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The start of a new week

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Good morning, everyone! What did you do this weekend? I did a lot of this - ... being that weekends are a surprisingly good time for me to get things done. I don't know why that is, and it doesn't happen every weekend (some times I like to take time off to hang out with my friends and family, isn't that crazy?). But lately my husband has been helping some friends of ours build a deck at their house, and that's given me the quiet space in the house to explode with work and not feel too guilty about it....

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GLAM 2013: Sunday, December 8th, 2013

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Got plans for Sunday, December 8th? Make some! Come to the GLAM Indie Craft Show from 11-4 PM at the Historic Mustang Hangar on Waldo Road near the Gainesville Airport. It's $3 admission (kids 10 and under free) and there will be beer, wine, and food for sale. Airplanes and helicopters regularly take off from here - it's a real working airport! - and last year the tables near the food had a great view of the runway. Here are a few highlights from last year - This is such a fun event, from both a vendors and a shoppers...

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September Yarn Club: Why the Sea is Salt

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It's October now, which means I can post about the September yarn club -- international people have all told me they've gotten theirs, which means I won't be spoiling anyone. September club yarn was "Why the Sea is Salt." Fairy tales, like folk tales and mythology, can be used to help explain things we don’t understand – or didn’t understand, hundreds of years ago. At the same time, they teach life lessons; be kind, be helpful, be generous, for these things are rewarded… as are selfishness, greed, and avarice (although not with the kind of reward anyone would want). Everything...

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Tuesday Tutorial: Chalkboard signs

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Here's what I usually do a few days before every craft show... print out new signs for small items that I don't want to sticker individually. Why do I do it each time? (1) They get banged up during transportation back from the show. (2) I might change the price (like when I figured out it was easier for MATH REASONS to just include tax on each item and round up or down to the nearest .50). (3) I might change which small items they are. (4) I might change my signage type. You can kind of see my signs...

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Fall down seven times; get up eight

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Sometimes I'm really excited about something I'm making. I'm either happy with how it's turning out, excited about what I'm learning in order to make it, learning new skills or stretching old ones, or just generally having fun. And then five minutes after I finish it, when the paint is still wet, the cat might jump up on my workspace and rub against the wet paint, smearing it all over the piece and causing me to sigh, deeeeeeply. Now, I was lucky in this instance because I was using a new (to me) technique of painting over an already glazed...

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