House of Terry

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In my travels around South Philly for work assignments, I’ve found a treasure of vintage and homemade signs such as this one, for what looks to be a shuttered salon. It’s not a great sign, but I kind of miss these amateurish attempts at branding, hopelessly restrained by a lack of talent and budget. But, hey they tried – anybody can hop on a computer nowadays and have a polished, but utterly forgettable result. You go Terry! How much for the wash and set?

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Window along Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue WindowHere’s a little urban texture from South Philly.

This was on Washington Avenue West of Broad Street which is being gentrified but is wonderfully industrial. This is a factory window gloriously illuminated by the rays of the setting sun.

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Pumpkin Swirl Muffins

Food-Header-1pumpswirlThanksgiving will be here before you know it, and since my family aren’t big pumpkin pie fans – we do like pumpkin breads and muffins. This recipe combines my love of pumpkin muffins and cream cheese – because everything is just a little bit better with cream cheese!  Continue reading

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Veteran’s Day 2016

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With respect, honor, and gratitude – thank you veterans!

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Creature from the Affinity Designer Lagoon

Gill-man in Affinity DesignerHalloween 2016 may be gone, but it seems I have some Monster Heads left in me. I made this finned fellow in the vector art program extraordinaire Affinity Designer. This wasn’t my first attempt at a variation of one of the younger members of Universal Studios’ classic collection of celluloid creatures. I had tried several others that I abandoned. The shapes I was cooking up just weren’t working, but his one stuck with me, and I stuck with it.

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Pumpkin Oat Bread

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What’s great about this bread is it’s not too sweet. It’s the perfect bread for breakfast, plain or with a swipe of cream cheese or peanut butter on top. Skip the pumpkin spiced latte, and make this instead!  Continue reading

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Battle of the Gargantuas 2016

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Who will survive, and what will be left of them?

 

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You Keep a Knockin’

stop-knockingThis says it all! A note attached to a door on 11th Street in between South and Bainbridge. Taken with my horrible cell phone camera. Folks, never leave home without a decent camera!

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The Vintage Soda Machine

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For 2016, we went with a vending machine theme again. Due to unforseen complications, we were going to scrap it – but decided to stay the course and pulled this costume together in two days. We thought that this would be a great idea due to the city’s recent decision to tax soda. That tax has yet to be implemented, and we won’t be able to afford to make this costume next year!

The graphics were done in Adobe Illustrator, printed and cut out. The main body consists of two presentation boards glued together. The other boxes were scavenged from delivery boxes. It was finished off with parts of Halloweens past. It may have been the least expensive costume we’ve built,  and certainly the quickest.

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Halloween 2016

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The vintage soda vending machine!

 

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Happy Halloween!

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Affinity Designer After Midnight

London after MidnightHere’s another Halloween Horror Head I created in Affinity Designer while I waited for my son’s early morning bus. I was trying to do something different, but I wound up with another vampire. This one is based on Lon Chaney’s iconic monster. from the silent classic London After Midnight.

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Five More Days Till Halloween

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South Sixth Street

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I spotted this beauty on South Sixth Street on my way to a job.

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