January 15, 2020

Sometimes I hear folks lamenting the perception that children today are not interested in making things with their hands.  It is true that there are lots of technological advances that lure us away from the objects and skills of the past.  But there are still many chil...

January 12, 2020

When people ask me about stitching and weaving in particular, or about handmade objects in general, their reasons for not attempting them often have a similar refrain -- I just don't have the time!  And my response is often very similar in every instance -- if you find...

January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!  Now that I am back in place after the holidays, I am excited for my first blog post of 2020.

When our oldest son was an infant, I discovered an idea of making a scrapbook for each child that reflected the unique flavor of their school experiences.  Begi...

December 22, 2019

I was planning to post this on Wednesday, but it has been a busy week.

For my third in a series of three posts related to handmade objects for weddings, I wanted to share a few of the pieces that I have created as gifts using cross stitch and quilting.  Of course, weddi...

December 15, 2019

On Wednesday I highlighted a wonderful, handmade gift that we received as a wedding gift.  That got me thinking about other gifts that we received, and about other opportunities for giving handmade objects to newlyweds.  So I'm going to muse a bit more today and carry...

December 12, 2019

We have heard a lot lately about folks getting engaged and planning weddings in the last few weeks.  I guess the holidays is a good time for those kinds of plans and announcements to be set in motion.  We had a big family wedding in our family this year, so the excitem...

December 8, 2019

I recently heard some statistics that made me stop and think about how I shop for the holidays.  Did you know that if you shop locally, as much as 67 cents out of every dollar is likely to stay local and enrich your hometown?  Compare that with about 13 cents out of ev...

December 4, 2019

Our holiday memories are often bittersweet.  Though the sights and sounds of the season are generally positive, they are often tinged with memories of those we have lost or of times which were not always joyous.

I love this handmade bowl that my father made when he lear...

December 1, 2019

Having just spent the last few days in the company of my adult children for the Thanksgiving holiday, I am reminded of how important the handmade objects crafted by our children remain in our lives.  Our home is full is reminders of the days when their hands were small...

November 27, 2019

I hope that as you begin to prepare your house for the beautiful holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas that you take an opportunity to display and even use handmade objects that have come down through the years and which represent memories of people and places long ag...