Craft Your Blog

Turn Ties into Fabric {Iron Craft ’13 Challenge}

tie fabric

When I sign up for creative challenges — which is what this year is all about for me — I have the best of intentions. But I’m pretty busy with my day-to-day stuff, and I’m rather a procrastinator, even sometimes on things I enjoy, so I don’t always do the best job with follow through. (Which is why I got ... Read More »

Creativity Runs in the Family

bit knitting pretend play

The Bit has been interested in my knitting for a long time, and she likes to pretend to knit, which usually involves hitting the knitting needles together or hitting them on things. But sometimes she really gets into the illusion, like she did over the weekend. We were hanging out upstairs together, and I had gone downstairs to take care ... Read More »

Building My Crafty Stash at Target

target dollar spot craft haul

Yesterday there was a threat of snow and ice, and I needed to get a birthday present for a girl at the Bit’s school, so I headed out to Target after dropoff. I knew I could get some essentials (bottled water and candles, in case the power went out) and a fun gift (some awesome Melissa & Doug decorate your ... Read More »

Play Cookies with Air-Dry Clay

painting play heart cookies

The other day — the day before Valentine’s Day, to be precise — the Bit got out her air-dry clay before school. She was making a cake, and she asked me to help. I piled on a few layers for her, and as she worked I made some bigger pieces of clay and decided to cut out hearts with a ... Read More »

How I Choose What to Read

reading list

I love to read, but since the Bit came along I feel like I don’t read enough and I’m not reading the “right” things when I do. I read a lot of knitting books (hey, it’s my job) and try to balance that with things I want to read and things I feel like I should read. I know having ... Read More »

Developing a Reading Challenge

reading challenge

My friend and fellow blogger Julie is great at setting — and meeting! — audacious goals when it comes to reading. Today I invited her to share some of what she does when setting reading goals in the hope it will inspire of all us to be more thoughtful readers. Thanks, Julie! Hello! I’m Julie and I blog over at ... Read More »

Blog Editing Tips, Part One {Craft Your Blog}

craft your blog editing tips

I have worked for a lot of my professional life as an editor, but I know that editing your own stuff isn’t always easy and doesn’t come naturally to people who aren’t trained in the skill. But you can still polish your posts without too much trouble. I have so much to say on the subject I think this will ... Read More »

A Fleece Skirt with Heart {Iron Craft Challenge}

fleece skirt with heart

Challenge number three for Iron Craft at Just Crafty Enough was hearts and flowers. I’ve done plenty of things with hearts this year, but I still had a few ideas floating around, and one of them was to make a simple skirt with some sort of heart on it. I knew I wanted to make a simple fleece skirt with ... Read More »

Moments of Gratitude with Bigelow Tea

gratitude bigelow tea

I was never a tea or coffee drinker growing up, though I was introduced to the joys of a local coffeeshop when I was in high school. I came to tea drinking later in life, but I’ve certainly been making up for lost time. I’m always cold, so I love a cup of tea by my side, but I also ... Read More »

A Couple More Cute Valentine’s Projects

knit robot

I’ve been doing a lot of writing for other people lately, so I thought I’d share a couple of other projects of mine that you can find elsewhere on the web. I completely love the Heartfelt Robot, which is a simple knitting pattern embellished with a little heart for Valentine’s Day. But it’s a cute token of love throughout the ... Read More »

A Valentine from a Knitter

knit heart charms

In the spirit of embracing creative challenges, as I have been trying to do this year, I signed up to take part in a “mystery muse” program this month, which involves giving two handmade gifts to someone and receiving two gifts from someone else. I decided to make my first gift a knit heart, because it’s that time of year, ... Read More »