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Archive for 'Craft Columns'

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 136: A story about how jewelry-making helped a young West Michigan woman heal

Caitlin Myler was turning left out of the parking lot of the Ottawa County bank call center where she worked when she spotted another motorist traveling fast over the hill. Their cars collided and the impact of the November 2011 crash changed the course of Caitlin’s life.

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 135: A Conversation with SAORI weaving instructor, Chiaki O’Brien

When Chiaki O’Brien rolls into Allegan County and sets up her SAORI weaving looms at the Michigan Fiber Festival this week, her students will learn right away that they are part of one of the happiest growing fiber art movements. I have not studied SAORI in any official capacity, but I ran to my loom […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 134: A conversation with East Lansing Tapestry Weaver Nancy McRay

A surprising gift led Nancy McRay in an unexpected direction shortly after she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising. “When I graduated from college… my parents gave me a floor loom as a present,” she said, recalling how the unusual gift left her feeling “dumbfounded and intrigued.” Although she was puzzled […]

CraftSanity Episode 133: A conversation with Runaway Press artist, Michelle Terry

Messy inks and a collection of wood and lead type eventually lured Michelle Terry, 30, of Wyoming, away from spending her professional life in front of a computer screen.

I challenged my sisters to a Craft Smackdown. Who Will Win? You Decide.

Hello! I’d like you to meet my sisters. That’s Jacquie in the middle. She’s the middle sister. Julie, my youngest sister is on the far right. And that’s me sporting the apron on the far left. We met up recently in the Meijer craft department to check the selection after a store representative reached out and […]

A 2014 CraftSanity Mini Book Review Roundup

  Several fun books are coming my way and distracting me from the harsh Michigan winter. Above is a small selection of titles that I reviewed in my mlive.com a couple weeks back. Read more here. I will be reviewing another stack very soon, so let me know if there’s a title you think I should […]

Potholder LOVE: A fundraiser to help the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation get more AEDs in schools

  Potholder LOVE Hello! Welcome to the kickoff of the CraftSanity fundraiser to benefit the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation. Last spring I interviewed a Fennville girl for my newspaper column who was selling paintings to help a local charity raise money to get automatic electronic defibrillators (AEDs) into schools without them. After we talked, I […]

CraftSanity’s Arm Knitting Video Tutorial

Hello! Things have been pretty quiet here on the CraftSanity blog while I’ve been off teaching journalism at the local community college. I’ve been swamped, but I have not stopped crafting or writing my weekly art and craft column for The Grand Rapids Press or MLive.com. Today’s column is about arm knitting and my husband, […]

Handmade Stories: My Great Grandma’s Knitting

I’m taking a quick break from wrapping up work on CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 and prepping for tomorrow night’s free craft event at Schuler Books to share a handmade story project I launched today in my newspaper column. I’m collecting handmade stories and started by sharing a story I wrote for Issue 4 of my […]

Dish scrubbies & the fair pricing debate

One of the best parts of my job is the interesting people I meet. Earlier this month I had a delightful conversation with Grand Rapids knitter, Virginia Loukus, who happened to be sporting a hat embellished with a knitted dish scrubbie when she stopped by my booth at the Fulton Street Artisans Market. As a big fan […]

Let’s Weave Together at the Fulton Street Artisans Market

Tomorrow (6/10) is a big day. It’s my sister’s birthday and the Fulton Street Artisans Market (FSAM) will for the season at 11 a.m. under the lovely new farmers market pavilion at 1147 E. Fulton, in Grand Rapids. I’ll be at the market until 3 p.m. with my family to get people pumped up about our latest collaborative […]

Filling Buckets With Handmade Kindness

My daughters are an endless source of inspiration. I wrote this column published in today’s edition of The Grand Rapids Press after witnessing one of their recent backseat conversations in my review mirror. We were on the way home from school and I was very pleased to see my oldest applying the day’s lesson to “fill a […]

Proof That Craft Makes The World A Better Place

A couple weeks back when I thought my column writing days were numbered, I had a bit of a panic because I came very close to blowing my opportunity to write about one of the nicest people on the planet. A newspaper reader had sent me a tip about Bob Roskamp, an 82-year-old West Michigan […]

A (Somewhat) Serious Look at 2012 Craft Trends

I’m not sure why I decided to go public with my mullet story or how exactly this painful childhood memory landed itself in the middle of my latest art & craft column, but it’s all right here for your reading entertainment. And just so you know, I do actually include some informative craft trend info […]

Good News I Didn’t Expect and a Call for Story Ideas

For the last couple months I’ve been preparing to write my last art and craft column for the local newspaper I’ve been writing for since 1998. After I received a contract termination letter in early November, I resigned myself to the fact that I had been canned from my freelance position. This was a first […]