Category: Inspiration

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Smile If You Love Wool

The Anna Maria Horner contest winners will be announced later today. In the meantime, please enjoy this smiling sheep photo I took last week. Feel the love, people. Feel the love.

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Nature’s Master Weavers

This is the bird’s nest we discovered under our deck today. I’m in awe of how resourceful birds are. Even our dog’s white fur is woven into this abode. I just love meeting “natural”...

Polka-dots, aprons and other delights 0

Polka-dots, aprons and other delights

Here’s a sneak preview of the craft column I wrote for this Sunday’s edition of the Grand Rapids Press. These whimsical polka-dot pillows are by a Holland, Michigan fiber artist who’s not afraid to...

Love in the Dog Bowl 0

Love in the Dog Bowl

This is Juna, our 8-year-old Alaskan Malamute. She took a nap this morning outside in the wicked cold and looked right at home sleeping on a pile of snow. I’m amazed that she can...

A Room of My Own 0

A Room of My Own

This is the new CraftSanity headquarters. Just a couple months ago it was a baby nursery and now it’s my home office, complete with a whole wall of lovely custom, wall-mounted bookshelves built by...

A Bit of Whimsy 0

A Bit of Whimsy

Montana weaver Kathy Wishnie sent me this picture of a doll she made her friend for Christmas. I like the way she combined weaving and crochet techniques to achieve a whimsical finished piece. (I...

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...

Aunt Jen is very busy… 0

Aunt Jen is very busy…

Photo by Julie Ackerman Sarcona There’s nothing like a fresh, new baby to inspire some major crafting. So you can imagine the marathon craft binge that TWO new babies have inspired. My little sisters...