Make a Wreath Jig

I made this wreath jig a few months ago, based on an article in Sunset magazine from years ago, and then thought I’d wait until fall to write it up. But since I like making wreaths in all seasons, maybe it doesn’t matter what season it is? I mean, I used it to make this […]

7 Quality Tools Every New Crafter Should Own

If you’re just getting started in this world of making, it can be pretty overwhelming to realize just how many tools are required for even a simple project. But really, only a few tools are needed for most projects, and they’ll last you for many years if you treat them right. These 7 tools are […]

The Crafty Upside to Failure

There’s little downside to messing up… I’ve been thinking a lot about failure lately. A few weeks ago my idea for a Valentine’s project didn’t develop into anything amazing (see the pic — they look worse in person). I kept working at it and working at it, putting in hours, and it just never achieved […]

Quick Winter Craft: Make a Beaded Garnet Necklace

I am posting this simple beaded garnet necklace tutorial in honor of Valentine’s Day. Actually, it’s my daughter’s Valentine’s gift this year, but she doesn’t know that yet. The summer after I graduated from high school, I was lucky enough to spend a month in Egypt, staying with a friend and her Egyptian relatives. We […]

How to Make This Easy Waterproof Makeup Bag

There’s a story behind this makeup bag: my daughter was given the cutest one, which she decided was the perfect shape and had the added bonus of being easy to clean so it would continue to look cute (so important). But of course, these things don’t last forever and we went looking for a replacement. […]