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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Experiments in incandescent living

Imagine you are a white-hot tangle of ice, dust, rock and gases, and as you hurtle across the night sky the rest of us are celebrating your transit with champagne and gourmet lollipops. The universe is vast, but we are only as small as we believe ourselves to be; and if we lived each moment in that same spirit of humble awe with which we now and again gaze at the stars, the world would be an infinitely happier place.

I blog about books and writing on Mondays, travel and spirituality on Tuesdays, and art, knitting and sewing on Thursdays, but above all I want to use this space to explore the magical connection between veganism and creativity (so the juiciest posts go up on Wednesdays!) On this site you’ll also find Where We Make, a Friday feature on artists’ workspaces.

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12/31

Foxes and Rabbits

‘And carrots, Dad!’ said the smallest of the three small foxes. ‘We must take some of those carrots!’

‘Don’t be a twerp,’ said Mr. Fox. ‘You know we never eat things like that.’

‘It’s not for us, Dad. It’s for the Rabbits. They only eat vegetables.’

‘My goodness me, you’re right!’ cried Mr. Fox. ‘What a thoughtful little fellow you are! Take ten bunches of carrots.’

—Roald Dahl, Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Just when you thought my home-sewn wardrobe couldn’t get any more twee

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Best of all, they are vegetarian foxes, frolicking most innocently with their bosom bunnies. I saw this fabric at Grey’s last summer (a few months before Sarah decided to pack it in) and could not resist it.

 

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At the Gardner Museum, October 2015. Photo by Elliot.

 

From this unabashedly twee cotton I made my second Hawthorn, this time with short sleeves. I was hurrying to finish this dress in time to wear to Kendall’s Drift & Dagger launch party in September 2015 (I told you I had a backlog of sewing posts!), and in my haste I did not ease the sleeve cap in as smoothly as I could have. But as I have already confessed, if you aren’t going to notice my shortcuts then I am probably not going to get around to fixing them anytime soon!

Matt and I [‘who is Matt?’ Read this] went to the MFA the other day and he (very patiently) took more photos so I could finally publish this post.

 

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VERY earnestly contemplating the symbolism of Barbara Gallucci’s Topia Chairs.

 

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Go see the Terry Winters exhibit!

 

Can you tell this is my favorite dress pattern? It is so flattering and so fun (though I did no twirlies at the museum. I should have.) I finished a third Hawthorn back in September for the Life Without Envy launch, but I still have to get good photos.

 

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I played with some of the Flickr filters on these last two.

 

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Happy New Year, everybody! (God help us all…………)

 

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.
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