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Happy New Year!!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013



Where in the world have I been? Working, purging, sorting – will it ever end? Soon! We met with a cleaning service to make everything shine. We are meeting with the realtor on Friday to schedule the listing.

I thought I would share the really thoughtful gifts that I received for Christmas.


I mentioned to Stephanie that I would need a granny shopping cart so that I can walk to the store. She gifted me with this weather proof and very stylish cart. Suits me, don’t you think? She also gave me this too beautiful to use screenprinted linen apron. I think I will just hang it as art.


Lisa and Clay gave us a gorgeous photo book of their wedding. It brings back so many happy memories.

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Jayme, Mark and Paige gave us these beautiful Heath pottery candlesticks.


Among other goodies, Mr C gave me these luxury socks – silk and cashmere:

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I gave myself a Fitbit which tracks my steps and monitors how restless I am when sleeping! I have been racking up the steps with all of the house work I have been doing.

Tonight, Mr C and I are going out to dinner and then off to the Ode to Joy concert with the Oregon Symphony and other local artists. I am looking forward to some time away from the drudgery!!

Wishing you all a lovely and happy new year. I will be back tomorrow with a chance to win something really nice. So check back.

Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013


This and That

Monday, December 23rd, 2013


Multi-tasking is my middle name. I gave up on discharging this fabric. Instead, I used a Stencil Girl stencil with irregular lines to print. I experimented with some different paints and ended up with Jacquard’s Lumiere Halo Blue Gold. It was the effect that I was going for. This photo is not that good. It is hard to photograph metallic paints, I think. Anyway, I am happy with it.

Mr C has been busy. He spackled the nail holes from the wall where I had hung my crosses. Then, it got a fresh coat of paint. It looks pretty bare. We will put the mirror back up and maybe some generic art.


That bench is a church pew that was gifted to us by our church in Wilmington, NC. We help to fund the redoing of the altar and a new organ. They had too many pews for the new space. It is one of those things we may have to give up.

Today, I wrapped gifts, which I do not enjoy doing. This one was pretty easy. I had a black box and I used Washi Tape to decorate it. Perfect for the architect in the family.

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After a quick trip to Trader Joe’s this afternoon, I set about baking some goodies for the Christmas Eve meal — the traditional chocolate mint brownies and two gluten free recipes for me — pecan tassies and Girl Scout Samoa cookies. I still have to do the chocolate dipping and caramel/coconut top for the cookies.


Tonight, we went to the local Paleo restaurant near us. They brought me this tumbler of wine, which I enjoyed. A little boy came over to our table and asked if he could have the dinosaurs. I told him I was finished playing with them. He looked at me quizzically and then grinned.


And so tomorrow is Christmas eve. I am doing dinner here and Steph is doing Christmas Day dinner. I think she is making tamales.

Then, the crunch begins. More decluttering and organizing and cleaning. I move into my new little studio space the first week of January. It is both exhilarating and exhausting just to think about it.

Happy Solstice!

Saturday, December 21st, 2013


I love both the winter and the summer solstice. Today brings the promise of the return of more light. The summer solstice is the celebration of the longest day of light.

I got so much done in the last couple of days, even though they were short on daylight. Yesterday, I embellished a little jean’s jacket for Paige. My sister-in-law in CA thrifted it for me. It is a size 2 toddler so she may need to grow into it. I put it and a few other things in the mail to her yestereday. Here is the front. Not terribly inspired, but it will be unique.


I want to thank all of you who helped me destash my studio. I only have 3 bundles left! I might add some hand-dyes and some inexpensive scrap bundles later. Today, I printed all the labels and packaged up the goodies and dropped them off at the Post Office. You should receive your fabric a day or two after Christmas. Here is what I delivered to the PO this morning.


Then, I went to work on de-personalizing our home to prepare it for selling to someone else. First, I took down my cross collection – didn’t want to scare off a potential buyer! I also packed up all the family photos from several different rooms. I got a bit weepy as I saw the transformation happening, but it will all be good when I can put every thing back in a new home!

Then, I scooted down to the studio and spent some time locating some of my tools and thermofax screens in the storage room. I need to print a fat quarter to go in The Printed Fabric Bee fabric pack for Virginia Spiegel’s 5 K to Fight Cancer. I wanted to discharge a pattern on a hand-dyed fabric, hoping the turquoise would remain where I discharged. I couldn’t find my Soft Scrub so I ran out to buy a new bottle. I wanted to use one of my favorite old screens with wonky lines. You can see where the softscrub is on the fabric.

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Unfortunately, this Soft Scrub did not have enough chlorine to discharge the dye. So, I just have a very clean piece of fabric. I will try again with discharge paste, if I can find it!! Or maybe, I will screen on paint. That would probably be easiest.

Stash Reduction Sale is Now Live

Friday, December 20th, 2013


I have added a link on the left side of my blog for the Stash Reduction Sale. If you click the buy now button, it will take you to Paypal. You do not need a Paypal account, you can pay with a credit card there. Shipping is included in the price. Here are some of the collections available. Have fun shopping!