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Embellished Sticks for Girls' Night Out


Had so much fun last night. It was a much overdue girls' night out with Heather, Amy, and Pam. We all decided that we would exchange gifts ... for so many reasons ... to celebrate and to congratulate. These bundles are what I ended giving each of them. Wanna see what I put inside?

Jenny Doh
Inspired by the sticks I made for my daughter, I painted sticks and then crocheted flowers and nailed the flowers with buttons to the sticks.

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I also nailed little felt hearts with buttons to the sticks and added their names with a dip pen.

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I figured these sticks would go well with the stones I made for them for a previous occasion. 

Jenny Doh
My favorite part of preparing these gifts was being able to enclose tiny typed notes in the bundles ... to express gratitude for their friendship and support. Good food, good drinks, good laughs, and good conversation. Just what I needed.


So Proud


Just a few days ago, the house was winding down for the night ... I was finishing up my work, The Mister and my Andrew (the dudes) were already zonked out for the night, the pups all curled up and dozing off ... as my Monica was finishing up her homework and packing up her books into her bag for the next day. She came into my office to share a laugh and to say goodnight. And then she said, "I'm proud of you, mom."

God. Such words.

Jenny Doh
I've always known that reminding my kids that I'm proud of them is the ultimate, you know? When they were little tykes, even though they would jump up and down for things like balloons and ice cream cones, I knew that no balloon or cone could ever be as significant as either me or The Mister looking them in the eye and saying "I'm proud of you." They are the ultimate words that any kid of any age wants to hear from his or her parents. And every time I say it to them, I know it affects them deeply. There's a component to these words that also becomes a magical self-fulfilling prophesy. I say "I'm proud of you" and they use those words to fuel behaviors that make me proud of them.

But to hear those words spoken the other way ... from child to parent ... I can't explain it. It's as amazing as when you hear it from your parents. It's a validation that you are doing right by the most important people in your life. It's a reminder to keep priorities straight and relationships straight. They are words that both Monica and Andrew give to me occasionally ... and always unexpectedly as they observe and assess my behaviors. The ultimate gift.

My kids. They're proud of me. And like a bird, I fly.

Jenny Doh



Studio Explorations :: watercolor+white Bombay ink+black marker


.. Studio Explorations ..
watercolor + white Bombay ink applied with popsicle stick + black marker

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Studio Explorations :: lost+found


.. Studio Explorations ..
ledger paper + acrylics + pencil + red perle cotton 

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We Welcome Amy Tangerine, Ali DeJohn, Linda Wiggen Kraft


:: For the Week of September 25, 2011 ::

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PalatePalette :: Roasted Tomato Soup


:: PalatePalette ::
Inspired by Smitten Kitchen's Roasted Tomato Soup

Roasted Tomato Soup
Left to Right
RGB ::
210+212+217 • 242+235+201 • 217+164+4 • 191+126+4 • 166+79+3

CMYK :: 3+2+0+15 • 0+3+17+5 • 0+24+98+15 • 0+34+98+25 • 0+52+98+35


Studio Explorations :: Dots+Watercolors


.. Studio Explorations ..
dot stickers+watercolors 

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PalatePalette :: Cardamom Honey Caramel Pears


:: PalatePalette ::
Inspired by The Not Without Salt's Cardamom Honey Caramel Pears

Cardamom Honey Caramel Pears
Left to Right
RGB ::
49+62+89 • 63+82+89 • 89+49+14 • 166+115+96 • 38+8+1

CMYK :: 45+30+0+65 • 29+8+0+65 • 0+45+84+65 • 0+31+42+35 • 0+79+97+85


Milky Heart Jar :: Enamel Paint Tutorial


I love jars. And I love upcycling used jars for new purposes. Like this upcycled frappaccino jar that I painted with enamel paint.

enamel paint tutorialI first made a heart template using Con-Tact paper and adhered it onto the jar. More details on Con-Tact paper here. Next, I applied a coat of FolkArt enamel acrylic paint by Plaid.

enamel paint tutorialNext, I peeled off the stencil. So cute, right?

To cure the paint, you can allow it to air dry for 21 days or bake it in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes.

enamel paint tutorialOnce cured, tie a length of Baker's Twine at the top, fill it with milk, and enjoy.

enamel paint tutorial



Studio Explorations :: Reactions


.. Studio Explorations ..
index cards, tape, wallpaper, pencil, red pencil

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So after making that spread that I showed you yesterday, I turned the page to see that the stitching I did on the right of the spread created these stitches on the left of the new spread. Reminder that every action has a reaction, right?

So I looked at these stitches and allowed myself to react to them and see where my reactions would lead me.

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