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Under Reconstruction

Hey, all, if you’re here and looking for The Pragmatic Historian or the former Mary E Warner websites, I’m working on blending the two sites and it’s a messy, messy process. I’m missing all my images, which is going to take some serious work to figure out. (Yes, I backed everything up, but WordPress isn’t importing them.) You can see I have lots of duplicates in menu items. Nothing is as pretty as it used…

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art family projects

Rooster Applique-Embroidery

One of my goals for 2019 was to create “a crazy quilt type piece,” which means to me using scraps of a variety of fabrics coupled with embroidery to make something interesting. I just finished this rooster wall hanging, which features pieces of fabric hand-appliqued to a background fabric with embroidered stitches to add extra interest. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. Incidentally, I did most of the work on this piece in…

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Slow Art: Corvid Bag

I completed another slow art piece this past week. Years and years ago I was inspired by the Ojibwe bandolier bags in my museum’s collection to make a bag that was roughly the same shape, featuring a large square pouch and wide shoulder strap. The feature of bandolier bags that makes them so incredibly beautiful is the bead applique, which covers practically the entire pouch and strap. This makes for a very heavy bag, but…

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The Long, Slow Quilt

  Finally! It is done! Last night, I tied my crazy quilt and hand-sewed the binding, completing a project I started probably a decade ago. I can’t tell you exactly when I started it because I don’t remember. It was quite the process, though, with lots of lag time between tasks. I was inspired to create a crazy quilt after hanging and examining some at work. (I work at the Weyerhaeuser Museum, which gives me…

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A Tale of Two Books

I like books. Must be the understatement of the year. I come by my appreciation for printed books honestly. My mom is a reader, both my grandmas were readers, and one of them had a habit of giving me books as gifts. I have passed my fondness for books onto my children. All of them enjoy visiting bookstores and when we were in Portland visiting my brother years and years ago, our favorite place, the…

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Our Little Free Library Is Finally Up

It’s been a long time coming … a couple of years at least. It started with Ron Kresha giving us the shell of a Little Free Library two years ago. Last year in May, I set to work on painting and sealing it. This year … this week, actually … I finished putting the Plexiglas window in and Erik helped me dig the post hole, install the post, and make a platform for the library…

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process projects

What Took Us So Long?

Hubby and I are the proud owners of a new kitchen faucet. We weren’t supposed to be the proud owners of a new kitchen faucet, just a new sprayer. As with all home improvement projects, this took longer and was more expensive than we expected it to be. Except that we expected exactly this, which is why it has taken us years to tackle the sprayer that was going haywire on us, spraying us through…

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