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saddle up cowgirls

We just had Christmas in July at the studio! Two huge boxes arrived from our favorite fabric partner, Quilting Treasures. I was so excited to see over a dozen bolts of sassy western fabric, I almost did a line dance for the UPS guy. When I was kid my nickname was Boots cuz that’s all I ever wore. The boots on this fabric are an illustration of a very special pair that I got to wear to a dude ranch with my daughter and mom. They served me well for days of riding in the desert and have since enjoyed some awesome country concerts. The colors come from a deep of love of Arizona deserts and turquoise jewelry, which I wear almost daily. These are the latest addition to my cowgirl arsenal, I went boot shopping in the world’s coolest cowboy town. And naturally, now I want to design boots. So many dreams, so little time…....

rocktober: what i love about this month

I’m a native California girl and I live for Summer. I can’t wait for it to arrive, and I’m depressed when it ends. I realize I sound like a whiny-ass, but it’s not my fault and it’s not fair that we can’t have sunshine and 78 degrees all year. Once I get past the short term depression, the feeling that I woke up looking older, the killer constriction of closed-toed shoes, and dining indoors (yeah, it takes awhile) I get excited about things that only seem right in October. Hello, Comfort Food. Oh how I’ve missed you. I love a good salad but nothing is better than Mac & Cheese. I don’t care if it’s gourmet with gruyere and crunchy stuff on top or right out of the Kraft Mac n Cheese box. It’s all good. Stew is another big favorite for my family, it simmers all day while we’re at work and my whole house smells awesome when I get home. I also dive into an uncontrolled baking frenzy as soon as the temperature drops. I’ll be baking coffee cake and chocolate chip cookies this week. If I can’t be in my garden, I’ll just be in my kitchen. Check out some great Mac and Cheese recipes from Martha Stewart. Also these stew recipes sound delicious, Williams-Sonoma. The pork and pumpkin stew seems particularly fitting for October. I realize I recently bitched about closed toed shoes, but who doesn’t love her boots? My nickname was “Boots” when I was a kid because I only wanted to wear my white, lace up patent leather boots. All the time. Even...