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Hello, I'm Rachael.

I am primarily a painter and paper doll maker and friendly multi-tasker/ troublemaker in Upstate New York.I've been keeping this little blog since 2004, I think. And there is hopefully a value in reading these words, looking at these pictures, clearly I find joy in writing 'em up and sending 'em out, even if I don't always have the time. I try to blog every once in a while but mostly I try to write a real letter every day (this year that is), draw and paint, sew, and instigate other people's creative endeavors.
Leave me a comment (I'm more likely to communicate directly than in the comments), ask me a question, do your best to share what you have to say, OK? Thanks

Links to places you'll maybe like if you...

Have a drawing problem like I do
  • Look at other people's sketchbooksat artists sketchbooks online

    Sew your own goofy clothes with little to no formal training?
  • Burdastyle at it's best is a super resource laden facebook for sewists...I'm balduffington here
  • The Slapdash Sewist shares her sewing adventures and inspires
  • Gertie's Guide for Better Sewing gives the best of the vintage and retro tips

    Are a working artist
  • NYFA has very very helpful resources

    are anywhere near Rochester NY interested in any of these things
  • This is the Rochester Sketchcrawl...

    And finally here are some of my friends
  • Genine draws joyfully as the world around her spins
  • Mark is just making stuff

    I'll be adding more links here but I have to find a few minutes in which I'll do that. Soonish, I bet.

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    Thursday, January 21, 2010
    made to measure (learning to sew)

    hello strangers.

    It's been a while since I've written anything here so for anyone listening/looking at this blog, bear with me as I explain that I've been single-minded lately. It's the needle. I have been trying to sew lots of things together for reasons I don't understand myself (getting sick of buying clothes with little style for too much money, feeling that all those years when I was a kid drawing fashion models should turn into something, and probably just the thrill of learning something new.)

    See, I'm not a real sewist yet, but maybe I'm getting there.
    I have had my sewing machine for about a year. That machine works for me to cut the stress sometimes. And somehow I've become mildly obsessed with sewing.

    I now check Burdastyle daily. And now the The Selfish Seamstress. And often Amy Angry Chicken Karol, particularly when she is sewing

    After some bazillions of projects in which I tried to figure out fitting, I did recently manage to make something I'm happy with. My Made to Measure skirt (of which I only have crummy pictures) was really just a plain black skirt until I remembered that I had this ribbon.

    And a bright yellow zipper.

    I slowed down to take my real measurements and tried to sew it better. I wear it even. And when I do, I can measure stuff!

    happy making to you and thanks for listening, take care,

    Posted at 09:03 pm by balduffington

    February 2, 2010   07:45 PM PST
    Hello! Thanks for featuring me and for the nice compliments. I appreciate them all and will be checking out your blog, Elizabeth...
    January 28, 2010   09:18 AM PST
    hi! just found you through Elizabeth and I love your skirt and think many of us feel exactly like you.. getting the old needle and thread out!
    Bleubeard and Elizabeth`
    January 28, 2010   04:34 AM PST
    Hi Rachel. I found your blog while looking for one to feature as my "blog of the day." Your art is so carefree and colorful, when I saw it here, I just had to feature you today (Jan 28). I really love what you do.

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