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Thank you so much for all the kind words. It was especially nice to read them this week when I was in Chicago for work, learning how to shoot video for AP and pretty much feeling like a failure! (Example: the time I approached someone at a bus stop, got her to put on a microphone, […]

Giveaway Day!

(THANKS FOR ENTERING! This giveaway is now closed)

 I hope I’m not the only participant in the Sew,Mama,Sew! Giveway Day who frets about her item not being “good enough.” I was all set to just give away the whale pillow I made for the “Summer with Matthew Mead” magazine, but then I had second thoughts. So at […]

Clone Trooper T-Shirt

Here’s a birthday gift for one of my son’s new buddies and fellow Star Wars fanatic. I scanned a page from one of my son’s coloring books and used Photoshop to get rid of the background and color in some areas, and then used my Silhouette machine to cut the shape out of flocked heat-transfer material. […]

I can now add “style contributor” to my resume

I finally have my copy (and one to share) of the Summer with Matthew Mead magazine featuring my whale pillow project! The magazine is gorgeous.


Click here to see my previous post with the pattern […]

Star Wars vs. Tar Heels

My son has just started being a bit picky about his clothes and other things in terms of not wanting to appear “babyish.” The space ship motif on his water bottle, for example, was recently deemed “for little kids.” So I tried to keep that in mind in making him the  reversible bucket hat from “Oliver […]

Mother’s Day idea: Map Family Trees

Mom…… if you’re reading this….. STOP! (everyone else, scroll down…)

Here’s my latest AP craft story for Mother’s Day:  how to make a family tree using maps that feature your relative’s first names. I made a few of these last year for wedding and Christmas gifts and all the recipients seemed to like them. I just love […]


I’m a little late picking a winner for the Summer with Matthew Mead magazine … but here you go: Congratulations Christine!

I will send you an e-mail to get your address. I don’t actually have the magazine yet, but should by […]

Fort Kits

REMINDER: You have until the end of the day to enter to win a free copy of Summer with Matthew Mead magazine. Click HERE to go to the giveaway post!

I think this might become my go-to gift for little boys (and girls, maybe!): a fort-building kit! I first saw this idea at Saltwater Kids and have […]