friday the 13th sale – $13 fonts!

by rae on November 12, 2015


Friday the 13th Sale and we have all the $13 fonts you want. Sales starts when you see this post and goes until the end of the day on Sunday the 15th. (This site only.)


And a Christmas Giveaway! To enter go to Facebook and LIKE, SHARE or COMMENT on the post there. Do all 3 and you are entered 3 times. The winner will be chosen on the 16th. If you can’t wait you can just order one here. These patterns are a collaboration with the talented Ann Sandler of Stitch Supply Co.




sweet, sweet mail…

by rae on September 23, 2015


I want to share this with you because it is so perfect.

And it hits the mark on so many levels. Some sweet words, nice lettering, the colors all work in a nice subtle way and the stamps.

Yes the stamps, not only do I like the stamps but I enjoy the positioning of them and that it was hand cancelled.

But the stamp. I admired it on the envelope and then went to the Van Gogh to Pollock exhibit a couple days later and…



Here was the exact Motherwell painting. I love it that I could text a picture of this to my friend who of course had chosen that stamp especially for me.



I know you are wondering what was in the envelope. Well it is a very old Carte Postale stamped 27 4 08. For some reason I have a real connection to the Sacre Coeur.



And then a couple days later I got another meaningful card in the mail. My ex-roomie Rhonda had bought this card for me over a year ago. The illustration is an actual piece of vintage, hand blocked, painted wallpaper. And because she knows me so well the message was dead on. And just the thing I needed to read that day. Thanks Rhonda!

I realize the bar is pretty high here but ignore that and send your Mom or Grandma a card. In a sea of bills and catalogs there is real power in real mail. I know this to be true.



heirloom tomato and onion quiche

by rae on August 31, 2015



This is a great way to use up some of this years bumper crop of tomatoes. It is quite tasty. And to cut prep time I use a frozen deep dish pie crust. Too bad I didn’t make 2.

And here is the recipe



van gogh to pollock

by rae on August 24, 2015

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at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Had an enjoyable time there last Saturday.

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I love Andy Warhol and this iconic 100 Cans! I had to check if all the cans were beef noodle soup. I would have made one chicken noodle. Later I found out that John looked for the same thing.


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Also a fan of Roy Lichtenstein. This one is Head–Red and Yellow. I really like the course halftone screens in his work.



And Marc Chagall, the Peasant Life. I have a small print of his that I bought years ago in college.



Love the color and shapes in this Wassily Kandinsky, Fragment 2 for Composition VII.



Then there is this Robert Motherwell, Elegy to the Spanish Republic XXXIV. There is a story that goes with this painting. And I will share in my next post.



And Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait with Monkey. Love that monkey and those eyebrows.



And, of course Jackson Pollock’s Convergence. This painting was huge and mesmerizing.


These photos do not do these paintings justice. If you live in the Madison-Milwaukee area I suggest you catch this show before it is gone. It ends September 20th. I don’t think you will be disappointed.



delightful day in cambridge, wi

by rae on August 10, 2015




Where can you find vintage pearls, yarn, and a French dictionary all while nibbling on a warm-from-the-oven brownie? Cambridge, Wisconsin, that is where. This charming small town 30 minutes from where we live in Madison had it all this weekend. A Friends of the Library Book Sale, Maxwell Street Days, Garage Sales, a Pancake Breakfast and the Lions Club Brat Stand in the Park.

Arriving a bit early we headed to the Book Sale. We went for the $10 bag of books and I found this utterly amazing 1939 French dictionary. It is small, it is thick, and it is full of those old etchings that I so dearly love. This will be hours of endless fascination for me. Clearly the score of the day.




Yarn for a hat and half mitts, nice vintage pearls with a rhinestone clasp, I have a real weakness for vintage pearls. And some yummy potato bread.


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John found a narrow hallway between 2 buildings to explore.




We then drove around the nearby lake hitting tag sales. I scored 12 cedar cigar boxes. One box can hold my dip pens and nibs, one can hold ink, etc.

On the way out of town we stopped at the Matt Kenseth Museum… for those of you who don’t know (and I didn’t)  he is a NASCAR driver and from Cambridge.

Growing up in a town much smaller than Cambridge I am charmed by a nice small town event. Mark your calendar, this event is yearly and early in August.



what are you reading?

by rae on July 27, 2015

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I have been reading a lot lately, on the deck after dinner. Here are my recent favs. I always enjoy Anna Quindlen.

Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.

Brilliantly written, powerfully observed, Still Life with Bread Crumbs is a deeply moving and often very funny story of unexpected love, and a stunningly crafted journey into the life of a woman, her heart, her mind, her days, as she discovers that life is a story with many levels, a story that is longer and more exciting than she ever imagined.


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Another favorite author is Joanne Harris. This is the 3rd book in Chocolat story. Unfortunately I thought it was the second one.

Vianne Rocher, her partner Roux and her daughters Anouk and Rosette have been living on a houseboat on the Seine. Eight years have passed since the events of Chocolat. Anouk is fifteen years old, Rosette eight, and Vianne believes that finally she has found a way to escape her wanderlust and to settle down and be happy. However, the arrival of a letter from Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the fictional village in which Chocolat was set, brings a new challenge to Vianne. The letter is from Armande Voizin, an old friend from Lansquenet. Armande died eight years ago, but she left the letter in her will, to be opened and delivered by her grandson, Luc. In it, she predicts that Lansquenet will some day need Vianne again, and asks Vianne to visit, if only to put flowers on an old lady’s grave. Vianne, intrigued goes back to Lansquenet, taking her daughters with her.



This is the second of a 4 book series. They can be read out of order which I have done. Here are the 3rd and 4th.

Death hangs heavy in the disturbed air of Ireland’s lonely Loughnabrone peat bog, an ancient holy place, steeped in legend, drowned in sorrow, and long since abandoned by man. Pathologist Nora Gavin has been called to an archaeological site in the bleak midlands west of Dublin—a place known as the LAKE OF SORROWS—to assist at an excavation where a well-preserved Iron Age body has been found in a bog.

So…. what interesting things have you been reading?



jack & ella paper giveaway!

by rae on July 22, 2015


I always want to be better organized. Even though I love my electronics I need to write it all down on paper and have that sense of satisfaction when I cross something off my list.

Thanks to Jessica from Jack and Ella Paper for offering this special giveaway.

Notepad Set: ‘I’ve got it together’ Series

$28.00 value.

This set comes with all 3 notepads to help you manage your life and stay on top of things.
- Weekly To-Do List with the Goal Habit Builder (50 recycled sheets measuring 8.5 x 11)
- Weekly Meal Planner with Tear-Off Market List (50 recycled sheets measuring 8.5 x 11)
- Daily To-Do List (50 recycled sheets measuring 5 x 8)

You can enter this giveaway here.

Or just go to Jack and Ella Paper and buy your very own.



This is my favorite font! And I have made quite a few of them. “Dear Rae, Love Dad” is a modern calligraphy font drawn by hand, using ink, and a folded nib dip pen on rough watercolour paper.


Best used in Open Type apps, it has automatically changing alternates. To use the open type features you will need an open type friendly application like InDesign or Illustrator where you can access the glyphs palette. But I have tried my best to make the font work nicely even if you don’t use those apps.


It is upright, dramatic, and personal.


It is named Dear “Rae, Love Dad” because who wouldn’t like to get a letter signed, “Love Dad”?


A BIG thank you to Dathan who answered my Glyph software questions.

And to Laurie who added the “Love Dad” to the “Dear Rae”.

To buy this this fab new font, it can be found on myfonts at 30% off. 

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Sneak Peek at what is next… “Dear Rae, Love Mom”




More great guests this weekend. Terry and Barry were here. It was the 4th Annual Golfapalooza. The men golf as much as possible and on breaks they watch golf. The women garden and shop. Saturday found us at the Farmer’s Market. And from the shoes I wore it looked like I got dressed in the dark. Too bad that wasn’t true.

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I planted some pots of flowers…


while Terry weeded, transplanted, and planted some lupine and foxglove. She has been working on this bed for 3 visits and it is looking good this year. All these great plants for only $40 at the market. Score.


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This book has been on my reading list for several years. I am finding it interesting.

Empty Mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the opulence of the 19th century’s Gilded Age with a 21st century battle over a $300 million inheritance. At its heart is heiress Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, when she died at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen for decades. Her father, W.A. Clark, was born in a log cabin, discovered incredible riches in copper in Montana territory after the Civil War, was thought to be as rich as Rockefeller, founded Las Vegas and was pushed out of the U.S. Senate for bribery.

Huguette held a ticket on the Titanic and was still alive in New York City long after 9/11. She grew up in the largest house in New York City, a remarkable dwelling with 121 rooms for a family of four. She owned paintings by Degas and Renoir, a Stradivarius violin, and a vast collection of antique dolls. But wanting more than treasures, she lived out her last 20 years in a simple hospital room, devoting her wealth to her art and buying gifts for friends and strangers.

Pulitzer Prize-winner and NBC News investigative reporter Bill Dedman stumbled onto the story of eccentricity and inherited wealth in 2010, discovering that Huguette’s fantastic homes in Santa Barbara, Connecticut and New York City were unoccupied but still maintained by servants. Dedman co-wrote the book with Huguette’s cousin Paul Clark Newell Jr., one of the few relatives to have conversations with her.

The Clark family story spans nearly all of American history in three generations, from a log cabin in Pennsylvania to mining camps in the Montana gold rush, from backdoor politics in Washington to a distress call from an elegant Fifth Avenue apartment. The same Huguette who was touched by the terror attacks of 9/11 held a ticket nine decades earlier for a first-class stateroom on the second voyage of the Titanic.



I enjoy Maddie Allen’s blog Muffins & Mixtapes. The No-Bake Mini Cheesecakes were a hit this week. Check her blog out, I like both the food and the music.





We get a lot of guests. And some are more rewarding than others. Last week Justine and her daughter Kenalee came for a last minute overnighter. Justine was running in RAGNAR. As a thank you gift Justine gave me this set of her grandmother’s pearls. This is completely excessive on so many levels. Too think she would give me something so personally meaningful. I am touched beyond words. And the fact that I really do like pearls, but only special pearls. I have my lovely 10th Anniversary pearls. I have my mother’s wedding pearls and now these.


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This is the Summer of skirts and some new bigger accessories for me. The long R necklace came from the Velvet Button Boutique on Monroe St. And looks great with grandma’s pearls. And I got all these new earrings on etsy. I searched retro, mod, 60s, 70s… Some actually are from the 70s!




I am always decluttering and on a quest for more organization. I found 14 of these ceramic dishes at commercial kitchen supply store. Since I have 8 of these small drawers in my office they are a find. I also found out that I have way more black pens than I ever thought. But now I will use them instead of buying yet another box.


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Season 3 is coming soon! Airs June 28 – August 2.

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And Orange is the new Black is what I am watching this week as I work on “Dear Rae”. Well that, and I am rewatching Gilmore Girls. An interesting combination for my work day. Finished “Grace and Frankie” and am glad it was renewed for next year.


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Made these Salsa Verde Enchiladas this week. Very good. Got a rotisserie chicken at Costco. My first and it was really big and had more then enough chicken for this recipe. This will be a do-over recipe. Next time I may try and use a crunchier tortilla. But made according to the recipe it is gluten-free.


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