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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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    Wednesday, September 22, 2010
    on eldertopia and drawing dad (confirmed bleeding hearts)

    I drew my dad yesterday as he drank his first ever fancy pumpkin latte and as we talked. It's one of the better drawings of my father, captures both his features and maybe a bit of personality (and if the picture is a little fuzzy it's maybe because we both share a bit of the shaky picture syndrome).

    He was in town to go to a lecture with me. See my dad is an omsbudsman at a nursing home in his city. For a couple of years he's been excited about the ideas of Dr. William Thomas. Now, really, after hearing him speak, I understand why.

    And besides, he thankfully doesn't keep his ideas to himself. Some places to start(as I am) learning more about these ridiculously smart ideas...
  • Eden Alternative website
  • An NPR story about Green Houses
  • Changing Aging

    My sketchbook notes are a bit jumbled but pretty I think.

    After spending the day with my father and the evening listening to a Dr. Thomas' passionate plea for more compassionate attitudes towards the elderly, I am more impassioned and excited about the possibilities for change. But then, I'm just another liberal hoping we can care more about each other, consume less, and connect more...

    Cue the picture dad took in the conservatory.

    thanks again for listening and thank you Dad for everything!

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