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round about: cardboard tv’s & crafty books

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Another week has past. I don’t feel like i have much to show for it – and I think that’s just the beginning of how Fall and Winter always feel for me. Between the added school and extra-curriculars schedule, and the weather, things fly by without my knowledge. Somehow in the summer I don’t stress […]

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round about: yarn benches & sharpie walls

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I’m currently sitting in the middle of Northern Wisconsin getting cozy with Fall, the forest, a big bike race called the Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, and vegging out with my little family. It’s our annual Fall “vacation”, and we have all these silly little routines that I love to death. From where we eat, to […]

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round about: duck shrubbery & mod paper bags

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Well, folks, Birdie made it through the first week of school. In one piece, without any major tantrums, or forgotten lunches. And it sounds like she only ran around trying to kiss the boys twice. I guess that’s an acceptable amount in her eyes, but I’m not sure the boys would agree. I feel like I […]

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round about: abstraction & the time to hustle

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School starts next week, and my little baby will officially be a big kid attending Kindergarten. In so many ways I am so not ready. But the universe has decided to throw me a couple of curve balls that are ensuring that I will find a way to be ready. As one opportunity ends, a […]

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round about: automatic drawings & welding camp

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Sometimes something happens and your whole view of your little world shifts: you realize how lucky you really are, in comparison to all the crap that happens out there. I’m ending this week in a bittersweet but grateful mood. I’m happy for my little family, my little career, and the sunshine afternoons with the sweet […]

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round about: dead bloggers & mini suitcases

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Parents of 5 year olds, I’m at my wit’s end. My usually confidence, ebullient, social little girl is suddenly suffering from the worst case of separation anxiety. She claims she wants to spend all of her time with me (which can’t possibly be true) and spent the first part of dance camp today (at her favorite […]

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round about: mini treehouses & knotted trikes

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What a strange week it’s been.  I spent a large chunk of it trying to create the perfect photoshoot filled with cherries, lemonade, Indian colors, and French rustic touches. It was a blast. I’ll tell you more about that some other day. Plus,I  finished up some logo sketches for a new client, and drew aardvarks […]

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round about: circles everywhere & vibrant friends

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Summer vacation can certainly take its toll, can’t it? Routines for the kiddo are hard to come by, and if you work at home like I do, I’m missing the routines (and work time) as much as she is! The bright spot this week was her drawing sumer camp at a local kids art studio: […]

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round about: bottle clouds & tree spirits

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It had turned into one of those days: too long, too tired, with a too tired little girl fighting through my blinding headache. Then I took the time to gather up links for this post and found myself inspired and calmed. I guess that’s the reason I blog, in a nutshell. Here’s to a calmer weekend […]

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round about: serious spirit kitties & summerific birthdays

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Today is my mom’s birthday, so before I say anything else: HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! I’m hoping you have a fabulous, wonderful, knock-out, amazing day filled with chocolate, birthday cake, flowers, plants, and maybe some knitting. I’ll call ya later mom to confirm that list. That’s the best part of this day, that and the fact that […]

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round about: crafting the future one link at a time

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Wow what a whirlwind of a month I’m having! I really feel like this is the year of creative opportunities and new job directions for me: it’s so much fun to see it all happening. This week I spoke at a Communicators Conference with the theme “Craft Your Future”. We talked about my background in toy design, […]

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round about: how to summer in the 70s

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This past week I’ve been obsessing over a presentation I’ll be giving next week. It’s all about living a multi-faceted life, which I’ve realized over the last 5 years is my favorite way to live. It used to seem like a problem to me – I always had too many interests and no way to […]

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round about: let’s go to the moon & live in this house

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In the past seven days I have drawn about 24 different new product concepts. It’s always a bit overwhelming at first, but simultaneously very invigorating. Once I get going things just flow, and by the end of a good day I feel, well, it sounds cliched, but I feel more alive. It’s funny how I […]

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round about: paper bag astronauts & fords make rocks

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You know that moment when all the projects that have been brewing in the background suddenly begin popping up and needing immediate attention? Yep. That’s how this week ended. And I have a sneaky suspicion the next 2 or 3 weeks will continue in that vein. Actually, there are enough fun, exciting, cool projects in the […]

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round about: the riveropolis & gilded houses

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It feels like this week the weather is finally on the cusp of shifting from cold, damp Spring to almost Summer. It’s not the biggest of shifts, but it’s enough here in Minnesota to greatly improve everyone’s mood! Between that and the fact that I get to spend part of my weekend completely engulfed in […]

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