ARTICLES & CRAFT TUTORIALS

Welcome!  Please check out these art & design articles and the craft instructions for my Etsy patterns.  

Floral Embroidery Hoop Craft

This easy hand sewing craft is made using Cricut Maker felt cut-outs, a 4" embroidery hoop, and your own personal stitch-work embellishments.  The floral pattern also makes a nice Mother's Day gift! For this pattern I explored a mid-century modern mauve color scheme...

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Peace on Earth Felt Needlecraft

Create a felt ornament or Christmas decoration using this Peace on Earth dove and peace sign pattern, designed for use on the Cricut® Maker. A cut file is available for download on my Etsy page.  Cricut Design Space computer instructions follow the...

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Kids Can Design! Iron-On Patterns

My daughter loves to help out with my Cricut machine.  She pushes the buttons, feeds the sheets for cutting, and even helps me with weeding.  She is also interested in the design process, and offers thoughts over my shoulder as I sit at the computer.  Since she has...

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Girls’ Christmas Bow Flannel

If you have a Cricut® cutting machine, a cut file of this bow design is available for download on my Etsy page.  Cricut Design Space computer instructions for cutting the file are below.  This pattern is perfect for decorating the front and back of...

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I AM THE WEAPON

As a creative person I often find myself contemplating the humanities.  Liberal Arts such as psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, and of course, the visual arts are all topics of great interest to me.  Lately I've been thinking a lot about the greater role that...

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Mom Life

Have you ever felt triggered? Have you ever felt triggered, alone, and wondering why you're triggered? Have you ever felt that no one recognizes, or potentially recognizes yet disregards your trigger warnings? Have you ever been triggered over 1,000 times a day? If...

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WHY am I such a dork

Let me tell you a little story that will make you feel better about yourself. Once upon a time in the distant mild hills of Northern Wisconsin, I grew up in a quaint little town where my only connection to the outside world was Nickelodeon and a hit music radio...

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It’s a WILD Life

It doesn’t matter how domesticated your life is, you are secretly wild. You have a hidden weapon underneath your deeply sacred daily routine. This is often revealed the moment danger strikes and you are rocked down to your foundation. When you are reduced to only your...

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FINISH IT

There are times when you'll start something and truly lose interest.  The passion is no longer there, or you are simply distracted by something else.  However, it is important to stay in the habit of finishing work. Lack of finished work can be indicative of a...

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GET IN

Creating art is the same as solving any problem. Beginning a work of art, taking a new journey, learning a new skill - all can be represented by the blank slate.  A seasoned artist has reassurance from past experience that the process is worthwhile.  The beginner...

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