There's an App for That Crafty Thing You Do

I live with my iTouch near me all day. It's my alarm clock in the morning, my constant reminder of what to do during the day, my note pad, my food and exercise tracker. I SO wish more places I went had wifi, so it could help me be even more productive. I do not own a "smart phone" yet, though as soon as I have the time to stop my cellphone store, I'm picking up a Android phone. Will it replace my iTouch or will both live in my pocket all day? ...more

19 minutes 35 seconds

19 minutes, 35 seconds.  That's how long I've been on Blogher... at least the last time I checked.  I'm probably up to 23 minutes at this point, but really, who cares about the number of seconds that I've been a member? This post is just mostly for me to figure out how all this works.  Once I've worked out the kinks, I'll actually start blogging.  :-) Just for today, Do not anger, Do not worry, Be grateful, Work hard, Be kind to others -Usui Sensei...more

Calling Loudly, “J.D. Salinger”

In 1941, J.D. Salinger had seven stories rejected by The New Yorker. Apparently undaunted, he submitted an eighth the same year, "Slight Rebellion off Madison," which was accepted. BUT, it was about a disaffected teenager (can you guess his name?) nervous about the war, and in the wake of Pearl Harbor was deemed unpublishable - so did not see print for another five years....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

Helen Uffner: Get Me Warm and Hose Me Down

by Helen Uffner ...more – Off The Fence and Making A Difference

When deciding what to write about today, I opted to bring a human interest story to you, my wonderful readers. You know how I feel about all things WOMAN. I love discussing all the issues that women of all ages face, and this story touched me deep in my gut. I hope after reading about an incredible woman and her story, Terry Grahl and her organization Enchanted Makeovers, you will be just as inspired as I was. Her energy and passion literally jumped out of the phone, and I had to pass her story on to all of you. Enjoy!...more

Our Disappearing Handwoven Textiles and Crafts

I need to concentrate on a new collection but I am not able to. I have always been passionate about woven fabric and here we have such a magnificent tradition. Our craftsmanship is also top notch. But to run a business I have to compromise big time. Mill made material is just not appealing to me, no matter how good the quality. To me they have no life. That thought ‘though is so absolutely wrong. People make a living out of the production of these fabrics. Even then. I personally can never wear them....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