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Making a Difference

Making a Difference


Posted on Apr 29, 2008

Friday night was the 11th annual Making a Difference Award banquet at the college where I work.  I was nominated for two awards: the Helping Hand Award and the Tender Heart Award.  I won the Helping Hand award.   When I went up to get my award, I received a standing ovation.  The only one of the night.  That was so wonderful.  I don’t have a glamorous job, but I am very passionate about doing...

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Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive Teeth


Posted on Apr 28, 2008

Rock Star Karen is a moniker I gave my friend years ago.  My sister and I both have a close friend named Karen, so adding Rock Star helped differentiate between the two.  I chose Rock Star because Karen is all things cool and hip (not to mention smart and hot).  She seemed to embody the rock star life.  Now years later, she is a Rock Star. Yesterday, I got to see Karen front the band Sensitive Teeth in the 2008...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Apr 23, 2008

Louise from Art and Ghosts is my artist of the week.  She combines digital photography with paintings.  The result is stunning.  I just love the images she creates.  So beautiful!  Her blog is wonderful as well.   Definitely check out her...

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Sylvia Beach Hotel

Sylvia Beach Hotel


Posted on Apr 22, 2008

I was given a gift certificate to the Sylvia Beach Hotel.  The person who gave it to me couldn’t use it and it had one week left before it expired.  Luckily we got to use it Sunday, the last day it was valid.  The Sylvia Beach Hotel has rooms themed after different authors.  We stayed in the Herman Melville room.  We had a great view of the beach.  We also had a wonderful dinner there that...

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I am a designer

I am a designer


Posted on Apr 17, 2008

Just look at my beautiful hat!  I love everything about it; probably because I made every decision even down to the little curve underneath the button.  This hat class was one of the best classes I have ever taken.  I can’t begin to give it the justice it deserves or recommend it enough.  Being able to design and bring to fruition my own hat was incredible.  My friend designed a completely different hat...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Apr 16, 2008

Aline Yamada is my WAW artist of the week.  As you know, I’m very drawn to birds.  I just love these prints.  They are done in pen and ink with watercolor and then enhanced digitally.  The end result is just...

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Sewing Class

Sewing Class


Posted on Apr 14, 2008

Yesterday I started a sewing class offered through PCC.  I have a great sewing machine, but I don’t know how to use it well.  So when my friends said they were going to take a sewing class, I jumped at the chance to take it with them.  I brought my machine with me since this is the beast I need to tame.  The first class was all about learning the different parts of your machine, threading it and sewing...

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New Camera

New Camera


Posted on Apr 11, 2008

My husband bought me a brand new Canon camera recently.  It has all the bells and whistles.  It also came with a manual that is humongous.  I need to set aside a large chunk of time to really learn all about this new toy.   I’m hoping to do that in the next couple of months.  But for now, it’s so great to be able to sit across the room and take pictures of my cat without cropping or editing...

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Wondrous Art Wednesday

Wondrous Art Wednesday


Posted on Apr 9, 2008

Sara Blank is my WAW artist of the week.  I love her whimsical paintings that are so detailed.  This top painting is just amazing.   Her blog is also worth checking out.  Lots of really great stuff...

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Reader Digest’s Needlework Book

Reader Digest’s Needlework Book


Posted on Apr 8, 2008

I’ve been slowly plugging away at my current embroidery project.  It’s nice to have something to keep my hands busy when watching movies.  Since I grabbed this image off the internet, there was no stitch guide to this design.  So what’s a girl to do?  I get out my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework, I got at a yard sale, to pick out stitches I want to use.  When they say...

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