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Traci Otte
Jewelry designer and cat lover
Jewelry designer and cat lover

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3/30/2017: Fish fascination
I know it's been a long time since I've written.  Sorry about that.  Clinchfield has been as cute (and as frustrating!) as ever.  Here are some things he's done lately for his followers who are not on Facebook: He's "jailed" himself about five more times si...

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Book Review: There is No Good Card for This by Kelsey Crowe, Ph.D. and Emily McDowell
Wow.  I only blogged three times last year, and one of those was to share our hummus recipe .  It was a rough year for many reasons, and I've been shaking it off little by little and getting back into doing the things I want to do, which includes writing bl...

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9/29/2016: Fixated on the "roundy-round"
Hi, all!  Sorry I haven't written in... over four months?!?  Wow.  A lot has happened here:  I was a vendor in a huge bead show, and making a bunch of new kits was very stressful.  At the same time, Pixel was sick and had a biopsy.  We feared it would be ca...

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Sabra-Similar Hummus Recipe
I hate those posts that give you a lot of background and photos before finally giving the recipe, so I'm going to do it my way because it's my blog.  :)   I will be putting lots of tips under the recipe, so please give them a read before making the hummus....

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Book review: Quick & Easy Stitched Jewelry
Three years ago, I reviewed Cathy Jakicic's book, Jewelry Projects from a Beading Insider .  That link takes you to my review, which includes how to pronounce her last name.  :)  When Cathy approached me about reviewing her newest book, Quick & Easy Stitche...

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5/11/2016: Nothing is off limits
A few months ago I purchased a gorgeous ornament in an antique store.  It's a cloisonné with purple and pink flowers on it.  I hung it from an iris hook in our hallway: Here are a few close-ups of the ornament: Isn't it pretty?  I got it for a good price, t...

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4/25/2016: Laundry "helper"
Today's post will be very quick.  We were away at a bead show for my business this past weekend, so Steve took today off to rest and do laundry.  Except the lawn needed to be mowed, so he's outside doing that, and he had some errands to run this morning.  I...

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4/4/2016: Clinchfield is ONE today!
It's been a few months since the last Clinchfield Report.  Sorry about that.  For the most part, he's been good.  There has been some running around and jumping up on things he shouldn't, but he's always been too quick, and I haven't been able to get any pi...

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2/12/206: Resolutely resolute
All the cats know they're not supposed to go on the cubbies in the dining room, the dining room table, the kitchen table, and the kitchen counters.  They know this, but they do not care.  We're constantly chasing Clinch off of all of those things.  We've ye...

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2/1/2016: Clinch's magic carpet ride
One of my first posts in this blog was about Clinchfield's fascination with messing up the bathmats.  If you missed that or need a recap, you can catch up here . A few nights ago Steve and I were getting ready to go to bed, and I noticed that Clinch had mes...
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