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Spring is just around the corner, and I was so thrilled to know I would be seeing so many of my friends I didn't last year. Some may recall, Louie was accidentally poisoned just before Black Swamp Market Day, and we needed each other, I had to cancel the day before and the organizers were great about it and I am grateful. He is fine now, but unfortunately this year - two shows in a row canceled yesterday. Both Black Swamp and Madison Knit-In decided not this time. Each show unique, but pretty much the same core group of attendees,...

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With my curiosity peaked, everyday when the workshop concluded I hopped in my car and went for a drive around the countryside to see what was going on among the daily, ritualistic life of the Amish.

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MWBTR - Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue and especially the president played a huge role in Boo's remaining short life. The book "The Dog Listener" was read cover to cover, and the techniques used to make my home Mitzi, Boo and I could live in together. It still wasn't a bed of roses, I messed up, and Boo messed up, but we both tried, and sadly lost her to cancer at 10 and a half years old, but, MWBTR will forever be special to me, as Denise Yoder was the only one who didn't tell me to have Boo put out of her misery for behavioral issues. I refused to anyway. She was mine for the rest of her life. And, so I pay it forward in Boo's memory.

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Today I came full circle. Never in my life would I expect what innocently happened as I reached for the volume set of books given to me in my younger days having no memory of when, but always taking them in my boxes of books to keep - never opened, until today. I remember very clearly where I was at in life then. I lived in Whispering Brook in Portage, Michigan. I worked 50-60 hour weeks managing both Jo-Ann Fabrics at that time, hiring potential managers off of Western's campus and training them, training the district on merchandising and loss...

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cutting tool maintenance, scissors, shears, thread cutters -

Caring for our textile tools can make a huge difference in enjoying or being frustrated with the process. Here is a simple maintenance tip for shears and cutters* that are held together with screws, not nylon washer assemblies. They are typically steel. This can also be used on rotary cutter assemblies when blades are being replaced/removed. Using 50 Wt household sewing machine oil, open the shears as shown in the middle of the photo and apply a generous drop above and below the screw assembly, turning over and applying on the underside the same. Slowly rock the scissors while open...

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