Sharpie Saddle Shoes

After I saw this Squidoo lens, Make Your Own Saddle Shoes, I had to give it a shot.  I have Sharpies.  White canvas shoes were easy to find at my local K-Mart.  And I had some time last night. I didn’t do a neat as a job as the author of the lens did.  I […]

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Ballerina Mime

She stands still and stoically, a ballerina clad in all white.  Put some money in her bucket, and she will gracefully move.  Ballerina Mime is a fixture in Central Park in NYC.  Was there earlier this summer and saw her perform.  I recently learned her name is Therisa Barber and she’s a dancer from England.  […]

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My Saturday

I had a great Saturday.  Let me tell you about it. Joan, Amanda (in her awesome hat), and me. My friends, Amanda and Joan, and I went to a tea room in East Berlin, PA called The Lady Bug Tea Room.  Joan had heard about the tea rooms in South Central Pennsylvania, and thought that […]

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First Cake From Scratch

Yesterday was my DH’s birthday!  As a part of the celebration, I made him an orange olive oil cake.  You may be wrinkling your nose up at the thought, but it’s really good!  It’s a French recipe that I got from Food Network.  Olive oil cakes are common in the south of France where olives […]

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Rediscovering Instructables.com

One DIY site that I always forget is Instructables.  I have found some interesting stuff there.  I haven’t posted any of my own istructables, but I hope so soon.  In the meantime, I encourage you to take a look at Instructables and its many offerings.  You can find instructions on anything:  from food to relationships, […]

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Christmas Crafting Stress

I need to stop getting myself all worked up over Christmas.  It happens every year.  And this year, it’s bad because I’m crafting a lot of stuff for people.  Granted, a lot of those things are already done, and I’m blowing things WAY out of proportion, as I usually do in situations such as these.  […]

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Aunt Suzy

My Aunt Suzy rocks.  Keep in mind, my whole family rocks, but today I’m going to focus on Aunt Suzy.  She’s an artist, teacher, and traveler.  She takes old things, ideas, and cultures, and gives them a new look or point of view.  And that, for me, is a great purpose for a do-it-yourselfer.  Read […]

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Crafting Then and Now

This past Saturday I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC and got to admire work from artisans of the past, and it made me think of their crafting legacy.  Crafting used to be a way of life for a lot of people, truly a DIY effort.  Being an artisan was a source […]

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