the phone up to move it and *CLICK.* At least you can't see up my nose.

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