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It is the fourth of July. Some of us are stacking hot dogs, some of us are slathering on sunscreen, some of us are pulling up boat anchors. I am staring out the window at a sky of heavy grey clouds, feeling a teeny tiny chill breeze on my bare arms. Its lovely.

But regardless of our choice of entertainment for today I urge each of you to take a moment, and remember what this holiday means: Independence. This commemorates our freedom from the religious oppression of Britain, and oppression that seems almost childish compared to the oppressions overseas, and here, in this great country. Here, where too many of us are afraid to say what we think, or afraid to begin to think. Where religious intolerance hangs out with eco-intolerance and special rights intolerance. Where our government pines, not to take a step back and let you make your own, informed decisions, but to step even closer to your life, to assume another responsibility. That isn’t independence.

In other news- I made my first Etsy sale! Less than twentyfour hours after setting up my shop I made a sale. Now I am playing the waiting game for the next one, sitting with baited breath in front of this screen, hoping.

Here is the coveted article, refashioned from an already cool, but hard to wear 70’s polyester shirt.  You’ve seen it once- here a few more shots.

Being modeled by me.

This is a hand embroidered felt applique. The black and white material on the sleeves has musical notes and instruments.

And a couple of new things I listed recently. This vest is so freaking beautiful! I love it. It has a great flowery/vine stitching detail on the collars, and the ‘pocket’ flaps, and is very fitted, giving you a great, clean, sex-ay shape. Modeled by my SIL. So pretty.

And some of the detailing:

And lastly this cool, comfy shortsleeved shirt.  This used to be a dress, kind of shapeless, made entirely out of this fabric- dollar bills and roses on a black background.  I loved it, but it was really too much.  So I made a skirt (which I kept) and this top.  Yummy puff sleeves made of black knit, and a waistband from the same knit.

Well, there you have it. I hope everyone has a great fourth of July!

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