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Charity bear pattern pdf

If you’re looking for a charity sewing project, be sure to check out my column in today’s edition of The Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com. Hospice of Michigan is looking for volunteers to sew bears and pillows out of the clothing of former hospice patients that serve as tangible memories for their loved ones. I’ll […]

Flower Power Wins $500 for the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation!

This is the floral design I whipped up within the allotted 5 minute time limit at the Flower Power Challenge at the Home & Garden Show yesterday in Grand Rapids. It’s a bit wild, but it got the job done. Thanks to the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation fans in the audience, we won $500 from […]

Let’s Get Loud Today at the Home & Garden Show and Raise Money for the Wes Leonard Heart Foundation

Hello friends! If you’re local and planning to be at the Home & Garden Show today in Grand Rapids, I can use your help! I was invited to participate in  J Schwanke’s Flower Power Challenge at 5 p.m. (Friday 3/7/14) during which four contestants representing four different local charities will have five minutes to make an […]

Adventures in Soap Making: A Review of the new book ‘Soap Crafting’ by Anne-Marie Faiola

My first attempt at soap making was ridiculous. It was my 31st birthday and I was sporting safety googles and rubber gloves. One judging from my getup may have assumed that I knew what I was doing, but that was certainly not the case. At the time, I was beyond nervous about using lye to […]

Soccer Mom vs. Everything Else

I should be working right now, but I’m a bit preoccupied. This weekend my daughters will suit up in their purple soccer jerseys and I will brush their hair and put it up in ponytails and then I will wish them luck at their game. They will head off to the soccer field with my […]

Today I Took A Jam Break

When I tell my kids I’m going to do something, I do my best to deliver. I had a mountain of work to finish today and didn’t really have time to dedicate the day to all things strawberry. But I said I would take them strawberry picking and today was the last day for U-pick […]

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 […]

WE DID IT! 500+ Kids Helped Me Weave My Dream House!

We did it! We took the lovely squares woven by more than 500 students at my daughters’ elementary school and we fashioned them into a woven house measuring 7 1/2 feet tall. Check it out! The students in grades K-5 thought they were simply weaving a large rug, but I decided to surprise them with […]

CraftSanity On TV: Valentine’s Day crafts and gifts

Today’s craft segment is a continuation of the bucket filling conversation started in Sunday’s craft column. The mission is to encourage viewers to forgo the expensive and often meaningless Valentine’s Day gifts and take a handmade approach instead. A special thanks to Amelia, one of the VPs of Fun here at CraftSanity for assisting me […]

CraftSanity on TV: Crafty DIY Organizing Tips Using Recycled Containers Part 1

One of the big mistakes I’ve made while trying to get my house in order is loading up on many unnecessary and/or unsuitable organizing supplies. I’m done with colored bins I can’t see into and I’m holding off on buying more of the clear kind until I weed out more of the stash. After many […]

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 […]

Wool Felt: At Last I Have Some of the Good Stuff!

I’m very excited to carve out some time to work with the lovely wool felt I ordered from Prairie Point Junction. I’m crazy busy working on my next newspaper column, prepping for tomorrow’s TV segment and working on multiple CraftSanity Magazine projects, but I had to stop and shoot a photo of the felt atop […]

Are you missing your CraftSanity Magazine?

Had an unpleasant discovery today that a CraftSanity Magazine mailed out sometime before Dec. 7 has been returned after the mailing address sticker apparently fell off. So if you ordered your magazine before Dec. 7 and still haven’t received it, please accept my apology and e-mail jeff@craftsanity.com so I can try sending it again.

CraftSanity on TV: Last-minute holiday decorating ideas to do with the kids

I was planning to take the week off, but Abby and I ended up doing a last-minute TV segment on the fly. We specialize in “on the fly” around here, so we were able to pull something together quickly by grabbing the project we are working on and heading to the station. We decided to show […]

Briar Rose Fibers Discount Offer Extended to CraftSanity Readers!

Hi folks! I just wanted to let you know that Briar Rose Fibers, the yarn sponsor for the first issue of CraftSanity Magazine, is extending the 10 percent discount offer advertised on the back of the magazine until January 12, 2011. The discount code is “Holiday.” Enjoy!