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Carol
Lawrence, Kansas
Hi, my name is Carol. I live in Lawrence KS. I write Tall Tales. I tell about stuff that happened to me. Most of it is true.
Interests: globe trotting, getting my hands dirty in the garden, making things with yarn, reading, sketching badly, playing golf, walking, cooking, going to the farmers market...
Recent Activity
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The only good thing I have to say about the gale force winds we have been having lately is that they brought in some amazing cloud formations the other day. Thick and puffy and so white against that unnaturally blue sky. So pretty it's almost enough to make me forget... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Even though it's not Valentine's day for another week, I got in the mood for it this weekend. It started when I was downtown and saw yet another cousin of pea-pod boy in the window of "Stitch On Needlework Shop". It made me come home and look for the heart... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It's been way too long since I made this. When I first got the recipe from Dottie and made it, I thought it was dreamy delicious. I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to make it again. Oh wait, that's right, my love affair with cauliflower in soup,... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
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As much as I love going on an adventure, I crave days that are full of pure ordinariness. Chopping up an apple, appreciating the texture of this felted tweed yarn, being able to buy flowers at the store, scrubbing the kitchen sinks, making a to-do list for the weekend, savoring... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Tall Tales from Kansas
Thank you Faith! Have you made it and did you like the way it turned out? It looks perfect to me.
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It was impossible to walk past the hand dyed Rivulet from Island Yarn, without stopping last weekend. The "arctic" color with it's subtle bits of gray and silver have me thinking of polar bears frolicking in the snow. I want to make some kind of a slightly askew rectangular shaped... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It's hard to explain to a non-knitter the pure joy that is a long weekend of being surrounded by all the things you love about your craft. The yarn and what you can make from it is certainly a big part of it, but even more than that are the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Here is the scarf I finished in time to wear at the knitting retreat this weekend. Just to prove that I can finish a project on time. If I am properly motivated. For those of you who might be interested, this is the wakefield scarf and the pattern is free... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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This morning I am gathering things to load in the car to take to the knitting retreat. Over the years I have learned that in addition to taking completed projects to show, it is a good idea to bring yarn for projects that I have yet to begin. This is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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In the spirit of saving the best for last, I present Pam and Mary Ann in all their splendid glory, as rendered by yours truly, in the very last hour of our time together in Palm Springs. I am thinking about embellishing the backgrounds, but worry that it could detract... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Mid-century modern is something I knew nothing about until we started going to the dessert. OK, I still don't know about it. Except that I like it. Clean, spare, bright, open. I love walking through regular neighborhoods to see what I can see. Stuff like all manner of cactus, birds... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Because at some point, after a vacation in a place with palm trees, you have to get back to your "normal" life... here are some things I have seen and done since I returned. Just everyday mundane stuff like knitting, looking at the patterns of snow flakes on chairs, healing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Excellent suggestion sister! Will do. Can you draw a cat under the tree for me?
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Last year when we went to Palm Springs, we stumbled upon Moorten Botanical Gardens and were delighted by our visit there. In keeping with that tradition, sister found an even more spectacular display this year at the Sunnylands Garden Center. By more spectacular, I mean polished, bigger, displays with multiple... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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How to have fun in Palm Springs. As told in 4 images, contained in one collage. Bring a clown. If you can find one that also paints cats and cupcakes, all the better. Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It is hard to calculate the enormity of the satisfaction that can be derived from messing around with pens, paints, pencils, and ink. Below are some of the pages I did in Palm Springs this year. The first one below is my favorite that my sister did, followed by my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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While Mary Ann was working last Thursday I was studying. Examining thick, fluffy, scented geranium leaves. Calculating how it might be possible to get a self portrait in the mosaic on her patio. Chatting with a couple of cats about hummingbirds. And in general admiring the green-ness that has come... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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I returned to Kansas on Monday night with a cold, which I would like to blame on being in an airplane, though I am not certain it can be traced directly to that. In an effort to cure it I have consumed tomato basil soup, broccoli soup, and chicken noodle... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Greetings from California where the colors are bright, the sun is warm, and the cacti are sharp. I am filling up my eyes. Tasting new wines. Learning new tricks. Just your average ordinary art retreat activities in other words. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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Greetings from California where the colors are bright, the sun is warm, and the cacti are sharp. I am filling up my eyes. Tasting new wines. Learning new tricks. Just your average ordinary art retreat activities in other words. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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While I usually only listen to audiobooks in the car, I had to bring the last 2 discs of this one inside the other day. First of all, it was cold as heck outside and it made for good listening while I tried to make myself walk up and down... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
Karen, my favorite TWO books of last year were... The signature of all things and All the light we cannot see. Sent from my iPad
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Supplies have been gathered. I think 4 sketchbooks is the perfect number for an art retreat. Brushes and pens selected. Four brushes + the carbon black + 2 lamy's + my favorite brush pen. Car sketching necessities packed. I can't wait to get my car sketching palette broken in. January... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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We had vanilla cake with vanilla icing at our house this week. On Sunday. For the Golden Globes. For a spectacle like this award show, it's important to go all out. Treat it like a party in other words. And what's a party without cake? For the record, I would... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas
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It was impossible for me to walk by this book without buying it. With a cover and a title like this it might just as well have had a sticker on it that said "Carol this book is for YOU". And while it was not one of my complete and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2016 at Tall Tales from Kansas