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On our sister-site for d.p.Etlinger Fine Art

And the winner of the "Shoreline" print drawing is:
Chuck N. from...15 minutes up the freeway? Seriously?
What a fun experience and outcome! To my surprise, when I was doing the Google random number thingy, for whatever reason, I expected a random number to be reallllly... random (I don't know what that means either); when the result was, #4 on my list, I was a bit surprised!
I don't know; I guess I was imagining a midrange or just a higher number? And yet, it seemed quite fitting once I saw that it was Chuck.
A little backstory: I have been providing home repair services since 2005 via Houston Honey Do (I was a sculptor and furniture maker in the years prior, while in grad school). The wife and I, along with our oldest daughter--relocated to Sugar Land, TX, outside of Houston, in 2013. Though I had been in business for quite some time at this point, I essential started over in a new area. In 2015, the oil market dropped off the map and hit the local economy hard. It was challenging for many.
Chuck was an oil industry grey-hair who lost his job in the turmoil; 5 years from retirement, he wondered what to do next; start a handyman service, maybe?
I kept getting messages from people saying, "Chuck gave me your number; he says you have a great reputation and maybe you could help me with my project? Chuck doesn't do that kind of work."
Who the hell is Chuck?
Finally, I reached out and asked him to meet for breakfast. That was three years ago and we have been in communication since.
Chuck retired last month. It took us a week to coordinate schedules but I presented him with the print--over breakfast--last Friday. When I sent him the photos from our meeting and said it was good to see him:

"Likewise!

Wife loves the print, found a place for it, just need the right frame! Will send a photo of it in its final home once it lands on the wall."

Congrats Chuck. That's an excellent end to a rough start...
d.p.Etlinger Fine Art
#dpetlinger #dpetlingerfineart #sugarlandtxartist #artgiveaway #texasartist #sugarlandtx #artist
www.dpetlinger.com
New Website Giveaway

A reminder (on our sister site): To celebrate the launch of my brand new website, I'm giving away a: 2" Matted, 20"x16", Matte Paper Print of Shoreline worth $300.00.

The winner will be announced on February 21, 2022.

I will also be providing EVERYONE who enters, (even if you don't win) a one-time discount to buy anything on my site at 20% OFF.

Just click the link (or copy and paste into your browser) below to enter the giveaway and secure your discount.

https://www.dpetlinger.com/new-website-giveaway

Good luck.

BTW -- I'd love if you would let me know what you think about my new site in the comments below!

Darren P. Etlinger
d.p.Etlinger Fine Art
#dpetlingerfineart #dpetlinger #artgiveaway #artprintgiveaway #fineartpainting #fineart #fineartprints #artist #art #texasartist #houstonartist #sugarlandtx #sugarlandtxartist
New Website Giveaway

In addition to operating Houston Honey Do, I've been working hard to expand my art business and have just launched a brand new art gallery website.

To celebrate, I'm giving away a: 2" Bordered & matted, 20"x16", Matte Photo Paper Print of Shoreline worth $300.00.

The winner will be announced on February 21, 2022.

I will also be providing EVERYONE who enters, (even if you don't win) a one-time discount to buy anything on my site at 20% OFF.

Just click the link (or copy and paste into your browser) below to enter the giveaway and secure your discount.

https://www.dpetlinger.com/new-website-giveaway

Good luck.

BTW -- I'd love if you would let me know what you think about my new site in the comments below!

Darren P. Etlinger
d.p.Etlinger Fine Art #dpetlingerfineart #dpetlinger #artgiveaway #artprintgiveaway #fineartpainting #fineart #fineartprints #artist #art #texasartist #houstonartist #sugarlandtx #sugarlandtxartist
Howdy Honey-do-ers!
Quick note. I will be announcing a drawing for a 2" matte bordered and matte finished, 20" x 16" print of one of my paintings later this month--with the drawing likely occuring before the month's end. To register visit www.dpetlinger.com and enter your email address in the newsletter registration form when prompted (believe me, give it about 3 seconds, the prompt will be obvious).
That's all you need to do.
If you have already joined the mailing list, no need to register again; you are automatically included in the drawing.
Stay tuned, I will announce the drawing date via a post of me holding the print later in the month.

Have a great weekend. And happy new year.

d.p.
www.dpetlinger.com
Last spring, we had the snowpocalypse; today, fake snow at the community park. A little chilly now but yesterday, it was 80+ degrees. Fake snow, real snow: they'll take 10 seconds of sledding freedom at a time, anytime.
d.p.Etlinger Fine Art Houston Honey Do
Happy Thanksgiving.
Time for me to exercise...and bake.
Enjoy your families.
Morning humidity on this handrail build and installation makes for a slow go for onsite painting today.
Need that sunshine glow to heat things up round here.
Go make someone's day better.
D.P.Etlinger Fine Art Houston Honey Do #houstonhomerepair #houstonhoneydo #houstonhomerepairs #sugarlandtx #sunshine #needsomesunshine☀️ #thebestmeicanbe #bestmeicanbe #handrails #needalittlesunshine #gomakesomeonesdaybetter
Thank you Imrana.
I'd like to say that this is someone else's mess (actually, I don't wish this on anyone)--but this is our home on Tuesday and Wednesday. The partial thaw on Tuesday brought a leaking pipe shortly thereafter; once I fixed that situation (cut water off at the curb; cut out sheetrock and remove insulation; turned water back on to expose leak; went to Lowe's and waited outside for two hours to gain access and purchase what I could; installed a block valve just to gault water flow so we could turn the water on), immediately another leak appeared in the same room, other sink. Luckily I had two valves. I was able to restore our water by Wednesday evening.
We are lucky to have water and electricity; absent this incident, if not for living near a hospital, I am certain we too wouldn't have electricity.
If you need help or advice dealing with your situation, send me a note or leave a comment. Resources are limited as is time so I will help if I can.
Houston Honey Do
Earthtones by d.p.Etlinger--Designer | Artist | Crafstman #houstonhoneydo #dpetlingerart #darrenpetlinger #bestmeicanbe #theartistmba #thebestmeicanbe #houstoninteriordesign #homerepairs #handyman #morethanahandyman #anuncommonservice #creativesolutions #homerepairs #houstonhomerepairs #realestate #realtor #innerloop #houstonhomerepairs #westuniversity #westu #westuniversityhouston #houstontx #westumoms #texasice #stormintexas #houstonfreeze #houstonfreeze2021 #texas2021snowmageddon #texassnow2021 #houstonsnow #bustedpipe
Though Carla came as a referral from someone who's family I’ve known for 40+ years—like most first encounters, I still wondered to myself as I approached her front door: how’s this gonna go?
Not too shabby, actually. Introductions aside and 15 minutes in, with conversation flowing at a natural, easy pace, our front yard discussion moved to the backyard and my understanding of the size and scope of the REAL problem became apparent. 8 exterior post: 2 in the front, 6 in the back, 4 supporting a second-floor platform—all with signs of weather-related rot.
I’d suggested to her that I may have something up my sleeve--an idea that originated in a project I had done eight years earlier for a restaurant & bar.
Carla wasn’t aiming for the “progressive”, exposed-metal-post, inner-loop townhome look, circa 2003; she didn’t want to see galvanized metal dotting the landscape. She wanted it to be hidden behind decorative trim boards, with clean lines and a minimal esthetic. But above all, whatever solution we eventually entertained, she wanted a permanent solution--so she wouldn’t have to deal with this again. Ever.
In order to maintain the integrity of the above structure by not removing the cross bracing where the posts tied into (bolted to) the platform framing, I suggested rather than cutting the old posts out completely (old posts were fine beyond the ground level rot), we should only replace the bottom, rotted portion with an adjustable, metal sleeve and a floor mounted plate. In stainless steel. And to give the whole package that clean, minimalist look while maintaining the weather resistant theme, we would wrap it in plastic boards rather than stained cedar.
Carla: great! Wait; what? Huh?
Hmm. Need clarity.
PROTOTYPE! [in steel]
Houston Honey Do Earthtones by d.p.Etlinger--Designer | Artist | Crafstman #houstonhoneydo #dpetlingerart #darrenpetlinger #bestmeicanbe #theartistmba #thebestmeicanbe #houstoninteriordesign #homerepairs #handyman #morethanahandyman #anuncommonservice #creativesolutions #homerepairs #houstonhomerepairs #realestate #realtor #innerloop #houstonhomerepairs #westuniversity #westu #westuniversityhouston #houstontx #westumoms #houstonrealtor #houstonrealestate #houstonrealtors #postproblem #rottingposts #exteriorpostrot #exteriorpostreplacement
Previously, I set the stage for Carla's post problem, hinting at a unique solution, but I left you wondering what was to come?
Baited. Hanging. Anxious?
Well, rest assured, today I present you with: the AFTER and BEFORE photos. Yeah! [Note: the vinyl exterior and vinyl trim, wrappng the unseen, original post within.]
Talk about attractive. Vinyl vs. rotting wood. That's not going anywhere. And functionalit; can you get more weather resistant than PVC?
Well, maybe. I wonder what is on the inside?
More to come. Have a great weekend. See you next week.
Houston Honey Do Earthtones by d.p.Etlinger--Designer | Artist | Crafstman #houstonhoneydo #dpetlingerart #darrenpetlinger #bestmeicanbe #theartistmba #thebestmeicanbe #houstoninteriordesign #homerepairs #handyman #morethanahandyman #anuncommonservice #creativesolutions #homerepairs #houstonhomerepairs #realestate #realtor #innerloop #houstonhomerepairs #westuniversity #westu #westuniversityhouston #houstontx #westumoms #houstonrealtor #houstonrealestate #houstonrealtors #postproblem #rottingposts #exteriorpostrot #exteriorpostreplacement

Houston Honey Do is a concierge home repair service for when you need more than a handyman. Houston Honey Do is a professional home repair and home maintenance service that emphasizes honesty, integrity, craftsmanship, communication, professionalism, and creativity in every aspect of our operations.

WE are a skilled labor service who aims to work with like minded individuals who realize that rarely do the terms "low cost" and "highly skilled" go together. IF you understand that great value and great service embody much more than just cost, give us a call, send a text or send an email.

Operating as usual

Photos from Houston Honey Do's post 03/01/2022

On our sister-site for d.p.Etlinger Fine Art

And the winner of the "Shoreline" print drawing is:
Chuck N. from...15 minutes up the freeway? Seriously?
What a fun experience and outcome! To my surprise, when I was doing the Google random number thingy, for whatever reason, I expected a random number to be reallllly... random (I don't know what that means either); when the result was, #4 on my list, I was a bit surprised!
I don't know; I guess I was imagining a midrange or just a higher number? And yet, it seemed quite fitting once I saw that it was Chuck.
A little backstory: I have been providing home repair services since 2005 via Houston Honey Do (I was a sculptor and furniture maker in the years prior, while in grad school). The wife and I, along with our oldest daughter--relocated to Sugar Land, TX, outside of Houston, in 2013. Though I had been in business for quite some time at this point, I essential started over in a new area. In 2015, the oil market dropped off the map and hit the local economy hard. It was challenging for many.
Chuck was an oil industry grey-hair who lost his job in the turmoil; 5 years from retirement, he wondered what to do next; start a handyman service, maybe?
I kept getting messages from people saying, "Chuck gave me your number; he says you have a great reputation and maybe you could help me with my project? Chuck doesn't do that kind of work."
Who the hell is Chuck?
Finally, I reached out and asked him to meet for breakfast. That was three years ago and we have been in communication since.
Chuck retired last month. It took us a week to coordinate schedules but I presented him with the print--over breakfast--last Friday. When I sent him the photos from our meeting and said it was good to see him:

"Likewise!

Wife loves the print, found a place for it, just need the right frame! Will send a photo of it in its final home once it lands on the wall."

Congrats Chuck. That's an excellent end to a rough start...
d.p.Etlinger Fine Art

www.dpetlinger.com

02/21/2022

New Website Giveaway

A reminder (on our sister site): To celebrate the launch of my brand new website, I'm giving away a: 2" Matted, 20"x16", Matte Paper Print of Shoreline worth $300.00.

The winner will be announced on February 21, 2022.

I will also be providing EVERYONE who enters, (even if you don't win) a one-time discount to buy anything on my site at 20% OFF.

Just click the link (or copy and paste into your browser) below to enter the giveaway and secure your discount.

https://www.dpetlinger.com/new-website-giveaway

Good luck.

BTW -- I'd love if you would let me know what you think about my new site in the comments below!

Darren P. Etlinger
d.p.Etlinger Fine Art

02/05/2022

New Website Giveaway

In addition to operating Houston Honey Do, I've been working hard to expand my art business and have just launched a brand new art gallery website.

To celebrate, I'm giving away a: 2" Bordered & matted, 20"x16", Matte Photo Paper Print of Shoreline worth $300.00.

The winner will be announced on February 21, 2022.

I will also be providing EVERYONE who enters, (even if you don't win) a one-time discount to buy anything on my site at 20% OFF.

Just click the link (or copy and paste into your browser) below to enter the giveaway and secure your discount.

https://www.dpetlinger.com/new-website-giveaway

Good luck.

BTW -- I'd love if you would let me know what you think about my new site in the comments below!

Darren P. Etlinger
d.p.Etlinger Fine Art

01/08/2022

Howdy Honey-do-ers!
Quick note. I will be announcing a drawing for a 2" matte bordered and matte finished, 20" x 16" print of one of my paintings later this month--with the drawing likely occuring before the month's end. To register visit www.dpetlinger.com and enter your email address in the newsletter registration form when prompted (believe me, give it about 3 seconds, the prompt will be obvious).
That's all you need to do.
If you have already joined the mailing list, no need to register again; you are automatically included in the drawing.
Stay tuned, I will announce the drawing date via a post of me holding the print later in the month.

Have a great weekend. And happy new year.

d.p.
www.dpetlinger.com

12/19/2021

Last spring, we had the snowpocalypse; today, fake snow at the community park. A little chilly now but yesterday, it was 80+ degrees. Fake snow, real snow: they'll take 10 seconds of sledding freedom at a time, anytime.
d.p.Etlinger Fine Art Houston Honey Do

11/25/2021

Happy Thanksgiving.
Time for me to exercise...and bake.
Enjoy your families.

Photos from Houston Honey Do's post 10/26/2021

Morning humidity on this handrail build and installation makes for a slow go for onsite painting today.
Need that sunshine glow to heat things up round here.
Go make someone's day better.
D.P.Etlinger Fine Art Houston Honey Do ☀️

Photos from Imrana Malik-Sharief's post 08/03/2021

Thank you Imrana.

02/18/2021

I'd like to say that this is someone else's mess (actually, I don't wish this on anyone)--but this is our home on Tuesday and Wednesday. The partial thaw on Tuesday brought a leaking pipe shortly thereafter; once I fixed that situation (cut water off at the curb; cut out sheetrock and remove insulation; turned water back on to expose leak; went to Lowe's and waited outside for two hours to gain access and purchase what I could; installed a block valve just to gault water flow so we could turn the water on), immediately another leak appeared in the same room, other sink. Luckily I had two valves. I was able to restore our water by Wednesday evening.
We are lucky to have water and electricity; absent this incident, if not for living near a hospital, I am certain we too wouldn't have electricity.
If you need help or advice dealing with your situation, send me a note or leave a comment. Resources are limited as is time so I will help if I can.
Houston Honey Do
Earthtones by d.p.Etlinger--Designer | Artist | Crafstman

Photos from Houston Honey Do's post 02/08/2021

Though Carla came as a referral from someone who's family I’ve known for 40+ years—like most first encounters, I still wondered to myself as I approached her front door: how’s this gonna go?
Not too shabby, actually. Introductions aside and 15 minutes in, with conversation flowing at a natural, easy pace, our front yard discussion moved to the backyard and my understanding of the size and scope of the REAL problem became apparent. 8 exterior post: 2 in the front, 6 in the back, 4 supporting a second-floor platform—all with signs of weather-related rot.
I’d suggested to her that I may have something up my sleeve--an idea that originated in a project I had done eight years earlier for a restaurant & bar.
Carla wasn’t aiming for the “progressive”, exposed-metal-post, inner-loop townhome look, circa 2003; she didn’t want to see galvanized metal dotting the landscape. She wanted it to be hidden behind decorative trim boards, with clean lines and a minimal esthetic. But above all, whatever solution we eventually entertained, she wanted a permanent solution--so she wouldn’t have to deal with this again. Ever.
In order to maintain the integrity of the above structure by not removing the cross bracing where the posts tied into (bolted to) the platform framing, I suggested rather than cutting the old posts out completely (old posts were fine beyond the ground level rot), we should only replace the bottom, rotted portion with an adjustable, metal sleeve and a floor mounted plate. In stainless steel. And to give the whole package that clean, minimalist look while maintaining the weather resistant theme, we would wrap it in plastic boards rather than stained cedar.
Carla: great! Wait; what? Huh?
Hmm. Need clarity.
PROTOTYPE! [in steel]
Houston Honey Do Earthtones by d.p.Etlinger--Designer | Artist | Crafstman

Photos from Houston Honey Do's post 02/05/2021

Previously, I set the stage for Carla's post problem, hinting at a unique solution, but I left you wondering what was to come?
Baited. Hanging. Anxious?
Well, rest assured, today I present you with: the AFTER and BEFORE photos. Yeah! [Note: the vinyl exterior and vinyl trim, wrappng the unseen, original post within.]
Talk about attractive. Vinyl vs. rotting wood. That's not going anywhere. And functionalit; can you get more weather resistant than PVC?
Well, maybe. I wonder what is on the inside?
More to come. Have a great weekend. See you next week.
Houston Honey Do Earthtones by d.p.Etlinger--Designer | Artist | Crafstman

Photos from Houston Honey Do's post 02/02/2021

Carla had a problem; (8) individual problems, actually. She'd received my name from a mutual friend whom she'd asked if he knew anyone that worked in metal--someone who could resolve her exterior post problem? The friend replied yes, he knew a guy.
Her home's front porch, back porch and back balcony support-posts were very much showing the impact of Houston's weather at their bases--where the wood posts contacted the concrete and below. Most had considerable rot at ground level while a few had completely rotted away and we're being supported by temporary fixes. It was unsightly to say the least and not altogether functional on the whole but of greatest concern and cause for immediacy was: Carla had a bit of a liability on her hands. If she had guests over and too many of those guests walked out onto her balcony, it might end in disaster.
Carla was thinking to replace the posts, but with metal instead of wood. I noted that we could do that, as well as a few other options, but that each "normal" solution presented problems of their own--be them unsightly; structurally less sound, or simply prone to rust rather than rot. She asked if I thought I might have a different solution.
I said, "Yes, I think I do."
From there, the project unfolded...
More to come.
Houston Honey Do Earthtones by d.p.Etlinger--Designer | Artist | Crafstman

01/14/2021

A reminder that in addition to home repais, Houston Honey Do provides decorative art, fine art painting, custom framing, and sculpture.
Below is a nother new painting by @dpetlingerart

Title: Burnt Medley
Size: 36" x 36" x 1.5"
Oil on canvas
Gallery hung or custom floating frame

Visit www.dpetlinger.art to view this and other available paintings by d.p. Etlinger; DM me for purchase datails. Thank you.
Earthtones by d.p.Etlinger--Designer | Artist | Crafstman Houston Honey Do

Houston Honey Do 12/29/2020

Houston Honey Do

Hello Honeydoers.
Change is good. But...so is closure. :-) So, to "take the high road" sort-a-speak on things-that-are-obvious...and miserable: I am looking at the coming change in year--not as the end of 2020 (yeah!)--but as the start of something BIGGER AND BETTER in 2021. And what goes better in a NEW YEAR than a NEW WEBSITE, right? Right?
Ok, so maybe not your first choice; BUT, we at Houston Honey Do are ecstatic about the new design and layout of our primary digital presence and we think YOU WILL LOVE it too. So we thank you for taking a look; tell your friends, family, neighbors, countrymen...and we look forward to working with you in blissful 2021.
Speaking of love: an even BIGGER thank you to Megan and Cara over @ Mad Meg Creative, for guiding me through the development of the site while considering my input and then demonstrating endless degrees of patience waiting on me to decide. You should keep them in mind for your branding, digital and marketing needs.
And remember: Better days are on the horizon. For all of us.
Houston Honey Do MadMeg PR & Creative Services Earthtones by d.p.Etlinger--Designer | Artist | Crafstman

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