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Plucky Maidens

Plucky Maidens


Posted on Aug 23, 2011

  Last Thursday, was the inaugural Plucky Maiden’s Junk Fest at Edgefield.  This quarterly event will be held at different McMenamins which seems like the perfect fit for this event.  50 vendors set up their junk and upcycled creations outside on the Edgefield’s beautiful lawn.     My good friend, Karen, and I had a great time at this event.  Happy hour prices on beer made it even more fun to explore amazing...

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  Ever since I heard about House Spirit's coffee liqueur, I knew I had to try it.  Booze and coffee are two of my most favorite things, so combining them is a match made in heaven.  I bought this bottle a few months ago and I've been remiss in blogging about it.  This, of course, hasn't stopped me from consuming this nectar of the gods.  You can see the ingredients: sugar and coffee. ...

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The Mayor of Casterbridge

The Mayor of Casterbridge


Posted on Aug 19, 2011

  The Mayor of Casterbridge, by Thomas Hardy is the 6th book in my summer book project.  I have always loved Thomas Hardy.  I read Far from the Maddening Crowd in high school and I was hooked.  What teenage girl wouldn't fall in love with Gabriel Oak?  I've also read Tess of the d'Urbervilles and Jude the Obscure.       Michael Henchard is the central character in this book....

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Brave Bot

Brave Bot


Posted on Aug 17, 2011

  Today I am headed to the Mixer Match event organized by I Heart Art: Portland.  I know I’ve talked a lot about this event in the past and I think I’m ready.  I have my rings in a display that is very portable, business cards and a wholesale sheet to hand out to folks.  I’ve been practicing my elevator pitch and taking deep breaths to keep calm about this exciting adventure.   I’m as prepared as I can be,...

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Trusty Sidekick

Trusty Sidekick


Posted on Aug 16, 2011

  I met my newest cousin last month at a family function in Idaho.  I wanted to get him a present and knew that this onesie from Trusty Sidekick was just the thing.  I had first heard of Trusty Sidekick when she was at the booth next to me at a craft fair a few years ago.  I just love her brilliant idea for kids clothes and she is also super, super nice.  Go buy her stuff!     I also bought this cape for new...

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Go Tell it on the Mountain

Go Tell it on the Mountain


Posted on Aug 15, 2011

  Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin is the 5th book (halfway done!)  in my summer book project.  I had never read anything by James Baldwin before which is very remiss of me since my maiden name is Baldwin.  I used to tell people in school that James Baldwin was my uncle.  Then again, I also used to tell people that the Baldwin brothers were my cousins.  :)     This was a hard...

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lucy waits for the sun Portland Artist, Amanda Blake of This is all I know is my WAW of the week.  I love her oil paintings which all have great titles which adds so much to her art.  They are so beautiful and I could look at them for ages.  Check out her Etsy shop and her website for more beautiful paintings.   she made wings of love letters and cherry blossoms      they drifted through the sea in a boat made of stars ...

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  The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone is the story of Michaelanglo's life was the 4th book in my summer reading project.  I don't know where I got this book, but it was pretty beat up.  The front cover was taped on and I had to tape the back cover by the end.  Because it was literally falling apart, I had to read it with two hands.  This added a tactile level of consciousness as I became...

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I found out this week that I will be participating in the next I Heart Art: Portland’s Mixer Match on August 17th!  Yippee! The first couple of days after I found out, I was in shock and walked around in a daze.  Now it’s fully sinking in and I have much work to do!  I’m so grateful for this opportunity; this will be my first real experience trying to sell my product to others.  I’m also crazy nervous, but...

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Felt Flower Bouquet by Holly

Felt Flower Bouquet by Holly


Posted on Aug 4, 2011

Holly from the UK sent me this picture of the incredible felt flower bouquet she made for her sis-in-law.  Holly emailed me many months ago asking for some help with my felt flower bouquet tutorial.  I was happy to share my knowledge with her and asked her to send me a picture of her finished bouquet.  It turned out so well!  The bride is Chinese and the groom is Scottish, so the theme was cherry blossoms combined with mackenzie...

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