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When You Have A Hammer, Everything Looks Like A Nail

We all get in ruts fixing things; we all have our favored solutions.   Not surprisingly, I tend to grab a chunk of wire.    Since I'm also often on a faire site and we're pretty used to improvisation, I end up wire-wrapping some things that I'm pretty sure shouldn't be wire-wrapped but hey, if it holds up your tent/gets you home, who can argue? Sometimes I get asked what the weirdest thing is that I've taken wire to.  It's awfully hard to pick just one, so instead, here is a list: --Teeth.  Oddly enough, never a shark's tooth, but I have...

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The Different Schools of Wire-Wrap Jewelry

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The Different Schools of Wire-Wrap Jewelry

Wire wrap jewelry-- what am I looking at?  How to tell?

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Why Petroleum In Body Products Is The Devil

Why Petroleum In Body Products Is The Devil

wrote this a while ago: reprinting because still true. Ok, it's wet, so it's another er...soapbox...day.   Petroleum products in skincare are the devil.  Nothing gets me shrieking faster than running through the bodycare products aisle at the store and seeing product after product with petroleum in it.  Especially ones that are supposed to "moisturize the skin".    Why?   BECAUSE PETROLEUM PRODUCTS DON'T SINK INTO YOUR SKIN.  AT ALL.   Go look up "petrolatum" on Wikipedia.  Commonest ingredient in the skincare industry.  And it says, right there--"does not absorb into skin".     There are a rare few occasions...

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Another Good Sale story

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Another Good Sale story

(wrote this a while ago... lovely memory.) Good sales, to me, come in all shapes and sizes.  Granted, I'm excited when someone plonks a lot of cash in my booth--booyah, woodpile money!  But sometimes the ones that mean the most are the sales when someone finds the exact thing that fits them or helps them, or makes them feel good, or good about themselves.   I had one of those today.    It was COLD at the farmer's market.  My friend Lisa-the-baker and I were grumbling and shivering, and along comes a young guy in a baseball cap--nice kid.  Says...

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Poor Misunderstood Goldenrod!

(written a while ago, worth repeating here) A quickie note on goldenrod, because it's allergy season:   Goldenrod is not responsible for airborne allergy attacks.  The pollen from goldenrod is heavy; it does not fly on the wind.  It has to be pollenated by bees moving around. Therefore, it doesn't get into the air and it doesn't make you sneeze.   However, it does bloom at the same time that ragweed does, which IS airborne, and does make you sneeze, and is generally foul.   Why do I know this?  Some 20 years ago, I had a short, round, elderly...

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