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You might not know the one…but I have been waiting for it since April of last year…my new Pocket Wheel is in …

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It is still 2016 for a few more hours and I am sitting at work. There were a few ends to tie …

I hope this image isn’t too large, I didn’t take the time to check. looking at it here, I feel like little …

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This book just arrived and of course I started reading right away. Just a few pages in, one of my favorite topics …

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May 2016

Sampling Batman

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First come the ingredients. The darkest blue is actually deeper and more teal than it looks here. It is some roving that …

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May 2016

Nola’s Mischief

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I sat down this morning for a little spinning wheel time. My mom fell and broke her hip a few days ago, …

The month started out with the DFW Fiber Fest, during which I helped Yarnorama in their booth. It was great fun, hard …

Just so you know it isn’t all spinning all the time, I thought I would show you the hat I started this …

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Mar 2016

Chasing sleep

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There’s nothing to see here. It’s nearly one in the morning and I am wide awake. At 9:30, I was out cold. …

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Mar 2016

Still spinning…

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Is it any surprise that I am still spinning? I have been trying to spin every day, at least half an hour, …

So this past week or so, my internal clock says it is time to get up at 4:30…I have decided, in the …

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Mar 2016

Sampling BFL

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Last week, my friend Martha came for a fibery visit. We washed most of this Blue Faced Leicester fleece, Gabby, a ewe …

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A few years ago, I was handed a sample of a luxury blend to spin. It was Merino-Muga silk, Yak down, and …

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Mar 2016

Re-entry

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The intention with my last post was to be a springboard to a new habit of posting a few times a week. …

So, I just lost the post I have been working on and here is the short version…things will be changing up here …

Just a brief edit to add a scan of the finished Leftie! The pattern should have ended before the wide neon stripes …

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Nov 2015

Ready for December

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Mostly because Dec 1st brings vacation, I am ready. I wish I could say it was clever planning, but in reality it …

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Oct 2015

Reading list

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I have had a few pre-order books come in over the past few weeks. Of course then, I was distracted by Spinzilla …

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​The blue: 353 yards 2 ply = 1059 The green: 233 yards 2 ply = 699 The oaty: 60 yards 2 …

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Oct 2015

Spinzilla update

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To the left is a scan of 2 batts I made with all my recent fiber waste. I brought them in …

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Oct 2015

Spinzilla 2015

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This is my second year participating in Spinzilla, a global event to bring attention to handspinning. Last year, I finished up with …

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I have been intending to enact fleece washing Wednesdays for quite a while now and today seems just the right Wednesday to …

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Feb 2015

Evidence

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I though I would follow up the book-binding post with the finished product. I actually folded 10 signatures for this book, but …

 

Don’t you just hate it when you decide something and then moments later, forget you had decided and inadvertently switch it up? …

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So wordpress has this new feature. I like the clean interface, but I don’t think that all the stuff has been my …

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So the big five oh has come and gone pretty uneventfully, other than it having been a year of doing. all. the …

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Jul 2014

slowing down

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My desk is cleared and I am ready for vacation. I am beyond. Ready. Life at the office over the last few …

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Last month, we went to Austin to see Joan Osborne. The show was nothing short of fabulous, and of course, we can’t …

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In between the work I have to do today, I have been knitting a few stitches here and there on a scarf …

 

I have been working on some of my gratitude projects. I have 10 this year, five from an offer I made via …

 

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Mar 2014

30 day challenge

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I have joined in a 30 day challenge where you purge the number of things for what day it is, so day …

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I had hoped to get some lists caught up while I was working registration for a work conference the last week of …

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Feb 2014

Fundraiser art

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My friend Patti Digh announced a fundraiser for the Richmond Animal League because her friend Amy McCracken asked for her help. She …

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Today brings an end to preparations (at work) for our annual conference. The conference itself is next week, an entirely different chaos, …

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In other words, no year in review or resolutions post for me, but rather more to the point of what is. I …

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I have been contemplating our anniversary recently. There are too many dates to consider. We actually met online at the end of …

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Jul 2013

T-r-o-o-…?

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On my last update, I didn’t mention the new girl in the house.  Her name is Trudy. Who would’ve thought there might …

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I was all set to post, and got distracted by a blurb in the latest Food & Wine magazine about Shrubs. I …

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I started to post this morning about Lilli Munster passing into the ether on Sunday and the words just didn’t come. She …

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Apr 2013

Profile

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Here’s a profile Of Susan and John, by favorite enablers! 4 Apr 2013 TCP-30

 

For the month of April (and beyond, perhaps), Elizabeth and I have declared a moratorium on Starbucks. We love us some Starbucks, …

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Mar 2013

Whirlwind

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We lead a pretty quiet life to most people’s standards, sometimes bordering on hermit status. However, lately, I have felt a bit …

 

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Mar 2013

Seedlings…

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I took this picture because I was excited about the seeds I was starting in our new mini greenhouse. Stuff was sprouting …

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Feb 2013

A new look…

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Seems to be a theme running through my days. In an effort to try something new to streamline my blogging into one …

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Not really, but it sure seems like it. I have been working on my Color Affection and will evaluate it tonight. It …

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In my last post, there are links to images that were the inspiration for the yarn I just finished spinning. On my …

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figs spices YOu should be able to just click on the link and then print the image.

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I can’t believe I haven’t posted here since January. That’s pretty pathetic. Many projects have come and gone and are now forever …

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Jan 2012

It’s so cute!

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Last night I went into the stash to pull yarn to match up with my new patterns. I had success and now …

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One of my resolves this year is to reel in the stash…not necessarily to not buy yarn, but I really want to …

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Jan 2012

First FO of 2012

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This isn’t actually the first finished object. Before finishing this I actually frogged 5 projects on New Year’s Day. That’s still finished, …

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Nov 2011

Make. This. Soup.

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I just had a bowl of the Chicken and Dumpling soup I made over the weekend. and oh my. The dumplings are …

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The second session of my painting workshop started last week and as part of forcing myself to show up and just do …

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Oct 2011

You did what?

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I got a message from my son recently about a batman hat I knit him a few years ago. Before he even …

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Sep 2011

now i know why…

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I just learned the real reason for US postage to be going up…and up…and up… Through a link on one of the …

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I find it most aggravating when the blogs I enjoy reading go unattended and here I am guilty as sin of blog …

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This is the last painting for my BIG class. class is officially over, but I am not quite done with this painting. …

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Yesterday, I went to Dr Sketchy. I had read about it not too long ago, and when Kat asked if we wanted …

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I was really curious about the water connection. The memory painting which is crap, leading to the lighthouse painting which I …

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Jun 2011

BIG x2

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The following is an excerpt from a class blog I did from my FEARLESS painting class. I got curious about my painting …

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This is how it started out. I was really just trying to get paint onto the page and not think too much. …

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Following is a post i made to the blog for my BIG painting class. Since the recurring theme is to be/become …

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Glad it is Friday. I don’t know if I could take another day in this work week as it is totally kicking …

 

Since I am going on a FEARLESS painting adventure called BIG, I thought I would play pretend being fearless right here and …

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May 2011

Sweetie Pie Hat

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It’s just about the cutest thing ever…it’s a safe bet that there might be a theme of cutest thing ever recurrung here …

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Apr 2011

Brilliant!!

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Elizabeth Zimmermann was brilliant, I can’t say it often enough. I always complain (in a loving knitterly way) about her patterns being …

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Apr 2011

21 Secrets

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I haven’t really dug un deep yet, but wanted to share this new (to me) workshop experience while it is still early …

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You know, time. No one ever thinks they have any. Or always wonders where it’s gone. I just lost 3 minutes staring …

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I just uploaded my work for my watercolor sketchbook class for week three. This is week 5. In my defense, week three …

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I was going to comment more on my week one images that I posted below, but just never got back to it. …

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I was going to go back to the keys in the previous post and explain about the class I am taking, but …

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Jan 2011

Book of Intentions

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I don’t think I have blogged about this art journal yet at all. It is from an online class I am in …

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I just finished my spread for Leanne’s book in the Frida Kahlo journal swap that Elizabeth and I are participating in.  …

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I started typing this post on Friday afternoon from work. It was a lull in my planned to-dos and I was feeling …

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Dec 2010

Gratitude Project

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I decided to santa 5 people this season as part of the ongoing Gratitude Project. 2 people were previous recipients. I am …

 

The company is closed today and tomorrow, and half day yesterday, but that doesn’t actually change publication dates, so eb and I …

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Seriously. What has happened to the knitting? So glad you ask…I have been knitting away on the Guernsey Wrap and I think …

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I bet you can guess where this is going! And the back…

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I got another journal out the door for the Frida Kahlo round robin I am participating in.  Something was blocking my …

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Oct 2010

An envelope a day

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I don’t really feel ready to commit to a letter a day, but I can commit to an envelope a day, at …

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Tracy’s theme just said visual journal.  I hope it was okay to set this up as a spread. Various papers, chalk …

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Oct 2010

Mail Art

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Might this be coming your way?

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Oct 2010

The Skirt Project

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It’s a secret. Shh…

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Simple Wisdom for complex Lives. What more could I ask for? This book’s title and subtitle really tells you everything you need …

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17

Aug 2010

Published!

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I suppose I have to consider the years we did Emerald Pillows when I think of being a published artist, but I …

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I found these alphabets from a link from Kelly Kilmer’s blog (linked left) and made these which I put up for anyone …

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Aug 2010

Baaahhh…

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I am on my way. I started the Little Sheep rug hooking kit this week. I reserve my official opinion until I …

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I have been thinking about it all morning. The steak we had at Rancho Loma. It was stunning. It was sublime. It …

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That would be my mom. And her birthday is tomorrow. But I am thinking about it right now and these days, that …

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Jul 2010

Crafting ADD

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My crafting ADD has definitely been established as both a phenomena within a single craft (multiple works in progress) and a multi-craft …

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Jul 2010

Miss Mary Hayes

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Green paper, a blog I discovered recently and linked on the left, has issued a collage challengeand provided a collage page as …

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It’s what’s for lunch. I worked on a second Remains of the Day journal. This one is 99% recycled materials. The cover …

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Jul 2010

New journal making

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For the past several months, I have been taking Kelly Kilmer’s A life Made by Hand journal class. I definitely like the …

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I am soon on my way to the grocery store to stock up for a weekend of eating crap. I haven’t had …

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Jun 2010

Time for Knitting

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Yesterday was the beginning of WWKIP Week and the knitting readers I meet up with monthly decided to combine our monthly meet-up …

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Jun 2010

Lady Eleanor…

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My first felting project was a Lady eleanor Stole gone wrong. I was 2 balls of Noro Kureyon into it when it …

 

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Jun 2010

Misfiring…

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It was so easy to blog every day when color week was going on…having that prompt made it more necessary in my …

 

The final day of color week was a choice of either white/grey or rainbow. You might think I would play the gay …

 

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May 2010

Color Week Green

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Green is a piece of seaweed in the sea…In the sixth grade, we sang a goofy song at the xmas concert, or …

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May 2010

Color Week Purple

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Purple…I looked through some knitting and most of what I have available is purple as part of something or with other colors. …

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May 2010

Color Week Lello…

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Doesn’t every kid at some point say lello for yellow? For color week, hosted by curious lisa (linked left) Wednesday is yellow …

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May 2010

Color week Blues

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Tuesday is bluesday for color Week. curious Lisa, linked left is hosting color week. I decided to use my knitting so you …

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May 2010

Color Week Reds

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Via Curious Lisa linked on the left…Monday is Red/pink . I totally forgot about this until I was home andI am editing …

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We were supposed to be in small town central TX this past weekend, but then the weekend prior, the washing machine changed …

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I decided to make the back cover of the recycled journal a second front cover, so the resulting book will meet in …

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Apr 2010

Clown Universe

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This is a page in my recycled journal, the one with the cow on the cover (go ahead, click on the image). …

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Apr 2010

The Pepsi Gene

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The recent road trip moving chef Will back to upstate NY yielded a new stash of Arnold’s (my dad) old photos. One …

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Apr 2010

new backgrounds

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I finished the spread for Tina’s journal in the RRJ2010 project with the Simple Living Ravelry knitters. I used some images from …

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Apr 2010

whirlwind

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I feel like I have been on the go again more than home, and with good reason. Two weeks ago, Elizabeth and …

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Mar 2010

Well, why not?

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I just posted this on my fb page, and I am adding it here to maybe broaden the audience. April is National …

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Mar 2010

recycle x2

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Last week I was working on a spread for the Round Robin Journal exchange project I started. The journal that I was …

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Mar 2010

Recycling

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I discovered yesterday that my neighborhood has qualified for the new automated recycling program. We have had curbside recycling with an 18 …

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Mar 2010

An update…

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I have been knitting with unspun fiber from Susan at Yarnorama in Paige, Texas. The before image of the fiber is …

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I just put my second RRJ2010 (my own being the first) journal into the mail. I had fun working with the pastel …

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Feb 2010

In the mail…

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Stuff is in the mail. Almost all of it. the only remaining thing that needs to be in the mail is a …

 

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Jan 2010

Unspun knitting

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To the right is some luscious merino top hand dyed by Susan at Yarnorama. She posted this pic (which I shamelessly borrowed) …

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Jan 2010

Immunitea

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There is a tea house we favor called House of Te. By we I mean Elizabeth and me, but also my group …

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I got a note from my mom via my aunt’s fb page that said the following: “WOW!!!!!!I just read about Sedona.. Is …

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That’s how long I have been a mom…25 years…Chef Will is a quarter of a century old today. He is meeting me …

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What a weekend. I think what I am feeling has a deja vu quality to it, mostly because we had no heat …

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Maybe it’s the cold weather, maybe my efforts to treat my disease with acupuncture and herbs are finally catching up and paying …

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Jan 2010

New Year, New Blog

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I have been feeling like it’s time for a change. The old blog has 821 posts since July of 2003. I might …

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Jan 2008

Forgiveness

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When I woke up this morning, I had Jeff Volmrich’s name pounding inside my head. He was in my high school class …

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When I first asked myself this question, I was 29 years old. I had not had the luxury of growing up with …

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