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Fighting Winter with Color and Crafting

Posted by mrssmythe on March 13, 2017 in Art, Baking, Crafting, Garden, Seasons, Week in Review |

Snow, snow, snow. That’s all anyone was talking about today. Snow last week, and snow on the way. This in addition to frigid temperatures and incredible winds. It’s a lot to take in on a day when you’ve lost an hour’s sleep to Daylight Savings Time. Coffee helps. Even crocheted coffee. Here’s a little cup that I […]

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Hair Inspired by a Chicken…and More

Posted by mrssmythe on January 23, 2017 in Art, Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Seasons |

First news out of the gate: Pepper has dyed her hair! Actually, Pepper didn’t do anything but sit in a chair while her stylist worked the magic, but Pepper was certainly the one to select the color. She wanted a silvery/white, and she got it. I told her it looked like she’d tried to duplicate the feathers […]

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The Prisma App

Posted by mrssmythe on September 13, 2016 in Art, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, iPhone photography, Photography |

I’d like to revisit a topic I introduced in the last post – namely, the Prisma App. If you enjoy tinkering with photos on your phone, this is definitely something to look into. It can take any so-so photo and give it a wonderful, artistic look – so artistic, in fact, that I’m tempted to print […]

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Youth Classes at the Springfield Museums

Posted by mrssmythe on July 17, 2016 in Art, Museums |

The kids each got to select a week-long day camp to attend this summer. Pepper chose “Painting in Oils”, one of several teen art classes offered by the Springfield Museums. (For a complete listing of current classes, click HERE). Before taking this class, Pepper had never had any sort of formal art instruction. She does like to sketch, though, and […]

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The Brown Bear Blanket

Posted by mrssmythe on April 13, 2016 in Art, Crafting |

I finished another stash-busting project this past week – a variation on Lion Brand’s “Blended Colors Baby Throw“. The first time I knit this pattern, I followed the prescribed color scheme exactly. This time, I branched out and matched the stripes to illustrations in the popular children’s book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?. I […]

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