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A (Craft) Room of One’s Own: Craft Room Ideas, Inspiration, and Eye Candy

Creativity and Crafts, Home Matters
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In my recent post, Crafts and Creativity: The Secret Ingredient for a Life of Joy, Fulfillment, and Eternal Youth, I made a couple of blanket statements that I stand behind one hundred percent.

  1. Human beings are hard-wired for creativity.
  2. Crafting is good for the soul.

I truly believe this. If you’ve read my books, you know this is a theme I’ve explored more than once.  I also believe that every creative woman (which, as I’ve explained above, means everybody. Including you.) needs a craft room of her own. continue reading

The cutest of all the DIY bookmark ideas

Creativity and Crafts
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During my last book tour, one of my readers gave me a beautiful bookmark, made with pretty batik fabric. I was fascinated with the clever latticework design and thought it would be fun to make some myself.

It’s not shocking that a craft project combining pretty fabric, book accessories, and sewing techniques would pique my interest. In fact, those are truly a few of my favorite things!

It took me a few tries to figure out the technique. And once I did…Well, I may have created a monster.  I am now completely addicted to making these bookmarks! Dear family and friends, you will now receive a bookmark as a gift for each holiday. There is no such thing as too many lattice batik homemade bookmarks. It’s common knowledge. continue reading

Crafting: The Secret Ingredient for a Life of Joy, Fulfillment, and Eternal Youth

Creativity and Crafts, Learn for a Lifetime
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What would you say if I told you there was something you would truly enjoy that would make you feel happier, more fulfilled, and youthful?  (I mean, besides chocolate.)

As it turns out, there actually is such a secret ingredient for a more joyous life.

It’s called crafting.

In addition to providing you with a supply of adorable, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts for people you care about, crafting can increase your happiness, lower your stress levels, and keep your mind sharp.

Don’t take my word for it; ask science.

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DIY Mother’s Day Card Ideas To Show Your Love

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Have you ever stood in the aisle reading card after card and feeling like none of them really hit the right notes?

Too generic. Too clever. Too millennial. Too expensive. Too. Much. Glitter.

For the moms in your life, whether they are your actual mom, an honorary mom, your daughters, daughters in law, or your friends, sometimes a homemade card is the best way to show how much you care. continue reading

DIY Flower Arrangements for your Easter Table Decorations

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DIY Floral Arrangements for Easter Table Decorations
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Is there any surprise quite as wonderful as answering the doorbell and finding the delivery person from the local florist standing on the stoop, holding a beautiful bouquet with your name on it?

Not for me!

If I could afford it, I’d have flowers delivered to my home every week.  Unfortunately, my budget simply doesn’t stretch far enough to allow for such civilized luxuries. Chances are, you’re in the same boat.

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DIY Spa Gifts Baskets, DIY Bath Bombs, and DIY Body Scrub

Creativity and Crafts, Love Your Body
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You’ve probably heard about “love languages,” haven’t you?  The different ways people express their love for others?   My primary love language is gift giving. I’m always on the lookout for that perfect little present to surprise a special friend or family member.

These easy, totally adorable spa gifts and baskets are a fun way to show a little homemade love to the people you love.  Or even as a treat for yourself. After all, everybody deserves a little love and kindness, including you. continue reading

Easy DIY Table Runner

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Raise your hand if you are counting the minutes until spring!

Me!

I heard a quote once, “March is the month that God invented to show people who don’t drink what a hangover looks like.”

Seems pretty accurate to me. This winter has hung over too, too long.  I’m trying to be patient and not wish away my days but as far as I’m concerned, spring is way overdue.

Honestly, I always feel like that at this time of year.

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Your Purpose in Life: It’s Never Too Late to Live Your Dream–Twice

Creativity and Crafts, Never Too Late

A Guest Blog with Dori Lawrence

Do you know that warm, excited feeling that comes over you when you meet somebody for the first time but absolutely know you’re at the beginning of a beautiful friendship?  That’s how I felt when I met Dori Lawrence in January at the Road To California quilt show and learned how she found purpose in life after fifty.

Dori is vibrant, bubbly, and bursting with energy and passion, especially when it comes to topics that are dear to both our hearts – creativity and crafting.  Dori and her daughter, Katie, run a terrific blog and podcast, Hobbies Up To Here, where they document their adventures into all things crafty. This mother-daughter duo has a terrific dynamic and a wonderfully honest approach to their creative pursuits. If you haven’t checked out Hobbies Up To Here, you should! Stories like hers are so inspiring when we are searching for our purpose in life.

In addition to a delightful personality, Dori has an amazing and inspiring personal story to share. She is living proof that it’s never too late to live your dream – and sometimes more than one!

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Long-Distance Grammy: Craft of the Month Club

Creativity and Crafts, Family
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One of the toughest parts of moving into our new home was leaving our grandchildren behind. If you’re a grandma or, like me, a “grammy” – then you know how quickly you can get addicted to those grand-darlings!  For over a year, we had actually shared our home with my middle son, his wife, and two of our grand-darlings so I had become very spoiled, getting to see them every day.

Technology definitely makes it easier to stay in touch with long-distance loved ones but visiting with your grands on FaceTime (especially if they spend most of the visit making faces into the camera) just isn’t the same. continue reading