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I Love Loons!

I Love Loons!

Many days during my visits to Michigan, I hop on my kayak and head up Torch River to search for loons. I am drawn to these elegant birds with the black and white pattern on their bodies, one of nature's unique masterpieces. Here is my view as I write this post.If I am...

Summer Time is Reading Time & Picking Daisies

Summer Time is Reading Time & Picking Daisies

When summer comes with its warm days that send one to shady nooks and quiet spots, then one finds time for reading. Then there are long railroad journeys that need a thrilling book to shorten them, days at the lake, camp, and mountain when one can be lazy without...

Thrifted Fashion: Flowers For You

Thrifted Fashion: Flowers For You

Springtime means that everything is in bloom, and what better way to celebrate a new season than by using flowers as inspiration. With their infinite variety, delicate details, and exquisite colors, flowers never go out of style.If you joined me live on Facebook last...

My Pearl Button Adventure!

My Pearl Button Adventure!

  "Meet "Gus"! This is the Mississippi Harvest statue that sits on the banks of the Mississippi in Muscatine, Iowa. Gus is standing in a small boat with a pair of large tongs and mussels at his feet. Muscatine is known as the Pearl Button Capitol of the World....

A Chat with Strawberry Swing’s Curator Katie!!

A Chat with Strawberry Swing’s Curator Katie!!

I sat down with Katie co-founder of Craft Show CEO, the mastermind behind my favorite indie craft fair, The Strawberry Swing! We chatted about how I got started with the sewing pattern company I founded, Indygo Junction, which dates back to my days in high school when...

Color Yourself Calm!

Color Yourself Calm!

I just read that 80% of us are currently "sheltering at home". In this unprecedented situation, I think we are all looking for the good that can come out of this VERY difficult time in our world. Recently I read an article about the guiding goal of "being your best...

Nelly Don: A Kansas City Entrepreneur

Nelly Don: A Kansas City Entrepreneur

With the International Quilt Market trade show coming to Kansas City next week, I've been immersing myself in Kansas City history as much as possible lately so that I can share fun places for visitors to see while they're here! I'm sharing all my pictures and...

Introducing The Ephemera Book! (and a Giveaway!)

Introducing The Ephemera Book! (and a Giveaway!)

I met Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE at the Creative Connection event in 2010. We were both on a panel to discuss publishing books. I admired her work the minute I was introduced to it, and I have enjoyed her Uppercase magazine for years. The Vintage Made Modern story...

Common Threads & St. Louis Inspiration

Common Threads & St. Louis Inspiration

Last week I traveled up to St. Louis to the Baby Lock Common Threads event. This was my second time to be a part of this inspiring and educational retreat. I love getting a chance to connect with a really wonderful community of bloggers, magazine editors, publishers,...

A Royal October – and November!

A Royal October – and November!

What a fall we have had – another run for the Kansas City Royals in the Postseason followed by a World Series Win! My family enjoyed several postseason games and the celebration rally and parade. Here are some shots of this year's Royals journey, including some...

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