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Book Project

Book Project


Posted on May 9, 2011

 The other day I was looking at my bookshelves trying to figure out what to read next.  I'm always getting new books from Goodwill and usually have a revolving door of books.  This time I looked behind those newer arrivals to see books that have been permanently hanging around.  I decided to pick 10 classics that I had owned for a very long time, but had never gotten around to reading.  I also made my...

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Meylah Store

Meylah Store


Posted on May 6, 2011

  I wanted to create a store front to sell my Felt Flower Rings.  I just assumed that I'd go back to Etsy.  Etsy is a great option for a storefront, but I wasn't too thrilled about using it.  Etsy has changed a lot since it first began and now it feels like you have to play a certain game to be seen.  I just have a hard time buying into that.  All I want is a small store to show what I...

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  As you know, I consider myself a novice photographer.  I love capturing a particular moment in time.  I also get so much joy from finding an interesting shot.  Susan Seubert basically has my dream job.  Her fine art photography is breathtaking and her travel photos are featured in many, many magazines including The National Geographic.     She had a large exhibit at the Froelick Gallery and you can see most of those...

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Eugene Half Marathon

Eugene Half Marathon


Posted on May 2, 2011

On Sunday, I did something I never thought I'd ever do in my life.  I walked 13.1 miles in the Eugene half marathon.  This is really such a huge accomplishment for me.  I couldn't have done it without my amazing mom-in-law.  It was her crazy idea and she motivated me to walk it with her.  You can read all about my amazing experience over on That Jolie Girl Walks....

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Safe Journey Little Ring

Safe Journey Little Ring


Posted on Apr 29, 2011

My friend will soon be visiting family living abroad in Croatia.  She asked me to make a ring for her niece.  She picked out her niece's favorite colors.  I mocked up a couple of color designs, took a photo of them and emailed them to my friend.  She picked out this design.  It's thrilling to know that something I made will live halfway around the world.  That's a first for me.  ...

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I love this painting of the Steel Bridge by Portland artist, Michele Maule.  It's a different take on this very popular bridge and it's just gorgeous.  I also love all of her typewriter paintings.  She has a unique style and something for everyone.  Check out her Etsy storehttp://www.etsy.com/shop/michelemaule?ref=seller_info and her blog, How 2 Draw a Cup of Coffee.        ...

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Easter Dinner

Easter Dinner


Posted on Apr 25, 2011

My family is very low key; as you can see from food being served in the practical containers they traveled in.  I love that about us.  We enjoy getting together on the holidays, but we don't stress too much about it.  This year for Easter my sister suggested that we have a Mediterranean feast.  Such a great idea!  We divvied up dishes to bring to my sis' house on Sunday.  I was inspired to...

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Record Store Day

Record Store Day


Posted on Apr 19, 2011

   Last Saturday was the 4th Annual Record Store Day.  This new tradition is one that we get pretty excited about.  My husband loves music and tries to go record shopping every chance he gets.  It's fun to have a special day devoted to the thing he loves most.  This year we planned our route and brought my mom-in-law along.  We hit 7 stores in all and got lots of Record Store Day grab bag...

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The Birth of My Nephew

The Birth of My Nephew


Posted on Apr 17, 2011

  Last Wednesday, my newest nephew came into the world.  This was the 4th time I was privileged to see the miracle of birth.  There just is nothing like seeing a human being born; I think everyone should experience this at least once.  I was honored that my sis-in-law asked that I be her doula.  I had helped with her other 2 births and I’m so glad that I got to be apart of this one too.     I haven’t gone...

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Another Donated Encaustic Piece

Another Donated Encaustic Piece


Posted on Apr 15, 2011

  A few days after I gave my niece an encaustic piece for her school's auction, I was asked by a co-worker to donate something to her daughter's school auction.  Not one to say no to a good cause, I happily said I would bring her one of my encaustic wall hangings.      This was just the push I needed to make more encaustic pieces.  I had everything ready to go, but I still needed to assemble...

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