Warm Winter Wearables to Craft

A cold-front has enveloped most of North America this past week, and many folk are thinking they don't have nearly enough clothes to stay warm. Crafters, however, know it may only take a few hours to make that one piece that help. Let's look at some of the options: ...more

I love the idea of the Fear of Commitment cowl!  I'm so tired of putting on my scarf and ...more

2010 My year to get HEALTHY off drugs and overeating...

Okay here we go....I am making 2010 my New Healthy Life. I have a problem with prescription pain meds, and chocolate. I am an obese addict. I weigh 235lbs. and I can't keep a bottle of 120count hydrocodone for more than 6 days. I also can't eat just ONE of anything. I have made many New Years resolutions to lose x amount of pounds by the next year. However because of my weight have become addicted to pain pills for my back, it happened slowly over the last 6 years. This year and for the rest of my life I want to be healthy, weight, drug free, and mind HEALTHY....more

I have a horrible migraine, I am 16 days clean, and 19 months sober today. This is really ...more

Remember Pets with Handmade Holiday Gifts

It was cold last night, yet I was warm while I slept because my dog Jake curled up right next to me.  Today, the dogs will greet my every return to the house (even if I just went out to the mail), eagerly taste test my food to insure it's safety, and coat the carpet in a decorative layer of additional fur.  Other peoples' cats will prowl their houses looking for stray dust motes and mice to chase.  Hamsters will spin on their wheels and squeak an alarm when the refrigerator door opens.  Parrots will mimic.  Fish will calm with their steady back and forth motion. ...more

For our cat, a sock full of cat-nip and a big empty paper bag tipped sideways seemed to ...more

Pumpkin Spice Latte & Frugalista Chic

Ahh... the holidays are upon us... Images of sugar plums dancing in our heads while dreaming if Santa Claus will be providing us with treats (or a big fat lump of coal) under our Christmas trees. Who am I kidding?! That is what I want.. those images on the books I read to my son at bedtime. ...more

I love the holiday drinks. I splurge on Starbucks too. That is actually one of my favorite ...more

Snow Day Crafts: Bling Your Wardrobe

While many crafters are focusing on holiday decorations and finishing up a gift or seven in the next two weeks, there are things happening in the crafty blogs that have nothing to do with holidays.  Check these blogs for a refreshing respite from the holiday madness. ...more

Five Tips for Making a Holiday Wreath

I believe in "short time" holiday decorating-limiting the exposure of Thanksgiving and Xmas decorations to something close to 10-14 days. It's a personal choice that makes seeing any of these items appear much more dear to me. The one exception to this rule is the door wreath. Wreaths can decorate doorways years round - either changing the actual wreath by the season, or changing some element of it to indicate the seasonal changes. Wreaths are one of the simplest items for anyone to make and decorate themselves, making them a perfect crafty project for a winter afternoon. ...more

Cathy,

You're welcome!  I enjoyed reading your instructions for the wreath!  ...more

The Hubster Crochets?!

I grew up with an incredibly crafty grandma. She was talented beyond the norm. If there was a craft out there worth trying, she tried it and nine out of ten times, she rocked it. I always aspired to be like her and try new things. Now in my thirties, married and a mohter of a 2.5 yr old and another on the way, I'm realizing the balance and serenity crafting brings to ones life. Now I am by no means an expert crafter!...more

Silly boys. Why can't they understand its actually very sexy!

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Make your Own Halloween-Spooky Crafts for a Scary Night

Next Saturday, neighborhoods everywhere will place host to goblins, spooks, and ghosts. Which means this week will be filled with craft projects to help build the properly spooky ambience. Let's turn to the blogs to find a few quick projects to help: At the Long Thread, use thin cardboard and a stick from your yard or a field to make this Bat Mobile. ...more

I have been looking for some new scary decorating ideas for around Halloween time so I will try ...more

Painfree Crafting- Stretches, Yoga and A Training Schedule

In the next few months many of us will decide we have to "buckle down" and create all the presents and decorations that are on our imaginary -or sometimes not-so-imaginary- To Do List.  We have deadlines- Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's Day.  And we cannot disappoint others by failing to create all the wonderful things that are swirling around our heads. ...more

Clueless,

I bet we all tend to begin a crafting project intrigued with the ...more

Charitable Crafting

As the seasons begin to shift toward autumn, I starting more about giving -and especially charitable giving.  Money for food banks for holiday meals, home-made biscuits for the animal shelters, and crafts for whichever charities can use them.  Sewing, quilting, crochet, and knitting are the key crafts where charitable appeals are aimed. With limited time, what are some of the charities that looking for charitable crafting? ...more