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Crunch Time: A Magazine In The Making

I’ve been taking a lot of photos lately and running into a lot of hexagon tile on my latest mission to make a magazine celebrating art and craft. Hexagon tile will not be featured in the publication, but there will be hexagons. Oh, yes, there will be hexagons. :  ) Anyway, I always try to […]

CraftSanity Podcast 120: A day in the life of Chris de Longpre, pattern designer, business owner and self-published author

After Chris de Longpre “retired” from a career in information technology she decided to make the most of her free time. She started knitting – a lot. And Chris, of Kentwood, Mich., wasn’t content to follow a pattern, so she kick up the degree of difficulty and started writing her own patterns. She kept designing […]

Crafty Summer Reading Part 1: One-Eyed Monsters

Hello! I’m back from a short and lovely vacation with the family and excited to catch up with all of you. I’ve been working on lots of creative projects and will be sharing those is posts sprinkled out over the course of the next several days. A new podcast is in the works, too. I […]

A Piped Binding Tutorial From ‘Whip Up Mini Quilts’ by Kathreen Ricketson

Hello! I have a little catching up to do this week. I’m going to start off by participating in Kathreen Ricketson’s blog tour for her new book: “Whip Up Mini Quilts: Patterns and How-to for More Than 20 Contemporary Small Quilts.” Read on for a sneak peek of the piped binding tutorial from p. 44 […]

Books to Inspire Holiday Baking and Crafting

Baking gingerbread cookies is a big part of our holiday routine here at the CraftSanity headquarters. And the book, “Cookie Craft Christmas: Dozens of Decorating Ideas for a Sweet Holiday” by Valerie Peterson and Janice Fryer is packed with inspiration to up your game this year when it comes to cookie embellishment. (To bad the […]

Secret Birthday Stitching

Shhh. Don’t tell my little Amelia, but I’ve been stitching up a storm for her birthday. I have a million things to finish before the big day, but I feel compelled to stop stitching for a bit to tell you about the inspiration for this project from “Hand-Stitched Felt: 25 Whimsical Sewing Projects” by Kata […]

Book Review & Giveaway: “Crochet Adorned” by Author Linda Permann

Crochet played a key role in my development as a young crafter. I got “hooked” around age 5 at Great Grandma Case’s Sunday night craft table where I learned to stitch granny squares with the crafty women in my family. I still LOVE to whip up projects with my old set of aluminum needles. (My […]

‘Hat Heads’ Free Knitted Beanie Pattern Preview

I recently interviewed Trond Anfinnsen, aka “knitKid” and author of “Hat Heads: 1 Man + 2 Knitting Needles = 50 Fun Hat Designs,” for the podcast and can’t wait to share the story behind this fun book that documents how one man used knitting to connect with people in his life. While I work on […]

Calling all art journal makers! Share an inspiring prompt, enter to win a copy of Violette’s ‘Journal Bliss’ book

Okay, folks, now’s your chance to win a copy of “Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash Your Inner Eccentric” by Violette. To enter, all you have to do is share your favorite art journaling or writing prompt in the comment section below. If the prompt is not your original idea, please credit your source with […]

Art Journaling Inspiration From Violette

When I sit quietly with an empty page in front of me, pausing for a moment before picking up my paint brush, I’m often surprised by what comes out on paper. I get answers on almost every page. Art journals are great that way, even for those of us who don’t consider ourselves great painters […]

Betz White Q & A and “Sewing Green” Book Giveaway

Today Betz White, author of “Sewing Green 25 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials” wraps up her blog tour with a stop at CraftSanity. Keep reading to find out how you can enter the random drawing to win the book which is loaded with projects that will inspire you to shop your closets and […]

CraftSanity Episode 96: An Interview with Jenna Woginrich, author of ‘Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life’

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Craft Book Inspiration

This week my Grand Rapids Press craft column is a review of some inspiring new craft books. You can read the column on my newspaper blog. And be sure to read it all the way to the end to find out how to enter to win a copy of “Weekend Sewing” by Heather Ross. I […]

A New Handmade Dress For Me

I’ve been distracted ever since I got my hands on a copy of “Weekend Sewing” by Heather Ross. It’s a beautiful book (STC Craft, $27.50) featuring illustrations by Heather and great photography by John Gruen. According to the subtitle, the book is loaded with “more than 40 projects and ideas for inspirational sewing.” And I’m […]

What Color Is Your Parachute? I Think I’m Going To Go With Red.

I look for answers to life’s big questions everywhere. Billboards, headlines, vanity license plates, those inspirational signs in front of churches. (I LOVE those signs in front of churches.) Today a review copy of a book by a man with some answers arrived up in my mailbox: “What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual […]