1. Pattern Review: Simplicity 2250 (Cynthia Rowley): The Go-Anywhere Dress

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    December 8, 2014 by magpiemenina

    Back, Simplicity 2250

    A quick review of a sewing pattern, Simplicity 2250, a Cynthia Rowley pattern. The pattern is a thin-strapped dress with seemingly-intricate front pleating and stitching, a skirt with gathers and pleats, back ties, and pockets.

  2. Thoughts on the Zucchini


    August 7, 2014 by magpiemenina

    Today I am musing about zucchini. Remind me next year to plant fewer plants. Are you familiar with the jokes …
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  3. Book Review: Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped


    July 29, 2014 by magpiemenina

    At last, here’s another book review. I haven’t found one recently that so moved me to blog. This one is …
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  4. Eating Well in the Upper Peninsula

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    July 16, 2014 by magpiemenina

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    Jaybird and I flew up to visit his family in the U.P. (or the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, if you …
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  5. Making a Personalized Bookplate Stamp

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    June 27, 2014 by magpiemenina


    The weather is lovely and the garden is in and flourishing. We got the first round of weeding done yesterday. …
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  6. What a Little Paint Won’t Fix!

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    May 1, 2014 by magpiemenina


    Hello hello! Jaybird has flown home and we’ve been traveling all over the country catching up with friends and family. …
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  7. Looking Towards Spring – Watering Raised Beds

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    February 20, 2014 by magpiemenina


    Well, it’s February and the good intentions of the New Year are just a glimpse in the rearview mirror of …
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