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saturday we wandered down to our new library. John had not been there. So we walked through the entire library. In our wanderings we met Angela from the Office of Transcription, Translation & Transmutation.

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The Office of Transcription, Translation, and Transmutation provides professional assistance for the harried and handwriting impaired.
       Services include: Live transcription of your immediate thoughts and most heartfelt sentiments into beautiful, curlicue, cursive sentences on real paper.
       Angela’s services including postage are free-of-charge in exchange for permission to include your missive in her public collection of love letters, apology notes, hate mail, letters of complaint, messages of sympathy and regret and expressions of thanks. The Office follows a strict code of confidentiality. No identifying info will be visible to the public
       If you are interested in visiting I would call the library and see if The Office is open.
       Presented in conjunction with MAD THEORY – A Performance Philosophy Symposium

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spring is not yet here…

by rae on April 11, 2014

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spring is late. To help it along we took our first top-down Miata ride last night. You know the one where you have the heat on and wear Winter coats. Just trying to move things along.

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Our lake has much open water. These shots were taken near Tenney Park on Lake Mendota, the bigger lake.

Oh and we may get snow on Monday. What can I say.

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snap pen app!

by rae on April 7, 2014

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Snap Pen App is for the iPhone or the iPad. Very simple and easy to use.

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Send directions to your friends.

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Make comments on photos.

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Comment on the weather….

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Or create a graphic for an invitation…

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Or add some copy to the cutest baby picture ever.

So easy to use. I just used my finger to write most of these. When I tried a stylus I had better control. Easy, fun and a good addition to my app library.

 

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another post following the theme that it is still Winter ish here. I am now going to say it is almost Spring. I just noticed yesterday that there is water right next to our retaining wall. That is serious cause for celebration!!! But there is still an awful lot of frozen lake out there. But it is starting to get that mushy look.

 

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Here is a cute pair of Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers. This is also from KnitPicks and uses the same yarn as I used for the Frida Mitts. This is washable wool. And they got even softer after being washed.

 

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I am still making Chicken Gnocchi Soup. This soup you can make last minute and it is very forgiving. I use it as a base soup and then add extra veggies that I have. Sometimes I use a roasted chicken or even canned chicken in a pinch. It is always good. I prefer the Trader Joe’s gnocchi as it seem to be a little smaller. This is a make it and eat it soup rather than a simmer all day type of soup.

For the recipe click here.

Tomorrow is April, so if you need any new Kitchen or Food fonts there are 4 on sale 50 off. Links on the right.

 

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I know, it is Spring. It may be Spring where you live but here it is still on its way. I am still knitting fingerless mitts because I am still wearing them. This darling cabled pair is Frida Fingerless Mitts from Knit Picks. The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Tweed Thirst Heather. I can get a pair out of a skein. So a pair for under $4.

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This color is the exact shade of blue in my Duluth Trading Companies’ Flapjack Flannel Shirt Jac. Also something I am still wearing.

I hope you are closer to Spring than we are.

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new! kitchen doodles!

by rae on March 19, 2014

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Julia Child said, “I didn’t start cooking until I was 32: up until then I just ate”.  Whether you cook or eat, design menus or recipe cards or cookbooks this set of 30 fresh Kitchen Doodles makes the job easier. Baking, cooking, mixing, chopping, grating, this little font has it all.

And Kitchen Doodles is 50% off for a limited time!

Bon Appétit!

 

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march giveaway!
And to sweeten the pot a little share this post from my Outside the Line Facebook page to win a 10 pack of  Alphabet postcards and a 10 pack of birthday cards. Total value is $40. Go here to share. You must share from my Outside the Line page, not my blog or personal Facebook page. This giveaway is limited to the USA only.

If you don’t win and you want some cards you can visit my etsy store. Link on the right.

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happy st. pat’s day!!!!!

by rae on March 17, 2014

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Happy St. Pat’s Day! Sometime in February it occurred to me that I never did my Valentine’s Day promo. So I thought I do one today.
Today any and all fonts bought here on my Outside the Line site are just $17 ea. As many as you want. One day only.

To get this lucky deal you must use the PROMO CODE 3 17 14 at check out.

 

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what’s on the drawing board

by rae on March 3, 2014

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Since the closet mess and the party flag mess is all put away it is time to treat myself to junk robot mess. I’ve been collecting stuff for a year now. With a recent windfall of junk I now have more than enough to make a few junk robot sculptures. My ever ready assistant John has helped take a few things apart. And my poison control expert Phil has advised how to empty and wash out little containers marked POISON. More on this as some little robots start to emerge.

 

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I am currently engrossed in Cooking Doodles. And there might also be a Cooking Doodles Too. With the amount of detail in my drawings I can only get about 30 illustrations in one font. Since there are so many things to draw I may end up with a 2 font family. This is quite fun and moving along nicely.

 

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Also started is Nautical Doodles. And…

 

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Beach Doodles. While I am working on Cooking Doodles I am generally just thinking about these last two. If there is an image you need in any of these categories please leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.

So what is on your drawing board these days?

 

 

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DIY party flags!

by rae on February 24, 2014

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It was a DIY kind of Winter weekend. John reworked our main floor closet and I made party flags. A good division of labor.

Because we only have circular stairs odd things are in odd places. This closet holds my portable sewing machine and sewing supplies because this is the floor I sew on. What little sewing I do that is. And I had 2 rolls of fabric too. I do not decorate for individual holidays but I have wanted some party flags. Michael’s had a bin of cheap ribbon so this whole project cost me $2. The ribbon was 3 yards each. I made a pendent pattern and cut out 12 flags from the scrap material. I did not finish any edges and just sewed them onto the ribbon. The polka dot fabric was especially nice and has a bit of an oilcloth finish. The squiggly pattern is a polished cotton so I think they will hold up well. If not I have a lot more fabric and can easily whip up more as needed. Can’t wait for a Summer cookout to use these. I will use them outside our front door or inside. Versatile.

 

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For a condo we have a fair amount of closets. This closet was organized with bins and held a lot of creative paper products, art files etc. until the washer dryer went in above this closet and leaked and everything was a sodden mess. That was several years ago. After that the closet just became a catch-all. A water stained catch-all.

 

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John suggested we rework the closet in one weekend. Done. That is how he likes to do something. I am more inclined to chip away at something with lots of pausing to think and rethink. But who wants to prolong the pain of a closet redo? We had some left over white paint which freshened things up and replaced the old gray paint with water stains. And we ran to Target and got 6 bins. I now have good organization for mittens, scarves, hats, and bag. Lots of bags. These aren’t even all my bags, just the ones in use now.

 

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One weekend. New organized closet. And party flags.

And now I get to set up a table and bring out all the junk I’ve been collecting to make junk robot sculptures. More mess. More fun.

 

(And Rhonda the closet redo was prompted by you! Thanks.
Barby you really should make some banners for all of your birthday parties. I am sure you have lots of fabric scraps.)

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new font – woodland doodles

by rae on February 17, 2014

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Woodland Doodles is, I am delighted to say, done and available for sale. This was a really fun font to do.

It is an eye-pleasing collection of 31 woodland drawings. Illustrations of 11 trees… traditional and contemporary. A branch, animals, cabin, acorn, flower, leaves, mushrooms, bird’s nest, pine cone and birds on a branch. This font coordinates nicely with Lake Vacation Doodles and Farm Doodles.

 

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Sneak Peek… Cooking Doodles will be next. And maybe a Cooking Doodles Too. After I work on a few non-font projects that is.

And we have a giveaway going right now with the so very talented Jessica from Jack and Ella Paper Press. Go sign up. Your chances of winning are way better than the lotto!

 

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