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Thinking outside of the lawn

C+N's Birthday

A few years ago, while ordering business cards and signage for his Clarkesworld booth before a science fiction convention, Neil had the idea to put one of his posters on a lawn sign. He had no intention of displaying it on the front lawn. Rather, the rigid design made it perfect for propping up in […]

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Our unique lawn ornament

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I am the queen of procrastination, so you should be impressed that It only took ten months to get the toppled tree off of the front lawn…

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Saturday in June

Rhubarb + Strawberry Pops @lclarke522

I visited the farm, made some delicious ice pops, and took about a million photos of the process (because cooking is so much more fun when there’s a camera in one hand and a wooden spoon in the other).

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My space

Family Room with handmade and personal touches, from @lclarke522

I bought a print from an old high school friend, and she featured my family room on her design blog. Fun was had by all. And also, briefly mentioned: the shore and me being at it.

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Last night it snowed. Today it yarned.

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So the snow storm came last night, but didn’t treat us too badly here in our little corner of New Jersey. I’d say we didn’t get any more than 10 inches. And I didn’t hear much in the way of wind, either. Whew. You know how I feel about wind. Still, even though we were […]

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I need to step up my game

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For so many years our family room kind of languished in beige-land, but now that we’ve finally started paying more attention to decorating it, I’m noticing something: the Clarkesworld propaganda is multiplying. Sure, Neil, go ahead and put up a couple of posters, I said. Little did I know at the time, Vistaprint was being […]

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Family Room Makeover

210/365 July 28

With Neil spending a lot of this summer home on sick leave, we’ve been congregating in the family room more than usual. It’s made us want to tackle small projects to make the space more inviting. I dug up this photo from 2011, but really, this is what the room has looked like most days. […]

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Fun with upholstery and curtain-making

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Let’s file this under “slowest kitchen makeover ever,” shall we? When we moved here, more than fourteen years ago now, our kitchen looked a lot like this: (These photos were actually taken in 2007, but nothing much had really changed in the intervening nine years, aside from a few knickknacks.) Back then, as a housewarming gift, […]

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The cabinet of doom

Cabinet overstuffed with clay

I’ve mentioned here before that my so-called “studio” is actually my dining room table. And I’ve also shown you how it can go from clean and lovely to total disaster area in a relatively short time span.  Despite all appearances to the contrary, I do actually prefer for my dining room to be neat and […]

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A banner day

55/365 February 24

I may have gone just a little bit banner crazy.  I was in the middle of making letter tags to attach to my fabric bunting (because that’s what everyone does the day before a party when half of the house is still in need of a good cleaning, right?) when it occurred to me that […]

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