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Great Article for Jewelry Artists:

  • Posted on June 22, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Here is a great article from Jewelry Success Business News regarding using live models when photographing your jewelry, should you or shouldn’t you.

http://renaklingenberg.com/using-live-models-when-photographing-jewelry-yes-or-no/

Fused Glass Wind Chimes

  • Posted on January 26, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Here are the Fused Glass Wind Chimes I made for my Son, Robert, for his birthday, yesterday.  I just realized I have not posted any blog posts since after Thanksgiving.  Was totally swamped over the holidays.  Seems like the days just get by so very fast anymore.

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SANY0009Here is a close up of the top, black glass with colored dichroic chips and stringers fused onto it.

The top piece is about 3 x 3 inches.

SANY0008A close up of the upper 3 chimes.  Blue streaky glass and Purple glass with bits of dichroic glass fused onto them.

Each chime is approximately 1/2 inch wide by 3 inches long.

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The two outside chimes are actually Dark Purple glass, when held up to the light you can see they are purple.

All together is was quite a fun little project to create.  The first set of Wind Chimes I have ever made.  I strung the chimes with 8 lb fishing line my Hubby, Rick, had and used a fishing swivel for the top to hang them from.

Drilling all the holes in the glass before I fired them in the kiln, and tying the knots in the fishing line to string each of the chimes, all took quite a bit of time.  I also had to learn to tie a couple of new knots, fishing knots, so the knots would not come untied and the glass fall off and break later on.  Thanks Rick for sharing some You Tube videos.

 

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Totally Stuffed like the Turkey

  • Posted on November 29, 2013 at 12:51 am

Hope everyone had a very wonderful Thanksgiving.  I am totally stuffed just like the Turkey was.  Actually my sis in law fixed a Turducken.  It was fantastic!!!!

Totally excited I sold my first piece in my Etsy Shop, my Fused Glass Shawl Pin below:

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This pin is made with dichrioc glass in copper, purple, blue fused onto a black base.  I can create these in any color you prefer. $35.00 each.

Hope you got to share your Thanksgiving with family.  Many blessings to all!!!

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Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Posted on November 28, 2013 at 1:34 am

Wishing all of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I am back to blogging and creating new jewelry.  Look for new posts and pics coming in the next few weeks.  Will get back in full swing after the holidays. So sorry I have not posted in such a long time.  What can I say, life happens.

I leave you with this collage of some of my work.  The background is a hand painted silk scarf I designed with butterflies, a pair of black and blue handmade (lampwork) beaded earrings, and a black, red and white memory wire bracelet with a handmade (lampwork) black, red and white focal bead.

A Collage of my Work

Wishing each and every one of you a blessed holiday season.  Christina

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Devin’s Scarf

  • Posted on May 5, 2013 at 2:18 am

Devin’s Scarf

May 1, 2013

Free Crochet Pattern

 SANY0050My handsome Grandson, Devin, modeling his scarf, Christmas 2010

 

This is a scarf I designed for my grandson, Devin, for Christmas December of 2010.  I just got around to writing up the pattern almost two and a half years later.

Silk Level:  Easy

Gauge: Not important

Materials:

Vanna’s Choice by Lion Brand, 2 skeins Denim Mist or color of your choice.

(Or any 4 ply worsted weight yarn, such as Red Heart Super Saver, Red Heart Soft, I Love This Yarn, Loops and Threads, Caron Simply Soft, or Patons Classic Wool).

Crochet Hook Size I

Stitches used: chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet.

Finished Measurements of Scarf:  Approximately 7 inches wide and 75 inches long.

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Pattern:

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(Note: The two turning chains at the end of each row count as a double crochet at the beginning of the next row throughout.)

Row 1:  dc in third ch from hook and in each ch across, ch 2 turn. (22 stitches)

Row 2:  dc in very first stitch and in each dc across, ch 2 turn. (maintaining 22 stitches)

Rows 3-6:  Repeat row 2.

Row 7: dc in each of the first two dc (for a total of 3 dc counting the turning chains as a dc), *ch 1, skip next stitch, dc in each of the next 2 dc, repeat from * to last 3 stitches and dc in each of the last 3 stitches, ch 2 turn.

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3 dc counting the turning chains as a dc at beginning of Row 7

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Continuing after the 2 dc:  1 ch, skip 1 sp, 1 dc (see row 7 above)

SANY0009-001Continuing row 7 in pattern stitch

Rows 8-9: Repeat row 2.

 

SANY0003-002This is what the pattern looks like, row 7 will be the row with the open spaces above.

Rows 8 and 9 will look like the two rows after the row with the opens spaces in the pic above.

 

Row 10: Repeat row 7.

Rows 11-16: Repeat row 2.

Row 17: Repeat row 7.

Rows 18-19: Repeat row 2.

Row 20: Repeat row 7.

Row 12-85: Repeat row 2.

          (Note, for a shorter scarf delete rows from this section.  In order to have the opposite end of the scarf match the first end, delete rows evenly by twos.)

Row 86: Repeat row 7.

Rows 87-88: Repeat row 2.

Row 89: Repeat row 7.

Rows 90-95: Repeat row 2.

Row 96: Repeat row 7.

Row 97-102: Repeat row 2.  Fasten off.  Work in ends.

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Close up of pattern stitching

Add some fringe if you desire and make this for a female.

I hope you have fun creating your scarf.

Please post pictures of your finished scarf in the comments section of my blog page or on my Facebook page.  I would love to see what you created with my pattern.

My Facebook page is: Knitting & Crochet Friends:

https://www.facebook.com/KnittingAndCrochetFriends?ref=ts&fref=ts.

Thank you, Happy Crocheting.  Christina.

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This is an Original Design by Christina M. Lee.  Copyright May 1, 2013.   Please feel free to use my pattern to make as many scarves as you desire, give them away, sell them freely.

You are prohibited from selling this pattern or claiming is as your own, or publishing it in any printed material without my explicit permission.  You are prohibited from publishing, copying, or using the photographs in any manner, any place, or any format, without my explicit permission.

I would please ask that when you share the pattern that you give me credit for the pattern and post a link back to this blog page

If you have any questions about the pattern, or need any help with the pattern, please feel free to contact me.  You may email me at Christina@creationsbychristina.net or post a comment on my blog or Facebook page.

Coating Jewelry Pliers with Tool Magic

  • Posted on March 12, 2013 at 6:18 am

I am in love, found a great new product.  I have been trying to do some wire wrapping and am trying to do it without scratching the Sterling Silver Wire.  I found a product called “Tool Magic”.  You coat your jewelry pliers, the tips, with Tool Magic to prevent the wire being scratched by the pliers.

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Here is the Tool Magic and my pliers after I coated them.  Sooooo nice.

 

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Close of my jewelry pliers after coating with Tool Magic.  Now I can work on my wire wrapping without scratching the Sterling Silver Wire.

 

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Free Form Scarf, Part 4

  • Posted on March 12, 2013 at 5:38 am

Here is the final post on my first Free Form Crochet Scarf and my adventure into a new type of Fiber Arts, at least new to me, Free Form Crochet or FF.

In Part 1, I showed my first 3 ‘scrumbles’, (the individual sections of the scarf, each small cluster is called a scrumble.)

In Part 2, I showed ‘scrumbles 4-10, and in Part 3, I showed a detailed stitch by stitch demo of scrumble # 11.

In this post, I am going to show off the final scrumbles of the Scarf, and the completed Scarf.

 

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Here is the completed Scrumble # 11, which I showed how to make in the previous post.

 

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Scrumble #12

 

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Scrumble # 13

 

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And Scrumble # 14, the final scrumble of the Scarf.

 

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The final completed Scarf.

 

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Here is the back of the neck, of the completed Scarf.

 

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Side view of the Scarf.

 

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The other side view of my Scarf.

 

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Another view of the side.

 

 

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Final View of my Scarf.

 

I have become a member of the International Free Form Fiberarts Guild.  It is free to join.  There are plenty of wonderful people out there who will help you and encourage you to venture out into FF.  If you have any questions please message me.  If I cannot answer them I will find someone who can.

Here is a link to the Free Form Fiberarts Guild  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FFCrochet/

Happy crocheting!!!

 

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Free Form Scarf, Part 3

  • Posted on March 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

Welcome to Part 3 of my Free Form Scarf.

See earlier posts on this blog for Free Form Scarf Part 1 and Part 2.  This is my very first Free Form Crochet piece.  I have ventured out into a new to me art form in fiber arts, no patterns, just crochet; changing stitches, changing yarns and just creating as you go along.  I love the textures that I am creating.  Each small section is called a ‘Scrumble’  I finished it some weeks back and am just getting around to posting.  Sorry, life happens and I get busy.

In Part 1, I showed my very first 3 scrumbles, the beginnings of the Scarf.

In Part 2, I showed scrumbles 4-10, and the completed scarf to that point, which was about two thirds complete.

In this post, I have decided to show the creating of scrumble # 11 in some detail.  To give you an idea of how I created each scrumble and how I created this scarf, and to also give you inspiration to create your own FF piece.

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 I started at the top of the 10th scrumble creating the 11th scrumble.  I hooked the pink and white stripped yarn on, and single crocheted around the purple chain stitch, (pic above).

 

SANY0082I then started across the top of the purple with a couple of single crochets.  I chained 5 stitches and skipped 4 single crochets and slip stitched in the 5th single crochet of the purple row.

 

SANY0086At this point I decided to turn my work.  I then chained 2 and turned.  I am now working on the back side.  I started making puff stitches across the open chain stitch area.  Puff stitches are created by making 4, 5 or 6 double crochets but not finishing the stitch and keeping the last loop of each stitch on the hook and starting the next double.  You then pull one final loop through all 4, 5 or 6 loops on the hook and pull them together tight and slip stitch, forcing the yarn to puff out ward.  The puffs show on the right side.

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 The rest of the puff stitches are complete across the open chain space.  Remember this is the back side of the work, they are puffed out on the right side.

SANY0094At this point I decided to change yarn.  I changed to a pretty blue and pink textured yarn.  I am having so much fun.  You look through the bag of scrap yarn and think, that color would be good to use next, and you go for it.

SANY0095I created some more puff stitches across the top of the single crochets from the row before with the blue and pink yarn.

SANY0098 Here is a pic of the front of the work showing the puff stitches.  I really love the texture of this yarn.

 

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This pic shows the front side of both the blue and pink puff stitches and the pink and white puff stitches.  Notice the different look and texture of they yarns and the difference in the puff stitches.  Quite interesting effect making the same stitches with different yarns.

 

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Next, I worked behind the pink and white twisted yarn puff stitches.  Chaining 1 or 2 stitches and slip stitching between the puffs.  Laying some foundation chain stitches behind the puffs to work the next row off of.  I worked these behind the puffs, then at the end of the row I chained 2 and turned and started placing double crochets around my chain stitches behind the pink and white puff stitches.  Now I am again working on the back side of the scrumble. (You can see the chain stitches behind the puffs I placed on the row before.)

SANY0107I continued putting some double crochet stitches, some triple crochet stitches behind the pink and white puff stitches I made on the previous row.  Still working on the back side of the scrumble and working these around the 1 or 2 chain stitches I placed between the puff stitches on the back side.

SANY0117This pic shows the completed row.  I came across the row with double crochets, triple crochets, then dropped down to single crochets as I came across to the purple through the center.

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I then attached the coral yarn and chained 1 and turned.  I started putting 3 single crochets in each stitch to force the piece to ruffle.  (Note the blue and pink doubles and triples behind the pink and white puff stitches on the left hand side of the pic.)

SANY0125You can now see the coral is forcing a ruffle.  3 single crochets in each stitch across.

SANY0131And here is the completed # 11 scrumble in my Scarf.

I will show the rest of the scrumbles and the completed scarf in my next blog post.  If you have not tried Free Form Crochet or FF for short, I encourage you to try it.  It is quite fun.

I have become a member of the International Free Form Fiberarts Guild.  It is free to join.  There are plenty of wonderful people out there who will help you and encourage you to venture out into FF.  If you have any questions please message me.  If I cannot answer them I will find someone who can.

Here is a link to the Free Form Fiberarts Guild  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FFCrochet/

Happy crocheting!!!

 

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Award Winning, Crocheted Wool Eater Blanket

  • Posted on March 3, 2013 at 5:36 am

Award Winning, Crocheted Wool Eater Blanket made for my Husband, Rick.

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I entered this blanket into the Manatee County Fair and won 1st Place in January.  I used Homespun yarn, by Lion Brand, in this project. Homespun is a bulky yarn.  It made the blanket very heavy and very soft.  My husband just loves it and so do it.  It covers most of our king size bed, but not completely.  I had to lay it on the dinning room floor and stand on a step stool to get the pics of the whole blanket.  I so enjoy being creative with fiber arts, it is very laxing.

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Here is a close up of the scolloped stitching and the edge of the blanket.

I used 16 skeins of yarn in it.  About $65.00 worth of yarn.

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Here is the blanket at the Fair

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Here are my entry form and my blue ribbon

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Here is the note the Judge wrote on the back of my entry form.

 

I entered 9 items in the Fair this year, 4 jewelry, 4 crochet, and 1 fused glass, and I won 7 1st Place awards and 2 2nd Place awards.  This is my 3 year entering the Fair and it is a lot of fun.  I encourage everyone to enter you local county fair.  More pics to come here on the blog of my award wining entries.

Here is a link to the pattern I used http://sarahlondon.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/wool-eater-instructions/.

 

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Wine Bottle Cozy

  • Posted on February 14, 2013 at 7:05 pm
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Here is the wine bottle cozy I crocheted for my Mother-in-Law for her birthday.  She loved it. The Yarn was Red Heart Collage and the color is Landscape Green. I just love how the greens and pink of the yarn were blended and came out so pretty. I added the ruffled rows around the top to make it more ruffly after the draw string is pulled. The two beads on the draw string are two of my lampwork (handmade) glass beads.   Here is the pattern I used: http://www.yarntomato.com/patterns/wine-bottle-cozy/ I made a few changes. I skipped rows 12 and 13,…

Black and Red Boa

  • Posted on February 11, 2013 at 7:47 pm
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Fresh off the loom.  The loom knitted boa/scarf in Red and black. I made this boa from fun Fun Fir yarn. It is so very soft and fluffy. You will just love it. A must have. All my fiber arts are made in a pet free, smoke free environment. Boa is approximately 62 inches long, hangs slightly longer than waist length Close up of fun fir yarn For Sale in my Etsy Shop $25.00.  To purchase click here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/123368695/red-and-black-boascarf PLEASE NOTE: I can make you a fun fir boa for you in any color under the rainbow. Message me if…

Freeform Crochet, My Scarf, Part 2

  • Posted on February 8, 2013 at 5:32 am
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Continuing on with my Freeform scarf made with the scrumbling technique.  (See previous post for part 1) Quite interesting fibre arts, to say the least. The pic above depicts my scrumbles numbers 4 and 5.  (Pics of #’s 1, 2 and 3 in previous post). Number 4 is the one on the left.  I attached the pink and started kind of at the center top of the previous scrumble.  From there I went to the blue and black yarn, then to the left of that add the teal, then the peach and lastly the purple.  Creating a half arch coming…

New Artform, Freeform Crochet

  • Posted on February 7, 2013 at 6:39 am
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I have found a new Artform, at least new to me!! It is called “Freeform Crochet.”  And is very exciting and fun!!  This is definately fiber arts as I had never seen it before.  You just start crocheting and keep changing yarns and stitches and see what you can create. Working in smaller sections called “scrumbling” you can get very creative.  I have started my first scarf.  This is a great way to use up scrap yarn. Pick a pile of yarn scraps of colors that compliment each other. 8, 10 or 15 colors. The pic depicts my first three…

Black & Gold Fused Glass Sushi Plate and 2 Sauce Dishes

  • Posted on January 6, 2013 at 3:08 am
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Just added to the website on the fused glass page: I love glass fusing, is such a fun process.  I cutting the glass, I layer the pieces and place them into the slumping mold.  I then place them in the kiln and turn it on.  I ramp up the temp in increments of 100 degrees every 10 minutes, working my way up to 1450 degrees.  Holding it at that temp and checking every 10 minutes to see how the fusing process is coming along.  When it gets to the place I want it to be, then I start the cool…

Merry Christmas

  • Posted on December 25, 2012 at 9:31 pm
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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family from Creations by Christina   Rick and I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas from our house and art studios to you and yours.  No matter how you celebrate the Holidays, we pray Christ’s blessings on you, and pray that the Holidays are filled with love, peace and joy for you and yours.  We also praying you have a prosperous New Year too.   Christina   Here are a few pics of the Fused Glass gifts I have been cranking out of my studio for Christmas gifts the…

Free Crochet Pattern

  • Posted on October 7, 2012 at 4:17 am
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Here it is my very first crochet pattern I have written, and am presenting to you for free.  I designed it a couple of years ago, but I just now getting brave enough to share it.   Double V Shell Scarf with Scalloped Edges 11/1/2010 by Christina M. Lee   Skill Level: Intermediate (If using Homespun, because it is a bulky yarn and hard to crochet with, I do not recommend beginners use this yarn.)  Using any Easy (If using any 4 ply worst weight yarn, see suggestions below). Gage:  Not important Materials: Lion Brand Homespun Yarn 2 Skeins, color of…

Classes I Teach:

  • Posted on October 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm
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Have you ever wanted to learn to paint on silk.  This is a very fun class.  SILK PAINTING:  Paint on 100% silk.  In this class you will learn how to stretch your silk onto a frame for painting and how to paint on the silk.  You will learn different methods of creating designs on silk, how to heat set the dyes making them color fast, and about different resists.  $120.00, includes all supplies (silks, paints, brushes and the use of stretcher frames). This is a 3 secession class, each class secession is 5 hours long.  The class is limited to…

Learn how to make glass beads

  • Posted on October 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Glass bead making, under an open torch, Lampwork.

In my next few blog posts, I thought I would remind you of the classes I teach.

 

LAMPWORK BEAD MAKING: This class teaches you how to make your own handmade lampwork glass beads.  Glass rods are melted under an open torch and formed into glass beads.  You will learn about expansion of glass, compatible glasses, how to anneal your beads, and much more.  $90.00 includes all supplies and use of all tools (you take home your finished beads).  This is a one secession class, 5 hours long.  The class is limited to three students.

 

Classes are available by appointment only:

Due to limited space available for teaching, my Classes are limited to 1, 2 or 3 students per class depending on the class.  This makes my classes very individualized providing you the one-on-one instruction that you will not receive in a larger class setting.  This also allows me to be flexible in my teaching schedule.

Classes are generally weekday evenings, or Saturday during the day or evenings.  I can also work with you to fit your class around your schedule.  I can arrange a weekday afternoon class if that is the only time you have available.

See my classes page for more classes I teach. http://creationsbychristina.net/?page_id=913

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Art on The Water Last Saturday

  • Posted on September 19, 2012 at 2:27 am

Here are some pics of last Saturday’s Show, Art on the Water,

Jackson’s Bistro, Tampa, September 15, 2012.

It was an awesome art show. The next Art on the Water is Scheduled for November.

Date to be announced soon.  I am already signed up for the same spot.

My tent setup and my Jewelry and Silks

Other vendors displays at Art on the Water

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Creating new Necklaces

  • Posted on September 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Creating new Necklaces for the up coming Art on the Water show

I just thought you might like to see what I am working on.  Here is my work bench and the some of the stuff just finished and some in the process, preparing for this coming Saturday’s show.  (See my previous post for Art on the Water show info.)

Two finished necklaces in the fore ground of the picture.  The cross on the left I did a few weeks ago, the dangle one on the right, I just finished Mon night.  On the bead board is the next one I started laying out last night and stringing.  It will be multi-strand. 

The next step in the process is to price each finished piece and to photograph them.  I so love being creative.  I love making wearable Art, and I hope you enjoy wearing it as much as I enjoy creating it for you. 

I wish I could do this full time.  One day soon I will retire from the paralegal gig and just have fun creating full time.  Have a happy Tuesday everyone.  Do come see me at Art on the Water this Saturday, Jackson’s Bistro, Tampa, Florida.  (See previous blog post or Events page for more info.)

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