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Make-N-Take at 2018 State Fair

I’m getting my ribbons, scissors, and glue packed up for the Make-N-Take at the Oregon State Fair. On Friday August 31st from 12 to 1 I’ll be at a table in front of the Explore Oregon stage teaching folks how to make double ribbon paperclips! Here’s a link to the… 

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Fabric Paper Clip Art for Cookbooks

More rubber stamping for paper clip art last night, this time on strips of fabric with black StazOn ink. Bought two colors of plain cotton fabric in fat quarters at Walmart for $.97 each and used my pinking sheers to cut strips. Strips are about 2cm (just over 1/2 inch)… 

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Double Ribbon Altered Paperclip Tutorial

A couple of FB friends have asked how I made the double-layered ribbon paperclips I’ve been using in my planner, so I took a few cellphone shots last night while I was making one. Here’s the scoop. Step 1: Pick out two ribbons that coordinate, with one ribbon at least… 

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Brief #3 MIID Summer School — Jewels

The third and final brief of the Make It In Design Summer School was centered around Jewels. I immediately began day dreaming about tiaras and other sparkly things and spent hours browsing Pinterest and Google images. But my first sketches went nowhere. As did my second set. And because I… 

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Make It In Design Brief #2 — Tribal Theme Pattern Design

The second brief for the Make It In Design summer school program revolved around Tribal patterns. Having never designed anything tribal, I went looking at my childhood in South Dakota and Alaska for inspiration and found lots of beautiful artwork, including some inspiration from things I own. As lovely as… 

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Make It In Design Summer School

I’m one of the many folks obsessing over the Make It In Design summer school program this summer — so much so that I haven’t blogged anything about it yet. It’s a six week course, with a brief delivered to participants every other week and that assignment due the week… 

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January Creative Goal Setting

I posted the following on my Facebook page and have gotten 4 takers so far. “I hereby promise the following: One thing I want to do this year is create more. So: I promise to make a small work of art for the first ten people who comment on this… 

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About Me
Fiction writer, coffee addict, cat owner...doesn't every "about me" say that, usually with a cutesy photo? I don't do cutesy. So I'll add to the list: I'm short, stubborn, very unfashionable, clumsy (typing this with a wounded wrist, always have bruises), opinionated, and a humanist. BS degree in Journalism '83, certificate in technical writing, addicted to reading, can't boil water without setting off the smoke alarm, non-skinny, politically active (and annoyingly loud about it). Love comfort, hate camping, wouldn't want to live in a world where chocolate and caramel hadn't been invented.