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Combo Wallet



A few weeks ago, I decided the wallet I made myself two years ago was a bit too small, and had grown rather dingy. I came across this bi-fold wallet tutorial at Modest Maven and thought it might be just the thing. Plenty of room for cards, but it still folds up to a fairly small size. [...]

Giveaway winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my post. I loved reading everyone’s book suggestions, and I have a nice long list to keep me busy for a while! The crazy thing is, the comment chosen by was #109, by Michelle, who recommended my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK: Anne of Green [...]


Welcome to my giveaway! For first-time visitors, I am a reporter for The Associated Press by day, crafter by night. This blog has been a bit neglected, but feel free to poke around!

I am giving away one adorable owl, similar to the one I made to go with the Harry Potter doll I made for my [...]

The Softie Who Lived

Let me confess right up front: I strongly dislike the word “softie.” Almost as much as I hate the words “selfie” and “hoodie.” Yet here I am, entering the Spectacular Softies Contest at Sew, Mama, Sew!

The timing was perfect, because I wanted to make something for my best friend’s daughter, who has a birthday at the [...]

Postage Stamp Quilt


I can’t believe I started this quilt two years ago! It originally was part of my “Use It or Lose It” challenge in early 2013, when I was determined to use up a lot of my scraps and other miscellaneous craft supplies. And then it made a comeback in 2014, when I challenged myself to finish  a [...]

Valentine’s Day 2015: The End of an Era

My son is now in 5th grade, and for the first time, he won’t be having a class Valentine’s Day party. That makes me a bit sad. On the other hand, I wasn’t coming up with any great ideas for cards …
But for those of you who are still looking for ideas, here are links to [...]

Christmas gifts unwrapped

Until I sat down and actually went through my photos, it didn’t seem like I made many gifts this Christmas compared to years past. Part of it is that I find it harder to make handmade gifts for older children, and part of it is just having a lot of other stuff going on leading up [...]

Turning Toys into Ornaments

For my latest AP craft story, I wrote about several methods of turning small toys into Christmas tree ornaments. You can read the story HERE (as usual, if the link expires, just Google my name and a keyword or two, in this case, toys and ornaments).

For the Harry Potter ornaments, I followed a great tutorial at the [...]


Thank to everyone who entered my giveaway, and for all the great food and drink suggestions! The winner is Steph, who said: “I can’t wait to play these with my son. Thanks for the chance to win them. I like hot apple cider and [...]


Welcome to my giveaway! For first-time visitors, I am a reporter for The Associated Press by day, crafter by night. This blog has been a bit neglected in recent months, but I hope to get some momentum back in the new year!

I’m giving away a set of Japanese-style beanbags called Otedama that I made using a [...]