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War Is Personal 1

War Is Personal

Many Americans go about their business without thinking about the people fighting and dying in Iraq. Meanwhile, Anne Landre is doing what she can to remind us all of the human cost of war....

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Rinse, rinse repeat.

The wool sock yarn from yesterday’s dyeing experiment looks nothing like what I thought it would. But it turned out lovely, so I’m really going to enjoy knitting socks with it.

Oh, that's why you're supposed to wear gloves 0

Oh, that's why you're supposed to wear gloves

Today I hung out with the talented woman who makes this gorgeous hand-dyed yarn. You’ll get to read all about her in one of my upcoming craft columns, but I couldn’t wait to show...

Running with Reeses 0

Running with Reeses

This guy’s next. Abby says his name is “Tooby.” Not “Toby.” “Tooby.” I made my mom a little kit so she can stitch this design, too. We gave it to her yesterday when we...

Turn, Turn, Turn (Wood turning that is.) 1

Turn, Turn, Turn (Wood turning that is.)

I want to learn to do this. Gregory Troehler, 54, of Holland, Mich., makes wood turning look very easy. This week I featured him in my weekly art & craft column and I invite...

"Knot" Happening 3

"Knot" Happening

So what’s the secret behind executing a perfect French knot? Do you have to be French? Do you need super powers? Does your name have to be Jenny Hart? It’s been a while since...

Monster Art Part II 1

Monster Art Part II

Sounds like some of you are curious about the embroidery project I’m working on, so here are a few more details that might be helpful if you want to try this at home. I...

Monster Art 2

Monster Art

It seems like it happened overnight. Abby’s frequent crayon and pen scribbles started to include circles. Soon the circles sprouted stick figure arms and legs and hair. But the faces are pretty recent additions...

CraftSanity Episode 71 Meet Kathy Goldner founder of Knitting Out Loud 1

CraftSanity Episode 71 Meet Kathy Goldner founder of Knitting Out Loud

Download the show (you may need to right-click the link) Listen to show in browser Subscribe to CraftSanity on iTunes RSS feed for podcast Are you a multi-tasking knitter who loves to read? Great....

Got a question for Anna Maria Horner? Submit it to enter the drawing for FREE fabric! 2

Got a question for Anna Maria Horner? Submit it to enter the drawing for FREE fabric!

Okay, folks, I hear you. I got your e-mail requests and an upcoming episode of the CraftSanity podcast is all about giving you what you want: a chat with designer Anna Maria Horner and...

One "Sassy Apron" Nears Completion 0

One "Sassy Apron" Nears Completion

Here’s a sneak peek at the apron I’m making for the “Sassy Apron Swap.” The deadline is fast approaching and the good news is it’s finished except for the ties. I can’t decide what...

Meet the Seamstress Behind K Bella Bambino 0

Meet the Seamstress Behind K Bella Bambino

Today my art & craft column is features Karin Harmon, the one-woman show behind K Bella Bambino Designs. I invite you to read her story and check out her instructions for a super simple...

West Michigan Book Art 1

West Michigan Book Art

Grand Rapids, Mich. – It was a pleasure to get a group of West Michigan creative types together Saturday at the YMCA for a fun bookmaking workshop with local book artist, Judy Jankowski. Judy...

Airmail from Australia 1

Airmail from Australia

It’s been a little hectic around here lately. So hectic, in fact, that I forgot about mail delivery today. Usually this is one of the highlights of my day, but today I didn’t even...

Still Time to Enter "For The Love of Letters" Giveaway 0

Still Time to Enter "For The Love of Letters" Giveaway

It’s been a couple days since I checked the P.O. Box and was very happy to get some more fabulous mail today. A talented woman named Billie Jean from Sparta, Mich. sent me a...