That Jolie Girl Crafts

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Summit of Awesome

Summit of Awesome


Posted on May 14, 2010

I can't contain my excitement!  Summit of Awesome will be at the Kennedy School this year!  This 3 day conference will consist of  "business classes, mentoring sessions, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities."  Now do you see why I'm giddy?  But it gets even more exciting!  My good friend, Bettie, will be speaking on 2 panels.  Since she is a speaker, she gets the...

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Birthday Wish

Birthday Wish


Posted on May 11, 2010

I turned 36 on Sunday.  I had a marvelous day being pampered by family.  My husband brought me a Pine State Biscuit sandwich which was heavenly.  The day was gorgeous, so we rode bikes around the Waterfront.  Then dinner with my mom and sister's family to celebrate my day and Mother's day.  It was a perfect day. A few years ago I came up with the idea for a different kind of Birthday Wish. ...

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day


Posted on May 10, 2010

I'm very lucky to have family close by so that I can celebrate Mother's day with both of my moms.  Last Friday we took my mother-in-law out to see James Taylor and Carole King.  It was an amazing concert.  I loved singing along with songs I've grown up with.  Yesterday, we spent the day with my mom eating good food and hanging out with family. I gave each mom a heart fused glass pendant that I...

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It's a good thing that I'm working part time now, because somehow I wound up taking 3 art classes this term.  It's been awhile since I've taken any classes.  3 is a bit much, but I love art classes and I just kind of fell into these. The first is a sewing class through PCC.  We are making a robe.  We are also learning how to read patterns and how fittings/altering work.  I'm taking the...

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The Gathering

The Gathering


Posted on May 6, 2010

Every Spring I look forward to the Gathering of the Guilds.  It is hands down my favorite craft fair of the year.   I spent 5 hours at this festival at the Oregon Convention Center on Friday.  Boy, my dogs were sure barking from all the walking, but it was worth every step.  I found lots of presents and a few things I picked up for myself.  It was such a fun day and I walked away with lots of...

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Wonderous Art Wednesday

Wonderous Art Wednesday


Posted on May 5, 2010

I've admired Babette Harvey's work for years.  I look for it each year at the Oregon Potter's Association's annual showcase.  She has such a distinct beautiful style that always catches my eye.  Definitely check out her website for more incredible work.  She was also featured on Oregon Art Beat awhile back.  You can watch that video...

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Hipstamatic

Hipstamatic


Posted on May 4, 2010

Believe me, I spend a lot of time on my iphone.  It's one reason why I haven't been blogging as much.  I'm hooked on Facebook, Lexulous, Plants Vs Zombies and now Hipstamatic.  A friend started posting her Hipstamtic photos on Facebook and I knew I had to get this app.  The app is 2 dollars and to purchase all of the lens, film and flashes is an additional 4 dollars.  It's worth every...

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A Room with a View

A Room with a View


Posted on May 3, 2010

A little over a month ago, I started a new job.  I'm still at my medical college, but in a new capacity.  There are a few nice perks to this new position.  First I'm working PART TIME!  It's a dream come true.  I have said for years that I wanted to retire at age 35.  Well, we all knew that was a long shot, but going down to 30 hours a week feels a smidge like being retired. ...

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Dog Sitting

Dog Sitting


Posted on Mar 29, 2010

I'm house sitting for my sister for two full weeks while she is in Israel.  I've just finished one week.  I enjoy house sitting because it's a mini vacation from my life.  I usually take the time to read and catch up on movies.  It's a very relaxing time, but it's not the craftiest time.  Being away from my house is also a bit discombobulating.  There is something to be said for...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Mar 24, 2010

I first noticed Diane Archer at the Metal Guild show many years ago.  I've always loved the jewelry she makes using maps and stones.  It it's just beautiful stuff.  Now she is also created mixed media pieces.  I came very close to buying this piece above at the Buckman Art Show and Sell.  I came back to look at it several times because it just really spoke to me.  In the end, I walked away...

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