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First off, thank you to those who posted and emailed kind words of encouragement after I expressed frustration in my last post. I’m very grateful for your support and understanding, and happy to report that I seem to have crafted my way out of my funk. Making stuff is such a wonderful way to reduce stress.

I sewed and baked for several hours today for the fall issue of CraftSanity Magazine and I feel like I’m getting my groove back. I’m having a great time working through all the projects and recipes. I’m teaching this semester, so I can’t hold up in my messy house wearing ripped sweatpants and crazy hair until all the samples are done, but that’s alright. It will all get done soon – somehow, some way. And the work is SOOOO fun, so I’m not really looking to rush it too much. Making everything is my favorite part.

Now that I can’t dedicate unlimited time to my own writing, publishing and designing I’m craving that precious time to create without interruption. I take a bag loaded with projects to school even though I never have time to even look in the bag. But just in case the power goes out or there’s an extended tornado drill, I’ll be ready with my crochet hooks, paper piecing supplies and a sketchbook.

Oh, and speaking of the magazine, we still have ad space available. Please email my husband, Jeff, by Friday if you’d like to place an ad. You can check out the rates here. The rates are reasonable and we keep ads to a minimum, so advertisers to do get noticed. And if someone wants to bounce my full-page CraftSanity Loom ad off the back cover, I’m willing to sell you the space. In the meantime, I probably should make a new loom ad just in case. :  )  I’ve yet to sell enough ads to cover all my printing costs, but I do try to sell enough to pay all my contributors. So additional ad support would be wonderful. Either way, the people I commission to make art and design projects will be paid. While I’m not an aggressive ad seller, I run this operation on a shoe string so I can be sure to have a rainy day fund to keep it all going.

On the CraftSanity Loom front, I have some new looms made that I will list tomorrow. Thanks for your patience, folks. I’m spinning my plates as fast as I can and you are lovely for sticking with me through these crazy, busy times.

What fall crafts are you working on? I’d love to hear all about it.

Also, I’m looking for tasty vegetarian Thanksgiving ideas. Let me know if you have some great side dish recipes to share.

Ok. I have to get back to work. Take care, my friends!

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Comment from brandi schoch
Time: October 3, 2012, 6:47 am

Here is my fav recipe for broccoli stuffing (can be modified for vegans as well).

2 boxes of stove top herb or cornbread stuffing
1 1pd bag broccoli
1 bag of shredded chedder
1 cup cream of mushroom soup
1 cup water( add more if you want thinner texture)
1/2-3/4 cup butter
1/2 cup mayo
1 chopped onion

I’ve made this two ways , just thrown the ingredients in a covered pan(half of the cheese in and half on top) and baked on 300 for about 45 mins or longer if needed . Or I’ve mixed up the stuffing and defrosted the broccoli then mixed all the ingredients together, covered and baked at 300 for less time.

The whole family loved this one and it has become a mainstay of our thanksgiving tradition.

Comment from DianeP
Time: October 3, 2012, 8:02 am

Glad you’re doing better now, Jennifer and that things are sorting themselves out for you. Things happen for a reason and we don’t find out why until much, much later in life.

Working on miscellaneous crafts filling my living room and trying to finish them and get them out of here! I have too much stuff, so I’ve been working hard on making knit caps for babies for Maryknoll to sell, making little stuffed fabric pumpkins, finishing a hairpin lace shawl, and finishing some quilt borders.

Comment from Amy
Time: October 3, 2012, 7:49 pm

Sweet potato and apples

Peel and thinly slice sweet potatoes, and toss with peeled, cored and thickly sliced apples in a baking dish. Sprinkle on orange juice, scatter dried cranberries, dust with cinnamon and dot with butter. Tightly foil and bake for about 45 minutes, or until sweet potatoes are tender. Notice the total lack of measurements. Just make enough to fill the dish you want to use. I have never been able to make this wrong, and neither will you!

Comment from EL
Time: October 4, 2012, 1:51 pm

Do you have any volunteer crafters (crocheters, e.g.) who can work up the projects for you? You could compensate them with a copy of the finished magazine. Not an original idea but I wondered if you were making use of it.

Comment from jennifer
Time: October 4, 2012, 10:38 pm

Thanks for posting great recipes and comments. I can’t wait to try these recipes. :)

EL, yes, I’ve considered having helpers, but the reality is that I would not like publishing the magazine if I didn’t get to do the projects myself. That is my joy. I don’t get to craft much “just because,” so this is my way of making it my job to do fun projects on a regular basis. It’s the best job ever.

Comment from Missy
Time: October 25, 2012, 2:28 pm

Hi Jennifer,

I miss your podcast. I know you are very busy with your family, magazine, and projects, but I have to say I have not made the switch to your magazine. I do miss your podcast, though!

Comment from SOFTSWITCH
Time: March 5, 2013, 3:27 am

Now! A relevant,brilliant blog post about a concept . Thanks regarding expressing it innovative and reasonable remarks when using the community.

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Time: April 7, 2013, 11:07 pm

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I actually admired each and every single element of it.
Thanks a lot -Valencia

Comment from Kunci Gitar
Time: March 3, 2014, 10:32 am

Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? :D

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