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Craft Away the Winter Blues with Free CraftSanity Workshops at Kent District Library Branches!

Hello! I’m taking a quick break from end-of-the-semester grading to invite Grand Rapids-area crafters to a series of free workshops I’m hosting with nice folks at several Kent District Library branches. I’ve been traveling across the state to teach workshops at my hometown library for for years and I’m very happy to get the opportunity to […]

Free CraftSanity Recycled Book Craft Event Oct. 29 at Schuler Books

Hello! I’m busy working on Issue 8 of CraftSanity Magazine, but wanted to take a break to invite you to join me at Schuler Books, 2660 28th St. SE, in Grand Rapids on Monday, Oct. 29. As part of this hip, independent store’s 30 anniversary, I’m teaming up with some very talented staffers to host […]

Earth Day Craft Ideas Part 1

Earth Day is coming up April 22, so I thought I’d pass along some easy, kid-friendly project ideas for crafting with recycled materials. (I’m going to demo these during my craft segment on today’s “Take Five” show on WZZM channel 13 at 9 a.m. here in West Michigan.) Since my TV appearances are one of […]

CraftSanity On TV: Last Minute Holiday Crafts And Treats To Whip Up On the Fly

We’re headed to our first family holiday party today and I’m feeling like I could really use a little more time to prepare. I have yet to figure out how to freeze time, so I have to go with what I’ve got. I’m sure you know the feeling. Today Abby, Amelia and I are sharing […]

Holiday Craft Tutorial: Learn to Make German Stars With Minimal Swearing

Learning to make German stars has been on my to-do list for a few years so I’m very happy to report that I have finally joined the ranks of those who know how to fold ‘em. I’m not going to lie, I swore a lot (a whole lot) while folding my first star. (Don’t worry, […]

CraftSanity on TV: Making Envelopes and Tiny books Using Handmade Paper From Maple Street Paper Co.

Hi! CraftSanity Magazine issue 4 is coming  soon. In the meantime, here are a couple quick paper projects for you to try. These projects were inspired by Whitney Korstange, a Fremont artist who operates a paper mill called Maple Street Paper Co. Her handmade paper is beautiful and available for purchase online and in person […]

CraftSanity on TV: Paper Casting Gift Tags and Ornaments Using Cookie Molds and Facial Tissue

While prepping for today’s TV segment on paper casting I ran into a little snag. I was planning to use cotton linters to make paper  pulp for casting, but couldn’t find the product on the fly at the local art supply stores here in West Michigan. I didn’t have time to order online, so I […]