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Thoughts on needle turn appliqué, good change and kind letters

Hello! I’ve been completely swamped here at the CraftSanity Headquarters as the winds of change swirl around us once again. I’m staring down a monumental professional challenge (more on that later) but I’m going to do my best and I firmly believe that good things are on the horizon. I’m a tad behind in answering […]

Days Like These

Today was not a good day to run out of Pepsi. It also wasn’t a good day to experience 91-degree heat. I’ve experienced far more distractions and setbacks than normal as I work to complete issue 7 of CraftSanity Magazine and today my stress level creeped a bit high. And when things get stressful, I […]

My Instagram Addiction Is One I Have No Plans To Kick

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 […]

A few things before I get back to work…

Wow, it’s Thursday already. How did that happen? I overbooked and this week totally got away from me. The good news is that I still found time to cook, read, and run in addition to my usual work load. There was no time to waste this week and that was probably a good thing. Now […]

We Are Makers. This Is What We Do.

It’s way after midnight and I just sat down after a long day of loom building. I’m sleepy and happy that there will be quite a few CraftSanity Looms under trees around the globe this holiday season. While I have barely begun my own holiday preparations, I’ve been shipping out looms as fast as I […]

Nobody Keeps This Crafty Bird Down

 In the last 24 hours I have: * made many, many looms for this weekend’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair * recorded and edited a podcast with an awesome artist and cook * signed my very long name 200 times on the limited edition paper doll prints Rebecca Green and I collaborated on. (Check back for […]

October Rush

Where did October go? Time has been flying lately an I’ve been too swamped to blog, so I thought I’d stop in for a quick update. Part of the reason I haven’t been blogging as much is because I’ve been sneaking off to run as much as I can. While the longest run I’ve been […]

Here’s To New Friends

One of my favorite things is to find real mail delivered my mailbox. Even the best e-mail can’t quite top a handwritten letter. And when you throw a handmade surprise into the mix, well, that’s when opening mail really starts to rock. The friendship bracelets from Beverly’s swap arrived yesterday and my girls and I really […]

Suburban Sunset

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 […]

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! […]

Have a little joy

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, […]

Listen To Your Mother: Sleep More, Work Less

I’ve been trying to keep a low profile and stay home as much as possible lately. The silver lining of my continued illness is that I’ve finally tried Pinterest and I really like it. It’s a great way to organize everything that inspires you on the web on a virtual bulletin board that you can share with the […]

I Don’t Watch Soap Operas, But I Dig This One…

Look at these lovely soap, lotion and peppermint lip balm samples from Sheri, owner of Sheri’s Soap Opera and sponsor of CraftSanity Podcast episode 123. The surprise package was a nice little treat when extreme fatigue gave way to illness at the end of last week. Thanks so much, Sheri! Thankfully, my voice is coming […]

My latest obsession & a CraftSanity Magazine/Podcast Update

The  deadline pressure is on as I work to put the next issue of CraftSanity Magazine together. I’m stressed but having a blast at the same time so no complaints here. The projects by designers from near and far are so diverse and awesome that I think you’re really going to love issue 2! In […]

A Mini Working Vacation Reveals That I Might Want To Try Taking A Real Vacation

We’re back from a very short camping trip to Holland State Park. It wasn’t exactly a relaxing vacation because I worked every day we were there, which is completely my fault. I’ve been stuck in workaholic mode for months with no one to blame but myself. So what did I do? I kicked back in […]