Sunday, December 29, 2013

Winding Down

Our tiny family got the gift of being able to spend the last ten days together!  Tomorrow work begins  and routines will show their face again but at least we've been able to take a much needed breather together.  
Our holidays were grand.  Nothing over the top and a few really rough nights for the kid but everything was still absolutely perfect.  We decided to stay in town Christmas Eve so Rio could have Christmas morning at her own home.  We set up the tripod and recorded 26 minutes of us opening presents, just like my dad used to do when we were kids.  It was a hoot to watch later.  After our home movie debut, we packed up the car and spent the night in Okemah with Brent's family. 
As I'm learning with having a child, birthdays and Christmas overload you with STUFF.  We've spent the last day or so reorganizing her goodies and pulling out things she's outgrown to pass along to friends with bebes.  The house has gotten a good overhaul all around and it feels great.  We're also gearing up for a small New Year's bash here in a few days so our cleaning has come from many motivations.  

I'm back to family-time now before real life starts back up again!  See you next year!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas With The Kid

While we were 'snowed in' a few weeks ago, we pulled out the Christmas decorations!  Last year, Rio was only about 3 months old and did nothing more than stare at the pretty lights.  Well this year, she's allllll hands...and it's awesome.  She still does get excited for the lights though.  Last night when I turned them on, she audibly gasped and it was the cutest thing ever. 
Only one ornament has met its fate so far and that's ok.  We placed kid friendly ornaments towards the bottom of the tree so she can pull them off and (try to) put them back on the tree.  She certainly has some favorites!  A friend of mine gave us three smaller trees of hers that she no longer needed for her shop and they've just been the greatest.  Not only did I use them at Alliday but they've allowed us to be a bit more festive around the house.  The tallest of the three stands next to our big tree and in a way, it's become Rio's tree.  
The only difficult part (if you even consider it difficult) is keeping her away from the gifts which she is REALLY interested in.  I'm really looking forward to Christmas morning when she can actually tear into her gifts.  :)  And to think, these holidays will only continue to get more enjoyable for us all through her.  I still haven't made her stocking yet though....six days left...I've got this.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

That One Time I Was a Fashion Designer

I did it!  Two weeks after Alliday, I put a small collection down the runway at Indie Emporium!  
It was nothing groundbreaking nor fashion forward but it was 100% me and I'm crazy proud of how it all turned out.  I never really let myself get overwhelmed or stressed out over the whole thing mainly because I didn't have the time!  I literally pulled out every item of clothing I have made over the past few years and started piecing outfits together that way.  I did make two new pieces for the show (the gold jacket and the scarf) but other than that, everything I showed was already made.  I wanted things to somewhat relate to each other either color or shape-wise so the collection seemed somewhat cohesive.  I had two darling gals that I previously did not know volunteer to model for me in addition to four ladies that I absolutely love, including Holly and Sam!  Sam helped me out in a pinch as one of my other friends who was going to model came down with a stomach bug so was down for the count.  Sam jumped in and was my beautiful hero!  Having friends that I adore be apart of this experience with me made it that much sweeter.  They were rock stars.  I'm incredibly lucky to know them all.  We didn't do anything special in regards to hair and makeup; I just wanted the girls to feel pretty and do what they would normally do! 
I did not know until about an hour before the show that we'd be going first!  I was equal parts terrified by that and relieved.  After the fact, I was thrilled that we were the first to go as the waiting was killing me!  We waited to go out in a very large and very concrete stairwell.  My girls did absolutely fabulous.  They were so positive, fun and excited that they really pumped me up more and more.  After each of them had walked, I walked out with all of them rather awkwardly!  I was SO embarrassed and I'm usually not at all!  I think it was due to me putting myself out there in a way I never had before with a form of creating that is fairly new to me.  Then that was it!  We were done!  

So overall, I'm very, very glad that I decided to do this.  I keep going back and staring at the pictures in amazement that I made ALL of that and that it all looked pretty good!  It was nothing earth-shattering but it all had one thing in common - gifts from the past.  Whether it was vintage fabric, a refashioned vintage dress or an earring turned necklace, everything had my touch on it and for that, I'm very proud of myself.  If you'd like to see my show live, you can watch the video here.
I truly do want to thank you all for cheering me on over the past few years as I've ventured into the world of sewing.  It's quickly become one of my favorite ways to pass the time and to be able to create things that others like too, well, that just rocks.  So thanks :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

A BIG Creative Weekend Ahead!

I've not let pregnancy or having a baby stop me from creating or sharing my creations with the public.  Since I've had a kiddo though, I haven't done a show on my own!  I've shared booths with my Make:Tulsa buds and one with my mom, oh and I produced that one show, but I haven't had my own booth in over a year.  Well, this weekend will end that streak and I CAN'T WAIT.  Indie Emporium starts tomorrow and I'll have my very own, very special booth.  I have a few new items and I'm majorly discounting TONS of stuff because, well, I'm ready to clear things out to start fresh.  

Another crazy, exciting bit about the show this weekend is that I'm participating in their fashion show.  As in I'm sending a line down the runway with models.  Yeah, like that.  I've been working on it in my head for a few months now but haven't had one extra minute to tangibly work on things until after Alliday ended.  So for the past two weeks, I've been working on putting together six looks from clothes and accessories I've made over the past few years in addition to a few new pieces just for the show!  I've never even been to a runway show before so I'm greener than green in this arena but I'm super, MEGA excited with how things are shaping up!  It's been something else for me to look at all of my pieces together to create full looks; something my mister has been trying to convince me to do for a while now.  I'm starting to realize how big of a deal this is FOR ME.  The fashion show is Saturday night if you'd like to see this thing go down live.  If not, I'll recap it with photos later!  Wish me (and my models!) luck!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Alliday Reflections & Recap

Two Saturdays ago, I put on our fourth annual Alliday Show with the very gracious help of my family and some amazing volunteers.  I feel like this was by far our best show while at the same time, being the most exhausting for me!  I don't know if it was moving it so close to the end of the semester, having a molar-teething one-year old or just having more elements in it this time around but it sure took it out of me.  It was SUCH a good time though, exhaustion aside.  Here's a fairly brief recap with photos pulled from my phone :)

The doors opened promptly at 9 and let in those faithful fifty who had been waiting in the SUPER cold wind for swag bags!  The folks who make sure to be there early for those bags always impress and surprise me.  The swag bags WERE pretty cool though so they were worth waiting for!  

This year, Retro Den provided a lounge for shoppers to hang out in and hang out they did!  I LOVED having this component this year and really loved working with the Ashleys of Retro Den.  Their store is just asking to get me into trouble.  Seriously.  I've been building a shopping list in my head for a while now.

Another new part of the show was our stage area!  We had ongoing crafting demonstrations and music from my sister!  I had been very reluctant in the past to have something like this at the show but decided to give it a try this year and am glad that we did.  Pictured below is Short Mountain Sundries teaching us how to make t-shirt yarn and Aaron Paul Designs teaching us how to make elephants out of old forks! 

We revamped quite a bit of the decor this year.  It needed refreshing.  I needed it to be refreshed.  My sister and our volunteers really helped me achieve these changes.  This was our back wall at the information desk.  I LOVED this.  The garland is now a part of our holiday decor at home and the Hi is just waiting to be pulled out of a box to go in my work area. 

We were a bit more selective with our artists this year.  We didn't want to just accept artists just to fill spaces.  We decreased the number of exhibitors by about 15 this year and I think it was a great decision.  It did make for a smaller budget but I was able to do some things I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise, like change up our floor plan which is what I've gotten the most positive feedback on thus far.
I also feel like we had great, great diversity among the artists. When I mostly made jewelry, I hated nothing more than being in a show where it felt like 90% of the artists were also jewelry makers.  We definitely worked hard to insure that our artists were unique in their craft and chose artists that we were confident in.  Choosing who to have in a show is by far the hardest part of producing an arts and crafts show.  On the flip side, it's awesome seeing all of those artists together in one space doing their thing.  :)

So what does the future hold for Alliday?  I have no idea, honestly.  I'm crazy proud of what I've accomplished with the show over the past four years but I think for it to continue, more things need to evolve.  I've got some wild ideas for the show but I have to evaluate how feasible they are and if it's worth it.  I love the show.  Love it, love it but it has to change.

This is probably the most candidly I've ever written about the show-producing side of my life but I'm in a season of change and would love other perspectives on it.  Have you shopped with us?  Exhibited with us?  Tell me your thoughts!  I'm all ears.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Truckin' On Along

Decompressing. That's what I've been up to. After the show last Sunday, I went into a sort of hibernation mode that had nothing to do with organizing things, shuffling people or promoting anything. I slept {lots}, played board games with the mister, brushed the kitties and spent time with the kid and my sister who was in town for the week of the show. The day before she left and a day after I came out of my hole, we ran to the park with something more than a phone camera in hand and took a million photos of a baby in the leaves. Seventy-nine photos, to be exact.

Today we're 'snowed in' meaning we could leave but we're not which worked out perfectly since Rio woke up with her first bout of a stomach bug ever. That's been fun. She *seems* to be feeling better so hopefully that trend continues! I'm also taking advantage of today to work on my goods for Indie Emporium which is next week. Two months ago I was a genius and signed up to participate in their fashion show at the end of the event. Yeah, I know. I feel like I'm about halfway there with some looks that I already have made but I'm still working on some new pieces too. I'm very excited about it all.  Trying not to stress out about it and trust that it will all fall into place. :)  Until later...

Monday, November 18, 2013

My World Lately

Boy howdy!  Feels like I haven't checked in over here in quite some time so I thought I'd wave, say hello and give a little update with what's going on in my world!  

I finished my teaching semester last Wednesday and was sad to see it end.  This particular group of students just really sang to me and inspired me in so many ways.  I'm hopeful that I'll have many of them in my classes again next semester :)  The second the semester ended, I shifted all of my focus on Alliday which is in, gulp, 12 days!  Holy cow!  This is our fourth go at it and I truly do think it will be the best show yet!  Usually, the show is the weekend before Christmas but this year, we've moved it up and will be sharing our wares the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend which is November 30th!  As always, it's totally free to attend and this year, we'll have crafty demonstrations, music and other exciting things going on all day!  Oh, and my sister will be in town for it so there's one more reason to come!  I haven't really been blogging here much at all because I've been busy blogging for the show which you can read here!  If you want to be privy to giveaways, artist specials and more, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram too :)
So every naptime, every minute after bedtime and all of my conversations as of late are about the show, naturally!  When I'm not obsessing about Alliday, I'm busy hanging out with the kid who is just getting more and more awesome and hilarious by the minute.  She's pretty much walking 100% of the time now, barks a lot, isn't afraid of her outside swing any more, gives some really good and frequent hugs, and is more of a dancing machine than she's ever been before. I'll give a proper Rio update after my world has slowed down a bit :)
My shop is still open but will closing later this week for holiday shows so if there is anything you've been eyeing, now is the time to snag it!  Free shipping with the code YOURESPECIAL.  I miss you guys and look forward to getting back into the swing of things over here in a few weeks!  I always appreciate every single comment you share with me and just can't say thank you enough for your constant support :)   

Friday, November 8, 2013

Perfection is Overrated

Sometimes I feel like blogs and the online side of people in general is too perfect.  We are able to select what we share, can edit photos to our liking (although I really have no clue how to do that!) and often only talk about the sunny side of life.  I do it, I know.  It makes sense though because we want to remember and reflect on the positives but at the same time, it paints our lives in an unrealistic light.  So today, I'm sharing a glimpse into the normal, every day NOT perfect side of our life.
Rio cries, even though I only show happy, smiley faces.  She makes messes that I sometimes wish I could erase from my memory.  Our cats sometimes eat our plants, promptly puke and often get into places that we'd rather them not be.  I've scooped more kitty litter than I could ever begin to measure.  The mutt occasionally gets sick which is traumatizing for me (ahem, 90 lb dog getting sick is GROSS) and he slobbers when he eats which means our kitchen floor is never clean for long.  Laundry sits in piles as much as I boast how clean and organized we are at home.  By the end of the week, our house needs a good talking to just as I do about over committing.  Some days I don't get a shower because I just don't flat have time.  Like today.  I'm looking forward to tomorrow's shower.  I get frustrated with the kid when I can't decipher why she's crying which in turns makes me frustrated with myself for being inpatient. Brent and I are human thus don't always see eye to eye and we tend to argue over who changed the last dirty diaper ;)  I get easily frustrated while driving which means I'm probably teaching Rio some terrible words daily.  On that note, I have the mouth of a sailor.  We live a far from perfect life.
But here's the deal.  I love it all.  The bad moments, the frustrating moments, the busy moments, even the gross moments.  All of these moments are the ones that make life worth laughing at.  They are the moments that make my little family's life perfectly imperfect.  I love our imperfection.  I love it so much that I don't want to hide it.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Split Personalities Costume(s)

Over the past year or so, I re-watched every single episode of Wings.  I know, I'm pretty cool.  Right at the beginning of October, while I watching the final season, a Halloween episode aired.  During this particular episode, Brian Hackett was a half man/half woman.  I notoriously choose my Halloween outfits last minute (1, 2, 3) but this year was a hair different! I decided to do something along those lines.  Perhaps different decades or something like that.  That's about all I knew at that point.  

Fast forward to the week of Halloween.  I realized that my parents would be gone which meant we had no babysitter for the night of our friends' annual party.  Well, Brent isn't much of a costume type of a guy so we worked things out to where I would go to the party and he would stay home with Rio.  Score!  I called up my best friend to try and talk her into going with me.  She was down but didn't have a costume.  Not a problem though!  Since I was already cutting two dresses in half to make my costume, I offered to use the other two halves to make her a costume which then created our Split Personalities costume!

I sacrificed a little black dress that I've had for over a decade.  It was faded and had gotten TONS of use over the years so I figured it was time for it to be retired.  The second half was one of those random vintage dresses that I have in my 'to sell' pile so I didn't really have any attachment to it. 
This was really so simple.  I literally just cut two dresses in half and sewed the opposite dresses together.  On the back of mine, I had to add some filler fabric but Rachel's fit just fine.  I did have to put in a zipper on hers though so she could get in and out of it!  I did toil with how to deal with the collar on the white dress but finally just decided that one dress would have it and the other wouldn't.  I originally planned to have the non-collared dress attach around the neck with a gold chain but once it was on, that just didn't seem necessary.  I did sew a few gold buttons down the non-buttoned dress and that was that!  We wore the same shoes, same earrings and did our hair and make-up together which made me feel like we were sixteen again :) 

For the two of us, it really was the perfect costume.  Those who know us will tell you that when we get together, it's like we're sharing a (really hilarious and inappropriate) brain.  Why can't Halloween happen more than once a year?!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Rio as Maggie Simpson

Two days before Halloween I was slightly panicked because I had no idea what Rio was going to dress up as.  Last year she was only a few weeks old, wore her monkey outfit for about five minutes and promptly puked all over it.  Brent suggested that we just buy her a costume and not worry about it but if you know me and Halloween then you know that is NOT an option!  So in an exhausted effort to figure out a costume we could pull off, I started to think about famous babies.  My first thought was Pebbles Flintstone but after a quick google look, it just wasn't right for Rio.  That's when Brent suggested Maggie Simpson.  THAT was doable!  And easy!
So the night before Halloween, I pulled out one of my older blue gap t-shirts to sacrifice, some darker blue felt for the bow, her only headband, some yellow burlap-like fabric for the hair and the first baby item I ever bought to use for sizing.  Using that sweatshirt as a sizing template, I just cut around the edges of that but left the original bottom so it would be long like Maggie's gown.  I didn't finish the sleeve ends or the rough bottom because I figured after Halloween night, I would fancy it up just a bit more so it can be something she can wear for a while.  For the purpose of the costume, it just needed to be a long, blue nightgown :)  
My original thought for the hair was something that could wrap around that headband so it would be easy to get on and off of her.  Well, I tried and tried to pull those flowers off but they weren't budging so I knew they would have to stay.  I just cut out some triangle shapes out of the yellow fabric, snowflake style and sewed them up!  I stuffed each point with some fluffed out quilt batting and sewed along the bottom of each triangle.  I used some yellow bias tape to actually make it a headband.  Let me explain.  I decided that I wanted to be able to use the headband as is again and I wanted to make the hair usable for anyone who wants to borrow this costume in the future, baby or adult!  Basically, I made it so it just ties on your head!  You can see how it fits my head (without the headband) below.  For Rio though, I just wrapped the excess bias tape around the headband, smashing the flowers, so we could just slip it on her instead of having to tie it.  Make sense?  I cut a little blue bow and actually sewed it onto the hair at work yesterday!
The red pacifier?  Well, Brent had the great idea of just covering it in red electrical tape which he already had on hand.  None of the tape is on the side of the pacifier touching her skin.  I grabbed a pacifier that we were getting ready to throw out anyway and just covered it like mad.  I think the paci really sells the look ;)  Done and done!

Truth be told, she wasn't much into the upper portion of her costume.  It was nearing bedtime, the witching hour, and her patience was running thin.  We were able to get a few shots of her at my folks' but the majority of those photos are of her trying to pull off her hair!  
All in all though, I'd say it was a successful costume and a successful Halloween.  We DID go to the house with the 22' tall tornado out was insane.  I've heard of people going to other neighborhoods to trick or treat before but have never done it myself.  That neighborhood was FILLED with parked cars and literally hundreds of people walking around.  It was awesome but also a little overwhelming all at the same time!  It totally reminded me of what you see in the movies.  Maybe someday when she's a little older, we'll do that again and hang out a bit longer (and keep our full costumes on!).  

I am still working on the two adult costumes for Saturday....I'm very excited to share those as well!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Our Haunted House

Happy Halloween!

I LOVE Halloween! Could be my favorite holiday. Really, I just love the creativity of it all and seeing what people can dream up! I'm putting the finishing touches on Rio's costume right now (just lacking electrical tape...) and have two in the works for a party on Saturday night. Those costumes have some epic potential. Tonight we plan on hitting a few houses for trick or treating, one in particular that Brent has been doing work on. They have a 22' high tornado out front and the whole place is supposedly going to be decked out in Wizard of Oz type decor. Sounds pretty awesome. I'll share all sorts of costume stuff in the next week or so! For now, here are a few of our outdoor decorations...all Brent. You should see it at night. He's a bit of a Griswold, if you catch my drift ;)

Until later, you little goblins, you!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

One of Those Outfits: Something (Big) for Myself

Yesterday at school, the teachers were talking about putting together a group costume for the campus costume contest on Thursday. It was decided that each would go as a color and I threw in that there should be a box that is held in front so we could be a box of crayons. Now, I won't be a part of the costume because I don't teach on Thursdays but I am all about figuring out costume ideas, mine or someone else's. During this conversation, before it was realized that I wouldn't be a part of the festivities, it was said more than once that I should be the purple crayon as I was wearing what you see here. What strikes me is that I own VERY little purple but my last outfit here was very purple as is this one so apparently, my destiny is to be a purple crayon. 

How's that for an introduction to an outfit?
This past weekend I decided to make something for myself. I say it over and over again but I'm a busy gal. When I'm making stuff, it's usually for shows, the kid, the shop or gifts. Every once in a while, I'll squeeze in something for myself and it just feels good. So Saturday it was all about me. 
I picked up this pattern at Owl & Drum last month or so with the intention of making it for me! I rarely buy new fabric but when I do, O&D is where I go. It's a fun place to spend some time when I have it :) As far as the pattern goes, it was simple, like it says on the packaging, but it left out some directions that I would have appreciated having on hand. For starters, it didn't give measurements on its sizes so I didn't know if a medium would fit well or be too small. I figured it would be smartest to make it bigger and if I needed to, I could size it down after the fact. Well, I made it as a large and, as you can see, it's biiiiiiig. I will be sizing it down one of these days but it works for now. I made it longer than it called for because I wanted to be able to wear it as a dress and since I only had so much of the striped fabric, I added the solid at the bottom which also made it a little longer. 
My second issue was that there is no mention to NOT cut out the shape of the neckpiece on the back of the tunic. I know, common sense should have kicked in but I was in go-mode and just followed the pattern resulting in me having to somehow reattach the previously cut out neckpiece on the back. I think I fixed it well enough to where it looks like it was on purpose but man, was that not fun to have to deal with! 
The way the collar was made was really ingenious for me. It was confusing as sin at first but once I figured it out, angels sang and my wheels started turning. I have a few necks on shirts that I made years ago that I think I will go back and fix with this of these days.
I DO think I will make myself another one but will do it in a small or medium with the length of an x-large. Even though it does have its issues, I am quite pleased with it and do see it getting lots of wear once I size it down a bit.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Channel Your Inner Monster (Pants)

I *finally* took some time to list the greatest pants in the world in my shop!  One pair is already gone (!!) which leaves six for you to choose from!  I will only have the shop open for a few weeks before I shut down for holiday shows so get it while the gettin' is good :)  Oh, and because I love you, how about a coupon code?!  When you check out, just type in yourespecial and you'll get free shipping on your order!  
Until later!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Twelve Months of Rio, in Polaroids

When Brent and I got married, we had a Polaroid guestbook.  The guests would snap their own photos, put them in a special book and write whatever they wanted by their photo.  It's quite fun to go back through those captures.  We ended up with two or three boxes of Polaroid film leftover so I just stuck it back.  Every once in a while, we'd snap a random photo but, since that film is like gold, we used it very sparingly.  Fast forward five years to the end of my pregnancy and we pulled the camera back out, committing to take a photo of Rio with the leftover wedding film every month to stick in her baby book.  There are a few months where the photo is one day early or one day late but most are on her month-birthday.  There are a few extra special photos of her thrown in too.  Each photo was affixed to its own page in her baby book and around the photo, we wrote little notes about her development, cute things she was doing and so on.  I love that we did this and love that it was a continuation of our union, five years ago.  We still have a bit left so I'm thinking that now, we'll take a photo yearly on her birthday to continue the tradition.
It's amazing how much change takes place in a year.  In her and in us.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Antique Lighter Collection

Off and on I've been working on a big post about why I have a lighter collection and it's just taking me forever.  It's such a big part of my youth that it's hard to really get it all out there so I've decided that perhaps I'll just share my collection first and THEN one day I'll share my background with lighters! :)  

In a nutshell though, my dad is an internationally known antique lighter collector (a non-smoking one, at that) and I grew up hunting for lighters and attending lighter conventions with him.  Naturally while sharing that pastime with him, I built my own small collection over the years. 

Being a youngin' at conventions, I was often just gifted lighters.  Some junky and some, beautiful pieces.  Over the years, I always took a shine to a particular design of Ronson lighters.  Many of these pieces are complete with the box, literature and all of the random goodies that came with the old-school lighters back in the day.  They're not necessarily the most rare of the Ronsons but I always thought they were gorgeous and, in the lighter world, very practical and functional. 

One piece of my collection though IS quite notable - this atomizer aka perfume mister.  Yes, it's not a lighter but it does boast that beautiful design I so love.  This also still has its original box and it has the sweetest scent of a perfume from the past.  It's safe to say this is my favorite piece of my collection.

In addition to the purple flower goods (which I'm sure have some snazzy name that I'm not aware of), I picked up some other Ronson pieces.  The Ronson line was quite prolific back in their heyday. 

In regards to my 'other' Ronsons, the most notable would be the gold piece centered below.  Lighter collecting was my first gateway to meeting people from all over the world.  I couldn't even begin to explain some of the characters I met through this hobby.  Once we had a Scot come and stay with our family for a bit.  All I really remember about him was how thick his accent was, how my mom made pies for their arrival and how he brought tons of gifts for us, mainly pertaining to Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest.  One gift he brought for me though was that lighter below; a mint condition, Mother of Pearl, gold Ronson in the box.  I still can't believe he gifted that to me.  It's hard to choose a favorite between that and my atomizer. 

As evidenced by the atomizer above, Ronson did more than just make lighters.  When the company was just starting out, it was known as AMW or Art Metal Works at the turn of the century when they produced all sorts of goods.  I'm lucky enough to have two sets of AMW Buddha bookends in my collection as well.  They are slightly fantastic.

Most of my displayed collection consists of what you've seen above but I do have a few extra special pieces thrown in as well.  I also have a small shoebox filled with those 'junkier' lighters I was given as a kid and my more beat up Ronsons.  They serve no other purpose nowadays except to take me down memory lane every few years when I decide to go through them. 

So there you have it, my lighter collection.  I've been wanting to document this collection for yearrrrrrrs so I'm glad I finally got around to it.  I've really been enjoying sharing some of my random collections here.  There are more to come, one day.
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