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A Blogwood Tree

The unusual winter we’ve had has evolved into a banner spring for any plants that blossom.  I assume you’ve noticed how glorious all the blooming trees look?  I can’t remember when the redbuds, magnolias, dogwoods, etc., have put on such a show.

This Chicago spring reminds of me of the two years I spent in Washington, D.C., where spring really exists (unlike here where the seasons almost immediately segue from winter to summer.)  The dogwood in front of our house has never looked better or more laden with blossoms.  I thought it was blog worthy.  I hope your tree is too!



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Thanks for the feedback!

Jay Shefsky and photographers Roy Alan and Dave Moyer recently did a story on my somewhat secret hobby/obsession of paper cutting.  Many viewers have been very generous with their feedback and I just want to say, “Thanks!”

The two featured pieces in the story were fun to make.  The first was a design of insects based on a pattern I found in a paper-cutting book–I spent about 30 hours (including trips to Staples to use their oversized copiers!) modifying the pattern by hand and adding new elements and figures.  The second large piece was completely original and reflected my lifelong love of birds.  Birds are great design elements and have inherent eye appeal–the curve of the wings and feathers are especially fun to cut.  Plus, who doesn’t like trees and flowers, too?

I have some ideas for future projects and will keep you posted!

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