When asked to adopt a label, I settle easily on artist and designer. I am fascinated by the way things are put together and by how things work when they are put together in a certain way. I have a passion for mid-century design but my style is eclectic, drawing from a wide range of superficially disparate elements that nevertheless work well together.

On the table pictured, I stenciled Emily Dickinson‘s poem 361: “What I can do—I will—/ Though it be little as a Daffodil—/ That I cannot—must be/ Unknown to possibility—”. I usually try to do too much and sometimes I get overwhelmed and do nothing at all—but this blog is about the balance and what can be accomplished when some effort is made every day to brighten things for yourself or for someone else when you work with your mind and your hands.

I want to introduce you to some of my projects, both finished and in progress, explore some DIYs, investigate techniques that others have found helpful, and generally find ways to make Practical beautiful. Many of the projects I plan to discuss are slated for one of my Etsy shops: AEFontaine is for my paintings and related items, and Wright’s Department Store is for my textile goods. I hope you will enjoy looking around!

One last thing: I love to read and I read a lot—a few of my favorite authors are Dorothy Sayers, Agatha Christie, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (separately and together), James Rollins, Steve Berry, A. S. Byatt, John Bellairs, and Jim Butcher. I also love to write about what I like and so have another blog, Penny Candy Book Reviews, for that purpose. Please visit there, too!


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  1. I share some of your reading tastes – I collect Sayers and Christie books from charity shops, and have quite a few of them! =D

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