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Sunny, the big fluffy Puppy

September 26, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Pets, Quilting, Staff

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Carolyn and her husband recently adopted a darling apricot-colored Labradoodle. While leafing through a magazine one day, Carolyn came across a photo of a woman sitting on the steps and a fluffy, soulful, floppy-eared dog had his head in her lap.

That’s all it took, she was hooked. Once they determined that the dog was a labradoodle, Carolyn’s husband, Nick, went on the hunt for their new puppy and they had the joy of being involved with their puppy from birth.

All their dogs of the past have been named after bears—Grizzly, Kodiak, Bear—so keeping with tradition Sunny is a nickname for Sun Bear.

He sure has the sunny disposition that goes along with his name. So sunny in fact, he charms himself out of being in trouble every time he unrolls the toilet paper or sticks his head in a trash can looking for goodies to chew.

Carolyn loves him to death, and when he’s done some kind of dirty deed, she laughs and says, “It’s a good thing he’s so cute!” I used to say that about my son when he was a toddler too!


Sunny has been an inspiration for all of us so we designed a dog bed, blankie, and even a pillow with his name on it featuring one of my new fabric collections for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores---appropriately named “Junkyard Dogs!”

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First Day of Fall is here

September 21, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Friendship, Home, Well-Being


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There’s always a period of mourning as you anticipate the ending of another summer. Don’t they go faster every year that passes? Probably the best distraction from this mourning is enjoying the most beautiful season of all - which is Fall.

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A great way to commemorate the Equinox event (Sept 22) is a Hunting and Gathering adventure walk. It is almost time for putting out your Autumn décor which is always enhanced by a potpourri of natural elements. Pick a crisp, sunny day to invite your walking buddy to head out to a nearby park.

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With large baskets on your arms, start gathering pretty leaves, pinecones, acorns, twigs or anything else nature leaves on the ground for you. While sipping on some hot, orange spice tea, get inspired to start your Fall decorating with your hand picked elements from Nature. 

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Hens only – No Noisy Roosters Allowed!

September 16, 2009 in Creativity, Friendship, Staff

Eggs You probably weren’t aware that this is National Chicken Month, were you? 

Normally, I probably wouldn’t think to acknowledge such a thing. But since we have our own Chicken Lady on staff, we must honor the chicken. All of us here at the studio benefit from regular deliveries of fresh organic eggs from Kathy’s flock.

Kathy-and-chickensRaising chickens for 18 years now, she has a brood of 27 and just loves these girls and all their personalities.  Since she welcomes new hens into the flock every year, she has a system of creating fashionable colored leg bands to identify what year they joined the clan. This year two of her chicks did turn out to be roosters! (Yikes!) Each time a rooster makes their way into the batch, she says a little prayer in hopes that it will be the first rooster in history that doesn’t crow. Although she has inquired, the vet told her that you just can’t “de-crow” a rooster.

The hens all have names like “Strawberry” and “Silky” based on their colors and markings. One of her eldest (who is a little more full figured) has earned the name “Queen Mum” and naturally she is the grand dame and self appointed role model to the other chicks. (sounds a bit like a DIVA to me) The four golden hens that pal around in a pack are nicknamed “The Blonde Bombshells.”

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Because of the growing interest in eating organic foods, Kathy recently interviewed her chicks about the eggs they produce. The response was positive...

“It’s not a bad job. About once a day I spend 10 minutes in hard labor, and give a big SQUAWK when the blessed event is complete. Then I have the rest of the day off to jabber with the girls and sun myself.”

Not a bad deal since Kathy keeps them well fed along with extra treats of cracked corn, wheat kernels and yummy kitchen scraps. These chickens are well loved and doted on by Kathy and we sure do love the eggs!

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Grandparent’s Day is Today

September 13, 2009 in Family, Friendship, Weblogs

85 There are countless ways that Grandparents contribute to the raising of our collective kids – by baking cookies together, having overnight slumber parties, taking them on a special trip, lots of babysitting, helping out with expenses, reading stories, tolerating lots of messes, outings to the park, clapping louder than anyone at the recital and sitting through countless animated movies.

Even though they usually don’t require it, any bit of thanks is usually appreciated.

Remember to send your Grandparent a little “Thanks” on this Grandparent’s Day.

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Red Barn Sale

September 10, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Decorating, Gardening, Quilting, Staff

Booth It's that fun time of year, when all the local artisans are coming together to sell their creations and flea market treasures. Carolyn, Jackie and Lori have all been buzzing over the last few weeks about plans to display their wares for the Labor Day Sale. Of course, there were several late nights, pulling it all together and getting everything done in time.

Garden-signJackie and Carolyn teamed up under the name Glass Garden and made beautiful glass bricks with seasonal mosaic designs. They also covered garden pots, windows, birdhouses and even a wine keeper with colored glass. Lori is quite the jewelry maker and set up her table showcasing her lovely necklaces, brooches, bracelets and earrings. Despite a couple of storms threatening to blow them away, the event was a success for all.

Coming Oct 2 & 3, another good friend is putting on the Mad Hatter Flea Market at the File Mile Grange in Spokane. What fun!

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Coloring for Grandparents

September 6, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Family

WebImage1 I’ve got a great little coloring project perfect for little ones who want to make something special for Grandma and/or Grandpa for Grandparents Day. (It’s next Sunday, September 13!)

Pick up a fresh box of crayons and download as many copies as you need to entertain the kids with a fun afternoon project. Pop them in the mail just to arrive in time for the 13th.

Also, check out our new Grandparent’s Day e-card and pop it in the virtual mail box for instant delivery.

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Back to School Organization Time

September 3, 2009 in Crafts, Creativity, Scrapbooking

Organizers Okay, now that it is September, we can fully embrace Back to School Season. Whether you’re the parent of a school kid or a teacher, now’s the time to start planning how to keep yourself organized.

When the frig gets filled with papers and projects you can transfer them into this clever school paper organizer. To customize, you can easily decorate a portable paper file with any theme of stickers. For optimum organization, you can use letter stickers to spell out each grade on the file dividers. Use some of those spare wallet size class photos to mount on each grade divider.

BOOKS If time is too tight for paper crafting right now, check out these printed expandable pocket folders from our partner Teacher Created Resources.


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