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January 28, 2016


Mrs Sweetpple

Can't wait to see those rabbits come together at retreat....no pressure, though!


Wow! It January has been a really busy month for you! Post is super great! That Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches look so yummy, they definitely make me droll! Could you please be so kind to share a recipe? Thank you in advance!


What a funny story about the teapot! I love all the cottage creek designs. I've made several as well as Sweet Liberty. Have fun on your retreat. I just went to my first and I'm already thinking about next year! So much fun!! How is Miss Cami? I think she's around the age of my oldest Doxie who will be 15 in a couple of weeks.


Loving all your projects.... But especially the rabbits from Bunny Hill...they're the best.


Wow, Karen, your embroidery is exquisite and your red and cream fabrics are fabulous. Do you put some kind of stabilizer or interfacing on the fabrics for the embroidery? Can't wait to see this quilt finished. Love all your projects. A winter retreat sounds like a wonderful idea and we will all be looking forward to seeing pics from that! I think you have accomplished quite a bit by the look of the pics in this post. Have fun on your retreat.


Wow you sure can pack a lot in one post. Love the teapot story and the names for the littles is so sweet. The watering can banner is going to be fantastic. Picked up my wool package yesterday and I'm just swooning at the lovely rich wool and cotton. More later, gotta run to work.


Hi Karen! Had to laugh at the teapot on the shelf. Reminds me of the old popper toy!!! Didn't every parent hate that thing?
So much fun for the gals to come sew at your nest! Do you sew with them too, or just fix the delicious food?
I told you about doing the Lori Holt thing. Bought the last couple of books, tons of fabric, and did the Christmas quilt. I had so much fun doing it. But now, I don't really know what to do with all of the blocks, because like you, it is not what I usually work with. Although, I do love the happy and fresh colors. I am loving seeing those flowers all over blogs and IG. I may even do a few.
XO Kris

Sue H

Can't wait to see your completed redwork quilt! It looks adorable from what I could see. Have a great retreat! We all need it now & again.


Hi Karen, where did you find the cute black shelf with the scalloped edge and 2 drawers? Also, are you selling anything on line. Not sure where to go. LOVE the blogs and the pics of your decorating. Juel

Virginia Judd


I write seeking permission to use a picture taken from your site, My Yellow Farmhouse, as part of hypothetical case materials to be used in teaching trial skills to law students and practitioners.

The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) is a not-for-profit educational corporation. We provide trial skills training for law students, lawyers, and lay advocates through courses in which the students learn through experiential exercises. As part of that process, we develop fictional “case files” designed for practicing courtroom skills. These files provide the fictional pleadings, witness statements, and exhibits that allow students to master the skills necessary to become a trial lawyer. We replicate real cases so people may learn by actually serving in the role of trial lawyer.

Many law schools are now shifting the way they teach students how to be lawyers to an experiential process. This change has been much in the news. NITA has used experiential learning for over forty years. Over eighty percent of law schools make use of our materials. Our reputation for excellence relates to the realism created by our teaching methods and materials.

One of our authors recently completed a case file, Stanton v. Armstrong. The issue in the case is one of libel: a blog writer has stated that a beauty pageant official took a bribe to guarantee a winner. The allegation is that the statement was libelous and resulted in the official being fired from his position. One of the witnesses allegedly heard the conversation about a bribe through an open transom, through which she could only partly see because of the frosted glass in the transom that left only star shapes for her to look through. The picture that we wish to use is the window portion of the door pictured here: http://yellowfarmhouse.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c94c753ef011570930c60970b-pi. The window would be PhotoShopped onto a door with a working transom mechanism for purposes of the case file. There are multiple teaching points that come from this exhibit, including both the direct and cross-examination of witnesses related to the position of the window and of the witness; the admission of the picture as an exhibit in evidence, including the foundation for its admission; the probative value of the exhibit; and using the exhibit in closing argument. We would be happy to supply you with rough sample version of the photoshopped result if you respond to this email.

May we have your permission to make use of this photo from My Yellow Farmhouse? You may reach me at this email address or contact me by telephone at (440) 570-8511 to discuss the project. NITA will acknowledge in the case file your generous contribution to creating the case file.

Should you choose to not approve this use, we will rework those materials to make no reference this photo or use any of its likenesses in the case file. I do hope you will give us permission, as this exhibit significantly adds to our ability to teach both cross-examination and the evidentiary foundation for a website.


Virginia Judd
Legal Editor
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
1685 38th Street
Boulder CO 80301-2735
M: 440.570.8511
Email: vjudd@nita.org

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