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CraftSanity Magazine Issue 9 Preorder Preview Sale

At long last, the CraftSanity Magazine Issue 9 Preorder Sale is on! Preorder your copy by Monday (6/24/13) and save a dollar off the cover price! I’m expecting the magazines back from the printer by Tuesday. The PDF edition will be available as an instant download from this site next week  for $6. You can also sign […]

A Love Story

Love. This print marks the beginning of what is shaping up to be a fantastic creative adventure. It all started when my 7-year-old daughter, Amelia, got hooked on printmaking at a free workshop in 2012. When I saw her happily making prints on an old book press, I knew it was time to finally surrender […]

Scribble Drawings Forever

Back in elementary school a wonderful teacher showed my class how to make scribbles into art. I can’t remember if the original demo involved a black marker or crayon, but what I do remember is watching that black line loop-d-loop all over the page and feeling so empowered as a little girl with with a […]

CraftSanity Printmaking Workshops at the Fraser Public Library

Hello! While I’ve been away from the blog I’ve become completely addicted to printmaking. LOVE IT! After many  years of wishing I had time to get into it, my youngest daughter, Amelia, inspired me to jump in and now we’re both hooked. We printed daily during Christmas break and like to bust out the ink […]

CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 Preorder Preview Sale

The CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 Preorder Sale is on! Preorder your copy by Wednesday (11/14/12) and save a dollar off the cover price! You can also sign up for a CraftSanity Magazine subscription and have the next 4 issues automatically mailed to your home. Here’s a preview of the fun projects, stories and recipes featured […]

Weaving in the Ends And Moving on to the Next Project

Hello. Hello. It’s been a little nuts around here as I let myself get completely carried away by April’s Earth Day inspired weaving extravaganza at my daughters’ elementary school. I finished connecting all the woven fabric to create four pieces of varying sizes on Thursday and installed them in the cozy reading area on the library floor […]

Video Highlights of Woven House Earth Day Project

Hello! Here’s the edited video slide show we played for the elementary students who worked on the woven house project at their school assembly last Friday. Enjoy!

WE DID IT! 500+ Kids Helped Me Weave My Dream House!

We did it! We took the lovely squares woven by more than 500 students at my daughters’ elementary school and we fashioned them into a woven house measuring 7 1/2 feet tall. Check it out! The students in grades K-5 thought they were simply weaving a large rug, but I decided to surprise them with […]

CraftSanity on TV: Dyeing Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

I’ve been wanting to try dyeing eggs with silk ties for a couple years now, so I thought it was time to cut up the ties I’ve been tripping over in my craft room and my daughter Amelia agreed. So we recruited Amelia’s sister, Abby, to help out, experimented at home and then headed to […]

CraftsSanity On TV: Crafty DIY Organizing Tips Using Recycled Containers Part 2

Ok, I’m back with Part 2 of the instructions for today’s “Take Five” craft segment projects. My 6-year-old daughter, Amelia, asked for construction paper for Christmas and was thrilled to receive a lot of it. I was thrilled, too, when I saw her drawing microphones (another one of her presents) until the unused paper started […]

CraftSanity On TV: Balloon Flip Flops and Sponge Balls

It would have made for a great family photo, but I was too busy participating in the Fourth of July craft time to run for my camera. We were at a family party hosted by Jeff’s parents when his Aunt Lou Ann Cruttenden showed all the ladies at the party how to make embellished flip […]

More DIY Chalkboards

We finally kicked off the Handmade Tour last week when we visited lovely Northern Michigan. I’ll be posting details and photos of our adventure soon. In the meantime, I invite you to check out the column I wrote about our DIY chalkboard adventures. Abby and Amelia are really enjoying their new boards. You can read […]

‘Girl’s World’ Blog Tour Stop and Book Giveaway

I’ve been living in a “girl’s world” all my life. I grew up with two sisters and now have two daughters who love to play dress up and host tea parties for their stuffed animal friends. While all the women in my family are fans of pretty things and twirly dresses, some of us have […]

CraftSanity On TV: DIY Rainbow Chalkboards, Tags and Sidewalk Chalk

Clipboards are fun without any enhancements, but they get even better when you paint them them with chalkboard paint, especially if you’re looking to keep the kids busy on the next long car trip. I priced out chalkboard paint (which is most readily available in green and black) and decided that using official chalkboard paint […]

TV Prep & Curtain Update

I met Tom, a Valspar paint represenative, at my local Lowe’s yesterday and he hooked me up with paint samples for tomorrow’s craft segment on WZZM Channel 13’s “Take Five” morning show. (Thanks, Tom!)  Check back here tomorrow to see what the girls and I have been working on. Oh and the curtains are up! […]