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A Gift Made in Kind

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  So this is Christmas, and what have we done, Another year over, and a new one just begun... -John Lennon "Happy Christmas" became one of my favorite Christmas songs the year John Lennon died, 30 years ago today. I had lost my own father earlier that year and there was something so bittersweet in Lennon's voice and his lyrics that...more

Tuesday Tutorial: {snowy paper garland}

Tuesday Tutorial {snowy paper garland}...more

Great Gift Ideas: mini pincushions

I'm in love with this quick and easy tutorial on making tiny little pincushions.  In 20 minutes I whipped up 2 and I'm addicted.  I wish I had more pins so I could make even more (I'm sure I'll find an excuse).     They're an adorable gift for the crafter in your life.  As a bonus they reuse all those bottle caps that you otherwise toss out. ...more

Clutter-less Gift Giving

Let's face it, December is an expensive time of year! This is my first Christmas season as a single mom so needless to say, I've been thinking about the cost of gift giving a bit more this year. I've actually even been considering craft-type gifts for those on my list and trust me, I'm not a craft person. With a little bit of thought, I'm going to try to keep my spending and clutter-giving Christmas to a minimum this year....more

I like the idea of delaying an expense this way but in general I feel a majority of people have ...more

This and That Weekend

This weekend has been kind of a blur.  Saturday was the Alpha Rho Tau luncheon, my art group.  You know it is kind of weird that I was the youngest "member" at the meal.  There were two others, students from TU (University of Tulsa), who joined us because we gave them scholarship money to further their education, but basically I think I'm the youngest in the group.  I seem to have that happen a lot in things I get involved in.  Sometimes I can be the oldest but that doesn't happen often.  After the chit chat and yum yum we, my neighbor and paint friend (75...more

Hot Gifts Under $30

  Despite the dozens of times I exclaim “what a great gift idea!” when shopping throughout the year, I struggle to remember a single one of these ideas when I actually need them.  Here are a some of my fave finds under $30 that I think deserve an honorable mention this holiday season. http://mamaneedsmaintenance.com/?p=190    ...more

Rosalyn Hoffman Picks Etsy Gifts for the Holiday Season

This holiday season avoid vanilla mass-produced-anyone-can-buy-and-everyone-will-have gifts. Skip the stampede. Be creative. Find originals.We’re obsessed with using Etsy to find and support individual artisans. So crunchy and cool. We get to do our part for the economy by stimulating small businesses. Not to mention, no crowds, no middleman, and best of all-for all us gals on a budget -no middleman mark-ups....more

On Creativity with Ali Edwards

When I was enrolled in engineering school, my father gave me all my old report cards. One from first grade was particularly telling: Karen is doing very well in reading and shows a talent for arithmetic, it read, but she shows no aptitude for art. ...more
Great statement "Creativity is problem solving." I am a painter, and everything on the canvas is ...more