SEARCH: Dean Martin

Dean Martin
by Elliot Thorpe



“I sang some songs, acted here and there, but no way would I call myself exceptional. I just hope I did my best for my audiences.” ~ Dean Martin.


A somewhat self-depreciating comment from the late, great Dean Martin on his own career. This laidback approach to his work belied a committed and professional entertainer, even though his formative years (born Dino Paul Crocetti on 7 June 1917 in Steubenville, Ohio) showed a general disenchantment for any form of authority. He could only speak Italian for the first five years of life and remarked as an adult that his English wasn’t “all that good either”.

A welterweight boxer, a speakeasy croupier, a steelmill worker, and blackjack dealer aren’t exactly the most auspicious starts. Not until his late twenties did he secure a job as a bar-room crooner. This brought him into the same circles as a young mime act, Jerry Lewis. Lewis’ manager suggested to Dean’s that the two acts become one. They debuted as ‘Martin & Lewis’ on stage in Atlantic City in 1946. After ten years, a stack of films, and countless stage and television appearances… continue reading the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Sound-Absorbing Wall Art

Sound-Absorbing Wall Art
by Suzanne Madron

It’s summer time, and with it
comes—what else?—noise. Lots of
noise. From loud motorcycles, to
neighbors running their lawnmowers
at all hours, to kids shrieking as they
get doused in cold water from a
garden sprinkler, to fireworks the
summer brings with it a lot of noise.

The idea for this article began as a gift to a friend of mine who just moved into a house situated between a high-traffic street and train tracks. While getting new windows had helped to cut down on a lot of the noise, the house is old and relatively uninsulated.

The issue was how could we cut down on the street noise at the front of the house,  which was where my friend spent much of her time. There wasn’t a lot we could do about the train, but luckily it doesn’t come through often.

While visiting, I noticed my friend had a lot of pre -stretched canvas art on wooden stretcher frames, and as she complained about the noise from the street, it got me thinking back to the days of audio production, and how form and function could be married to cut down on the noise my friend was experiencing.

Enter the perfect housewarming gift for the noisy house, audio panel artwork.

This project won’t silence all noise and is not meant to be a professional recording studio setup by any means. However, it will dampen noise. The more audio panel art you put up, the better the sound dampening… continue reading the Summer issue of SEARCH Magazine.

SEARCH: Making Old Things New

Making Old Things New
by Suzanne Madron

roseSometimes we hold onto things. Luckily, furniture can hold its own and be recycled and repurposed. That old beat-up coffee table? Totally salvageable. That old wooden table with the turned legs piled on the side of the street? New end table. For free. The beaten up antique at the yard sale going for $5? Negotiate and bring home a new heirloom for $4.

For this example, I’m using an old telephone table and an old coffee table. Both pieces were things one of my old landlords was getting rid of, so when I moved, I took them with me. Free antique furniture? Yes, please. Ready to make some furniture that goes beyond the plain old solid-painted re-hash…continue reading.

SEARCH: Make a New Year’s Ornament

Make a New Year’s Ornament!

Did you snap some especially good pics of the family this season? Make a New Year’s ornament reminding you and yours how blessed you are to have loved ones to ring in the New Year with! Or, crop a favorite pet, child, or friend photo to hang in the car, office, or home for the New Year.

newyearornamentYou will need:
* 2 printouts of the New Year image to the left.
*Two photos of you, your family, your pet, or anything else you find inspiring.
* Crayons or colored pencils
* Scissors
* Tape
* Glue stick
* Ribbon or string
Optional: Glitter glue pens or metallic permanent markers.



  1. Color the two sides of the frame in colors that compliment your photos.
  2. Cut out the two sides of the frame.
  3. Cut out the inner circle (grayed area) of the frames.
  4. Measure that your pictures will fit inside the hole nicely without cutting out any important part.
  5. Using the circle cut from inside of the frame, cut your pictures a little bigger than the circle.
  6. With a piece of tape, secure your pictures to the ornament picture window.
  7. Place the ornament frames back to back. Make sure to line up the points as best you can and ensure both sides are right side up. Attach them together with a rolled piece of tape.
  8. Gluestick between the frames and carefully smooth out all the points so that they are stuck together and there are no bubbles.
  9. Poke a hole in the top point and hang with ribbon or string.


SEARCH: How to Make Your Own Jewelry

How to Make Your Own Jewelry
by Suzanne Madron

Isuzi10n the realm of jewelry, there are those who buy their shinies in various shops, and online indie vendors are an excellent source for gem-filled adornment if you have the cash. What if you don’t have a lot of money and want to look like a million bucks?

Metalsmithing and creating your own bands is not an option. We’re trying to not spend a lot of cash, remember, and metalsmithing will require a lot in way of training, raw materials, and tools. You can still make jewelry without forging your own bands and chainlinks, and it’s surprisingly easy. How? Read on to learn how to make your own necklace or belly chain…read more in the Fall issue of SEARCH Magazine.


In the Spring Issue of SEARCH Magazine,
author Suzanne Madron teaches us How to Make Luffa Soap.luffa

With winter comes dryness. Dry air, static cling, and getting zapped on every piece of metal you come in contact with are par for the course, and then comes spring. Just as you’re about to break out the shorts and dresses, it hits you; your skin looks a little…dull.

Don’t worry! After those months of hibernation there is hope, and it’s easy to make this at home, so no need to come out of your nice warm cave just yet.

1.) Prepare a space where you’ll be able to work, and get your supplies ready. Make sure the tools you’re using are dedicated to soap-making…” to read the full article, check out the free eCopy here.