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Let's peel back these layers!

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juliannlaw Here is a closeup of the endpapers in my debut picture book, THE WORKD’S LONGEST SOCK. I work digitally in Adobe Photoshop but the program doesn’t do it all for me! I knit all the pixels by hand! Haha! I do have things I do to help me work quickly and efficiently, though, like using layers. Here you get to see me take off those layers one by one till we are back at nothing but a background. The World's Longest Sock is now available on  Amazon ,  Barnes and Noble ,  Target , or wherever you  buy books !

The House, an update

No cute pictures today. I'm sans computer and sans internet. . . thank heavens for the Public Library, eh? ( April did a cute job describing our local branch , where I'm sitting right now.) Here is what's happened and what's happening over the last couple crazy weeks: Last week: Wednesday - Drywallers finish mudding and taping, floor guys do prep Thursday - Drywallers prime walls, floor guys lay wood floor throughout Friday - Cabinet installers build cupboards Saturday - tile guy lays tile in bathroom, Saturday - WE MOVE! Phase I, from condo to garage at new house Sunday - First night sleeping on mattress in basement This week: Monday - Finish cabinet installation Tues-Sat - Paint and trim All week - clean and touch up condo Thurs - renters move in to condo May 1! Next week: Monday - My mom arrives to help with Lucy Mon-Thurs? - Floors sanded and finished ? - Countertop installed Appliances arrive Friday - My dad comes in town to help Saturday? - Phase II of the move,

Hard to believe. . .

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No, she's not upset. Nope, she's not crying. That's Lucy's new smile. . . she scrunches her nose up and closes her eyes and flashes those pearly gums. I believe this is her second joke, something she does specifically to get laughs (her first joke was a fake cough). It has been killin' me and I finally got it on film today. Also, hard to believe that she is 8 months old. And in unrelated news, I made Gardenburger BLT's for dinner. . . that's right. Veggie burgers with bacon on top. I felt slightly weird about it. Like smothering a kosher hotdog with nacho cheese, you feel slightly guilty even if you're not vegetarian or jewish, but that somehow makes it taste all the better.

A blag about the green sweater. . .

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Clarification: On St. Patrick's day, I had a little post and picture about Lucy's beautiful, hand-knit green sweater. . . Some of you mistakenly believed I knitted that sweater and I want to be perfectly clear and honest about this. . . I knit, but I have never successfully finished a knitting project and have certainly never tried anything this ambitious. This gorgeous little sweater and hat were a gift for Lucy when she was born from our fantastic friend, Carrie Snow. It's really the most beautiful thing you can imagine, so soft and cuddly and of course incredibly hip and cool. Thanks, Carrie!

Young @ Heart

I saw Gene Shallot's movie review for this movie this morning on the Today Show (of course). . . I usually don't agree with his movie reviews AT ALL but this one I think he got right and I can hardly wait to see it. . . This will make you laugh. . . And this will make you cry. . .

Enough about me, let's blag about you. . .

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That's right, I said blag: to blog and to brag. You heard it first here, folks. Hubby always says blogworld is a Mutual Appreciation Society and so let's mutually appreciate some worthy friends. . . My friend Erin's family just tested portable cribs for a feature in the New York Times! She and I were missionaries together in Madagascar oh so long ago. She and her hubby, Dave, are the most outdoorsy people I know. . . (the same Erin and Dave that rescued a skier out of an avalanche a couple years ago, dug him out, saved his life and were on talk shows all over the country, including the Today Show!) Four kids later, they still spend as much time as possible enjoying the great outdoors, so when the NY Times gear critic asked if anyone knew a family that might be camping this time of year with kids, the Hughes names were given. Of course, I'd hero-worship them anyway because they are just that cool, but anyone who's been on the Today Show and in the New York Times are

An update on the house: the downstairs apt is done!

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I didn't do a great job with before pictures, but here are the after pictures! The downstairs apartment is done! New paint, new flooring and carpet, new electrical, new lighting, original 50's tile, original doors and knobs, old green trim which I grew to love and couldn't paint over. . . Loads of thanks to my helpers, Analeis and Annie , and of course the people we paid, but they have their reward. . . Upstairs is looking good, too. Pictures next week.

what replenishes you?

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So just when you thought you'd seen enough cute pictures of Lucy, you get to see more! Lucy got to be a model for the amazing Katherine of Wallin Photography who is organizing and putting on a spring photo shoot for April 26 in Salt Lake City. These are some sample pics to help get the idea across, think: bright, colorful, fun. Anyhow, check out her blog for pricing and details , she's even giving away a session to one lucky commenter, so spread the word and be sure to comment! No segue, lets just jump to another subject. Yesterday in his conference talk, Elder Ballard advised young, busy mothers to "cultivate special interests. . . set aside time for what replenishes you." I almost applauded. I love hobbies! Sometimes its easy to feel like you don't have any time or money or energy to do things just for yourself, but then once you do, you realize how much better you feel, and "replenished" is really a good word for it. I decided that right now, what r

Good Mornin', Sunshine!

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Trying to get a good shot of the Bed-head. . .

cool things found at the house, part 1

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This solitary little card was found lying on the floor of the downstairs kitchen when my friend was there helping me clean. (Annie, did you see where it came from?) I wish the rest of the deck would appear as magically. I want to make a tiny frame for it! I've enlarged it for your screen, its really only 1 5/8" by 2 1/2", just little!