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A Little Color-Matching Test

When I was earning my BFA degree for visual arts, one of the required classes was on color theory. It makes sense seeing as how so much of art depends on how colors interact with each other. During the class, the professor, Merle Sykora, who also happened to be my weaving professor, gave us an interesting color challenge. He provided each of us with 2 index cards. We were to combine two colors of gouache…

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Pockets So Big They Should Be Called Saddlebags

A project I was busy with over the past few weeks was sewing a dress from a pattern I got years ago. I had some green cotton fabric with white polka dots in the amount I needed, so I set to work. (I love me some polka dots! (●’◡’●) ) While the pattern claims that “It’s Sew Simple,” it was a bit more challenging than the typical pants pattern I’ve made countless times before. I…

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Practical Christmas Gifts

I am surprised I haven’t written about this before, but I love practical Christmas gifts. While some might open a present of socks and groan, I’m like, “Socks? Sign me up!” Here is the funky pair of Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation socks Eldest Son and his partner got me this year for Christmas. They picked this particular pair because they know of my penchant for circles. What makes a gift practical in my eyes is…

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Cheering Up the Bathroom

Painting in the new house continues.  A couple of weekends ago, we decided to erase the gray in the small first-floor bathroom, which is just a half-bath. You could call it a powder room if anyone used powder in there, but we don’t. There’s white wainscoting in the bathroom and a white cabinet, which we quite liked. We wanted to cheer up the bathroom, so we picked a bright yellow. Because the bathroom is so…

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Presto-Change-O! A Fiber Arts Room

Work continues in the house. The latest project completed this week was the transformation of a bedroom into my new fiber arts room. I’ve never had a room devoted solely to my fiber arts storage and activities. Instead, in our old house, I tucked things in corners and used an open hallway for both sewing and my office desk. At one point, I had a floor loom in the dining room, but I could never…

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