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My Alarmingly Charming Tote with tons of pockets and the zipper from HELL!

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Ok, so I recently discovered the most adorable fabric and decided that it's name shall henceforth be known to all whom adore cute fabric. The fabric in question: "Hoo's in the Forest" by Riley Blake Designs. Yep, it's the fabric to rule over all other fabrics by a factor of +10 cuteness.

See that remarkably adorable deer and tiny skunk (vaguely reminicent of Pepé le pew is his youth perhaps)? Well, accompanying them are an equally adorable frog and a hedgehog to make you say "awwww". I knew that by the end of the weekend I would have something made of this fabric and I said as much to my coworker. She laughed. I always make exclamations and vows to start/finish projects while I'm working, I most of the time I forget by the time I get home. But not this time.

And so may I present to you my "Alarmingly Charming" Tote with tons of pockets and the zipper from hell.


I haven't quite perfected my talents in photography so forgive the badly li…

And I've already failed...

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A few weeks ago I made a promise to myself to complete at least one crafting project every week. Truth be told it started out as one article of clothing a week because I want to start making clothing again, but nevertheless betrayed my own trust and utterly failed in the task I laid out before myself.  If I were my own employer I would be thoroughly disappointed... but I'm not so we're still in business. 

I started out strong with an Oh-Sew-Easy circle skirt to which I added a giant bow out of Moda's Dragonfly Summer line by Holly Taylor. I figured I could advertise the new merchandise at the quilt shop where I work, while experimenting with new patterns. I've made a few circle skirts before so I figured it would be a good way to ease myself back into the world of clothing.       


Okay, maybe its not that giant, but it definitely makes a statement.  

I ended up making the waist too big (oops!) so the not-too-giant bow helps to prevent me from losing my skirt altoget…

Last night I fell asleep listening to a sacred motet...

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I mentioned before my obsession with sacred choral music. I love the harmonies and interlocking text which shape the piece. I love the passion and emotion as expressed through a group human voices singing together as one. Motets, especially renaissance motets, bring me to a place of peace within myself and, as I listen, I can feel myself melt away until I am aware of nothing beyond the music. Everyone has something that will place them in this mode, for many its golf or running, others yoga, and for some it just might be video games. Mine just happens to be sacred choral music.

I'm not a spiritual person and I would not say that I belong to any specific faith. I do find religion to be fascinating and I believe that it is important to study the beliefs which shape so many peoples lives. That being said, I do not feel that one needs to share the beliefs of others to find their music and literature and rituals to be beautiful or important.

Last night, as the interwoven voices fille…

And so it begins...

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Well folks, summer has finally kicked off and I don't know what to do with myself. I have bucket loads of wedding planning details to attend to before I can officially wed my fiance and love of my life Nathan Blackmer in October, countless crafting projects in various degrees of completion and several more in the planning stages. I've also picked up a few new hobbies which I intend to explore over the coming months.

Just yesterday I was overwhelmed with the urge to invest in set of watercolor paints, brushes, and a pad of paper. I spent over an hour in the Micheal's in town browsing the various isles of paint and brushes. I had no idea there were so many choices. Being a beginning painter and one who hasn't actually taken up the brush in about 7 years, I figured I could close my eyes and pick one at random and be perfectly happy. After noticing the price on some of the professional level brushes, however, I decided firmly against this method of selection. As much as I …

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Well this is just neat. When I was a kid, I never once imagine that I would have a place of my very own where strangers around the world could come a listen to me ramble on about anything on my mind. Hah! Not that anyone would have wanted to listen to the ramblings of a 7 year old girl. Had anyone been listening, they might have heard fragments of conversations with stuffed animals, blaring attempts to sing the latest hit on Radio Disney (is that even around anymore?) and the occasional proclamation of exasperation from an unappreciated and overworked parent. I'd like to think that I've become at least a little more interesting since then, though my parents tell me that I did have a wicked sense of humor as a kid. Lets just hope I haven't lost it.

For the most part I just wanted a outlet which did not require extremely formal and technical writing with no room for colloquialisms and common turns of phrase, let alone humor. Though here I just may find the opposite. If my wr…