Welcome to Made by Dames

We created Made by Dames for those who share the same passion for travel & adventure (The Globe Squatters™), being creative, (Made by Dames™) and (Shui Areté™) using the artist within to design your life. We’re here to encourage people to live in a way others only imagine, for the gypsies at heart and those who are inspired by the adventure of being alive. When we aren’t traveling you can find us working behind the scenes in feature films, television, and theater.

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Location, location, location

So how do most people decide where they want to house sit? Location of course. But even knowing this, you still might have to think about things you would never have otherwise considered. House sits are worldwide. We have seen house sits everywhere from Israel, Botswana and Bali to Russia, Prague and Nepal. That leaves… Continue Reading Location, location, location

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Do You Get Paid?

The second most frequently asked question: Do you get paid? Do you pay them? In general, house sitting is seen as more of an exchange so getting paid, especially in another country, can lead to more complicated questions. To put it simply, we have always found that it is best to have a form of… Continue Reading Do You Get Paid?

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Is House Sitting for Me (pt.3)

Well, time has flown, and we haven’t posted in quite some time because we have been off on adventures, a house sit in Virginia and a vacation in Iceland. Iceland was amazingly beautiful, and you really couldn’t take a bad photograph! We were offered a house sit there for five weeks but after much thought… Continue Reading Is House Sitting for Me (pt.3)

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Red Eye Response

It was an all night flight. Yes, I couldn’t wait for the moment we would arrive all crispy and prickly with the two days of jet trash built up on our skin from that big flying fart in the sky. Planes. The only place where farting isn’t really avoidable and somewhat tolerated. Why? There is… Continue Reading Red Eye Response

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What to Consider Before House Sitting (part 2)

The number one question from homeowners: Do you charge a fee? The number one question from people in general: how do you make money to keep doing what you do? The short answer is, there is no short answer. Sorry to have to break it to you. Charging a fee is between you and the… Continue Reading What to Consider Before House Sitting (part 2)

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Paris, We Love You

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Neema

I met Neema while photographing at a hospital in a remote village in Tanzania, Africa. She was a patient in the children’s ward.We didn’t even speak the same language, but we had an instant connection. Her mother spent her time earning for the family while her 18-year-old brother who was blind took care of her… Continue Reading Neema

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Puff & Smoke

We were still in the air, and I wasn’t able to fall asleep. Since the non-smoking sign caught my attention earlier, I thought I should think of that. Legend has it there was a time when you actually could smoke on the plane. They had split the plane longwise with the same invisible line you… Continue Reading Puff & Smoke

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Mile High Consumption

I often wonder if people really understand the depth an artistic temperament. It works kind of like this for me: One minute I am thinking about the most magical, imaginative thought in the world and the next moment I am snapped back into reality by someone or something. A reality, which seems to care freaking… Continue Reading Mile High Consumption

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Wonder Why Woman

One day I got bored while we were driving so I made up superhero names for both of us. I dubbed my husband “CURMUDGEON MAAAAANNNN!” and I am “WONDER WHY WOMAN!”. The only thing is he isn’t really a curmudgeon we just thought it was funny to say that with the same enthusiasm as you… Continue Reading Wonder Why Woman

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Quote of the Week

Me: That was an awful landing. James: Any landing you walk away from is a good landing.

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Shui What?

When I first founded Shui Areté, I didn’t realize how deeply I was connected to this little word areté. I was in my thirties, enrolled in college for the uh, 4th time, trying to get my bachelors degree before my credits expired. (Who knew credits expired!) I was taking a class in western origins when… Continue Reading Shui What?

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What to Consider Before House Sitting (part 1)

There are many things you need to consider before you decide to house sit. For example, what is your travel personality? What are you comfortable looking after in someone else’s home? How long do you want to be away? What locations are you willing to travel to? These are all things to consider when it… Continue Reading What to Consider Before House Sitting (part 1)

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Where is “There”?

I remember a conversation I had with a client that went something like this: Me: How are things going? Her: Okay. I feel like I am getting there. Me: Oh, that’s great. Where is “there”? (A very long pause) Her: Ha, I guess I don’t know. It is so easy to get caught up in… Continue Reading Where is “There”?

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First U.S Tour

First U.S Tour

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Why Choose House Sitting?

There are plenty of reasons to choose house sitting as a way of traveling. However, I can’t honestly say that if I only had a week or two off a year it would be my first choice. I would choose a luxury vaca over a house sit if I had a normal J.O.B. but, I… Continue Reading Why Choose House Sitting?

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What qualifications do I need to house sit?

Let’s face it, you wouldn’t want someone who was disrespectful, inconsiderate and lacking in good reasoning skills in your place, would you? (This answer should be no☺) So, you can imagine, neither do homeowners. Obviously not everyone looks for the same thing in a house sitter so it’s best to ask questions and really familiarize… Continue Reading What qualifications do I need to house sit?

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Who are House Sitters?

Who Are House Sitters? Now that you know a little bit about how us and how we started house sitting you might be wondering about other house sitters and who they are. The answers to these kinds of questions are as numerous as the number of house sits out there but here’s a few of… Continue Reading Who are House Sitters?

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How to Start House Sitting

There is much to share in terms of house sitting so, for that reason, we are starting our How to Start House Sitting blog post series. This is information you won’t want to miss. Everything from who are house sitters, where to find house sits to how to make money house sitting and all sorts of… Continue Reading How to Start House Sitting

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We’re Back!

We were here, and then we vanished. Well, not vanished just took a little hiatus because, our crazy life, in a nutshell: we make movies and in between we travel. Although it was hard to get the first couple of house sits, harder still has been continuing to house sit and work at the same… Continue Reading We’re Back!

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Painted Map Time Lapse

A time lapse video of us painting during one of our “Happenings”.

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Happy Holidays!

Introducing one of the most amazing years ever, 2015! Wishing everyone the best for the upcoming year!

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Pittsburgh Filmmakers

For all the local Pittsburgh crew, we have just updated the information on the Iron City Grips page. We are now fulfilling bulk orders for your crew via a local screen printing company and the proceeds are going to Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital. Check it out!  

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Check out the Post-Gazette Article

  Diana Nelson Jones’ Walkabout: Local couple’s route to dream lifestyle is global house-sitting August 26, 2014 1:26 AM By Diana Nelson Jones / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette   Some people have dream jobs, some have dream vacations. You would be lucky to have both, but dreams are all about interpretation. Pick one: three weeks in an… Continue Reading Check out the Post-Gazette Article

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Make Today Amazing

Living the Dream: Jolene and Patrick Dames by Edna Rienzi (The Center for a New American Dream), August 11, 2014 at 10:22am Jolene and Patrick Dames (aka The Globe Squatters) spent years working behind the scenes on movie sets. On these sets, Jolene and Patrick would joke around and claim that they were “living the dream.”  One… Continue Reading Make Today Amazing

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Living the New American Dream

I found this post today about the New American Dream, find it on our new Globe Squatters Community page.  

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Our submission, SPaCE, was chosen for the 2014 Carnegie Film Festival

This is pretty exciting. Carnegie Museum of Art just chose our film to be in the 2014 film festival this year! It’s footage we got as The Globe Squatters, house sitting around Scotland, Ireland, France and our own backyard:) Check out “SPaCE” by James Dames. They are doing a few different awards so if you want to… Continue Reading Our submission, SPaCE, was chosen for the 2014 Carnegie Film Festival

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“Ojo” at Bricolage in Pittsburgh

Let’s just be honest, if you don’t know Bricolage then you don’t know “da Burgh”. Tami (Producing Artistic Director) and Jeffrey (Artistic Director) have been producing some amazing work in Pittsburgh since 2002. This is why we (James & Jolene) were so psyched when they asked us to do a few paintings for Ojo: The Next Generation in Travel,… Continue Reading “Ojo” at Bricolage in Pittsburgh

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Back at Home Base

We are back at home base now and really excited about what we are working on. Some big changes are coming soon and we can’t wait to tell you all about it! Stay tuned:)

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The Globe Squatters Preview

The Globe Squatters Preview

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The Globe Squatters Launch

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Three days left…

We are getting so excited! Leaving in just a few days and ready to launch The Globe Squatters: Slice of Life. Our slice anyways. My friends used to joke around with me because my saying in regards to making art was, “Let’s try this and see what happens…” Well, let’s try house sitting our way… Continue Reading Three days left…

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Here We Go

theglobesquatters: It’s official, our first international house sit in Ireland is just around the corner. I had some friends over for my birthday and we painted an 8’x3’ map to take with us on our trip. We combined an old world map with a current map and went to town. The plan is to mark… Continue Reading Here We Go

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