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Ski shirt

One of my son’s friends turned five recently, and he had his party at a local ski area. (Lucky for me it was my husband’s turn to play chaperone… he got to stand outside while the kids went snow tubing). I made this shirt for the birthday boy, again using my Silhouette machine to cut the […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I’ve seen a lot of blog posts and Facebook updates today in which people complain about not being “into” Valentine’s Day or about it being a “Hallmark holiday.” But I like it, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that! Now, I can see how if you are lonely it must be painful to have […]

Introducing “The Shruggie”

My husband looks like a big fluffy Muppet, and he is SO happy about it.

Background: He always reads before falling asleep, but his arms, shoulders and neck get cold because he wears t-shirts (and refuses to wear long sleeves). So he had been wrapping a blanket around his shoulders but that apparently was unsatisfactory because it […]

Valentine Pom-Poms/Cat Toys

Here’s my latest craft story for The Associated Press: heart-shaped pom-poms for Valentine’s Day.
I was inspired by the t-shirt pom-poms at Craftaholics Anonymous. I should have made mine bigger but I was pressed for time, and I didn’t have much wool roving to work with. They do look pretty hanging from my stairs, though my cats […]

Valentine Pocket Warmers

My son started attending a new school in January, one that is very big on outdoor recreation, even — perhaps especially — in winter. They have a ski program, a pond for skating, sledding hills, etc., and they never cancel classes for snow. So I decided to make something that goes along with that hearty New England spirit […]

So-so Silhouette


I made this cute t-shirt and “experiment” book for my son’s friend, Victoria, who is a fan of the “Franny K. Stein” mad scientiest books. The book is full of easy science experiments collected from different websites and assembled in a great free download at A Lemon Squeezy Home, so all I had to do was print the […]