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Around Here: January 2021

Hello, friends! Today is my birthday...

7thbday-wmOpening birthday presents circa 1984.  My brother is in the red overalls.

...so it seemed like the perfect time to share a little bit about life around here right now:

What are you working on?


I feel like 2020 was a year to survive.  I'm hoping 2021 can be a year to thrive.  Or at least focus on taking care of my own needs.  I shared this poem to instagram and facebook last week and it really resonates with me in my current season of life:


I also ordered new business cards and stickers because it felt like time for a refresh!

What are you loving?

I recently bought a Japanese Screw Punch and I love it. 

I don't know what took me so long.  Well, I do know.  It's an expensive tool and I wondered if it was "worth it."  But, I've been teaching so much bookbinding that it was definitely time to upgrade to some "real" bookbinding tools.  I purchased mine from a shop in Brooklyn called Talas.  I have no affiliation with them, but I did some internet research and their name kept coming up as an excellent purveyor of bookbinding goods. I bought a few things from them and it all arrived quickly and in good condition.

How is the baby?

He is thriving! Fourteen-months old and wearing 4T clothes.

We try to take him outside every day, but it has been below freezing lately and even in a snowsuit, it's pretty brutal for a little one.  So, we do a lot of looking out the window and take some trips to Grandma's house for a new environment!  (Because of COVID we try not to take him to any indoor spaces including usual cold-day-with-a-little-kid spots like malls, libraries, museums, the grocery store, etc.)  I have to imagine that he's bored of our house.  I know I am.  ;)

Current art crush?

​Bisa Butler.  I feel like I've fan girled about Bisa Butler before, but I did a quick blog search and apparently I haven't done it here yet!  Bisa Butler is a fiber artist.  She makes AMAZING quilts.  I loved THIS podcast interview she did last year.  Here's a peek at some of her fabulous work:

Her work is amazing.  Some day, after COVID, I hope to visit a museum or gallery and see her work in person.  I can't even imagine what it would be like to sit in front of these massive quilts and see all of that texture and detail in person.  Swoon!  

So, there you have it!  That's the scoop on life around here at the moment.  If you're a monthly member, January's personal vlog and studio vlog are both in online classroom!

Thanks for stopping by!