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Smelling Metal Flowers

Smelling Metal Flowers

For the past ten days or so I've been living with a nasty common cold. This time it is all about the nose and I think it's been the first time when I completely lost a sense of smell for almost three days (while still being able to breathe normally through my nose). It's so distressing! Eating became a frustrating experience. With no sense of smell, there's no flavor. We take it for granted.. but take the smell away and everything tastes the same. Even cooking became complicated - I've blissfully burned my lunch because I could not smell a damn thing.. Thankfully things...

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Spring Petals Story. a.k.a. A Custom Design That Grew Into Something Else

Spring Petals Story. a.k.a. A Custom Design That Grew Into Something Else

 Like many artists, I have mixed feelings about custom work. It usually takes tons of time and it doesn't always work out, but when it does, it is an immensely rewarding experience.  I absolutely love it when I can make someone happy by helping them shape an abstract idea into something tangible. I also like a good creative challenge. Custom work breaks the routine and encourages you to explore new shapes and test new ideas. Concentrating on the fresh task from someone else's head gives you a new perspective and a focused direction that you probably would not choose otherwise....

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Free Tutorial: Simple Cross Stitched Pillow Pincushion With Tassels

Free Tutorial: Simple Cross Stitched Pillow Pincushion With Tassels

This beginner needlework tutorial was first posted on my old blog several years ago. Many things have changed since then :) I no longer have time for embroidery, but I keep promising myself that one day I'll get to play with all those colorful boxes of meticulously sorted floss bobbins and a stash of beautiful linen fabric.  I still have the pictures, so I'll attempt to recreate this very simple visual step by step tutorial how to make a square pillow pincushion with tassels attached to all four corners. The number of tassels and the embroidery design (or any other decor!) are...

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