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It’s my birthday, and I think I might make myself a dress, so I must be brief.

It’s my birthday, and I think I might make myself a dress, so I must be brief.
March 4, 2011 Mary Jo

Oh, I’ve been so delinquent in showing up here – I really intended to do better.  Where have I been, you ask?


I've been making mad love to this...

...which came with this big bag o' wool...

...which I've begun turning into this, much more quickly than I imagined.

In short:  Spinning.  Wow.  Amazingly gratifying and addictive.  I’m slinking away from my knitting, feigning a headache, to rendezvous with my wheel night after night.  I’m in love.

In other news:

  • The Sandhill Cranes are back!  Spring is just around the corner!
  • WE HAVE A NEW MARCH THEME for the Rumpelstiltskin Challenge:  Deja Vu.

Intercept something on its way out of your closet and into the “donate” bag.  Instead of giving it away, turn it into something fabulous.  This likely means turning it into something smaller – little Mr. Errol will be getting some pants made out of some closet cast-offs as soon as I can find the overgrown path to my studio.

A very serious word of warning:  please, please, please do not try to do this with every item you no longer want in your closet.  Do still give yourself permission to donate stuff without guilt.  I speak from experience when I say that the option to remake something instead of donating it has caused mountains of clutter and an inability to get rid of anything if left unchecked.  It’s a nice, empowering option, but to be used wisely.  Be aware.

  • I’m in the midst of a fun Design-Your-Own-Funky-Light-Fixture project for my studio.  I really like the look of all those great vintage industrial repurposed pieces out there, like this mixer whisk.  (Dear Sweet Paul Magazine:  “buy a $150 Anthropology lamp and switch out the standard shade with this whisk does not constitute a “Tutorial.”  Just saying.) With that in mind, anyone know of a good place to find simple lamp hardware like a socket and some nice-looking cord?

And I’m off….


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