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Morning Coffee with Alicia Paulson

Welcome!  Pour yourself a nice hot cup of coffee or tea, grab a slice of blueberry pound cake, and have a seat.  This morning we’ll be chatting with Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy. This is the first in what I hope will be a weekly-ish series.  We’ll sit down with some of my favorite […]

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All I need is a destination

I’ve had this nice, striped, heavy cotton valence sitting here for a month or so. I picked it up for a few dollars at a thrift shop, with no real plan in mind for it.  Tonight it became four handy travel pouches – three with drawstrings and one with a button closure. This little pouch […]

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Yesterday saw me baking hamburger rolls for supper, doing two days’-worth of business tasks, and engaging with my overly chatty children. I was doing all of these things at once, but none of them particularly well. By evening, I felt dizzy, and I’d pulled a muscle in my neck. This morning both are better, but […]

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Just beachy

Now that both of my kids are school-age, I find that I appreciate my role as at-home Mom most deeply in the summer.  I’ve gotten used to having them both on schedules and gone for a great portion of the time during the school year, but in the summer?  In the summer, we can drop […]

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It’s all about the bread, baby

As it turns out, I did pretty much none of the things I thought I might this weekend.  No, my time was spent in three ways: setting up my new (used) Palm TX, prepping pre-orders for Polymer Clay Color Inspirations, so that I’ll be ready to turn them right around once the box arrives from […]

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So many beautiful photos on Flickr… be sure to click the image for individual photo credits. It’s going to be a rainy weekend, and I’m daydreaming about how I may spend it.  So many possibilities… I’ve been thinking about writing a new polymer clay tutorial – button-making for the absolute beginner.  It will be a […]

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Sure they’re pretty, but now what?

Nobody in my house likes tomatoes, including me.  Can you believe it?  Every year I walk past the heirloom tomatoes at the farmers’ markets and think, “those are beautiful, but it would be pointless to bring them home with me.” This year is different, because this year I have read Animal Vegetable Miracle, and in […]

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Eco-friendly gift wrap

This is a very simple way to wrap small gifts, like CDs, DVDs, or books.  If you raid your stash for the materials, it is completely free and eco-friendly.  (If you don’t have a fabric stash, a pretty pillowcase would work just as nicely!) Supplies fabric fat quarters (I used Amy Butler’s Daisy Chain) coordinating […]

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The ants go marching

Somebody around here is turning 43 tomorrow, and it isn’t me.  No, I’m the birthday boy’s incredibly young wife, who spent yesterday baking a chocolate cake from scratch, and a lemon icing to go with it. My usual birthday routine involves a cake mix and a tub of store-bought frosting, and while I’ve always liked […]

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