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About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!

Woman’s Prerogative…..

I changed my mind!  Way tooooooo many times, if the truth be told.  But in the end, I have to be wild about the outcome.  The finished product has to talk to me, one way or another, good or needs … Continue reading

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Why Do We Do It?…..

When you see a Greyhound dog, do you ever remark, “Why would you ever want that one, it’s too skinny and not very attractive?”  When you see a Bulldog, do you ever comment, “Their too heavy, I wouldn’t want to … Continue reading

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Cat’s Meow…..

Oh, it so great to start a new afghan!  This time it is a request from my daughter Colleen.  She has a good friend who has gone through a very tough time, this past year.  She is a cat fanatic.  … Continue reading

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All things Beatles….

On May 18th, this year, Sirius Radio premiered the “Beatles Channel”.  All I could think of was, “It’s about bloody time!”. (now all I need to be in heaven is a Queen Channel, lol)  Well, I immediately programmed the Beatles … Continue reading

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Doppelganger….

Just thought I’d share this event that recently happened.  I had just returned home after staying with my Mom while she convalesced after out patient surgery.  Steven took me out to lunch at our favorite burger joint.  We were so … Continue reading

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Thank You!…..

All the very nice comments sent to my email by wordpress have drawn me back to write.  Time has flown by these last couple months.  The old adage is true, “The older you get, the faster time flies”.  Never realizing … Continue reading

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Owlisheous…..

This was so much fun to crochet!  I really thought it would be a bit larger with the amount of yarn I used!  Oh well, it is the perfect size for an adult lap blanket.  I thought that if it … Continue reading

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