flash sale & giveaway!

Thought I would welcome Spring with a Flash Sale and a Giveaway! It actually may be Spring in Wisconsin and that is something to celebrate. Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 2.50.31 PM

3 fonts... Woof, Vibrant Women and Yoga Studio all for what would be the price of one font. Designed by Nancy. All for $29.

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Lake Vacation Doodles, House Doodles, Farm Doodles and Woodland Doodles. 4 for $39 by Rae.

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Crowns, Just Animals, Just People, Just Flower Pots and Just Frames. Just 5 fonts from Justine for $49.

All for a limited time. To receive Flash Sale pricing plz use the links on this page.


This month's giveaway will be my whimsical alphabet sampler. I designed it and it is produced and sold by Ann of Stitch Supply Co. To enter the giveaway go to my Facebook page and either Like, Comment or Share. If you do all 3 you are entered 3 times, or 2 times for 2...



art + socks = bliss


When I was in grade school I knew who Charley Harper was. I certainly did not learn about him in my Catholic grade school art class. My uncle was a printer and each Winter on a Sunday at grandma's house we would pour over the big books of Christmas cards. Those cards were then ordered and would have our names already printed on them. I loved those books. My favorite cards were any with Charley Harper art on it. I do remember an iconic red cardinal card that I do think we sent one year. I was mesmerized by how he drew. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charley_Harper



I rarely shop. I am hard to buy for. I have what I need. I do like nice things though. And I really like toasty, warm socks. I almost always wear hand-knit socks or Smartwool socks. I even darned my favorite pair of Smartwool striped black socks. I know I do obsess over some things.

And this week I came home to this package of bliss on my doorstep. Not sure it gets much better than this. Charley Harper Smartwool socks. They are a wear now weight and a limited collection. So if you want some art for your feet check out the collection. http://www.smartwool.com/socks.html?cat=6837&gender=9915

Disclaimer: These socks were a gift from a friend (thanks Sarah!). I have no arrangement with Smartwool. I just wish I did.


a few new house things


we plan to take a  vacation next month and stay home and do condo things. Like stain the deck, wash windows, basically winterize. Also seemed like it was time to spiff up the main living area. I got this new rug at Crate and Barrel. Nice Summery thin rug for my office space.



I've wanted a new clock ever since we moved in. Love this one. Especially after John figured out how to stop the tick-tock sound that sounded just like dripping water. I could hear this from my desk and it got so bad one day that I taped things to the back of the clock to muffle the sound. Love this tall element. It anchors the seating area which is part of an open space. This came from the Touch of Modern website. I am pleased with several things I have gotten from them. But you wait forever and ever, shipping is really slow.


These darling salt & pepper birds are from West Elm and are even on sale! They work with my mid-Century look.

I seem to be going back to a black and white, charcoal, cream, non-color kind of house look. No purple, no lime, very little blue.... it's all good.

Soon it is time to edit the house for Fall & Winter. I go room by room and put away things that are sitting out that should not be. Try to get as visually clean as possible because in a few short months out will come a carefully edited group of Christmas decorations. Summer rugs go away and heavier Winter ones come out. The large Norfolk pine will need to find a home indoors again. We get cozier then. And while it does feel good it is hard to watch the days get shorter and colder.


Where Were You?


Last year when

the Wisconsin GOP hastily passed Governor Walker’s budget repair bill, blatantly ignoring the state’s open meeting law, I was in California. I remember checking my email on the evening of March 9, 2011, and seeing an emergency message: Come to the Capitol NOW. The Senate is voting.

Absolutely stunned, feeling helpless and outraged, I followed via Twitter as the situation unfolded. I’ll never forget how angry I was. I would have run all six blocks from my apartment to the Capitol had I been in Madison. It is estimated that 7000 people stormed the building that evening, hoping to make their voices heard.

The next morning, I awoke up to heartbreaking stories of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami. I remember thinking that another kind of earthquake had occurred in my home state. It was so difficult to be away, especially to miss the Tractorcade rally that drew hundreds of thousands of people two days later. I followed via live blog and felt so proud of our state and the 14 Senators who returned to Wisconsin that Saturday.

Here’s what John Nichols recently wrote about the historic events one year ago:

“What is happening in Wisconsin, and America, is that, finally, as the corporate interests make their ultimate claim on the commons, they have created what my old friend Florence Reece described as a “which side are you on?” moment.

As Wisconsinites have taken sides, and as Ohioans and Michiganders and New Yorkers have done the same, they have found that the old divisions that so favored the elites — white versus black, gay versus straight, native versus immigrant, urban versus rural — are abstract and meaningless. What is real is the threat of a state and a nation so defined by corporate campaign contributions, corporate lobbying and corporate power that they can take away our right to organize unions, to speak in our workplaces and our communities, to petition — as the founders of the American experiment intended — for the redress of grievances.

We draw on our radical traditions, yes, but we also respond to the demands of this moment, the first moment of a new American age when peoples once divided recognize that the threats are so serious and the potential of our unity so great that we must all, in the words of the posters the farmers attached to their tractors on that Saturday a year ago: “Pull together!”

My friend Rae took this Tractorcade picture. If you missed the event, or want to relive the experience, watch this amazing video. http://www.tourdeforce360.com/madison_protest/index.html

happy valentine's day!

For those of you who are reading this post and going, 'Oh NO, it's Valentine's Day!!!!!!' here is a little do-it-yourself valentine. It even works better if your object of desire is in the next cube. CountryLiving.com has a darling valentine airplane for you! Enjoy and have a sweet day!

(Note: go to Country Living's site to print the full size airplane.)

working from home


Now don't get me wrong, I love working from home. I just wish I could do it with a tidy desk wearing a perfect cute/casual wardrobe. Instead I have a tidy house, messy desk and I wear a wardrobe of pajamas or rags. I am kind of giving up on the desk thing... and I blogged about that once before. I accept the fact that creative people have messy desks. I am not good with it but I can accept it.

I am going to try with the wardrobe. First I wear all black... recently I bought something in gray, cream and olive. Big step. I use to wear color and I have no idea how that black thing happened. The bigger problem is that my clothes all look like rags. Light bulb moment... they are rags because I buy things that will turn into rags after 2 washing or 10 minutes of wearing. I buy cottons, linens and knits. I bought a pair of gray pants that I am calling yoga pants and they are knit with unfinished hems. They are really soft but they certainly do not look like a brand new pair of pants I bought on sale but retailed originally for $80.

All of this thinking was the result of reading this article. Apparently I am not the only person working from home in rags.

carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

Yum, this is my birthday cake. John makes it from scratch for me for my. It is a yearly event! Carrot Cake - makes 12 to 15 servings

1 ½ cups vegetable oil 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 cups flour 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon 2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons baking soda 2 cups shredded carrots 1 can (20 ounces) crushed pineapple with juice 1 cup coconut 1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In large bowl, beat oil and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla and beat well. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and add to sugar mixture. Fold in carrots, pineapple, coconut and raisins.

Pour into a greased 13-by-9-inch pan and bake in preheated oven 45 to 60 minutes or until edges pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool completely. Top with cream cheese frosting and, if desired, coconut and nuts.

Cream Cheese Frosting

6 ounces cream cheese, room temperature ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, room temperature 2 cups powdered sugar (about) ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

In medium bowl, cream the cheese with butter. Slowly add powdered sugar, then vanilla. Add additional powdered sugar if you like a firmer frosting.

Cake artwork is part of the Food Doodles Too font.

pears in art camera



you really need to start out with the right photo and then choose the right filters to get good effects. Art Camera has lots of bold filters so I choose this rather simple shot of 2 pears so I could see what the program would really do. If it was not for August Break I would not be exploring all these different apps. And trying them over and over. It is also making me start the process of organizing my photos.