Craft Level: Frida

I was in the mood to knit the other day. So I went into my really pretty Thai basket of UFOs and dug up a boyfriend sweater project that I started for my husband years ago. This sweater is a beaut’!  Richly textured with an all-over traveling cable pattern, every stitch is part of a … Continue reading Craft Level: Frida

Procrasti Nation

When Martha Stewart was writing her first book, she sent her husband and daughter on a ski trip so she could have a quiet home for writing.  But then she didn’t write.  She did anything but write.  She watched TV.  She dropped in on friends for a visit.  She lazily dusted random surfaces. Boy, can … Continue reading Procrasti Nation

Get Set . . .

So, company’s coming! It’s that time of year, and I’m getting ready to host my family Thanksgiving Dinner. Should be great! I come from a storied history of huge holiday dinners. My mom, the consummate hostess, threw Thanksgivings where everyone was welcome: friends without family, visiting missionaries, extended-extended family, shut-in neighbors – I think we … Continue reading Get Set . . .

Crocheted Succulent Garden

Like their prickly cousin, the cactus, I’ve stayed far away from succulents for most of my life. Their easy-to-maintain nature is a real offense to someone like me, who can kill any houseplant that comes my way.  They claim to be impossible to kill but I’ve killed them before because I’m just. that. negligent. Their … Continue reading Crocheted Succulent Garden

Go West, Part 2

Flying into Chicago is always a favorite part of every trip for me. I’m almost home, that’s part of it, for sure. But more: I just love that city, that’s all. Thanks to our little fire back in 1871, Chicago is a modern city. The Loop is a neat, deliberate downtown center. Our heart, pumping … Continue reading Go West, Part 2

Go West, Part 1

Last month I flew out to Arizona to attend the Tucson Gem Show. It was one of those “I am even working?” kind of business trips. Endless bead shopping, meeting new (and familiar) faces in the jewelry-making world, and driving through the desert with the top down after flying in from frigid-frozen Illinois. I always … Continue reading Go West, Part 1