I’ve been sitting on this news since last winter! In February, I received a completely unexpected e-mail from a book editor at Olive Branch Books, a sister press (and the religious arm) to the Well-Trained Mind Press which publishes classical home education materials. He asked me if I’d be interested in writing supplementary children’s activities for… Continue reading Fun New Opportunities For Me!
This past March, I turned fifty. In the months leading up to it, I thought quite a bit about how I wanted to celebrate. I still felt too “young” to plan such a thing for myself. Then I thought, “Why shouldn’t I? It’s FIFTY years of my life on this planet – that’s something to… Continue reading 50th Birthday
As always, I continue to dream up new projects or finish ongoing ones! Here are the latest of my thrifty home decor projects. Remember a couple of YEARS ago when I started making crocheted beaded edge blue snowflakes? Finally, here is the finished banner they were intended for. I did use five shades of blue… Continue reading New Thrifty Home Decor Projects
Lately, to relax, I’ve been puttering. Creatively puttering, that is. It is difficult for me to just sit and play with art and craft materials without an end product in mind, because I think I need to be productive – must. produce. something (or must tend to some urgent task)! And yet, children creatively putter… Continue reading Playing with Colour and Pattern
Last summer I heard about a free sectional couch (yes, from a clean home) being put to a curbside, and it was in good condition. It was hauled into a garage for us, and my husband picked it up a few days later. I’d been wanting a sectional couch for awhile, simply because it would… Continue reading First Time Project: Canvas Slipcover For Couch
You might remember all my adventures in making mittens from fulled wool sweaters. I’ve pared down my wool collections to just cashmere (and some other wools to use under the suede palms) and come up with a few more pairs of cashmere mittens for this year’s craft shows. These mittens are made with suede palms… Continue reading More Cashmere Mittens!
I’ve been working on these new cross-body bags for months among the other parts of my life. I had the idea of creating textural crazy-patchwork bag flaps and then decorating on top of the patchwork. Remember the glass beads and embroidery thread I posted about? I happily put those to use. Each bag flap is… Continue reading Newest Cross-Body Bags!
I will never get tired of looking at these and finding them in thrift stores! Check out this pair of Wabasso pillowcases I found in a local Value Village: They were so crisp still! And then this beautiful find at a newly-opened Value Village a couple of hours away: I was so excited to find… Continue reading Ah, Vintage Cotton Floral Sheets!
I seem to be making a lot of personal and gift projects these past few months! I have some craft show projects on the go, too, such as in the last photo of this post (and I’ll post more photos as those projects are finished); but making personal projects has been fulfilling, too. First up… Continue reading Personal Sewing and Knitting Projects Again!
Before I get to the projects I’ve been working on, I want to mention that I’ve been accepted to the Windfall Fine Art & Handcraft Market set for this coming September! It’s listed on my Shows page as well. Their Facebook Page likely will start posting updates later in the summer. But check it out now,… Continue reading Variety of Projects to Show You!