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Mend it Better: Coming Soon!

I didn’t even know it, but my book is officially up on Storey’s site as “coming soon!” as of last week. Thanks to @staciemakedo who clued me in to this exciting news. Here is the run down on the book according to their site. Those marketing folks at Storey sure […]


Sample Sunday

I had been hearing rumors of “sample sunday” for the last few months. Just a half hour away, a mini herb farm, Prairieland Herbs, hosted a monthly event where local makers and producers came and gave samples to those who came by. And just up the road, another lovely local […]


Hi Ya Pile of Yarn! WIP Check In.

After so much intense sewing for the book, that pile of yarn is looking pretty inviting. Hi ya yarn, how’s it going? What have you been up to? Oh a sweater you say? Knit a sweater? I think I will. In fact, I think I’ll crochet one too.

It’s been fun pushing my pile of yarn WIPs and seeing what I want to finish up next. I’ve fallen back in love with these two projects.


RAGBRAI: Crafting Up a Trail!

I’m excited to be crafting from the road Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday I’ll be back and just in time–the August issue of Craft Leftovers Monthly will be in the shop! I’ll be posting short mini posts of the projects I’m working on and what other crafters I meet are working […]

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Me and Photography: a battle to the death

This is something I’ve struggled with ever since I started blogging 4 years ago. Photography. It’s not my strong suit. There are a lot of things that I latch on to and naturally pick up. It clicks. I get it. It’s easy. Photography is not one of those things. We […]


Yule Logs @ the Octagon Art Camp

{Beth is the in the middle here and is the art education director at the Octagon. She’s a super talented resourceful artist and it has been a pleasure getting to know her. She is an Ames member too :) } I love helping with art camps at the Octagon! […]