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Lottie Da + True Colors = One Lovely Apron & a Fabric Giveaway!

When the nice folks at FreeSpirit invited me to be participate in the True Colors blog tour, I wanted to freeze time and make a large quilt. Sadly, my crazy schedule didn’t allow time for a deadline sewing marathon. But it’s okay. My need for speed gave me the perfect opportunity to launch into one of my […]

True Colors. Pretty Fabric. Fun Blog Tour.

Hello Folks! I’m popping in to tell you about a blog tour that I’m participating in that involves chances for you to win lovely fabric. Yes, you’re going to want to keep reading. In an effort to promote the True Colors line of mixer fabric prints, the folks at FreeSpirit are looking to spread some […]

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 […]

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 […]

First off, thank you to those who posted and emailed kind words of encouragement after I expressed frustration in my last post. I’m very grateful for your support and understanding, and happy to report that I seem to have crafted my way out of my funk. Making stuff is such a wonderful way to reduce […]

The First Day of School

The first day of school is always bittersweet. When this day arrives it marks the official end of summer as all children know it and simultaneously brings a gust of exciting expectation of everything that might be possible during the new academic year. Today I’m sending my girls off to a new school with some […]

CraftSanity Magazine Issue 6: Pre-Order Preview

We’ve been hard at work on issue 6 of the magazine and very happy to report that we’ll be picking it up from the printer March 23. You can reserve your copy here. This issue is packed with people and projects that I hope will inspire hours of creative time this spring. We’re covering everything […]

‘Mend It Better’ Mini Review

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve ripped my pants. If there’s a way to get stuck on a fence by the rear of my pants, by golly, I seem to find a way to do it. I’ve ripped my pants running by fences, guard rails on the side of the road and during […]

‘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 […]

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! […]

Hello again. It’s been a while.

Check out these cute little finger puppets that I bought to put in my daughters’ Easter baskets. I bought them for $4.50 each at a local “fair trade” shop. I made the purchase even though I have yet to get my mind around how the people who made the puppets are getting any money out […]

The Truth About Curtains: I’d Rather Use My Sewing Machine To Make Almost Anything Else

We’ve lived in our current house for more than five years and the horrid blinds that were hanging in front of the back slider when we moved in are STILL there. Now I’m to the point where I really can’t stand to look at them anymore. I bought fabric months ago to sew some new […]

Thornapple River Rippers Quilt Guild Show This Weekend In Hastings, Michigan

If you love quilts and you’re looking for something to do this weekend, go check out the Thornapple River Ripper Quilting Guild Show at the Barry Expo Center, 1350 N. M-37,  Hastings, Michigan. The show features about 200 quilts ranging from modern to traditional designs, vendor booths and quilting demos. The entry fee is $5 […]

A Knitted Barn Cat, A Wool Bunny And SO Much More! CraftSanity Issue 2 Ships Out Tomorrow!

The wait is almost over. My husband picked up CraftSanity Magazine Issue 2 from the printer today and we’ll be shipping out all subscription and pre-order copies tomorrow. (Thanks for ordering!) We’ll be making deliveries to area retailers tomorrow, too. I’ll post a list of retailers tomorrow and you can expect to find the magazines […]

Another Valentine’s Day Craft Idea…

I’m addicted to beading, so it’s no surprise that I LOVE making these beaded heart pins. I made a bunch last year and found time to stitch a new one a few weeks back. Check out my tutorial, if you’d like to make some for the crafty people on your Valentine’s Day treat list. Ok, […]