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I might be almost half done with my new font “Dear Rae”. So far it has been great fun. I am using a folded nib pen, a bottle of ink and watercolour paper. I am still drawing all the characters. Right now there are about 350 in the font.

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I’ve been reading all the books on my library hold list. These are books I put on in 2012 and 2013. I enjoyed them all.

We are Water… In middle age, Annie Oh—wife, mother, and outsider artist—has shaken her family to its core. After twenty-seven years of marriage and three children, Annie has fallen in love with Viveca, the wealthy, cultured, confident Manhattan art dealer who orchestrated her professional success.

Data, A Love Story… Forty million people date online each year. Most don’t find true love. Thanks to Data, a Love Story, their odds just got a whole lot better.  This book is a lively, thought-provoking memoir about how one woman “gamed” the world of online dating—and met her eventual husband.

The Good Luck of Right Now… For thirty-eight years, Bartholomew Neil has lived with his mother. When she gets sick and dies, he has no idea how to be on his own. His redheaded grief counselor, Wendy, says he needs to find his flock and leave the nest. But how does a man whose whole life has been grounded in his mom, Saturday mass, and the library learn how to fly?



Since rhubarb and strawberries are in season I made this bread yesterday. You can find the recipe here. It is a healthier, not too sweet, bread. We liked it.


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Just finished Mad Men, on the last season of Breaking Bad and started Grace and Frankie. We both enjoyed it. 13 episodes AND it is renewed for next year.

So what have you been drawing, reading, baking or watching?



mail art #2

by rae on May 11, 2015


More Mail Art! This time it is for Crystal of Tart Workshop  so I had to bring my “A” game. These note cards are not hand printed. But these letters are from my as yet unnamed, new, big, script font. I created a few note cards, had them printed and mailed them off.


Again this is not handlettered, but I did use 3 of my fonts to address.


And I collaged the back of the envelope with things I had in my office. It was probably over kill. But fun to do.


This little package of goodies went to my friend Laurie.


And it appears I forgot to photo the actual Mail Art lettering piece that is in the envelope, which was Laurie’s horoscope.

Mail Art… fun to do, even more fun to get.



what are you reading?

by rae on May 4, 2015

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I just worked my way through a large stack of books. I enjoyed these two. These are 3rd and 4th in a series and I just put the first two on my library list. I liked the forensics, archeology and history and that it took place in Ireland.

False Mermaid…  Gavin remains haunted by a cold case that nearly cost her sanity five years ago: her sister Tríona’s brutal murder. After failing to bring the killer to justice, Nora fled to Ireland, throwing herself into her work and taking the first tentative steps in a new relationship with Irish archaeologist Cormac Maguire. She’s driven home by unwelcome news: Tríona’s husband—and the prime suspect in her murder—is about to remarry. Nora is determined to succeed this time, even if it means confronting unsettling secrets. As she digs ever closer to the truth, the killer zeroes in on Tríona’s young daughter, Elizabeth.

The Book of Killowen… After a year away from working in the field, archaeologist Cormac Maguire and pathologist Nora Gavin are back in the bogs, investigating a ninth-century body found buried in the trunk of a car. They discover that the ancient corpse is not alone—pinned beneath it is the body of Benedict Kavanagh, missing for mere months and familiar to television viewers as a philosopher who enjoyed destroying his opponents in debate. Both men were viciously murdered, but centuries apart—so how did they end up buried together in the bog?

(Thanks Linda!)

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After reading my stack of books I am now on to the my hold list at the library which is also a lovely long list… here are some favorites.

Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet . . .

So begins the story of this exquisite debut novel, about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother’s bright blue eyes and her father’s jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue—in Marilyn’s case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James’s case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the center of every party.

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“Jenny Offill’s Dept. of Speculation resembles no book I’ve read before. If I tell you that it’s funny, and moving, and true; that it’s as compact and mysterious as a neutron; that it tells a profound story of love and parenthood while invoking (among others) Keats, Kafka, Einstein, Russian cosmonauts, and advice for the housewife of 1896, will you please simply believe me, and read it?”— Michael Cunningham

It’s short and funny and absorbing, an effortless-seeming downhill ride that picks up astonishing narrative speed as it goes. What’s remarkable is that Offill achieves this effect using what you might call an experimental or avant-garde style of narration, one that we associate with difficulty and disorientation rather than speed and easy pleasure.— New York Review of Books

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Imagine this: It’s your birthday. The doorbell rings: No one is there. But a book is there wrapped with ribbon silvery as London’s Thames River at teatime in April. Alexander McQueen might well have tied the bouffant bow.

Kathleen Tessaro’s new novel, The Perfume Collector (Harper), is a mystery, a journey, which takes us from Paris in 1955, to spring in London the same year. Then we’re in New York, and it’s 1927! We visit Monte Carlo, England, and ah, back to Paris.

The Perfume Collector, Tessaro’s striking fifth novel, is fragrant with suspense. You will learn astonishing secrets about perfumes: classic, forbidden, long lost, as memorable as this story.

Tessaro is the rare writer who defines the exact place we are. She is a fine host; you can feel her fascination as her characters arrive in each perfectly detailed scene. We first meet Eva d’ Orsay in Paris. She is not having a good day. Her life has been, as we learn, a puzzle. But then Eva never showed anyone what she could do with numbers. (If she’d lived in America now she’d be running Apple). But this talent “was secret…she couldn’t recall a time when numbers hadn’t carved through the chaos…bringing order.” – The Huffington Post

 Soooooo, what are you reading that I should put on my list? Do share.


flash sale & giveaway!

by rae on April 28, 2015

Thought I would welcome Spring with a Flash Sale and a Giveaway! It actually may be Spring in Wisconsin and that is something to celebrate.

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3 fonts… Woof, Vibrant Women and Yoga Studio all for what would be the price of one font. Designed by Nancy. All for $29.

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Lake Vacation Doodles, House Doodles, Farm Doodles and Woodland Doodles. 4 for $39 by Rae.

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Crowns, Just Animals, Just People, Just Flower Pots and Just Frames. Just 5 fonts from Justine for $49.

All for a limited time. To receive Flash Sale pricing plz use the links on this page.


This month’s giveaway will be my whimsical alphabet sampler. I designed it and it is produced and sold by Ann of Stitch Supply Co. To enter the giveaway go to my Facebook page and either Like, Comment or Share. If you do all 3 you are entered 3 times, or 2 times for 2…




art + socks = bliss

by rae on April 24, 2015


When I was in grade school I knew who Charley Harper was. I certainly did not learn about him in my Catholic grade school art class. My uncle was a printer and each Winter on a Sunday at grandma’s house we would pour over the big books of Christmas cards. Those cards were then ordered and would have our names already printed on them. I loved those books. My favorite cards were any with Charley Harper art on it. I do remember an iconic red cardinal card that I do think we sent one year. I was mesmerized by how he drew.



I rarely shop. I am hard to buy for. I have what I need. I do like nice things though. And I really like toasty, warm socks. I almost always wear hand-knit socks or Smartwool socks. I even darned my favorite pair of Smartwool striped black socks. I know I do obsess over some things.

And this week I came home to this package of bliss on my doorstep. Not sure it gets much better than this. Charley Harper Smartwool socks. They are a wear now weight and a limited collection. So if you want some art for your feet check out the collection.

Disclaimer: These socks were a gift from a friend (thanks Sarah!). I have no arrangement with Smartwool. I just wish I did.



breakfast smoothie

by rae on April 20, 2015

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Time for a cold smoothie instead of a warm morning drink.

The day before….
1. Brew coffee and put in the refrigerator.
2. Peel bananas and wrap individually in saran wrap and freeze.

To make:

I use my little Cusinart smoothie marker. (Thanks again Jen!)

In the tumbler I put…
1 c skim or 2% milk
3/4 c cold coffee
1 frozen banana chopped in pieces
1 scoop chocolate protein powder

If you want it a little sweeter add a little sugar or stevia.

If you want it a little more chocolately add a bit of Trader Joe’s sipping chocolate.

Blend and enjoy!



the lucky platter

by rae on April 14, 2015


Easter weekend we went to Chicago to babysit the grand kids and see their parents too. Jackson wants to be a  train engineer when he grows up. He LOVES trains. So we took the train from Highland Park to Evanston for brunch.

And ended up at the Lucky Platter on Main St.


Oh yes, this place had Rae written all over it. (Lower left has little Alex peeking out the window.)



And the art… total kitsch. I am a total sucker for paint-by-number paintings. If I lived in a loft I would cover a wall from floor to ceiling in them. Also many interesting portraits. Some that looked like things I painted in high school, as a freshman.



And hanging art… and oh, the colander chandeliers. So much to look at.


And the food is pretty and tasty too. I had the Crab Cake Benedict. Homemade crab cake with garlic aioli, spinach, hollandaise on toasted cornbread. Yum. If you are in the area I recommend it.


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mail art

by rae on April 10, 2015


What is mail art you ask. Well Wikipedia says… Mail art (also known as Postal art and Correspondence art) is a populist artistic movement centered on sending small scale works through the postal service. It initially developed out of the Fluxus movement in the 1950s and 60s, though it has since developed into a global movement that continues to the present. The American artist Ray Johnson is considered to be the first mail artist, and the New York Correspondence School that he developed is considered the first self-conscious network of mail artists.


Crystal Kluge’s calligraphy class I took in January had people wishing they got nice things in the mail. That developed into 9 of us starting  a Mail Art group.


In February I had Susan and it was Valentine’s Day. So I made a little hand sewn paper Valentine. I put it in a nice little box and added some office supplies. My personal goal for the Mail Art is to make it all out of things I have in my office or my gift drawer.

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And the idea is also to send it in an interesting envelope. I think that most people will showcase their calligraphy skills. Since I don’t have any I am just doing my own thing and creating something interesting. It is art after all, there should no be rules.


March’s Mail Art went to A. Yes that is the name she uses. Since I did not receive anything in February or March from my group I decided to be less elaborate that month. So I did an “A is for….” piece of lettering.

While it would be nice to receive something from someone I do enjoy thinking about my April Mail Art. It is a good creative exercise.

An interesting aside is that my friend’s 80-something Mom has every single thing I have ever written to her over the years. Every single thing. She now has bulletin boards and has them all up. She moved from her big house to living with my friend and that is what she brought with her. I now write to her weekly. Generally it is a postcard, nicely lettered. Or I share with her whatever font I am working on and pictures of the grand kids. Real mail does change lives. It is an connection like no other.

Do any of you do Mail Art? Or make and send your own postcards? Or send interesting mail to the elderly or sick? If so, plz share.

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new font, dickybird doodles!

by rae on March 24, 2015







This illustration font has 32 dickybirds. Birds in a cage, on a wire, in a nest. A flamingo, toucan, sandpiper, cardinal, penguin, heron, chicken & rooster, hummingbird, swan. Some line, some reverse and one with polka dots.

For a very limited time this new font is $21. This price is only available on this site.

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by rae on March 23, 2015


As predicted, we woke up to snow. Snow always makes me think soup. Yesterday anticipating the snow I make a pot of Spicy Tuscan Soup. A hearty, Winter snow day kind of soup.


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This is a new recipe for me. Decided to try one of the many, many recipes I have pinned on Pinterest.

This soup is much like one of the soups at Olive Garden. And perfect for a snowy Winter day. I did add more kale because I like kale.


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