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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 was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!

Finishing touches…..

My goal was to make the cake look like two slabs of wood sitting on a bed of rocks.  This process was a tad easier than I thought it would be.  Being a ceramic enthusiast came in handy.  I had … Continue reading

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Forest Friends…..

Just hasn’t been a great time, had some computer issues and couldn’t get myself logged in.  Probably was the user not the computer, lol, but alas I have gotten in finally. Sticking to my schedule every day, the animals came … Continue reading

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Fondant Frenzy…..

Day 2…..  I had laid out on paper just what I needed to accomplish everyday to complete my mission.  The kitchen table was going to be my work station, it was ready for me to get started on the next … Continue reading

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Here’s to new pursuits!…..

As I was talking to you about, raise your glass to new pursuits!  New hobbies, such a bitter pill to swallow, NOT. Steven has been ever so eager to see this train get rolling.  I was presented with the perfect … Continue reading

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Where has time gone?…..

This year has been one for the books!  It has been a time of recovery, renewal, and evaluation.  It has been almost a year since my last post, so much has changed since then!  We have had loss of parent, … Continue reading

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Something new…..

Well folks, I learned something about myself this week.  My husband and I came to the conclusion that we are dinosaurs, a dying breed.  We were raised with a completely different set of rules.  Rules of behavior, etiquette, and yeah … Continue reading

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The Gift…..

Fortunately for us, the Tubb’s Fire never caused us to evacuate.  We definitely had some powerful angels watching over us.  The fires started on Sunday nite/Monday early morning,  the National Guard had shown up and a curfew was in place, … Continue reading

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