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PRODUCT STORY
Katie says: I've been creating these happy suns since I was 15 years old; however, I was drawing them on paper. Little did I know that one day I would be painting that same face on metal garden art. It all started when my partner's dad gave me a metal tank that was in the shape of a sun and asked if I would paint it for him to put in his garden. I knew just the face to give the sun and it turns out it was a great success.

Since I painted that sun over 6 years ago, I have made many more as gifts. Through word of mouth, many others have asked to buy them. People say they add so much life to a garden, an outdoor space, or even inside their homes that I decided to begin producing them as a side business. I enjoy creating them and even more, enjoy the happiness they bring to any space.

Each sun has a distinct personality, just like all of us. When it's been a difficult day and I step outside and see my sun smiling at me, how can I be down anymore? They truly bring fun and peace to any space.
MATERIALS
recycled metal tanks, acrylic paint
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Katie Murray
SUBMITTED BY
Garden Decor Design Challenge
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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

February 05, 2013 12:29:08 PM

Katie's bold, colorful suns have a great product story, and they're made from recycled metal! Check out Katie's story on the left, then let us know if this design would brighten your day.

A. Loops
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February 06, 2013 01:24:45 PM

These are great!!!

Mary Gwen
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February 06, 2013 01:41:57 PM

Katie is extremely talented and she takes pride in her work. She makes sure that each detail of her work is just right. I can't wait for her to start selling these- I want one for my apartment!

Sandra
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February 06, 2013 02:22:04 PM

Radiant Art - I Love it!!!

Ellie
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February 06, 2013 02:22:34 PM

I'm ready to order one! Let me know when they are available!!!

Carrie

February 06, 2013 02:54:03 PM

Love them!

Kelli

February 06, 2013 03:16:25 PM

I can't wait to have one of Katie's suns adorn my garden!

Alexandria
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February 06, 2013 04:43:30 PM

Absolutely beautiful art made by an absolutely beautiful person inside and out! Can't wait to have my own one day !!

Aline
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February 06, 2013 05:24:13 PM

I love it!

Susan
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February 06, 2013 06:01:52 PM

LOVE this! I want to buy if you cary.

kristin
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February 06, 2013 06:23:54 PM

Katie is awesome and so is her art!

Walter
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February 06, 2013 07:33:51 PM

I am so proud of Katie!

Walter
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February 06, 2013 07:35:34 PM

I am so proud of you Katie!

Sue
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February 06, 2013 08:36:59 PM

May the long time sun shine upon you and all of your creations Katie Murray!

Kels
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February 06, 2013 09:04:00 PM

Two Suns Up!!!

Patrick
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February 06, 2013 09:19:20 PM

Absolutely amazing!! Also, if you put one in your garden, I hear that the veggies grow bigger, faster, and sweeter.

julian

February 06, 2013 10:44:38 PM

i love this!!!!! so beautiful!! i want twenty!! or thirty!!! i cant afford that many but it would be a beautiful array of suns!!!!

anna
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February 07, 2013 07:57:11 AM

Absolutely beautiful!! Such a talented, generous artist, so creative,

Alice
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February 07, 2013 08:25:24 AM

I love these!!! You are so amazing :) love you !

Stow
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February 07, 2013 09:22:36 AM

AMAZING!!! This brightened my day.

stacie
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February 07, 2013 09:43:41 AM

love bright colors in unexpected places

Sarah
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February 07, 2013 10:50:13 AM

Yay Katie! I can't wait until you start selling these! I will totally buy one for my garden!

Bonnie
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February 07, 2013 11:25:17 AM

Great stuff Kaite!

Megan
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February 07, 2013 12:51:30 PM

SO awesome!!!

javi
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February 07, 2013 01:18:28 PM

hell yeah these puppies are awesome!!

Jon
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February 07, 2013 01:28:49 PM

great balance of geometric design and organic lines. The use a full vibrant palate makes for perfect eye-catching garden art.

meredith
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February 07, 2013 01:39:07 PM

Would love to have this on my house...

Mary
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February 07, 2013 02:07:57 PM

Pretty garden art! Go Katie.

Doreen
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February 07, 2013 03:07:37 PM

Who wouldn't want this happy guy in their garden?

Mendy
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February 07, 2013 03:14:25 PM

These are so bright and cheerful. Would love to have this near my pool!

Carol
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February 07, 2013 06:57:34 PM

Such a happy sun!

Robyn
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February 07, 2013 07:07:56 PM

Here comes the sun! This art will bring a smile no matter where you place it!

Ilene
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February 07, 2013 07:17:56 PM

Love it!

Dick

February 07, 2013 07:58:17 PM

What a beautiful way to bring another form of sunshine into our lives.

Dick

February 07, 2013 08:00:24 PM

What a wonderful way to bring more sunshine into our lives. Great work Katie.

Dede
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February 07, 2013 08:11:10 PM

sunny fun, funny sun

charlie
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February 07, 2013 08:13:14 PM

cool

Sharon
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February 07, 2013 08:52:00 PM

So creative and fun!,,,,your talents are amazing!!!

Anna
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February 07, 2013 09:33:32 PM

Love it!!

jimmy
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February 07, 2013 09:49:15 PM

awesome!!!

Beth
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February 07, 2013 09:50:55 PM

Cute, cute, cute!

james
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February 07, 2013 09:52:17 PM

sweet!!!

Kim

February 07, 2013 10:23:27 PM

I love them Katie!!!!! You know how big my garden is...get busy girl.

Brenda

February 07, 2013 10:33:41 PM

Way to go Katie! Very cheerful and happy!

Pam
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February 07, 2013 11:19:51 PM

Ugly

Megan

February 08, 2013 07:14:52 AM

Beautiful suns! Nice work!

Christine
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February 08, 2013 07:45:11 AM

Recycled material and heartwarming!

Walter
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February 08, 2013 07:46:09 AM

I think Pam needs some sun. These might work.

Maddie
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February 08, 2013 02:06:55 PM

So beautiful!!

Tricia
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February 08, 2013 02:18:53 PM

Totally LOVE LOVE LOVE THESE!!!!!

Emilie
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February 08, 2013 03:12:56 PM

you'll love these suns because they're made with love!

Vicki

February 08, 2013 04:27:17 PM

Beautiful Artwork, simply beautiful!

charlie
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February 08, 2013 06:22:00 PM

oh my. these are just perfect!

Cindy
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February 08, 2013 06:32:51 PM

Pretty...but sharp edges don't work for me...

Maxi
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February 08, 2013 07:40:48 PM

Soulfully beautiful! Love them!

jenna
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February 08, 2013 11:25:47 PM

Amazing!!!

Dana
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February 09, 2013 10:53:39 AM

Reminds me of CBS Sunday Morning one of my favorite shows. Colorful, vibrant, happy!

Laura

February 10, 2013 09:36:08 AM

Gorgeous colors and delightful design!

Jane
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February 10, 2013 08:44:50 PM

I've seen a lot of different suns but this is my favorite! Love Katie's color combinations.

Pamela
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February 11, 2013 01:07:23 PM

I am very much a sun person and have a collection of my own. Mine are a bit more "organic" than these, but there is plenty of room for both kinds.

jane

February 11, 2013 01:07:27 PM

I'm the proud owner of one of Katie's creatons and love the joy it brings to my back yard. The colors are vibrant and it has shown no signs of wear through the years. Everyone who sees it, wants one of their own. Each design is a bit different in color and expression. Very unique!

Linda
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February 11, 2013 01:53:11 PM

Beautiful !

Susan
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February 11, 2013 02:05:30 PM

Very fun!!! Gave this a thumbs up for those ambitious shoppers; however, I've bought similar bright and fun metal pieces for my yard and the sun has faded them horribly. I don't care to buy something marketed for for the outdoors and then need to start spraying to protect the colors.

Sara
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February 11, 2013 04:27:49 PM

My 88 year old Dad has a shiny gold sun on the wall of his house, this would be a great addition.

Susan
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February 11, 2013 04:33:08 PM

Wonderful Katie

Caroline
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February 11, 2013 05:46:29 PM

These whimsical colorful suns would brighten anyones day. They are made with love.

Heather
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February 11, 2013 09:09:16 PM

The face is pretty unattractive and a bit scary!

georgia
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February 11, 2013 09:13:19 PM

I have a friend that would go crazy over your suns. Can't wait to purchase!

Mary-Margaret
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February 12, 2013 09:21:06 AM

beautiful work! i'd love to see it on what is already one of my favorite shopping sites!

Charlie

February 12, 2013 05:48:42 PM

Unique and special since they are one of a kind. I love it.

Robyn
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February 12, 2013 07:03:46 PM

Kind of creepy looking

raquel
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February 12, 2013 07:55:22 PM

feel like I have seen this many man many times. NOT unique.

lydia
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February 12, 2013 07:59:48 PM

these are not uncommon.

Sue
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February 12, 2013 09:02:04 PM

Your suns are absolutely exquisite. Fun, cheerful, bold, bright. I see a lot of love and care in your creations. And the world needs to see more of this kind of art and expression, because we are too often bombarded with too much negativity.Thank you for your joyful art.

anna
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February 12, 2013 10:06:51 PM

Not only are these suns handmade and one of a kind, they are recycled and you can't find them anywhere else! Absolutely love mine and will be getting another!

Nicole
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February 13, 2013 09:27:23 AM

Sunshine 2013!!! Well done Katie :)

anna
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February 13, 2013 01:35:28 PM

Love them!!

Connie

February 13, 2013 02:37:05 PM

These are beautiful pieces that are "warming" to the heart

Michael
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February 13, 2013 05:55:08 PM

What a bright and sunny piece of art, that would bring happiness to my garden!

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