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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sewing Week Update: The Solar Dress

solar dress

I was writing something on another issue over the weekend and I noted that, though I tend to start projects with great enthusiasm, I am horrid at finishing. And so it was with Elsie Marley’s Kids’ Sewing Challenge. As I reported earlier I made a skirt on day one and started a dress on day two, only to have my ... Read More »

Making Friends on the Farm


Our university’s Division of Agriculture and the Cooperative Extension Service join up each year to put on a program called Farm Friends, which allows “city” kids to see and touch farm animals they might not otherwise get close access to. This is the first year we went, with the Bit’s friends from school, and I have to say it was ... Read More »

A Week of Kids’ Sewing: The Easiest Bubble Skirt

easy bubble skirt

I had never heard of Elsie Marley until I somewhere came across a notice that this week was Kids’ Sewing Week on her blog, meaning that each day people were going to try to devote themselves to sewing (or cutting, or whatever) clothes for their kids for one hour. The idea being that we all intend to sew for our ... Read More »

Craft Gossip Fork & Talk Recap

ek success craft products

A rare confluence of crafty goodness made it so four editors from the highly addictive website Craft Gossip happen to live in Central Arkansas. Because of that happy circumstance, Little Rock gets to host an annual meetup of crafty bloggers known as the Fork & Talk. The event is sponsored by EK Success, the crafty company behind such brands as ... Read More »

We Have a Winner! Felty Book Giveaway

felting book giveaway

Hi, all! I’m on my way to Little Rock for what promises to be a fun day of crafting and fellowship with some other crafty bloggers and some of the fine ladies from Craft Gossip, but I wanted to drop a quick note and let you know that the fabulous random number generator has picked the winner of the felting ... Read More »

Homemade Playdough is Magic

playdough kids

Last weekend we had a couple of friends and their kids over for a cookout, which meant we went from a household with one kid to a house full of six, ranging in ages from 6 to 2. Thank goodness we have a big house, and a big backyard with a sandbox and a water table, which kept the kids ... Read More »

In Which Pinterest Fails Me for (Probably Not) the Last Time

ruffle fail

Ahh, the Internet: making hard things look easy since the online tutorial was invented. One of the very first things I ever pinned on Pinterest (20 weeks ago!) was this tutorial from A Small Snippet of a dress that’s made with a big piece of fabric and an old tank top. Basically all you do is cut the tank to ... Read More »

Something We Need to Talk About

I used to have a website all about freelance writing. It was supposed to allow me to teach what I’d learned about the business of writing, and also to make money. I failed miserably at the second and usually felt like I was shouting into the wilderness, so I shut the site down. But every now and then I feel ... Read More »

Help Me Clean Up My Office: A Felty Book Giveaway

felting book giveaway

I have a lot of knitting books (well, and crochet books, and sewing books, and crafting books…). I get books sent to me to review. I buy books. Heck, I even write books. It has added up over the five years I’ve written for About and the many years I’ve been crafty. Don’t believe me? Here’s my knitting bookshelf (pay ... Read More »

The Best Playdough Ever?

best homemade playdough recipe

Earlier this year I did an experiment with different playdough recipes I found on Pinterest, trying to find the one that was the ultimate. The first one, made with Jell-o, I loved, but it got moldy after a couple of months. The second one had Kool-Aid, and I liked that one pretty well, but the consistency was a little rubbery, ... Read More »

A Waldorf-Inspired Color Sorting Game

color sorting waldorf cups

I am a big fan of Montessori and Waldorf type activities and they way they approach setting up rooms and tasks for kids to deal with. Waldorf is naturally attractive to me because they teach knitting to kids, and both disciplines place an emphasis on having handmade things around the children. Not too long ago I made some Waldorf-inspired color ... Read More »

Creativity Queue Challenge: Getting Things Finished

dyeing with dandelions

In a bit of web browsing serendipity a couple of weeks ago I came across the website Daisy Yellow and the beginning of the Creativity Queue Challenge. As the name implies, it’s a challenge to get people to finish (or start and finish) some things that have been on their creative lists for some time. Spring is a great time ... Read More »