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Dublin Castle, Trinity College, some churches, National Botanic Garden, Phoenix Park (up close with the deer!), and donuts.


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Galway! Not much time here, but lovely. Not pictured: rabbit pie and the lovely Aran Islands sweater that’s my best souvenir (it was so hard to choose between all the lovely colors, styles, and those very lovely cables).


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Natural History Museum. Some great exhibits, but the building itself is amazing! Look beyond the skeletons to see some truly beautiful architecture.

So much denim

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3 hours of cutting later, I’m done! So many regrettable fashion decisions represented there, from acid washed jeans and high waists to sunflower patches and ultra low rise. 33 pockets salvaged, 10 leather tags, and a lot of denim. Sizes ranged from 4 to 10, showing my weight has really been all over the place for the last 20 years. Now the big question: what do I make out of it all?

Old Jeans

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I’ve made it to the stage of my craft room cleaning where I have to deal with the “bag of jeans.” Here is the accumulation of jeans from my adult life. 15 pairs in varying colors and a wide range of sizes, plus some that are already cut up. Breaking them down for use should be interesting.

A little holiday baking

That moment when you realize you do, in fact, have everything to make whatever kinds of cookies your friends want to make. Not pictured: 3 pounds of butter in fridge, stack of cookie sheets, 2 tubs of cookie cutters, and more decorations than I care to admit. Let the baking begin!