Author Archives: Susan Brandt

About Susan Brandt

I am an artist concentrating on hand-painting silk. I sell online (susanbrandt.etsy.com), at craft shows and in shops. I don't have a plan for Thing-A-Day 2014, though, as always, it will most likely involve new hand-painted silk stuff.
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Day 28?! – Heron, etc

I can’t believe it’s the last day! Thanks so much for the suggestions on the background. I wasn’t sure about the green but it was pretty unanimous so I tried it and I really like it. So, thanks, everybody!  I

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Day 28?! – Heron, etc

I can’t believe it’s the last day! Thanks so much for the suggestions on the background. I wasn’t sure about the green but it was pretty unanimous so I tried it and I really like it. So, thanks, everybody!  I

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Day 27 – Backgrounds

I need your help. Against my new rule, discovered earlier in thing-a-day, I didn’t paint the background first. Now I don’t know what to do with it. I’ve uploaded another scarf I did today with the type of background that

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Day 27 – Backgrounds

I need your help. Against my new rule, discovered earlier in thing-a-day, I didn’t paint the background first. Now I don’t know what to do with it. I’ve uploaded another scarf I did today with the type of background that

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Day 26 – taxes

Yes, it’s true, my thing-a-day is starting my taxes. I’ve gotten all of the various documents from employers, banks, etc so what I was procrastination was figuring out my expenses for my business. So, today, I recorded all the receipts

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Day 26 – taxes

Yes, it’s true, my thing-a-day is starting my taxes. I’ve gotten all of the various documents from employers, banks, etc so what I was procrastination was figuring out my expenses for my business. So, today, I recorded all the receipts

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Day 25 – more pasties

Not those kind of pasties, the kind you eat! I’ve discovered that if I go a whole 5 hour shift at my job I feel over-tired and have a headache. So, I made more pasties. The filling is stuff I

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Day 25 – more pasties

Not those kind of pasties, the kind you eat! I’ve discovered that if I go a whole 5 hour shift at my job I feel over-tired and have a headache. So, I made more pasties. The filling is stuff I

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Day 21 – rats

Okay, now I’ve forgotten what I did on Day 21. Rats. And I just noticed I missed a day earlier in the month. Oh, well.  Here’s a picture of Charlie and Mish to make up for it. She looks like

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Day 21 – rats

Okay, now I’ve forgotten what I did on Day 21. Rats. And I just noticed I missed a day earlier in the month. Oh, well.  Here’s a picture of Charlie and Mish to make up for it. She looks like

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Day 22 – blue wrapped necklace

  I worked on this necklace but when I thought it was done it seemed like it needed something more. Very discouraging. When I was doing the photographs for the booth though I quickly stuck a bracelet on it and

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Day 22 – blue wrapped necklace

  I worked on this necklace but when I thought it was done it seemed like it needed something more. Very discouraging. When I was doing the photographs for the booth though I quickly stuck a bracelet on it and

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Day 23 – go to American Craft Council show

   My friends booth at the American Craft Council show. It’s a major national show, very expensive, very big. I tried to get some of the scale of the place in my second picture. This show is put on by

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Day 23 – go to American Craft Council show

   My friends booth at the American Craft Council show. It’s a major national show, very expensive, very big. I tried to get some of the scale of the place in my second picture. This show is put on by

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Day 24 – apply to shows

Ugh – I had a very bad habit the last couple of days (okay, four) of doing something I knew I was going to upload to thing-a-day and then not uploading it. So, in a marathon of uploading, in reverse

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Day 24 – apply to shows

Ugh – I had a very bad habit the last couple of days (okay, four) of doing something I knew I was going to upload to thing-a-day and then not uploading it. So, in a marathon of uploading, in reverse

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Day 20 – Smoked Salmon pasta

My son said this recipe just came to him. I really like it and it’s pretty easy to make. The only problem for me is that the salmon is expensive ($7 to $11). Ingredients (what I used, though it’s easy

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Day 20 – Smoked Salmon pasta

My son said this recipe just came to him. I really like it and it’s pretty easy to make. The only problem for me is that the salmon is expensive ($7 to $11). Ingredients (what I used, though it’s easy

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Day 18 – finished shacks

I finished bjcobb’s scarf homage. Here it is partially done and here it is all finished (okay, a few spots are still wet), bjcobb’s original piece and a few detail shots of mine.    I also took a picture of

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Day 18 – finished shacks

I finished bjcobb’s scarf homage. Here it is partially done and here it is all finished (okay, a few spots are still wet), bjcobb’s original piece and a few detail shots of mine.    I also took a picture of

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Day 17 – copying bjcobb

  I admired bjcobb’s painting of a row of houses during thing-a-day 2013 and got permission to copy it on a scarf. I don’t know why I didn’t do it last year. Anyway, here it is so far. And here is

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Day 17 – copying bjcobb

  I admired bjcobb’s painting of a row of houses during thing-a-day 2013 and got permission to copy it on a scarf. I don’t know why I didn’t do it last year. Anyway, here it is so far. And here is

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Day 16 – more website stuff

Good, productive day today. I worked for the first time for another crafter. That was very nice and it looks like she will continue to use me for a bit. I made more new listings on my website. I figured

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Day 16 – more website stuff

Good, productive day today. I worked for the first time for another crafter. That was very nice and it looks like she will continue to use me for a bit. I made more new listings on my website. I figured

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Day 15 – website update

I spent some considerable time taking pictures of scarves, editing them, resizing them and creating listings for each which also involves writing a description about each one. It just takes so long to do these and I have to do

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Day 15 – website update

I spent some considerable time taking pictures of scarves, editing them, resizing them and creating listings for each which also involves writing a description about each one. It just takes so long to do these and I have to do

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Day 14 – Chocolate Truffles

I got this recipe from a magazine at the doctor’s office. Wrote it on a paper towel. They’re a bit messy but that doesn’t affect the taste. They’re pretty rich. I recommend eating with a glass of milk. Chocolate Peanut

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Day 14 – Chocolate Truffles

I got this recipe from a magazine at the doctor’s office. Wrote it on a paper towel. They’re a bit messy but that doesn’t affect the taste. They’re pretty rich. I recommend eating with a glass of milk. Chocolate Peanut

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Day 13 – It’s snow time

The Baltimore area was hit with 10″ to 18″ of snow today. I think I got about a foot. We get snow here, 20″ per winter on average, but it’s usually a few inches at a time and it melts

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Day 13 – It’s snow time

The Baltimore area was hit with 10″ to 18″ of snow today. I think I got about a foot. We get snow here, 20″ per winter on average, but it’s usually a few inches at a time and it melts

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Day 12 – Scarf card

I need more encouraging quotes… I already do simple folded cards and tuck scarves inside. I write “Happy Birthday” or “Merry Christmas” repeatedly on the scarf and once on the front of the card. One of the shop owners where

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Day 12 – Scarf card

I need more encouraging quotes… I already do simple folded cards and tuck scarves inside. I write “Happy Birthday” or “Merry Christmas” repeatedly on the scarf and once on the front of the card. One of the shop owners where

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Day 11 – Pasty Pot Pie

I had some leftover filling for the pasties, so made some more dough and used muffin tins for a new shape. I love how they look, but… don’t use cupcake papers to line the muffin things, it sticks to the final

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Day 11 – Pasty Pot Pie

I had some leftover filling for the pasties, so made some more dough and used muffin tins for a new shape. I love how they look, but… don’t use cupcake papers to line the muffin things, it sticks to the final

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Day 10 – Eubie/UB Blake song scarf

Even though I accomplished things over the last few days I just couldn’t get myself to post. Enjoyed reading everyone else’s though. So here is ‘Day 10’ a scarf with musical notes from a Eubie Blake song, “I’m Just Wild

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Day 10 – Eubie/UB Blake song scarf

Even though I accomplished things over the last few days I just couldn’t get myself to post. Enjoyed reading everyone else’s though. So here is ‘Day 10’ a scarf with musical notes from a Eubie Blake song, “I’m Just Wild

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Day 9 – Cornish Pasties

  We haven’t had many food posts this go round. I changed the filling from the original here. I made something close to the original the first time but my son didn’t love it. Figuring that ground beef and cheese was

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Day 9 – Cornish Pasties

  We haven’t had many food posts this go round. I changed the filling from the original here. I made something close to the original the first time but my son didn’t love it. Figuring that ground beef and cheese was

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The Pink House is Gone!

     If you followed Charlie’s adventures last year you may remember the abandoned, boarded up pink house that I fantasized about turning into a haunted bed and breakfast (link to post here). I re-read my post and I said

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The Pink House is Gone!

     If you followed Charlie’s adventures last year you may remember the abandoned, boarded up pink house that I fantasized about turning into a haunted bed and breakfast (link to post here). I re-read my post and I said

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Day 7 – metal

This is my sink. You can see all of it. This was not the case earlier today and has not been for some days. If I accomplished nothing else today, this would be enough. However, I did do other things. In

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Day 7 – metal

This is my sink. You can see all of it. This was not the case earlier today and has not been for some days. If I accomplished nothing else today, this would be enough. However, I did do other things. In

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Day 6 – working at home

This is my work table right now. Can you spot my helper? My favorite kind of job besides working on my own stuff is to work for other crafters. Here you can see the tea towels I iron to set

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Day 6 – working at home

This is my work table right now. Can you spot my helper? My favorite kind of job besides working on my own stuff is to work for other crafters. Here you can see the tea towels I iron to set

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Day 5 – wrapped necklace

This is legit what I did today. It’s strips of my scarves wrapped around cotton clothesline. I ironed the silk onto fusible web to decrease the amount of fraying though there still is some. I like that I can use

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Day 5 – wrapped necklace

This is legit what I did today. It’s strips of my scarves wrapped around cotton clothesline. I ironed the silk onto fusible web to decrease the amount of fraying though there still is some. I like that I can use

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Day 4 – sort of

I’ve got this new part time job that tends to wear me out more than I’m used to. That’s my excuse for not posting yesterday. Here’s a picture of Charlie for you from a walk we did a few days

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Day 4 – sort of

I’ve got this new part time job that tends to wear me out more than I’m used to. That’s my excuse for not posting yesterday. Here’s a picture of Charlie for you from a walk we did a few days

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Sherlock!

  I did do creative things today, I promise, but they were nothing new, just more silk scarves. I didn’t take any pictures and I’m upstairs ready for bed now so I thought I’d post the other fun thing I

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Sherlock!

  I did do creative things today, I promise, but they were nothing new, just more silk scarves. I didn’t take any pictures and I’m upstairs ready for bed now so I thought I’d post the other fun thing I

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Day 2 – Mask brooches

      So many returning creators though I’d love to know if nysakline got her pilot’s license and I miss   catrinket of the brilliant little animals and farmer. This is a new thing for me, too – brooches

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Day 2 – Mask brooches

      So many returning creators though I’d love to know if nysakline got her pilot’s license and I miss   catrinket of the brilliant little animals and farmer. This is a new thing for me, too – brooches

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Day 1 – Witch doctors/Voodoo dolls

  It’s so great to see so many people from last year. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s new creations. Charlie, the cats and everyone here are fine. I don’t have an overall plan for the month except trying to

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Day 1 – Witch doctors/Voodoo dolls

  It’s so great to see so many people from last year. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s new creations. Charlie, the cats and everyone here are fine. I don’t have an overall plan for the month except trying to

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BALT Parasol

  Here is the finished parasol. It took much longer than I’d hoped for a pretty simple design. It also took a lot of paint. I’ve got to wait 6 days for it to set. Then I’m going to spray

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BALT Parasol

  Here is the finished parasol. It took much longer than I’d hoped for a pretty simple design. It also took a lot of paint. I’ve got to wait 6 days for it to set. Then I’m going to spray

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Charlie on the urban farm

  For our last day Charlie and I walked to one of my favorite places. I think Charlie must also like it for the interesting, new smells of chickens and rabbits! This is the Baltimore Free Farm’s Ash St. Garden. I

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Charlie on the urban farm

  For our last day Charlie and I walked to one of my favorite places. I think Charlie must also like it for the interesting, new smells of chickens and rabbits! This is the Baltimore Free Farm’s Ash St. Garden. I

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‘Cause Baltimore is wacky, Charlie.

Saw some fine examples of Baltimore’s wacky charm on our walk today, all in Hampden. There is apparently a Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Link to website here. Devotees are called Pastafarians :) Well, this Hampdenite, right on the

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‘Cause Baltimore is wacky, Charlie.

Saw some fine examples of Baltimore’s wacky charm on our walk today, all in Hampden. There is apparently a Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Link to website here. Devotees are called Pastafarians :) Well, this Hampdenite, right on the

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Lamp and Robin scarf

   I got into a conversation with alookatthelitlethings about how robins live in Baltimore year round and how wrong that is and she said , “[And] how do you know that spring is coming if the robins never leave?” Brilliant!

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Lamp and Robin scarf

   I got into a conversation with alookatthelitlethings about how robins live in Baltimore year round and how wrong that is and she said , “[And] how do you know that spring is coming if the robins never leave?” Brilliant!

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Thing-A-Day 2013 Cook”book”

I had such a good time cooking everyone’s recipes I decided to put them together in a “cookbook” with links to your posts. I only included posts that included recipes (or links to). If I missed yours (always possible, I

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Thing-A-Day 2013 Cook”book”

I had such a good time cooking everyone’s recipes I decided to put them together in a “cookbook” with links to your posts. I only included posts that included recipes (or links to). If I missed yours (always possible, I

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Last silk square, I promise

  I set out to do this square so in spite of my present misgivings about them, I’ve finished it. It is also framed (Michaels) and on a peel-and-stick vinyl square (Home Depot). Now I’m going to work on the

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Last silk square, I promise

  I set out to do this square so in spite of my present misgivings about them, I’ve finished it. It is also framed (Michaels) and on a peel-and-stick vinyl square (Home Depot). Now I’m going to work on the

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Charlie, the signs of spring and the hippo

                This tree (magnolia?) is in bud, snowdrops are out and daffodils are getting taller. Which is all very fine. I was pleased to see them all and am looking forward to spring.

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Charlie, the signs of spring and the hippo

                This tree (magnolia?) is in bud, snowdrops are out and daffodils are getting taller. Which is all very fine. I was pleased to see them all and am looking forward to spring.

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“R” on slate

More playing with silk on squares and framing. This is a smaller piece of blackish slate. I think the R might be a bit dark to be on the black. I really love this slate stuff though. I just have

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“R” on slate

More playing with silk on squares and framing. This is a smaller piece of blackish slate. I think the R might be a bit dark to be on the black. I really love this slate stuff though. I just have

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There’s no dog there now, Charlie.

  I’m 99% sure this gate is by Steve Baker at Wholly Terra. I’ve seen several pieces, often transoms, around Hamden/Medfield by him. Several months ago a little dog barked at Charlie from the other side of this gate. I don’t

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There’s no dog there now, Charlie.

  I’m 99% sure this gate is by Steve Baker at Wholly Terra. I’ve seen several pieces, often transoms, around Hamden/Medfield by him. Several months ago a little dog barked at Charlie from the other side of this gate. I don’t

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Another new lamp, graffiti

What do you think about the corner of the street sign not being straight? Too much of a distraction? I swear it was when it was stretched but, well, that’s how it goes.

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Another new lamp, graffiti

What do you think about the corner of the street sign not being straight? Too much of a distraction? I swear it was when it was stretched but, well, that’s how it goes.

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New Lamp, squares

  Here is the new lamp all done. I’d welcome feedback, yay or nay, as to whether the brush strokes is potentially a problem for customers. It doesn’t look any more noticeable when the light is on. Unfortunately the silk

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New Lamp, squares

  Here is the new lamp all done. I’d welcome feedback, yay or nay, as to whether the brush strokes is potentially a problem for customers. It doesn’t look any more noticeable when the light is on. Unfortunately the silk

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Charlie lives in Medfield

    It occurred to me that in all of our neighborhood wanderings we’d never introduced you to our little neighborhood. When I moved in, my next door neighbor had lived in his house for 40 years. His daughter lived with

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Charlie lives in Medfield

    It occurred to me that in all of our neighborhood wanderings we’d never introduced you to our little neighborhood. When I moved in, my next door neighbor had lived in his house for 40 years. His daughter lived with

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Charlie and the Gnome

  Just local walks today and the most interesting thing was next door. My new neighbor likes gnomes and the Washington football (American football) team. He placed this little guy in the hole where the real estate “for sale” sign

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Charlie and the Gnome

  Just local walks today and the most interesting thing was next door. My new neighbor likes gnomes and the Washington football (American football) team. He placed this little guy in the hole where the real estate “for sale” sign