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We are a family of three from the American midwest. We love making music, listening to music, and talking about music. We are fascinated with the creative process.

In the real world, Neil works in video and specializes in motion graphics and visual effects. He also writes ambient electronic music to accompany his visual work.

has retired from her multiple careers as an interior designer/retail gourmet food store manager/administrative project manager and now runs her own handmade goods business as well as keeping everyone clean, fed, and clothed.

 studies hard at an awesome homeschool co-op and is currently obsessed with songwriting, astronomy and Doctor Who.

Our fun, creative interests include:

Neil’s goth-industrial T-shirt designs on

Laura and Neil’s handmade venture – WORKSMITH, where we sell handcrafted items

Our musical project, The Sleep, has released our debut album.  You can download some free tracks and read more  here.


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We’d love to bring back the podcast, so we are investigating ways to offset the cost of production. Thanks for bearing with our experiment!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 1, 2007 11:58 am

    I saw your BSG video. I liked it. Nicely done.

  2. July 1, 2007 5:15 pm

    Thank you so much! Neil appreciates it!

  3. oneplanetmikey permalink
    July 16, 2007 12:46 am

    Hi there
    You have a worthy obsession in Depeche Mode. They are my favourite band, and I call them my grand obsession. I was watching the Touring the Angel DVD last week and started to cry again. I have such stong emotional responses to the music.

  4. July 16, 2007 4:23 pm

    I’m right there with you, oneplanetmikey! They just capture something that we all can relate to. Brlliant!


  5. jackalberson permalink
    March 4, 2008 12:22 pm

    I too am a musical person who has a big jones for Depeche Mode. I’ll be checking out Neil’s music soon and love to do remixes, if he has any interest.

    I also review music so maybe some of that is in store as well.


  6. February 28, 2012 8:51 pm

    Laura, you won my crochet, yarn, and hooks set giveaway on! I sent you an email to let you know and so I can get your address to mail it to you. Congratulations!

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