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Yanks, please vote tomorrow. If you are in Arizona, I double my plea. We’ve got lots of interesting things (and people) on the ballot. Do your civic duty and don’t give me any grief about not voting as a form of patriotism. I don’t want to hear it. Read more about what we’re voting on here.


Friday’s mail was fabulous. I was spoiled by both Melissa and Finny. Melissa and I agreed to a bag swap. She sent me a lovely Fall bag lined with the prettiest orange and yellow print. It hasn’t left my side since I unwrapped it. Of course the box was also stuffed with fantastic ribbons, fabrics and notions. A very indulgent and successful swap indeed.

my new fall bag
tiny happy bag
great loot from melissa

And you may have read Finny’s recent chronicles about visiting our friend Shelley in Rome. I was super envious of her trip. Finny, the generous soul that she is, thought I’d lose my green-tinge faster if she showered me with gifts. It’s working.

My new lemony apron
Goodies from Finny

And a treat for those who are still reading. This is the first of the Africankelli Fall Rummage Sale posts. Any interest in either of the items below? Let me know and it is yours. First commenter interested may have either or both. More crafty goods to come.

Kaffee Fassett up for grabs
Patchwork crochet up for grabs


Simplified Living

Wristlet for Reethi

Scrappy, patchwork wristlet sent to Reethi.

I’m not a clutter fan. I don’t like piles, or stacks or heaps of just about anything — minus the obvious (money and ice cream.) I haven’t always been this way. My childhood consisted of towers of Nancy Drew mysteries, Sweet Valley Twin tales and the Babysitter’s Club books. My dresser drawers were stuffed to the brim with clothing. My desk had more Hello Kitty paraphernalia than required by all of Japan. My closet was stuffed with dolls, dress-up clothes and cows. For a long time, I collected cows. It started in 7th grade and finished my sophomore year of college when someone gave me cow pajamas for Christmas and it dawned on me that WOW this had to stop. Now. I’ve given away most of the cow clutter, other than one sweet tea pot and an antique creamer.
Today, I collect nothing. Well, almost nothing. I still like a few stacks of books, but now they are arranged on shelves and regularly recirculated. So when my studio/guest room becomes a dumping ground for all things artistic, I begin to go a bit ballistic. I switch into “use, reuse and get-rid of” mode. I start finding reasons to give things away. There is nothing like having more space than you need. I am embarrassed by the current state of my studio shelving. It is overflowing with fabric, ribbon, yarn and projects that need to be completed.
So, I’m scrapping this week. I’m using up little bits here and there to finish a few projects and not letting myself move on to the next endeavor until the previous one was completed, wrapped, packaged and at least put in the “to mail” pile.

Fall scrap mat

Fall zakka mat, sent to Jessica. I’m still taking sewing lessons once a week and starting to see the benefits. Seam allowance understanding and proper rotary cutter use is rather useful information. Who knew?

And finally, a new purse for a girlfriend. It’s an Amy Bulter Dorothy clutch. Thanks to Sarah for sharing the pattern!

Amy Butler clutch, front

I added the bling to doll up the photo. This is the only Amy Butler fabric I’ve ever purchased. What a luxury!

Amy Butler clutch, back

Clever design with a back fabric handle.

Amy Butler clutch, inside

Pretty in pink.

This weekend I’ll be clearing out some of those shelves and offering up a few freebies in the week to come. Why save this stuff when others may be able to put it to use? They’ll be first come, first serve in the spirit of Mary Ann.
Happy Friday!