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Sunday Practice

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Last weekend the bullet journaling world opened up to me.  I’d heard about it for several months, but for some reason wasn’t quite ready to make the leap.  Things shifted and a whole new universe appeared.  As I usually do with new interests, I jumped in wholeheartedly and what resulted was one of the most…

A Cause and A Home

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I mentioned a few weeks ago I was in the process of revamping my Etsy shop.  I replaced every photo, upgraded my SEO (which I’ve recently learned needs additional revisions), and removed items from my shop that didn’t seem to fit with my general theme.  I’ve done as much as I can to keep up…

Hope Instead of Red

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Last Wednesday was International Women’s Day.  Partly through the day I realized there was a call to wear red, which I somehow missed.  That morning I put on my shirt with large pink letters spelling “hope” in support of a friend who was undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer that morning. Throughout the day I kept…

For A Girl Who Might Be Nervous about Her Wedding

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My advisor and chief inspiration for marygLOVESart® paid me a visit last weekend.  That would be Faith, my almost ten-year-old granddaughter.  Amidst the numerous projects she herself was working on, she dished out plenty of suggestions.  The most significant one was for a new don’t worry doll–a bride.  In her words:  “I think you should…

Changing It Up

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My Etsy shop is having an identity crisis.  For the past several weeks, my shop has been in overhaul mode and I’m still not totally happy with it.  As a participant in Jenny Waldrop’s Etsy Academy (, I decided to try some of her ideas, one being to identify my niche.  I made the choice to…

Cara’s Angel

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Recently a woman contacted me through my Etsy shop to ask if I could make an angel for the top of her Christmas tree.  She saw my don’t worry dolls and wondered if I could make a bigger one for her.  I’d actually never thought of making them larger, so I said I’d give it a…

Etsy Conversation Podcast

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Not long after I started my Etsy shop a year ago, I ran across the Etsy Conversation Podcast.  Each week a different Etsy shop owner is interviewed by a delightful woman named Ijeoma.  I couldn’t believe my good fortune.  It was like a free crash course in how to run an Etsy shop.  As I…

A Year of Happy Practice

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Last Saturday I spent a lovely day under a tree.  Beside me were friends and my granddaughter, Emily, all of us selling our creative works at the 11th annual Desert Song art festival.  Pam had her exquisite jewelry and Sam, age 12, and his mom were selling t-shirts featuring his latest designs.  Emily and I assembled a…

Three Sisters

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At our school we have a castle.  It’s a beautiful corner of the playground with a low adobe wall, rocks, desert plants, trees, sticks, and children.  It’s called Gwen’s Castle, named after one of our students who, at age four, unexpectedly passed away in her sleep at home.  The castle was constructed as a memorial…

A Rey of Sunshine

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I mentioned my granddaughter, Faith, who was the original inspiration for my don’t worry dolls.  She still inspires me. We spent the weekend together and she wasted no time at all getting her hands on my art supplies. When her other grandmother took her shopping at the Disney store, she purchased a Star Wars speeder…

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