About PeggyStringfellowStudio

My mother, who passed away recently, was one of those precious people in my life who apparently tried quite successfully to instill a love of art in me at an early age. Although I have made my living in the business world with a focus around writing, project management, and training, I have always been passionate about art and graphic design. The universe has continued to nudge me gently to reawaken my love for art. When my husband got me interested in carving, it led me to start drawing again. This is something I stopped doing after high school (hand palm to forehead!!). This blog is dedicated to the pursuit of awakening the sleeping artist in me. Although this is my “Studio” page, I would not be where I am today without that wonderful guy, my husband Warren, and I will be sharing our art and design projects as well as our creative journey together. Along the way I suspect there will probably be the occasional gardening story, remodeling headache story, or travel story because that is all part of the incredible tapestry of life we share with family and friends.

Peace, be still


May all eyes be open to see

May all ears be open to hear

May all hearts be open to love



la femme et le mot




Reading Between the Lines


Ask and it shall be given

396 hz Open Door ;417 hz Desert Sojourn; 444 hz The Key of David; 528 hz Transformation; 639 hz The Bridge; 741 hz Great Awakening; 852 hz The Majestic. From His servant, Michael Terrell.

Bacon ipsum dolor amet short ribs meatloaf burgdoggen ham hock hamburger beef ribs pancetta drumstick pork loin jerky rump cupim. Tenderloin beef pork t-bone drumstick tongue. I do not aim with my hand; he who aims with his hand has forgotten the face of his father. I aim with my eye. Tri-tip turkey hamburger bresaola, ball tip frankfurter t-bone chicken short loin. Pig hamburger ham hock meatloaf, pancetta shoulder fatback biltong filet mignon bresaola corned beef pork chop ball tip. Ham hock alcatra pork loin, rump shoulder leberkas filet mignon pancetta doner burgdoggen.

Ball tip venison cow jerky cupim picanha strip steak jowl beef tenderloin swine. They had discovered one could grow as hungry for light as for food. Pork strip steak capicola ball tip leberkas, fatback ground round flank turkey pig. Meatloaf fatback pancetta, pork chop pork loin tri-tip sirloin brisket biltong capicola frankfurter spare ribs strip steak shankle. Burgdoggen ham ball tip ham hock, turkey jerky beef ribs strip steak andouille pork belly capicola bacon. Tenderloin tail burgdoggen, bacon swine chuck brisket ground round drumstick. Alcatra spare ribs leberkas porchetta.

Hamburger sirloin ham brisket. When traitors are called heroes (or heroes traitors, he supposed in his frowning way), dark times must have fallen. Ball tip andouille meatball, swine pork loin jerky sirloin ham beef ham hock short ribs. Shankle pork chop shoulder, tenderloin meatloaf leberkas beef ribs doner cupim fatback boudin shank. Bresaola meatball ground round, frankfurter chuck pork loin cupim pig pork strip steak prosciutto. Capicola flank pig short ribs, meatloaf turkey brisket bacon shank frankfurter sirloin alcatra. Landjaeger tail pork chop, hamburger tri-tip shank flank meatball venison. John Adams…Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. Power always thinks that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws. Salami sirloin porchetta shankle, meatloaf venison pork fatback turducken short ribs biltong.

Chuck chicken picanha landjaeger, boudin porchetta leberkas sirloin. Ribeye beef ribs drumstick sausage meatloaf turkey. Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Beef ribs strip steak, boudin short loin venison andouille turkey hamburger ham cow ham hock jerky. Cow chicken shank turducken, jerky strip steak ham hock andouille.

T-bone tongue tenderloin frankfurter, tri-tip tail short ribs ham hock short loin pork loin venison meatball. Lame Cherry, you’re my hero. le femme et le mot. Strip steak venison, pancetta prosciutto shoulder turducken. Pork belly strip steak meatball, flank short ribs jowl picanha turducken sirloin pastrami. You sing a song only I hear. Ham hock shank beef cupim boudin tenderloin andouille drumstick beef ribs jerky meatball spare ribs capicola bacon kielbasa. Bresaola tail meatloaf sausage, pork belly strip steak porchetta prosciutto pig spare ribs brisket short ribs. Rump jowl meatball, ham pork loin picanha boudin beef ribs tri-tip andouille hamburger venison sausage shoulder. You’re still here? It’s over! …Go home.

Synchronicity with Dave & Deb in the Morning

Originally written on August 18, 2016


Recently my reading started leaning toward history rather than fiction, especially history of the American revolution. After much prodding my husband finally persuaded me to listen to the writings of author David McCullough (through Audible recordings). Stubbornly, I actually started with his book “1776,” rather that the suggested book about John Adams (because who?). The telling of 1776 follows George Washington’s leadership of America’s fledgling military against the British monarchy. After reading 1776, I was in awe that our country was even able to succeed in winning independence against such a great military power at the time.

Following 1776, I listened to a few works of fiction and then returned to David McCullough, this time with less enthusiasm (sorry to say) to visit the life and times of “John Adams.” Historically, Adams, our second president, is not well remembered nor looked upon fondly (look at our money—where’s Adams?). He is often described as a rather rotund, feisty and irritable type. However, David McCullough’s portrait of Adams presents a more flattering, well-rounded view of this fascinating man, and highlights the touching love story and counsel with wife Abigail and relationships with other founding fathers such as Jefferson, Washington, and Franklin. Adams was a central figure with Jefferson in writing and championing the Declaration of Independence. For that alone, I  feel he should have a high place of honor.

The day before the end of my reading of “John Adams” I happened upon a blog piece about synchronicity, something that occurs with frequency in my own life. Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events that are apparently causally unrelated occurring together in a meaningful manner. The blog piece equated such events to markers along a life path, subject to interpretation much like dreams. Sometimes we fail to recognize or we skim over the importance of some synchronistic events, but fortunately I thought, the remedy is simply–be more mindful. I also realized that when synchronicity pops up in our day, we may be aware and relish such times, but we most often fail to write them down and their inspiration may be lost. So I finally wrote this one down as it seems to have left a lasting impression on me.

I hate it when a good book ends. The following day, as I approached the end of the John Adams book, I backed up the recording several times to listen again to parts of the last few chapters I thought were important to understanding the character of John Adams, his relationships, and this fascinating time in history. As I sat in my car ready to head north to work, with the last minutes of this book remaining, I backed up the recording one more time–just another 5 minutes would do. I wanted to listen again to what he passed along to his grandchildren in the letters this amazing grandfather wrote near the end of his life. At about half way to work, the story and life of John Adams ended [big sigh].

Again I was in awe. Most of us are unaware that Adams and Jefferson died the same year, on the same day—July 4th. Just let that sink in for a bit. Ironically, not much has changed in our time: The party factions and politics of Adam’s time are eerily reflected in our current time. This was an amazing and well told story about a founding father whose strength of character and numerous contributions to our country ought to be more widely known and emulated.

Now what? I hadn’t downloaded my next book, nor even decided 100% what it would be. With less than half the commute left, I switched over to radio to listen to Dave & Deb in the morning on Z104. They were in the middle of talking about an event they had attended the night before–acting as MC’s and representing the radio station. The person who was supposed to sing the national anthem didn’t show. They were commenting and chuckling a bit about the awkwardness of the situation, but ultimately focusing on what an awesome and memorable experience occurred with the audience and they wanted to share it with their listeners with an audio recording.

Dave explained that they began by leading the audience with the pledge of allegiance. Who better than those two to have this honor! He and Deb traditionally do the pledge every morning with some lucky radio caller. Then courageously Dave began leading the audience to begin singing the national anthem. Since he was holding the recording device, it unintentionally picked up his voice above the audience even though he had not intended to be the singer that evening. He played the previous night’s audio recording for all of us–the radio audience–mentioning that he had inadvertently started the song out a bit too high and had to switch to and improvise a lower harmonizing track (which was beautifully executed by the way), rather than strain to hit the high notes.

Now I’ll admit that I sometimes get a bit misty during the singing of the anthem, especially if there are jets flying or our men in uniform are standing at attention; but as the voices of the audience swelled with a heartfelt rendition of our anthem, this time tears of joy were streaming down my face.

I still marvel that the conclusion of the incredible story of John Adams, one of the founding fathers of our great nation and a champion for the people, was immediately followed in synchronistic fashion by a very moving and beautifully rendered anthem by “we the people.” How could I be more moved by the power of synchronicity than this!

******* As in John Adams’ time at the writing of the Declaration…we, the people, become united when called upon to rise to the occasion.*******

Astral Radio?

A 1935 Temple Art Deco Wireless Radio
[Queue theme to The Twilight Zone:do-DO-do-do, do-DO-do-do.] 

On Saturday we had a perfect day hanging out with good friends and meeting new ones at Hone Studio. Eventually, I needed to make a “pit stop” and hustled outside into the 20 degree air to take the short jaunt out back to the wood shop…brrrrrh! Continue reading

The Basics of High-Speed Carving with Tamaree

Review of Tamaree Littlefield’s getting started carving and engraving class

About two years ago my husband gave me my own Turbo 300 high-speed hand piece for carving and engraving. I was very surprised that he did this because my only carving experience up to that point was when Keith Hone put me to work carving a turkey egg even after I adamantly insisted that I only wanted to watch everyone else carve! I think my husband felt a little guilty that he was the only one having “fun” carving, hence I got my own hand piece and what a great investment this has been.

I still considered myself a novice when Tamaree Littlefield told me

Wine glass engraving

Wine glass engraving

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How to Map Your Own Domain Name to a WordPress Blog

When I first started researching how to set up a WordPress blog, I realized  right away that I needed some expertise to answer a lot of questions that were surfacing. I decided to buy a copy of “Blogging for Dummies” (see http://www.dummies.com/store/product/Blogging-For-Dummies-4th-Edition.productCd-1118151941.html).

Y'all remember this? Best book cover of all time. Brown paper bag #Throwback #Memories

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