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Savory Pumpkin Soup Perfect for the Holidays

Savory Pumpkin Soup Perfect for the Holidays

As of yesterday, I had 3 delicious, traditional Thanksgiving meals. All of the required items were represented. Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and cranberries were represented on my plate. Full stop!!!! It isn’t even Thanksgiving yet! The idea of having one more Thanksgiving dinner may lead me […]

A Jamaica State of Mind

A Jamaica State of Mind

Two weeks ago, my family and I visited Jamaica. This was my 8th trip to the island country, and it did not disappoint. I first visited Jamaica when I was 7 years old, by taking a cruise with my mother and sister. We visited Ocho […]

Craftsy – another great website for online tutorials and patterns

Craftsy – another great website for online tutorials and patterns

I just love Craftsy It is one of those websites that I visit on a regular basis. Not only have I taken several of their tutorials for jewelry making but I’ve sold jewelry making patterns there as well. They offer free mini courses so that you can […]

Making my Own Laundry Detergent

Making my Own Laundry Detergent

My sister has been making her own laundry detergent for a while now. I remember one early morning, she was whipping up a batch with her shiny, red, Kitchenaid Mixer. As the fragrant, white Borax Flakes mixed with the Washing Soda and Laundry Soap, I realized that […]

Repurposing Office Copy Paper from the Recycling Bin

Repurposing Office Copy Paper from the Recycling Bin

Have you ever looked into your office’s recycle bin? Most of the paper there is probably only written on one side. There may be plenty of sheets that are even blank or only have writing on the margins. What a waste! At least many businesses […]

Harvest Festival Inspirations

Harvest Festival Inspirations

Several years ago, I purchased a beautiful dragon’s blood agate focal bead that reminded me of the luscious grape juice from a red grape as it drips down the side of a wine cask. I enhanced the design with Tibetan silver grape bunches, tourmaline, and […]

Clean out that Junk Drawer and Learn Wire Wrapping Today!

Clean out that Junk Drawer and Learn Wire Wrapping Today!

  Coupon Code: 5today Link to the course: https://www.udemy.com/jewelry-making-wire-wrapping-found-objects/ Have you ever tucked piece of sea glass or seashell into your pocket? Has your child ever picked up a ‘treasure’ for you on the beach or in the park that you have accumulated in your junk […]

Wild Birdseed Pinecone Feeders

Wild Birdseed Pinecone Feeders

This is a great project to complete with young children. It only takes a few minutes if you have all of the supplies on hand. Wild Birdseed Pinecone Feeder Ingredients Wild birdseed appropriate for your area Shortening or peanut butter Pinecone Ribbon Supplies Plate Spoon […]

Fall is in the air! Time to harvest pinecones, grapevines, and leaves!

Fall is in the air! Time to harvest pinecones, grapevines, and leaves!

This week, while managing a fundraising golf tournament, I had the opportunity to spend 12 hours outside. The day before, it was a typical, California day – warm, sunny, and inviting. The very next day, we had heavy mist, overcast skies, and temperatures  in the […]

The average 6th Grade girl in 1910 knew more than I do now when it comes to crafts for the home.

The average 6th Grade girl in 1910 knew more than I do now when it comes to crafts for the home.

Right now, I’m reading a book from 1910, thanks to Project Gutenberg.  It is called, “Handicraft for Girls; A Tentative Course in Needlework, Basketry, Designing Paper and Cardboard Construction, Textile Fibers, and Fabrics and Home Decoration and Care” by Idabelle McGlauflin. This book was a […]