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An Oak of a Man 0

An Oak of a Man

Today my family celebrated the life of Donald Haywood, my husband’s larger-than-life grandfather who died Jan. 6. In a lovely tribute to him my sister-in-law said he reminded her of a large oak tree...

Making Happy 0

Making Happy

Okay, so tonight’s “20/20” sucked me in. I had the TV on for background noise, but within minutes I moved to the recliner from the kitchen table (where I was preparing to resume editing...

Inspiration Wire 0

Inspiration Wire

So I put up an “inspiration wire” tonight in the nursery we just converted into an office. I used wire and clips I had around the house. It felt good to fashion something to...

Something to look forward to. 2

Something to look forward to.

This book came in the mail today and it’s lovely. While I enjoyed reading a digital copy of Amanda Blake Soule’s “The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections” before I...

Handmade Pita 0

Handmade Pita

I’m so tired of plastic, battery powered children’s toys. With all the recalls following reports of toxic paints, it was a relief when a story I’m reporting led me to Hop Scotch, a great...

Doodles 0

Doodles

I wish I could do this. I wish I could sketch faces while chatting on the phone and have them look like something more than stick figures composed by a child. To have the...

A Handmade Gift Sure to Satisfy 0

A Handmade Gift Sure to Satisfy

Today the weekly craft column I write for The Grand Rapids Press featured a project that you can make with supplies you have on hand and create a priceless gift for a friend or...

Three-year-old apron model has enough 0

Three-year-old apron model has enough

Poor little Abby. Not only do I wear aprons out in public, but I also make my children model my creations. (Not in public.) Here Abby hits the wall between clicks of the camera...

Help Me Solve a Vintage Crochet Mystery 3

Help Me Solve a Vintage Crochet Mystery

This potholder had been stashed away in a cedar chest in my grandmother’s house for years. My mom found it while going through grandma’s things after her death and now has it in the...

CraftSanity Episode 64 A Casual Conversation with Susan B. Anderson 1

CraftSanity Episode 64 A Casual Conversation with Susan B. Anderson

At long last, I’m back podcasting. Here’s an interview I taped with one of my favorite knitters, Susan B. Anderson, when she made a return to trip to Grand Rapids in November. Susan who...

Cape Fear 1

Cape Fear

When I look at this pile of fabric and ribbon I see potential. There’s the potential for wild success and equal potential for devastating failure. It sounds dramatic, but there’s a good reason to...

Happy New Year! 0

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone! I didn’t buy a calendar this year because I was planning to make one. But Abby beat me to the punch. With the help of her fabulous pre-school teachers, Abby...

At Long Last: A Softie! 0

At Long Last: A Softie!

With the holiday craft wave behind me, it was time to make something “just because.” So that’s what Abby and I did tonight after her little sister, Amelia, tuckered out. Meet “Lucky Dog,” the...

Happy Holidays! 0

Happy Holidays!

Season’s greetings, everyone! Here’s a look at my new Christmas apron. I made seven aprons to give as gifts this year which turned out to be a bit suicidal. (I finished the last one...

CraftSanity Episode 63 Debbie Stoller On Crafting for Men 0

CraftSanity Episode 63 Debbie Stoller On Crafting for Men

The yarn is expensive and fabulous, the color is exquisite, and the cable pattern is divine. So what’s the problem? Him. He won’t wear the damn sweater you spent hours stitching. Every now and...