Handmade Chat: Don Yacovella

 “I started out my career as a custom stair builder. After building thousands of staircases and railings, I began taking on custom cabinetry work. I have also restored several 100 plus year old homes from top to bottom. Now my business has evolved into custom furniture.”...more

Indie Chat with The Mitten State

 Indie Chat: The Mitten State“We love Michigan. We live here. We’ve moved from here. We’ve returned here. No matter where we end up, Michigan is our home. It’s a state of mind. It’s a feeling. It’s where our heart will always lie. You see a Mitten Stater out of state and you can tell before whipping out your hand map that there’s a special kin- ship. An aura. A sense of belonging.”...more

Handmade Chat with SCULTUREinDESIGN

When I was a little girl, my mother and I took pottery classes at the famous Detroit landmark, Pewabic Pottery. My mom is very creative and tried to encourage an interest in the arts in both her children. Because I attended pottery classes, I have always appreciated the art of ceramics and know the amount of time it takes to produce a unique piece. Sometimes, you have a piece of clay exactly as you wish it to look and it is ruined in the firing process. Patience and tenacity are essential qualities for a successful sculptor, not just an artistic eye....more

Pen and Paper

My daughter's sixth birthday is almost upon us and I am busy writing out invitations and making party plans. While at the dining table with my address book and favorite pen, I realized that I rarely sit to write anything anymore. I used to be an avid paper and pen writer. I had pen pals, sent postcards, kept a diary and jotted notes that were often decorated with doodles. I took great pride in my gorgeous cursive curlycues, embellishing every scented envelope....more


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Facing Freedom

 I am raising a beautifully creative child. I became a mother when I was 34. Too late for a first child in some eyes, but I couldn’t be happier with my choice of waiting until I did some growing of my own. God gives us what we need, when we need it. That’s a perfect and true statement. I didn’t realize when it was happening, but I was given the gift of my husband and daughter when I was open to receiving them and loving with my whole heart....more