When Mercedes Austin sees a piece of artwork, her imagination immediately breaks it down into pixels and rebuilds it as a tile mosaic. Recently, she executed this process by making a mosaic of a wall mural: She fabricated jagged tiles, arranged them to resemble the original, and grouted the piece together. The resulting mosaic speaks to her intuition as an artist, and also to the years she?s spent honing the craft.
At Mercury Mosaics? studio, Mercedes and a team of ?tile elves? share their passion in two ways: through mosaic classes and custom installations. Classes explore all facets of mosaic creation, from cutting and gluing to grouting tiles into a pattern that resembles a real-life object or fuzzy television screen. Installations, which are fully customized to the client?s specifications, add a distinctive flair to commonly tiled areas such as bathrooms, backsplashes, and fireplaces.
When Layl McDill's daughters were little, she would carry small bricks of polymer clay in her purse for them to play with. Over the years, the pastime evolved into a serious profession for her. Forming ropes of the colorful, malleable material into millefiore canes, McDill honed her skills, creating patterns, pictures, and delicious pies from the carefully sliced clay logs. With the help and support of her husband and fellow artist, Josh Blanc, Layl founded Clay Squared to Infinity in 1996, where today she not only creates and displays her own artwork, but also leads classes for clay-curious artists of all ages.
For more than three decades, Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning's technicians have traveled to homes and businesses to gussy up rugs and upholstery using as few chemicals as possible. They kick off the fiber-cleansing procedure by spraying spots with an activated conditioner to loosen soil and stubborn residue spawned from foot traffic and greased-pig contests. They then scour surfaces with a mixture of Fabronite and ProLiminator to brighten fibers and keep odors away.
Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning For more than three decades, Gregory’s Carpet Cleaning's technicians have traveled to homes and businesses to gussy up rugs and upholstery using as few chemicals as possible. They kick off the fiber-cleansing procedure by spraying spots with an activated conditioner to loosen soil and stubborn residue spawned from foot traffic and greased-pig contests. They then scour surfaces with a mixture of Fabronite and ProLiminator to brighten fibers and keep odors away.
Harnessing the power of truck-mounted equipment, Great Guys Cleaning’s bonded and insured team thoroughly cleans everything from carpets and air ducts to chimneys, upholstery, and wood floors. When refreshing carpets, they use eco-friendly products that won’t leave any chemicals behind, while vents and chimneys get scoured free of debris and allergen-producing contaminants with a nylon rotobrush. Their skills also extend to mending tattered carpets and rugs.
After shaking hands with the homeowners who let them inside, Magic Carpets' technicians immediately drop to the ground, where, after a quick nap in a sunbeam, they tuck measuring tape into every crevice and corner. These complimentary measurement sessions exemplify Magic Carpets' devotion to meticulously cut floor coverings, including HGTV’s Home Flooring by Shaw collection, with more than 500 styles of carpets, area rugs, hardwood floors, and laminates. Highly durable carpeting, such as the Fun Event line, swathes floors in more than 30 available colors and dons a foot-pleasing texture protected by a 20-year warranty. More than 200 area rugs cover up cold floors with bold, contemporary patterns. Homesteaders can also leapfrog across Easton laminate flooring, a hearty four-layered material that suits high-tread areas, or stand tall on a hickory-hued Abilene hardwood floor, which is elegant but sturdy, like a titanium top hat.
The licensed, uniformed, and insured technicians from Chem-Dry of Minneapolis & St. Paul use one-fifth of the water that traditional carpet-cleaning requires. This means that clients can expect dry carpets one–two hours after a service. They can also rest assured that kids and pets will be safe around Chem-Dry's proprietary, nontoxic cleaning solution.