ARTICLES & CRAFT TUTORIALS

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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...

Easter Bunny Binger Embroidery Hoop Craft

This Easter I made an eggstra special treat - embroidery hoop decor!  Read on to see how I, and you, could make this felt ode to the jelly bean hangover.  I also had fun expanding my needle craft skill set by trying a new stitch for the grass.  It was sew easy! ...

4 Leaf Clover St. Patty’s Day Crafts

Happy St. Patty's day!  Lucky me - I got to make four 4-leaf clover crafts! - - - - - Sometimes the simplest forms offer the most opportunity for expression and creativity.  I enjoy seeing the multitude of different ways one motif can be executed by other crafters. ...

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...

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...

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...

Design Rants

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...

A Culture without ART is a Culture at WAR

Back in college, my art history professor made us think about the difference between war and art. At the time he was lobbing up a discussion point on intentional destruction versus intentional creation, yet the thought process opened me up to further contemplation. ...

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...

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...

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...

There is No Such Thing as Indestructible Art

Where I live there is a community event held every summer called Chalkfest. People from the area and even outside the state come to participate.  Each person or team gets a drawing space on the 400 Block, an area downtown that has been left open for concerts,...

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...

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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