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These legs were made for going.

These legs were made for going.

If you're having a bad day and need some cheering up, I have the antidote for you:  Edward Topsell's Old English description of the Sea-Horse. Read it aloud and I guarantee you'll feel better.

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The 80% Rule

80% Rule an artist's life behind the scenes

The 80% Rule

There's something about this piece I don't like. It makes me squirm a little every time I see it. I've been tempted to toss it altogether, to start over, or maybe, even, to not try this design again. When I began this project, I had an idea in my head of how it would turn out, and that idea was perfect. The end product is not. Several years ago, one of my favorite artist friends shared a video with me called "The Secret to my Productivity." (insert nauseous emoticon here) It's a terrible title and if I hadn't trusted my...

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The Gulon

foure footed beastes

The Gulon

Yes, I admit, I took The Gulon for a walk soon after I stitched him. According to  "The Historie of Fovre-Footed Beastes," published in 1607, which is where I found this illustration, The Gulon (or "Gvlon" as it appears in the book) eats carcasses and requires two trees to aid in digestion. Who could deny such a creature a walk to check out the neighborhood trees? He is also "thought to be engendered by a Hyena & a Lioneffe, for in quality it refembleth a Hyena...& it is a deuouring and an vnprofitable creature, hauing fharper teeth then other creatures." Furthermore, "it...

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A Steep Climb

an artist's life behind the scenes small business owner

A Steep Climb

I started my embroidery business last year sort of willy nilly, just to see how things might go. I embroidered, I experimented with mediums and techniques, and I pushed my weird little fledgelings out into the world without editing a single photo or giving a single thought to marketing. Most found new homes and I gained some new skills and a few fans. I dared to think this little art venture of mine might just be viable.

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