this is a painting i did of my sister-in-law, camille, who brought cold watermelon down to all of us on the beach one blazing august day. i’m missing the beach and the waves and the sand and my mom and my whole family. can’t wait to see them this summer down by the sea shore.

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spring feels like it’s almost here….

it’s been a while since i’ve written.  christmas has come and gone.  the new year holds promise and a new president tomorrow.  and now, the faintest traces of spring are in the air here in austin.  no new leafy green…but the swell of buds on tree branches here and there.  minnesota girlfriends thawing out in shirtsleeves on congress avenue.   the beautiful ruffles of kale and spinach at the farmer’s market.  the globe sized cabbages plumed in blue-green-grey leaves.  it’s gorgeous here and full of bright expectations.   

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what’s blooming at cherrywood art fair this weekend!


i’ll be at cherrywood art fair in hyde park this weekend. the big event takes place at maplewood elementary school both sat & sun and there will be over 60 artisans.

 i’ll be introducing my new flowergal and flowerguy embroidery kits.  here’s a little look-see.  this is the one i’m currently stitching up.  

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garden creaturrre + buggy love

my garden creaturrres and flowergals attracted all kinds of buggy suitors at the fair saturday.
this little creaturrre, mudpie sue, was bewitched, bothered and bewildered by an ardent fellow…dressed in….you guessed it….chartreuse to match! i think he found his one true love!

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a brighter shade of pink!

so, my dear friend, rachel hobson, of has showered me & my pip creations with all kinds of posty praise and sweet crafty goodness on her blog. she featured my new flowergal & flowerguy embroidery kits yesterday. and then launched a laudatory lovebomb at

rachel is a darlinki of the first order. we bonded during our surface design class with kat mctee at studio 1408 this fall. she is smart, funny, loving, talented and a fantabulous writer. her casual comment about wanting to stitch one of my flowergals led to my new embroidery kits. along with the chorus of “you gotta!” from kat of , laurie wisbrun of and leslie bonnell of stitchlab &

what a week.

what a fab group of chicas.

what a rachel hobsian gift.

you’ve got to check out her love of all things crafty and well designed. and tell all your friends about her blog. it’s marvy with a capital marv.

i’m so lucky to call her friend. my face is fuscia with gratitude.

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waldorf winter fair

laurie wisbrun of scarlet fig and i set up our tables at the austin waldorf school on saturday.  lots of folks saw our work for the first time and that was great.  laurie and i kept each other in stitches for 7 hours.  conjuring new products and plans and websites.  i love my pal, laurie.  she’s smart. creative. kind. funny. and just a good egg all around.  (i’d post her picture here, but of her own choosing, she does not show up on film!)

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we have a winner!!

welcome, welcome to all of my new wonderful shoppers and visitors. i’m so glad to be part of your sewing circle. as a thank you to all of you who entered, i’m having a 15% off sale on embroidery kits until december 17th. (the last day i’ll be shipping for christmas) merry christmas to you!

and now…my sweet pup, pip, will announce the winner (chosen by random number generator) drumroll please…hooray for….
leigh! leigh! bo beigh! banna fanna fo feigh!

your girl is winging her way to you immediately.

merry stitching!

(here are some closeups of the boy and girl my friend laurie wisbrun of just completed! she chose her colors… are they not gorgeous!

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it’s giveaway time here at pippingtooth!

embroidery kit….get your free embroidery kit….right here!

Tomorrow morning (12/4) I’ll draw one lucky winner! Here’s how it works:
-Before midnight tonight, leave a comment on this post below with lots of glowy praise and let me know whether you’d like the girl kit or the boy kit. (And make sure there’s a way for me to contact you if you win!)
-Using a random number generator, I’ll select the winner and ship out your kit lickety split
-And yes, I’m happy to ship internationally!

also…let me know if you’d like to be added to my “what’s new preview” mailing list.  : )

Hooray for holiday giveaways!

There are lots and lots of sites doing giveaways today, so make sure you visit Sew Mama Sew’s blog for a list of participating sites!

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