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Monday Inspirations, Reading Edition

reading list goodreads

Lots of things have been hitting my radar recently about reading and how most of us are not doing enough of it, or at least not doing it well. Of course first was the NPR April Fool’s joke, in which they posted an article on Facebook ostensibly about how people don’t read anymore. The trick was that when you clicked ... Read More »

Getting Creative at the Museum

stick rock flower

We are so lucky to have, a relatively short drive from home, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This place is not something you’d expect in a place that’s still sometimes thought of as the middle of nowhere, but it’s great to be able to see amazing art (we have “Rosie the Riveter” and the Charles Willson Peale George Washington) ... Read More »

Monday Inspirations, #tcoyos Edition

lake

This weekend was the second of what I hope becomes a long series of working weekends with some of my favorite people. Our hashtag, thanks to Jacqueline, is #tcoyos, for “take care of your own stuff” (well, we use a different word, to be honest, but this is a family blog) and while lots of stuff does get taken care ... Read More »

Signs of Spring

field of clover

I try to pay attention to our surroundings when I’m driving the girl to and from school, for obvious reasons but also so we have something to talk about. There are lots of interesting, pretty and kind of strange things on our way to school, so I thought I’d share a few of them today. Pretty Flowers The girl and ... Read More »

Spring Clean Your Pinterest Page: Break Up Boards

general pinterst board

I think most of us, when we started building Pinterest boards, probably didn’t quite realize what we were getting into. So we made our categories pretty general, or vague, or we weren’t exactly sure what to do with things so we just put them somewhere. I, for instance, have a board called “general craftiness.” It holds all those little things ... Read More »

Learn Serging with a Free Class from Craftsy

serger craftsy class

Note: I’m an affiliate of Craftsy, but I have also taken classes from the service and love it. So there. One of my big goals related to crafting for a couple of years now has been to learn how to use a serger. I’ve actually had a serger that I bought myself as a Christmas present a couple of years ... Read More »

My Crazy Process

slip stitch knitting

A long-ago colleague of mine, fiction writer Lori Ericson, contacted me recently and asked me if I wanted to be part of a blog tour on different writers’ processes. I said sure, not really thinking about what it would mean to share how I work, because it’s a little crazy. Oh well, too late! I hope you enjoy learning a ... Read More »

What Could You Do in 30 Days?

meditation cats

It’s said — though it’s not really true — that it takes 21 days to make a habit, to change something in your life that you don’t like or to start doing something different. What would happen if, instead of making and discarding New Year’s resolutions, you decided to take on one task or habit you’d like to cultivate and ... Read More »

Get Your Stuff Done By Controlling Inputs and Outputs

reading list

This is going to sound obvious, and it is, but when I’m able to really focus on my work I tend to do a better job. I’ll bet it’s the same for you, too. When you’re really working on work, whether that’s writing, design or whatever your work is, it’s going to be better, and you’re probably going to enjoy ... Read More »

On Getting Out More

memorial garden

There’s something about spring that seems to wake people up. We’ve been hiding in our homes, cloistered in our lives, for a long time, but when the first warmth comes we’re all out and about, having friends over and catching up with the world. Though it’s not really spring yet (and I hear we might be getting snowed in again ... Read More »

The Little Things

pinga heart

As I’m working back from feeling busy and overwhelmed and uninspired, I’ve been focusing on doing the work that I really want to do. And when that comes to crafting and creating, it has been little things this week. I had a lot of apple slices left from a playdate, so I decided to make apple muffins. And I decided ... Read More »

So, What Do You Want to Do?

calm card

After yesterday’s admission that I’m not really feeling that creative, at least in terms of making crafts to blog about, I decided to ask myself what I did want to do. This was the question I posed in my morning pages this morning, and it actually did give me some ideas for a couple of little crafts I might like ... Read More »