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Summer Blossoms

When it comes to sewing, my sister is the one who started it all. About 15 years ago, we both had friends who were having babies, so we taught ourselves to sew in order to make them baby quilts. And now, every once in a while, we still get together to tackle some project or other. […]

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 […]