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exacting hand work 2

I am an enormous fan of the Bloombury group, that legendary assortment of individuals whose friendship as a group of creatives allowed each of them to achieve great success in their respective fields. I am particularly enamored by the work of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, who used Charleston Farmhouse literally as a canvas for their creative talents. Brandt and I have visited there for the past four summers in a row. In fact, I wrote about it here: I am greatly inspired to use my house as canvas as well. This design was used on a mantel at Charleston, although I have chosen to used colored pencil in lieu of paint. I find it very satisfying to work with my hands, but working at this height under a windowsill means that I must work on only one or two repetitions of the pattern at a time.

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Taken on June 9, 2012