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I’ve been painting the last couple weeks, so I have several new ones available this week. Yes, doling them out one a day to help etsy’s algorithm keep me at the top of the searches.

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16″x20″ oil on stretched canvas. Available here.

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I am trying to fit in a little knitting every day as my zen time. I don’t have anything I particularly need to knit, I have enough scarves (can one ever have too many scarves?) so I am knitting simple washcloths. Quick, easy, and something you always need.

This is Peaches & Cream cotton. It is very rough and definitely not high-end, but great if you want an exfoliating washcloth. Or maybe a good dish scrubber.

And the color is so pretty for a bathroom.

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I just love this pattern, it is, for me, the perfect lunch bag. I think we got almost a year’s worth of use out of the last ones. And that’s five-day-week use, so I’m happy with how they held up.

I followed my “use your favorite fabric” philosophy. I used to save my favorites, but that was before the internet, back when actually finding something you liked was rare. You settled for what was available, and if you were lucky you liked it. Nowadays, I can shop and pick only my favorites. So why not use them?

This Robert Kaufman print I had anticipated using for something else, but in the end it looks great as a lunch bag. Here it is, front…

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and back.

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This was a Riley Blake print, I think. She always uses great artists.

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My favorite part is the drawstring top. It poofs out a lot higher than it appears here, and you can fit quite a lot of lunch inside.

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Lastly, this fun novelty print.

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Every day, lunch will be fun. Love this whole design. It takes a little trouble, but is worth the effort. Much better when you assembly line it, and make a couple extra to give away.

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For those who haven’t been reading forever, “mspt” is “make something pretty today.”

I used a wreath frame from the floral section in the dollar store, and ribbon and fresh lavender. You have to gather the lavender on just the right day–too soon, and it’s not fragrant, too late and it’s gone to seed. I think you have about one week to find just the right day, and then hope you get there before the bees.

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This used a lot more ribbon than I expected, so I switched to perle cotton thread. Which I ended up liking better, as it’s less noticeable.

And yes, it smells heavenly.

I have listed my fox quilt pattern on etsy again. I just sort of let it slide to the way-side, but it should be up running constantly, because it’s a good pattern and fits a niche in a way I haven’t seen anyone else do. Please follow the link above and pin to pinterest from there so people see it!

My shop “limephosphate” has been closed, so it’s got to be difficult for people to find me. I’ll have to fix the watermark on all these photos….

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Happy Flag Day! Did you get yours hung out yet? I had to run to the store yesterday and buy a new one, because ours was starting to look shabby. Then I put the old one aside, because I know it’s supposed to be disposed of properly, and there probably aren’t boy scouts doing that more than once a year. And looking at the old flag, it’s made out of cotton and could be made into something else–right? I don’t know if that’s desecrating the flag, or celebrating it in a new way…will have to research. I love shabby chic patriotica, and will have to keep my eye open for an idea.

In the meantime, a new sorrel horse painting!

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18″x18″ oil on stretched canvas. Available in my etsy shop.

 

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I hope your Saturday is going as beautifully as it is here. Sunny skies, a bit windy, but not too cold and not too hot. The perfect sort of day.

8″x10″ oil on stretched canvas. I love painting bay horses, because so many colors can go into their russet and not look amiss. Available in my etsy shop.