Past Due Date

November 6, 2014 · 6 comments

Well, it’s no surprise to anyone, least of all to me, that I am past my due date to have Baby. When I started blogging in 2006, it was while I was awaiting another baby, past his due date as well. I ended up waiting for him 18 days. I hope not to have a repeat ;)


Once I got the house in a somewhat manageable state (“somewhat”) I turned my efforts to completing my Master Herbalist certificate. And after a lot of seemingly nonstop reading, exams, essays, book reports and protocols with both real and pretend people, I finally finished. Finally. It *only* took me about four years. Vintage Remedies is an excellent distance school for many areas in Natural Health, and now they’ve opened the Franklin Institute of Wellness for further professional development at a collegiate level (where my Clinical Master Herbalist program moved to).




And now that I’m finished with that, I’m a bit disoriented. Too many years of assignments and homework and now no one to tell me what’s next!


I guess having baby number 8 is next.


That, and, while I’m waiting,  catching up with other hobbies and projects I enjoy. I’ve missed a lot of pages lately in my art journal, so I’m going back and trying out new techniques and a variety of art supplies.




I’m picking up my handwork, too. I have lots of unfinished projects, so I’m just choosing one at a time and seeing if I can’t finish off a lot of them before starting anything new. That will take restraint! This one is a hand pieced quilt block.




I’m still listening to online lectures from various places while I work, however. I guess I’m hopeless that way; I love to learn.




Meanwhile, we had kittens in the garage. I’ve never dealt with kittens before, but I guess I didn’t think it would be any more difficult than baby rabbits, baby chickens, baby goats…




They *are* awfully cute. I still need to find homes for two of them. Takers?




Little by little, things are getting finished around here. Here is the baby blanket I wove. I find it *meh, ok*. I like the nubby cotton, but to me it ended up looking too much like a towel. Plus, it’s fairly lightweight, not the best for winter coming on. Maybe it WILL be a towel :) In any case, I’m looking forward to wrapping up baby in it. C’mon out, Baby!




Do you find it hard to wait? Waiting isn’t wasted time, however. One book I am really, really enjoying is An Unhurried Life. That’s *exactly* what my goal in life is, to follow Jesus’ rhythms of work and rest, and to not feel like I’m accomplishing *nothing* or just being *lazy* when I meander or dawdle or do something *unproductive*. I so dislike the crazy busy hurry of our culture; I feel like we’ve lost SO much in it.



Besides, does it really matter if we finish things in our own timeframe? Do we really need to see the results of everything we endeavor to do? What if the results come later, after we’re gone? What if this patch ends up in my great-granddaughter’s artwork of fabric and thread somehow? Was it a waste then to just complete one?




So that is where I am right now. Just waiting. Waiting for Baby. And enjoying the rest that the Lord has given to me in this time, in this season, with no real pressing deadlines or agenda. The squares on the calendar are full of white blanks. I’m sort of enjoying it that way.





Well, the vast majority of the packing is finished and boxes are piled into the garage. The basement is crazy overflowing with garage sale goods and now I am just waiting on other people: painters, window washers, carpet cleaners… There is nothing for me to do now but to wait during this lull before listing the house and keeping everything show-ready. I guess I get to put my feet up a bit now.




See the baby bump? It never takes long for that to pop out for me. Only 17 weeks along and already a magnet for people’s hands. I don’t mind. I mostly mind just how ugly I feel. Yeah, I get it…pregnancy is beautiful and I’m just glowing blah blah blah…but I’m only in it for the baby at the end of it. If I could hide for 10 months I would.


Anyhow. I finished sewing together my leather journals. I always wanted a leather journal, but didn’t ever think of making my own. Oh, these smell delicious. I just love to touch them! Part of me wants to give one away as a gift, the other part of me doesn’t know anyone who has pined for a leather journal like I have.




I have zero idea what I’m going to do in it. Right now I’m enjoying holding them!




I’m trying to get ready for my dinky new kitchen and how I’m going to go from dozens of drawers to only eight. Open shelving will be a must; there are no cabinets at all (yes, you read that right). I’ve measured some shelves and decided to make some baskets to use as “drawers” on them. This was my first shot and I was unhappy with the number of stakes I chose to use, so quit when I was only halfway up. However, it will make a good basket for a casserole dish once I add some handles (wrapping underneath the bottom for extra strength). I’m blessed to have a friend that likes to make baskets and so we just sat out in the sunshine and did just that one afternoon. I have a pile of reed ready to start making more. Once it stops raining.




I did finish my first set of kitchen towels and got the loom all packed up. Thinking of moving that loom with a project still on it was stressing me out so I spent any extra time I had to crank out these weavings. I’m pleased with the results!




I had some little scraps at the end and tried a different weave. I didn’t bother hemming those scraps–just used the serger. They’ll make good dishcloths.




Speaking of creative endeavors, I’m still art journaling. I thought I’d share some of the ideas I’ve done in case you’d like to try some out. My journal uses a date planner as a base, and I learned how to do that via a class I took with Gina: No Excuses Art. She now has a book out with all of the great information to get anyone started.


The main idea is to use the date in the planner to put in the weather, a color, a sketch, and a word of the day. If you have the ability, you can add photos from the week (I don’t have a printer that can do that). Oh, and to do a little watercolor once a week. Sometimes I follow those directions. Other times…well…


Here you can see I didn’t sketch at all during the week, but I glued in some papers I liked from magazines and whatnot. On the right is a page I applied a medium to prepare it for watercolor (oy…pregnancy brain drain…can’t remember what that was…it’s packed…)…but I never really did watercolor there. I did a couple of drawings and then drew a map from memory of a childhood neighborhood.




On these pages I glued in papers and washi tape and did some stamping of my trip to Portland. The page on the left was added to my book, inset into the bind with washi tape on both sides. The postcard on the right was added the same way.




Here was a page (this last week) that I didn’t really deal on a daily basis at all. I just wrote out a quote I liked and also tried out some new pens on top, separating sections with stickers. Do you see when I got to hear the baby’s heartbeat? :)




Here’s a page I followed the rules and did drawings every day. I picked a theme and stuck with that rather than try to think up something new every day.




I do like the practice of drawing. Here is one I did rather than small dailies. I tried to copy a calendar page. Just like learning to write, looking at other people’s work and trying to imitate them is helpful in learning.




Here’s another example of adding another page, this time to the edge. The far right page folds into the book. I used washi tape on both sides. Oh, and here again you can see I didn’t take the time to draw anything. Because I’ve been mostly packing and then falling into bed. For months.




Ha…some weeks are so bad I get nothing done but stick an entire magazine picture over the whole of the week! Beginner art journaling = a whole lot of messing around.




I’m learning to take a smaller sketch book with me to places. I took one to the homeschool conference and while listening and taking notes, I drew whatever was around. Like a baby stroller. Like my daughter’s backpack with her Pooh bear sticking out of it.





Anyhow, that’s all for now. Soon I want to share some photos of our new house and show you the work that is beginning to get done there. When the main portions are finished, we can move in. I’m hoping that will be within a month, but we shall see. In the meantime, it’s nice to have a little rest.




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…and that’s what I’m going to do for this week. Take a deep breath. Because before I share with you all the absolute craziness happening around here, I’m going to take a week off the net and hang out with a friend in the city. We plan to take a lot of art classes and […]

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On Goal(s) Setting

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Isaiah 52:12   For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the LORD will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your rereward.  I love the beginning of a new year much as I love Mondays. Fresh starts. New days. Hope. In setting goals for the day or week or month […]

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I Wrote a Book! And More LOOMing Projects

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If you’re on my email list (and you are, right?) you already know that I’ve written a book. If you’ve been with me a long while, you also know that A Happy Home was a blog I quit for a short season because I was so completely distracted by the internet and its siren call. […]

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Christmas Card Art: From Pinterest to Pin-ter-DO

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I love how you can learn so many things on the internet. I think the trick is to not simply pop everything onto Pinterest for that nebulous “whenever” but to actually try your hand at some of the things that inspired you to pin them in the first place. Many thanks go to Christy Tomlinson […]

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3 Reasons to Art Journal

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1.  It’s quiets the mind, especially on an evening in front of a fire (even if it’s just from propane).  Music optional.     2.  It’s a little of everything:  collage, pencils, watercolor, stuff (AKA as ephemera).  Good for the indecisive or bored .     3.  It’s hard to be in two places at […]

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Fall: Time to Harvest (Fruit), Time to Plant (Ideas)

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Right on cue, the rains have fallen and the winds have begun to dust the alders and firs outside my home. Autumn is here!  Down the gravel drive, unpicked blackberries lie limp on the vine, their leaves turning reddish and preparing to die down for the season.  I am thankful for it.  I love this […]

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Trades for the Upcoming Art & Soul Retreat

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One of the fun things going on at the Art and Soul Retreat is an opportunity to participate in trades.  From what I understand, you bring some artwork or supplies or whatnot that you can *trade* with someone else at the event.  I had no idea what I had to offer, but I thought I could […]

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Suffering–and What to Do With Old Journals

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I pondered what to do with all of the old books, those thick notebooks full of prayers, thoughts, dreams and probably far too many complaints.  They all sat on the floor for months, giving me time to flip through, read a little here and there.  Some of it made me laugh.  But lots of it […]

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More of August

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What to Do While Floundering

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Or not.  This is what *I’ve* been doing.   Ever since we tried to sell our house and then took it off the dumpy market, I’ve been turning it all upside down and redecorating, repainting, replanting, re-re-re-thinking about how to make the house I was (and still am, in a sense) ready to walk away […]

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How to Artfully Store Art & Craft Supplies

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Well, I lost my craft room (you can go look….I’ll wait…).   As it turned out, we needed that space to spread out my girls more; Ruby is not exactly the easiest roommate to share a space with.  But as I was removing everything, I was actually a little excited.  One, that room was the first […]

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Growing is Messy

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I’ve been going through half a dozen large boxes full of papers and schoolwork (yes, even from kindergarten!).  Mostly I can’t believe I’ve kept all of this stuff, hauling it from here and there, hither and yon.  The weight of it all is heavy (on multiple levels), and I do wonder why I kept certain […]

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How I Make Time

June 24, 2013

How do I make time to work on those things I want to keep learning? How can you?   Pick at it, here a little, there a little; 15 minutes a day is still almost 2 hours a week Chuck the TV and turn off the internet Read nonfiction in the bathtub or even while […]

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Moms Need to Keep Learning, Too

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I know the exasperation of wanting to know how other stay-at-home mothers *do it* while they’re raising their children.  How does she write those books, sell handmade goodies online, sew up cute everythings, and then take all those amazing photos to blog about it all?  Well, more than once I’ve had the poignant aha moment of […]

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Contemplative Bible Study Through Art

June 15, 2013

Peace seems so hard to come by these days and I’m afraid it is not because we are so often victims of circumstances.  Rather, it is that we are volunteers.  We give up rest when the blank squares on our calendars clamor for events.  We add on activities upon activities, and burdens that are not […]

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Contemplating the Potting Bench

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You Don’t Have to DI(all)Y

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Acts 9:6  …Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?     It was a little too much for me, this small little post I came across.  It endeavored to teach me how to make *something* in my kitchen from scratch.  Now, I’m not even going to say what *it* was because probably someone in these parts […]

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Art Journaling: What I Need

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I’m very much enjoying art journaling, beginner that I am.  It’s a definite stretcher for me to break from using just words to dump my brain and to try to (literally) draw it out.  Although, it’s funny, I still filled up the page with words!  I was thinking about how I needed to guard my […]

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Mixed Media Bookmarks

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I enjoyed making bookmarks for our new book club.  I recently figured that I’ve been running book clubs for twelve years now!  It’s always a blessing to get together.  We meet once a month, for one chapter a month.  It sounds like a long time to get through a book, but it works out great […]

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The Problem of Pinterest

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Pinterest has been a wonderful tool to organize all of the website pages and ideas I love.  I no longer have to remember sites, clutter up my bookmarks, or lose places when the internet goes down or I mindlessly close up the dozens of tabs waiting for that elusive time I call “later.”  Furthermore, I […]

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My Craft Room Remodel

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I know I’ve been quiet here.  I’m finding myself stepping away from a lot of things, activities, and even people, so it makes sense that other areas would get a little choppy too.  It’s like I’ve been throwing everything up into the air and just standing there waiting to see how things would fall into […]

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August 7, 2012

I’m sitting here with the laptop on my (where else?) lap, and thinking about all I’ve been doing lately.  What I haven’t been doing is documenting everything.  There’s just something freeing about being able to, say,  take a hike with the kids and not take a camera to share it with others.  I’m finding a difference between […]

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Art Journaling for Beginners

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  I’ve kept a handwritten journal for many, many years.  In it are thoughts from my days, trials I’ve worked (and am working) through, ideas and lists, Bible studies and prayers, poetry, hopes and plans and just bunches of stuff that I wish I had from a great-grandma or two regarding their lives, good, bad […]

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Re-Purposing Vintage Suitcases

April 7, 2012

My husband brought these two small personal travel cases into our household twenty years ago, not because of the cases themselves, but because they kept all of the old telephone wire and other odds and ends he might need *someday*.  Suffice it to say, after two decades they were still just hanging out in the […]

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The Pitfall and Practice of Lent

March 1, 2012

Psalms 116:7-9  Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.   For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.   I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. I’ve been slowly and quietly working through the book of Galations.  It is here […]

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A Day in My Life, Part 3

February 7, 2012

If you missed it, you can catch part one here, and part two here. Late Afternoon to Evening I manage to put my feet up and knit two rows for my baby’s blanket, while the children are cleaning up after lunch and finishing their music lessons and artwork.  This is how this blanket is progressing: […]

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A Day in My Life, Part 2

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If you missed it, you can read Part 1 here. Midday I join my 5 and 7 year olds to help them with folding the small mountain of kitchen linens threatening to overtake our sofa.  We use mostly cloth napkins and dish towels rather than paper products, in reds, yellows, greens, and oranges.  Bright colors for […]

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One Thing to Do With Quilt Scraps

January 11, 2012

Over the Christmas break I managed to quickly put together a little quilt for my craft room wall (I’ll share soon!).  As I was about to throw out the little pile of triangles, I thought perhaps I could do something shabby-cute with them.  So I did.  I made a few thank you notes and used […]

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Crafting Out Time: Every Day Matters

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Christmas is almost here, and I find myself relaxed these days, enjoying the Advent season.  Are you harried and frenzied?  If so, please check out my friend’s new ebook (it’s free!): Ready in Seven (as in hours!).  You also might want to listen to our podcast (while you’re running around town), on Keeping Peace in […]

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Ideas for Handmade Gifts

December 7, 2011

When we were children, we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmastime.  Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?GK Chesterton Tis the season for gift buying and wrapping and sending, which despite the crazy madness of overblown consumerism and materialism,  still has a sweetness to it, […]

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My Crafting Room

November 26, 2011

Would you like to see the craft room I hung around in today instead of shopping?  One of the reasons it looks so neat is that my sewing area just got finished today (no mess to clean up yet!).  So, come on in! I don’t take lightly the blessing of having my own room to […]

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Drawing Class Progress

November 8, 2011

I’m really enjoying my drawing class. It’s part of the “what did I like to do when I was a girl” kick that I’ve been on. This first drawing is an artichoke (I hope you can tell!).  It’s just a line drawing.  What I discovered later is that I need smoother paper to draw on! […]

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Small Things

October 23, 2011

Small crops, small handwork projects, little things I find beautiful… We did not get a lot of squash and pumpkins from the garden this year but what we did get looks beautifully autumnal. In my first drawing class, the instructor said I’d be surprised at how well I’d be drawing in seven weeks.  I wryly […]

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Bringing the Green Inside

October 19, 2011

I’ve taken advantage of the last few gorgeous sunny days here in the Pacific Northwest to put the garden to bed, pulling out the old and mulching heavily.  Garlic and shallots are planted and that’s about all I’m going to do for overwintering crops this year. I used to have many, many plants inside of […]

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On Waking

September 21, 2011

I just finished a linen bed cover topped with handstitched woolen flowers and vines.  I love the look of it and the weight of it too.  It’s backed with smooth cotton.  I decided not to quilt it because I liked the motion already there on the piece and didn’t want to detract from it.   […]

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Room For You

August 1, 2011

Do you have room for YOU in your family? If you are serving and nurturing everybody in your family except yourself, this one's for you.

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On Remembering, Not Re-Inventing

July 30, 2011

I feel almost sheepish about posting a blog due to the time between visits, but I’ve been trying to focus on some things.  For one, I’ve been writing again in my journal on a daily basis and that has been good for me.  Part of that was in establishing a habit, and like all habits, […]

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Expressing the Creative Side

July 14, 2011

Rearranging the house, painting furniture, zealous decluttering happening around these parts.  And a massive garage sale coming on Saturday morning.  It is slow, room by room, drawer by drawer, but the house is getting a huge fresh breath of air.  For too long I haven’t wanted to really invest in my home this way because […]

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Late Spring This-n-That

June 13, 2011

Here is some catch-up on what’s going around my home and farm-ette.  Flowers are coming into bloom, including the unusual pink lilic tree; what an intoxicating introduction to spring.  I love wandering to and fro through the garden and smelling nature’s perfume wafting from the newest blooms.  The apple blossoms are finished, and sweet rocket […]

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Watching for Prey and Finding Focus

May 21, 2011

We had bald eagles nesting in our neck o’ the woods lately.  These birds are huge; their wing spans are close to six feet!  Can you see them up in the tree? No?  Let us zoom in a bit. Don’t they look like the lovely couple out on a date?  They were eyeing our hens […]

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Creativity LaLa Land

May 14, 2011

Somehow, on my last blog, I wrote and wrote and got a ridiculous amount of pages written. Like 868 pages to be exact. It all sits on pdf file waiting for me to do something with it all, which is fairly low on the priority or even the second-string wanna-do list. I do love to […]

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Stained Glass Christmas Cards

December 13, 2010

Spending a lot of time crafting sure does put some things into perspective. Like…why is crafting, handwork, cleaning, baking, fort-making, and just plain running around through mud puddles get the short end of the stick on the list of “what my kids have to accomplish to be ready to compete in the world”? And is […]

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Candle Play

December 2, 2010

We don’t just cook in our kitchen. We play, homeschool, read, and CRAFT! This is what we did yesterday with our “adopted” grandma who is just so good at coming up with fun things to do. I think every mom needs a woman that she can call and say, “Hey…..can you come do something fun […]

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Something Pretty for Me

February 2, 2010

Remember the beautiful fabric I had? I finally did a project that I think came out so pretty! I am so going to enjoy pulling this out, unrolling it, creating and coloring and then rolling it back up. The pockets are supposed to fit one pencil a piece, to match the background fabric. But how […]

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Artists in Training

January 23, 2010

In my mental calendar, January is the month for finishing up inside projects because February will show itself quickly and suddenly I will be in the middle of garden planning and seed starting. I will also have had enough of *staying inside* and will be pruning, raking, cleaning up from wind storms and hunting for […]

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