Archive for 'Inspiration'
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, […]
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 […]
Posted: June 20th, 2013 under Crafting with Kids, CraftSanity Magazine, Crochet, Handmade Stories, Hexagons, Inspiration, Knitting, Magazines, News, Paper Piecing, Printmaking, Q&A, Quilting, Recipes, Sewing, Stitching.
Thousands of paper lanterns were released into the night sky Friday in downtown Grand Rapids as part of ArtPrize 2012. The entry, by Mark Carpenter and Dan Johnson, resulted in a stunning visual display of flickering lights climbing high above the city and thousands of smiles on the ground. It was lovely. After a very stressful […]
This was one of those lucky shots. It’s not a great photo, but it’s one of those funny photos that is all about timing. I happened to have my iPhone nearby when my cat, Justine, decided to start poking her paw through the giant weaving project I’ve been working to remove from my looms. At […]
When the lovely folks at Galler Yarns sent along a free sample of their Inca-Eco 100% Organic Cotton Yarn for me try, I opened a package from them a short time later and found myself in that happy place where my craft world is full of possibility. This yarn is aqua (my fav!) and can […]
When I was in college I had a poster hanging on the wall of my office at the campus newspaper that read: “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” As a deadline woman and chronic dreamer, the poster appealed to me on many levels. I’ve always been someone who enjoys the challenge of pushing […]
Channelling Anxiety into Action: Gearing Up for Big Changes and the Recycled Art Market Tomorrow in Grand Rapids
It’s been a roller coaster week. The sky fell at the newspaper that has been the main source of my family income since 1998. Massive layoffs were announced and many talented people were let go. My husband survived the cut, but we’re still not sure what the future holds for us. Once the company reorganizes […]
My daughters learned to fly a kite Sunday at the beach. I’m so grateful for these beautiful moments. I dreamed of days like these.
I’m a city girl who has longed to live in a big old house with a wrap-around porch on a patch of farm land all my life. But every now and then the view out my suburban window is absolutely breathtaking and I’m once again reminded to be grateful for my tiny patch of land […]
I had kind of a frustrating day today. I’ll spare you the sordid details but I channeled my frustration into emotional fuel for a faster-than usual run around the neighborhood. That’s what I do when I get mad, I go out for a run and sweat out my anger. It may sound a bit twisted, […]
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 […]
On this episode of CraftSanity you’ll meet West Michigan fiber artist Beth Ann Williams, an accomplished quilter, teacher and author who never ceases to inspire the people around her. Tune in to hear the story of how Beth Ann turned to quilting after serious health problems forced her to edit her life plan. Beth Ann, […]
This lovely blue piece was made by Heather Robinson, a Holland, Michigan artist who often fields questions like this at art shows: “But what is for?” People get her ceramic buttons and paper bead jewelry, but passersby often want to know what pieces like the blue one above “do.” And they look to Heather to […]
This is what we’re enjoying in a vase on our kitchen table. It’s too beautiful not to share. Please enjoy this natural inspiration, and I’ll get back to work on my next podcast. (Sorry about the wait.)
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 […]