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October 20, 2020
Dorset Buttons: A Little History & A Lot of Fun from Where Art & Life Meet

Evidently the Dorset Button has a long and interesting history beginning with a soldier, Abraham Case, who saw buttons hand fashioned by his fellow soldiers during his time fighting in Europe in the early 1600’s. After the war he returned to his hometown, married and moved to Shaftesbury, where he decided to replicate the buttons… Continue reading Dorset Buttons: A Little History & A Lot of Fun

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October 1, 2020
Stitching with Gimp and a lot of Laughter from Where Art & Life Meet

If you’d like to laugh and explore stitching (or in my case attempting to) with silk gimp and the thicker gimp that Painter’s Threads hand dyes, this was the live stream I did yesterday. Warning: We laughed A LOT. My attempts at using the crinkly silk gimp became more comedic than informative… However, I am… Continue reading Stitching with Gimp and a lot of Laughter

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September 22, 2020
The Unveiling of a New Design & A Giveaway! from Where Art & Life Meet

This is the little promotional video I made for Instagram and below that is the slightly longer Youtube video I made. This is the first of two holiday projects I designed. They are small do-it-yourself projects that can be made up pretty quickly and are perfect gifts for yourself or someone else. I’m working away… Continue reading The Unveiling of a New Design & A Giveaway!

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September 8, 2020
My First LiveStream & the Occasional Swear Word from Where Art & Life Meet

It was a bumpy start and I almost deleted the whole thing, but then thought better of it and decided it was a good marker of my FIRST ever public livestream! You can skip past the bumps, like the beginning where I talk to myself thinking since no one had shown up yet, it didn’t… Continue reading My First LiveStream & the Occasional Swear Word

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August 20, 2020
Nude Men, Zoom & Live Streaming from Where Art & Life Meet

I know, I know, some of you may be thinking – She’s totally abandoning us here. We subscribe to her YouTube channel and now she’s on Patreon and everything’s exclusive and I can’t do any of that, and what’s going on? Have no fear. I am busy, busy, busy and will have a YouTube video… Continue reading Nude Men, Zoom & Live Streaming

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August 18, 2020
Birthdays, Patreon, Youtube & Exploring New Things from Where Art & Life Meet

Remember when women were coy about their age? We weren’t supposed to say how old we were, so much so that people said, “don’t ever ask a women her age” and I think the ending to that was “or a man his salary” or something like that. Maybe some people still say that, but the… Continue reading Birthdays, Patreon, Youtube & Exploring New Things

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June 18, 2020
Curiosity, Exploring & Options from Where Art & Life Meet

Being curious has its downside, particularly in the middle of the night when I should be sleeping, but instead am listening to the air conditioner kick in while watching the ceiling fan make its rotations. Some random questions that entered my mind at around 3:30am: Where did the saying Curiosity Killed the Cat come from?… Continue reading Curiosity, Exploring & Options

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June 11, 2020
Following Instructions & Other Random Thoughts from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m not very good at following instructions. There. I said it. And here’s the kicker. Even when they’re my instructions, I still find it difficult. You see, there’s a playful, fun loving, always curious voice inside my head saying to me, “yeah, but wouldn’t it be more fun if we did it this other way?”… Continue reading Following Instructions & Other Random Thoughts

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June 9, 2020
Laughter, YouTube & A Handmade Needle Roll! from Where Art & Life Meet

During these times of uncertainty I find I am rethinking my “I hate the opera” proclamations of the past, having been moved to tears listening to Maurizio Marchini serenading his fellow Florentines from his balcony during the lockdown. I cannot listen to this man without crying. And then there are those crazy goats… what’s going… Continue reading Laughter, YouTube & A Handmade Needle Roll!

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May 26, 2020
Sleepless In New York City from Where Art & Life Meet

On yet another night of sleeplessness I decided it was high time I found out where the whole – count sheep and fall asleep – idea originated. Which, oddly, led me to the discovery of Goats Parkour and the fact that sea otters love to eat sea urchin, which, as facts go, is kind of… Continue reading Sleepless In New York City

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May 19, 2020
My Youtube Channel is Monetized & Other Random Things That Pop Into My Mind from Where Art & Life Meet

So, guess what!? I bet you can’t guess… Okay, I’ll just tell you. My YouTube Channel, Ariane Zurcher ~ On the Other Hand, has become monetized! Woot! Woot! This means that my channel has over 4,000 watched hours and more than 1,000 subscribers. This may seem like one of those, ho hum, who cares announcements,… Continue reading My Youtube Channel is Monetized & Other Random Things That Pop Into My Mind

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May 12, 2020
Exploring the Creative Process from Where Art & Life Meet

Every morning my husband and I read something we find interesting and thought provoking, and then we discuss. It’s become a ritual of sorts and has been incredibly helpful, even transformative in many ways. Not least of which is that I so often am reminded of creativity and stitching, and how both are a process… Continue reading Exploring the Creative Process

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May 5, 2020
Staying Home & Creating from Where Art & Life Meet

For seven days I did not step foot outside our loft. Since the pandemic became known as such, I have ventured out only occasionally. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I tested negative to having COVID19 antibodies, and yet, weirdly I was. And perhaps even odder, I felt both relieved and disappointed simultaneously.… Continue reading Staying Home & Creating

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April 21, 2020
Connecting & Community Through Art During the Pandemic from Where Art & Life Meet

I haven't stepped foot out of our house since Saturday, but I have had hundreds of interactions with people from all over the world, which is both amazing and delightful. Community. During a period when we cannot actually be with our friends and extended family, connecting over common interests is all the more desirable.

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April 14, 2020
Art Emerges From Pain from Where Art & Life Meet

Merlin, my co-worker, inspects my thread choices.

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April 9, 2020
Courage is not the Absence of Fear… from Where Art & Life Meet

I’m not sleeping much these days. The up-side is I’m getting a ton of stuff done. Also, photographs of empty New York City streets, though eerie, have a certain grace to them. I only venture out every few days, but when I do, I’m struck by the same things: the exquisite beauty of New York… Continue reading Courage is not the Absence of Fear…

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April 7, 2020
Here We Are: A City & its People Transformed from Where Art & Life Meet

The juxtaposition of the dire and frightening, with the joy and hopefulness that inevitably arrives with spring and warmer weather, is on display everywhere here in New York City, the city that has been my home for almost 40 years. At no time in my life have I been more aware of death. The collaborative… Continue reading Here We Are: A City & its People Transformed

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April 2, 2020
Coping and the Pandemic In New York City from Where Art & Life Meet

The Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom here in New York City, and they’ve parked a mobile morgue six blocks from where I live on 7th Avenue. Both are off-white. Life has utterly changed in such a short time, it has left most of us reeling. And yet, we find ways to adapt. It is… Continue reading Coping and the Pandemic In New York City

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March 17, 2020
When Times are Tough… from Where Art & Life Meet

My version above of a meme by @stitchesnquilts that I saw on Instagram the other day and it made me laugh so I wanted to share my tweaked version of it. Because boy do I crave laughter right now. The meme below, another that has been making the rounds, made me smile. And who doesn’t… Continue reading When Times are Tough…

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