my adventures in art, craft, bellydance, gardening, and more on the Kansas prairie…

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Painted Ladies and Other Specimens: An Art Show by ME!

I am so, so, sooo very pleased and grateful to be able to say that I am reaching yet another goal that I set for myself at the beginning of the year: having my own art show!

It wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for another exciting thing I have to tell you about: TISSU Sewing Studio (and, of course, its owner, Nina Winter.)  TISSU is a Wichita studio opening soon; they offer classes in sewing and more, and I’m so excited to see what’s in store for this brand new venue.

I’m honored to be part of TISSU’s grand opening celebration and its very first Final Friday artist.  And since I’ve still got a lot of work to get done…here are the quick and dirty details!  I hope to see you there!!

TISSU Sewing Studio Presents:
Painted Ladies and Other Specimens: A Collection of Work by Leanne Dougherty

Opening Reception: Friday, July 25 from 6:30-9:00pm


TISSU Sewing Studio in Clifton Square
3700 E Douglas, #59 (upstairs and facing Yale St.)
Wichita, KS 67208

Spread the word and invite your friends!

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Calling Kansas Artisans: Craftacular 2014 is Coming!

I am so excited to announce that Craftacular is back this fall!!

This year, it’ll be even bigger and better.  If you’re an artist, crafter, or vintage vendor in the Wichita area (or beyond!) I want YOU!  You can download the Autumn Craftacular 2014 Vendor Application for details, and visit the Craftacular section here on this blog,  And have you liked the facebook page yet?  Do be sure to check it out, because this is where I most frequently post Craftacular updates.  You can find it at

Posters and more info will be coming soon…so stay tuned!

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Intermediate Bellydance: May session

Come dance with us!!  Another 4-week session starts up tomorrow.   This is a bellydance class for all levels of intermediate or advanced dancers, so anyone who has attended at least a few beginner classes can join in!

This session, we are beginning a new cane dance in addition to finishing up our tribal fusion choreography.  There will also be will also be drills, zills, and lots of thrills!  (Or at least a lot of fun!)  A great way to put a little extra dance into your life.

Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
May 1-22, 2014  (No class May 29)
in the gym at Loving Arms Child Care Center
1241 N. Ridge Rd.
Wichita, KS

$20/4-week session

You can reserve your spot through PayPal or just show up the day of class!  (Which would be tomorrow!)


Questions?  Please email me at!

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slow living: ICT

If you know me very well, you know I have about 27,000 blogs and, like, I don’t know, fifty billion facebook pages…(well, maybe that’s an exaggeration.)  But you get the idea.  I just like having projects, ya know?  And each must have its fitting and appropriate outlet, right?!

My latest project is slow living: ICT, a blog “celebrating the homegrown and handmade…embracing the simple pleasures of the Slow Movement in Wichita and South Central Kansas.”  Really, it’s a somewhat evolved combination of two other pages/projects, the Kansas Creative and Wichita is for Lovers.   While I do celebrate homegrown and handmade here at Prairiesque, slow living: ICT is a little less “personal” (i.e., all-about-me-and-what-I-do), but still personable!  It is there that I plan on doing more interviews with other locals who embrace the slow.

So please, if you’re interested in handmade, gardening, and just enjoying the simple things, visit the official blog, and “like” it on facebook,

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Cover Yer Mitts eBook now available!

Cover Yer Mitts: A Collection of Knitting Patterns for Things That Go on Your Hands is now available!

This collection of 7 knitting patterns includes armwarmers, mittens, fingerless gloves, and a bracelet trio (so technically, you’re getting 9 patterns.)

Buying these patterns separately would add up to $28.50, but purchase them together in this ebook, and you get them for more than half off!  What a steal!!!  ;)

Only 16 bucks at the Sugar Pickle etsy shop, and it includes: Rome Wristwarmers, Bittersweet Greens Fingerless Gloves, Classic Chevron Mitts, Mabel Mittens, Tribal Cuff Trio: (Sub)Urban Gypsy, Twining Vines Mittens, and Rosetta Armwarmers.  (And of course, all of these patterns can still be purchased individually.)

To purchase your digital copy of Cover Yer Mitts, click here.

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I hope your Good Friday is a great one so far!


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Sprung on Spring

What’s up?!  A whole lot!

This is happening…



..and so is this…


…and so is this!!!




The upcoming months are really shaping up to be some busy ones.  (Why is this always a surprise to me?)  Between working on orders, dancing, and gardening, there are also a ton of events I must attend!  Not to mention all the ideas swirling around in my head…we’ll just wait to see if any of those materialize.

But speaking of bellydance–I have finally posted the playlist for my beginners class that I’ve been meaning to share!  If you’ve been looking for it, you can find it under the Bellydance section of the blog or click here.  (You’ll also find our choreography notes there, too.)

I’m extremely excited about the upcoming Red Barn Outdoor Market!  This is always a fantastic event featuring locally handmade and vintage goods, food, and great live music.  It was a great show the first year and just keeps getting better and better!

(This picture makes it look a little sparse…believe me, they will be jam packed with amazing vendors!)

I’m also super excited about learning from THIS amazing woman!  Princess Farhana herself will be coming to Wichita, courtesy of Amira Dance Productions, on May 31 and June 1.  There will be two workshops Saturday (which I’m sad to say I must miss), a hafla on Saturday night, and a zill workshop Sunday morning, which I plan on attending.  Holy moly, I cannot wait…EEEEE!


I also got a chance to finally check out The Workroom last Saturday at their one year anniversary party.  It was a truly wonderful gathering of local makers, and I’m very eagerly awaiting what’s next for this fantastic business.  I plan on doing some more thorough coverage of this event ASAP, but for now, I’ll let you go.  Get out and do something awesome!!


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Bracelet GIVEAWAY!

I think it’s about time we have another giveaway, don’t you!?

We’re doing it on facebook again, so if you haven’t already “liked” my Prairiesque page, what are you waiting for?!

After you do that, check out this photo, “like” it, and that’s it–you’re entered!  The contest will end on Friday, April 4th and a winner will be randomly drawn.

Good luck!






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