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Creative Rummage

Small Business Saturday

Some thoughts on our country of small businesses for today, November 28th, Small Business Saturday. It wasn’t until I was preparing to open my dream, a small shop filled with modern home and work goods that I became fully aware, we are a country of small businesses. My family was a mix of engineers and…

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How to gift wrap a telescoping box

What is a telescoping box? A telescoping box is simply a two-piece box– there is a compartment to place your items and a separate lid. It’s that simple. And, sure, you can place your gift inside, close the lid and wrap it up. But where’s the fun, or the challenge in that? So, this is…

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Design Inspiration: Endangered American Birds, California Condor

Original California Condor watercolor “The greatest danger to our future is apathy.”Jane Goodall California Condor After reading about the drastic decline in avian species last year, I subsequently started researching and sketching endangered American birds, and the California Condor was easy to fall for. The whole studio became enchanted by these new world vultures —…

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Design Inspiration: The Story Behind our Scarves

“When I wear a silk scarf I never feel so definitely like a woman, a beautiful woman.” Audrey Hepburn My mother definitely took an unconventional approach to her interior decor. She paid no attention to the rules of what made an object or painting “high or low” and gleefully blurred design boundaries. She blended fine…

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Mangroves

Since I draw so much inspiration for my work from the natural world, I’ve come to realize I owe this glorious planet of ours not only a debt of gratitude, but something more tangible. And I want to reciprocate in a way that helps protect the environment, but that also supports communities of women in…

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Something to Write “from” Home About

These days constant upheaval is our new normal. The daily data is grim and this COVID tsunami will only get worse. But all around us, there is a generosity of spirit. People are dropping off food. People are planting victory gardens to feed others. Our health providers are global heroes. People are sharing their own…

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Secretary of the Interior

In house model Fiona with one of her favorite pastimes. I was a newlywed when my husband and I watched the twin towers collapse in real-time from our loft building a mile north of the attack. We knew then that the world would never be the same and that our lives would be neatly demarcated…

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Ashes of Rose

Ashes of rose is a color name that has faded from view but was once celebrated in the sentimental English Victorian palette. It’s a blush pink toned down with a mild grey. And it’s an ubiquitous hue in every garden. I find it in the paler portion of my crab apple blossoms and my heirloom…

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Double Twenty

Each year I pen a New Year’s letter to our kids. Here’s what I wrote heading into 2020. December 31 My dear hearts: Another year is filing out the door and it’s time for this letter. Two thousand nineteen saw great upheaval in our country, in our world, and 2020 will decide the fate of…

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The Night Before Christmas

The Holiday cards are done at last, and Christmas Eve is here. I adore the exchange of Holiday cards but always struggle with adding to the waste stream with one of our own. I do use an eco-friendly card, but it’s still a product, and odds are it will not be composted. But it brings…

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