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Backyard Bees and Recipes is now Available in Paperback!

Backyard Bees and Recipes is now Available in Paperback!

It has been years since I published a paperback book. You see, most of my books are in ebook format. While ebooks are great, there is something special when, as an author, I look at my bookshelf and see a book that has my name […]

Beekeeping Inspiration Video

Beekeeping Inspiration Video

Today, I’m adding a video mashup of different beekeeping images and at the end there is a tutorial on how to choose beekeeping gloves. I hope you enjoy it. Share this:

Faux Canvas Gallery – so easy a 5 year old can do it

Faux Canvas Gallery – so easy a 5 year old can do it

My daughter, Julia, received my point-and-shoot ‘grown-up camera’ when I received my new camera this Christmas. You may think that I’m crazy giving an expensive camera to a 5-year old. All of the fears can come out – multiple fingerprints on the lens, dropping it […]

Making a List for Christmas Craft Gift Giving

Making a List for Christmas Craft Gift Giving

He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice.î This may be a line from one of the most recognized Christmas carol. Almost everyone who celebrates Christmas knows all about Santa’s good list as well as his naughty list and most people do their best to […]

12 Creative Ways To Recycle Your Christmas Cards!

12 Creative Ways To Recycle Your Christmas Cards!

Don’t throw your Christmas cards away! There are so many creative ways to use your Christmas cards, many of which you can do with your kids. We have brought together some ideas below. Christmas jigsaw game: Make a Christmas jigsaw game. Gather 10-20 cards and […]

10 Tips for Peaceful Crafting with the Kids

10 Tips for Peaceful Crafting with the Kids

  10 Tips for Peaceful Crafting with the Kids 1. Find the craft the kids want to make and then make a list of all the supplies you will need to make the craft. 2. If you do not have everything on hand add the […]

3 easy steps for transferring patterns

3 easy steps for transferring patterns

Craft books and online patters offer many ways to improve your skills with all the creative ideas and steps at your fingertips. The first step in learning how to create these beautiful results is learning how to transfer the patterns from the book, magazine, or […]

Vegan Bath Beauty Recipes by Monique Littlejohn

Vegan Bath Beauty Recipes by Monique Littlejohn

This collection includes 50 recipes for soaps, bath salts, bubble baths, shower gels, bath bombs and bath fizzes, and even shower gels. It has been a labor of love, as I tested these recipes to ensure that they were vegan, fragrant, and luxurious. I will […]

Wire Wrapping Found Objects Online Video Course available for only $10!

Wire Wrapping Found Objects Online Video Course available for only $10!

Video Instruction by Monique Littlejohn This course has been created for weekend jewelry crafters who want to learn how to wire wrap found objects, gemstones, or rocks. Unlike traditional metalwork, wire wrapping does not require caustic chemicals or fire. You can even design and create […]

Julia’s Gems – My redesign of an old favorite.

Julia’s Gems – My redesign of an old favorite.

  A few months ago, I purchased 40lbs. of acrylic gems. Why? Well, they were in a grab bag at Michael’s and I love a mystery. I was so excited to open the grab bag and see all of these acrylic beauties. The trouble was, […]


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A few months ago, I purchased 40lbs. of acrylic gems. Why? Well, they were in a grab bag at Michael’s and I love a mystery. I was so excited to open the grab bag and see all of these acrylic beauties. The trouble was, what would I do with all of them? Then, it hit me. Why not create the game, Jacks, but instead of having those little metal thingees, we could use the gems. Next step was to see if the Jacks game was in the public domain, so that I could avoid any trademark or copyright issues. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the game of Jacks was created thousands of years ago, and it went by the name, knucklebones? In the past, shepherds would use sheep knuckles and a ball to play the same game that our kids play today.

Now, this fun game is available in my ETSY. I’ve included all of the games that you can play with this little bag, by going back to an old manual from over 100 years ago that talks about several different variations of Jacks.

The next step was to rename it. Since it clearly is a ‘girly game,’ I named it after my daughter, Julia. Now, we have Julia’s Gems! The game is available on ETSY at $9.99 plus shipping. I only have 50 of them, so put your order in soon. If they sell well, I’ll make more, but it may be a while.

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