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    By Jo Anne Triplett
    Photos by Angela Shoemaker

    “Commonplace” is not a word you’ll hear anyone use to describe these inventive items.

    Gathering Spanish Moss
    This is not your grandmother’s idea of quilting. The 66-by-41-inch wall hanging shown here is the work of retired psychology professor turned fiber artist Mary Craik. Her three-dimensional Tree With Spanish Moss ($2,200) is one of her most unusual projects. “It’s very difficult to make a wall hanging with holes in it to lay flat,” Craik says. “Then it took me longer to make the Spanish moss than to make the quilt.” You can find it and other examples of her work at the newly opened Mary Craik Gallery, 815 E. Market St. (749-0060,, where her pieces are priced from $35-$2,500.

    It’s a Snap
    La-Z-Boy’s versatile Snap Sofa can be a regular sofa, armless sofa, fainting couch, chaise or bench, just by keeping or disengaging its removable back and arm rests. Redecorating may never be easier. The Snap Sofa is 34 inches high, 94 inches long and 32 inches deep. The basic price is $919, with the cost increasing according to the choice of fabric. Chair and ottoman are also available.  La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries is located at 2921 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy. (671-0033, and 5100 Outer Loop (961-0090).

    Underfoot Art
    This 32-inch-long skateboard deck replicates artist Jeral Tidwell’s limited-edition giclee print Japanese Sword ($25) and, like fine art, is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, with only 100 Sword skateboard decks selling for $50 apiece. They’re available at the WHYLouisville store, 1609? Bardstown Road (459-5522, as well as through Tidwell’s Web site,

    Homely and Hot

    “Have a pretty ugly day” is the motto of Prettyugly LLC, maker of the all-the-rage Uglydoll toy. The wide-headed, minimally featured creatures go by such names as Wage, Babo, Cinko, Wedgehead and Uglydog. The dolls, which range from keychain size to 15 inches and come in plush or vinyl, are available at Kopilot, 1414 Bardstown Road (451-3698,, for $6-$25.

    Matisse-influenced Terence Smith is not a painter, although at first glance his works look like paintings. “Drawing with color” is how he describes his art, which involves hand-cutting various shapes and shades of mat board with an X-acto knife and piecing them together to form an image. His latest series is of flowers; Lilies is 30-by-24 inches and costs $650. Smith’s work is available at Regalo, 980 Barret Ave. (583-1798); Mona and Lisa Gallery, 2033 Frankfort Ave. (896-9499) and Crescent Hill Gallery, 2720 Frankfort Ave. (893-0511).

    Lively Lumens

    Jazz up your accent lighting with a TraXon programmable LED lamp. The four-square bubble or flat-mirrored acrylic panels can go solo or be strung together to a maximum of 16 units. The lighting changes colors (as well as hue intensity and pulse speed) according to your wants — or put on some rumba music and watch the lights dance.  The 19?-inch-square panels sell for $495-$600, and can be found at Scorpio Interiors, 1517 Bardstown Road (451-1224,

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