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This is a bold move, to try and write something in a half hour, without going down the rabbit hole. In 2017, I want to write more. My current issue is the ability to block off computer time. It feels so precarious, like at any moment I can lapse into a Pinterest tunnel or fall into the trap of Medium. However, I've pledged to try and solve this issue. If anyone has suggestions, please share! Ideally, I'd love to publish something once a week. There, apparently goals have a higher likelyhood of being achieved when you publicize them, but there is the counter theory that simply by stating them, your brain can be tricked into thinking it has already achieved...

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On Painting

My first memory, like my first memory ever, is of me painting a heart in preschool. I must have been 3. My second memory was of me, peeing on the red storytime carpet. Same era. The difference is that I remember how proud I felt of nailing the heart (red and blue, on newsprint, standing at an easel and you can be sure that I put up quite the fight to let them dress me with the apron or smock that they tortured me with. My second memory flooded me with shame and regret. But newsflash, this is not a downer post! So I’ll  skip the sob stories and promise to tell them another day. This Past Summer, I bought...

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The 2017 is HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE-EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERE

Did you hear that? It was Oprah. She said the planner is here. And you know she means business. Years of having this on my Life Goals and it took a few ‘can you help me with _____’ to get it done. I made this with Maria, my partner in design crime and we can’t wait to bring you other products. It was totally outside of our comfort zone, but you know what happens when you step out of that zone, right? That’s right. Jim happens. I’ll be bringing it to Pottery Barn for my Pop Up Shop. Oh, did I not tell you about Pottery Barn? Oh boy. Ok, before I go into that, I’ll just link up to...

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Labour of Days

  This past week has been full of planning, lists and task check boxes. Sure, there’s been late nights playing Risk, but we’re trying to stay focused on our renovation. And so far, so good.  In moving forward though, we’ve had to make some tough calls about what we choose to do, and what we say no to. And it’s been really hard to say no to so many fun things. But as our Mysticore leaders have taught us.. it’s in saying No that we learn how to say Yes? Right?  Right. All the while, I’ve been plodding along in the studio, stunned and so grateful by the sales that followed the launch of the online shop!  Reallt, it was...

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August And Everything After

For so long, I have  ruminated on what I would write when I finally sat down here with you. Every day almost, a thousand words would fill my brain, but they escaped my fingers as my hands were always tied to the kids, the phone, the dog, the wounded duck and the paintbrushes. All choices. But Dear Summer, I am not sad to see you go!!!! You were beautiful and sunny, but that humidity…. oh my. My thigh chaff will never recover. You showed me magical things and yet you were kinda mean. Your heat and lack of water almost decimated my garden, but that’s ok. I guess part of the natural cycle is knowing that there are things you...

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