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Extravagance

 I made two extravagant purchases yesterday. Even in times of sluggish cash flow, it's important to treat ourselves extra sweetly now and then. I bought a copy of Artful Blogging magazine, just for the beauty of it. I'm going through it slowly, turning every page, savoring it like a piece of fine dark chocolate. I'm looking for something, and I don't know what it is, but I know it will find me if I make a welcoming place for it....more

Kiss the Cook-A Costello family cookbook

It's November, and you know what that means..Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.  To us that means family and friends gathering for food, fun and football! Our recipes this month will focus on that, and should you have any to share..by all means, it's not a party until everyone get's here!  Shoot us an email and maybe we'll feature your family favorite!...more

Copyrights, the Law, and Use of Patterns

In all my years, I have never had my dander fly so high as in recent days given that a pattern designer emailed me in a rather obnoxious and accusatory tone, and told me that I had infringed on her copyright by posting a tutorial on my blog using her quilt pattern.  So, given that I know a bit about copyright...more

I love reading articles like yours...though certainly not for the stress that this situation has ...more

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Holidays!

Stuff those stockings with handmade goodies this year and gift a smile! Here a few unique products that will fit neatly into a Christmas stocking....more

Christmas Crafts - Winter Village

Years and years ago, my good friend Karen and I had a great idea after I showed her  my Martha Stewart Christmas magazine. We would craft and cut and glue and sparkle and make cute little Christmas towns. We did this for hours, both happily wrapped up in Christmas, and we probably had Bing Crosby’s White Christmas cranked (Or possibly Alvin & The Chipmunks) along with half a dozen rye and cokes steaming mugs of cocoa. And maybe some chips and dip....more

Zen Beadism

The Question was, and probably still is, Make beads or wait tables? Those are the options I know about. There are countless others I can't see, but for now, I have to work with what I know to be available. One by one we're making little commitments here in Taos. The stinky old couch is officially unsalvageable, so it's on its way out. A new couch says, OK. We'll stay a while. Borrowing a day bed for Lauren's room says, OK....more

A Christmas Poll

I have a Christmas gift poll going on on my blog. I'd LOVE lots of input!   www.AthenaBees.com Thank you so much!...more

I think that homemade gifts are full of WIN as long as they geared toward the person that is ...more

I Feel Festive, Cozy, and Crafty

We are officially entering the holiday season and Fall, beautiful Fall, is in full swing.  It seems to get so many of us feeling cozy and creative.  Fall really is a muse to so many artists.  It is only natural at this time of year, as you enter into winter, to be mindful of the gifts of the previous seasons.  I also start feeling all home-body-like.  I want to harvest the rest of my basil and make fresh pesto to be frozen for use in the winter.  I want to cook delicious dinners, but mostly I want to eat a lot of bread.  The...more

How to make a cheap, fast superhero costume

This Halloween, I knew what would be the perfect disguise for me.Super Mom!No one would ever guess that could be moi....more

All They Need is a Flask and a Cigarette

I’ve never been very good at Halloween.  It’s never been a favorite holiday.  There always seems to be so much stress and expectations, even when I was a child....more