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When Your First Grandchild Is a Farm

When Your First Grandchild Is a Farm

Back when my daughter was expecting their child, needless to say we all were excited. Kara Fizbeauchamp, my daughter-in-law, wrote "When Your First Grandchild is a Farm'' for me and framed it within one of her paintings of garlic growing. I wanted to share it with you...

Two Rescued Dogs

Two Rescued Dogs

Echo and Callie, my granddogs, both came to Evening Song Farm CSA as rescues. Echo’s rescue story is heartbreaking. Callie’s is about determination. However, both have happy endings with life on the farm.  Echo’s Arrival It was important for Kara and Ryan that their...

Making a Pet Portrait: Cooper’s Memorial Pillow

Making a Pet Portrait: Cooper’s Memorial Pillow

Q: How do you turn all those pieces of fabric into a picture of my dog?A: One step at a time, one step at a time. Let me walk you through the process of the co-creation of a pet portrait, using a recent example of Cooper. First, here’s some background information. The...

Fabric Landscapes to Pet Portraits: My Business Journey

Fabric Landscapes to Pet Portraits: My Business Journey

People at craft fairs often ask me how The Quilted Jardin got started. Well pull up a chair, get a cuppa as they say in the UK, and I’ll tell you a story that crosses the continent and comes full circle. New York City - Chicago - Upstate New York The Quilted Jardin is...

Farm, Family, Fabric, and Piggy

Farm, Family, Fabric, and Piggy

When I was considering leaving my professional career early, I came to realize that these 3 F's were my motivating factors:    FAMILY: I wanted to be closer to my two adult children and their partners.    FABRIC: I wanted to focus on my fabric art business.    FARM: I...

1+1=3: Chosen By Shelter Cats

1+1=3: Chosen By Shelter Cats

When my son was 10, we decided it would be a good idea to adopt a cat. My only condition was it had to be litter trained already. We found a no-kill shelter 25 minutes away and headed off. I should have known when the sign on the door said Two for One Special – Today...

Goodbyes Are Hard: Thoughts on Pet Loss

Goodbyes Are Hard: Thoughts on Pet Loss

The death of a family pet can be heart-wrenching, whether it was anticipated (as in old age) or a sudden event.  That warm nose no longer nuzzles you and the pitter patter of feet on the hardwood floor cannot be heard at 4 AM.  You start to say “Let’s go for a walk”...

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