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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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    Monday, February 28, 2011
    on to the best creative project yet...

    Well kids, I have been silent on this blog for months because my life has changed. Happily. Hastily. Heartily. Healthily (I think that's a word).

    I'm pregnant. Today is middle around the 23rd week and bambino/a (we're not going to learn gender until kiddo is born) is over a pound apparently.

    I've been sketching all along, of course, and since this blog started as an art and life reflection and connection space it is fitting to share some of my drawings.

    From the 8 week point when it was all starting to amaze...

    to the new way I see African art (with all of those bellies and boobs)...

    to the joy of it all sinking in...

    to the appreciation, finally, for the 8 years of trying that will (in a few months) result in the biggest, best creative & collaborative & just plain magic project of our lives...

    A brand new life. Wow. Will try to share more in this forum, but I'm not making any promises really (except of course to the baby in my belly and the amazing man who will help raise it). Thanks again for stopping by.

    take care,

    Posted at 08:51 am by balduffington

    mulberry bayswater bags
    September 25, 2012   11:19 AM PDT
    This will really help me in completing my task easily and on time. Thanks for sharing. I will ensure that I bookmark your blog and will come back in the foreseeable future.
    February 28, 2011   09:55 PM PST
    Aww shucks and thanks Regan and Lisa! We're freakishly excited and will keep you both posted as this journey continues...with love...
    February 28, 2011   02:25 PM PST
    Rachael- I love the sKetches and play by play of what was going on while drawing! It is so wonderful that you are bringing a life into this world....being a mom is the most wonderful thing in the world and the hardest. You and John will be wonderful parents. Love you!
    Lisa A.
    February 28, 2011   02:16 PM PST
    Rachael--you and John are going to be the BEST parents! I am jealous of your child!
    Much love to you three from us three.

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