Pysanky: The Prettiest Art Form You’ve Never Heard Of

On a lunch hour not so long ago Ashley Venenga and I were talking hobbies over barbecue sandwiches and sweet potato fries.  I described my new life as a hobbyest blogger—a life that, for people who know me, was just inevitable, given my decades-long love of writing and my more recent history of building amatuer websites.  …

Tootsie Roll Roses: Super Cute and Really Easy to Make!

When I was growing up, Tootsie Rolls were the candy that remained in the Trick-or-Trick bag until the Snickers bars, M&Ms, and Reeses cups were gone.  To me, they were the candy of last resort, a tired brand that had outlived its turn-of-the-century heydey by decades, and a bland taffy that couldn’t possibly compete with …

An Easy Vintage-Look Necklace You Can Make in 15 Minutes

Deep in the nether regions of my linen closet there’s a pretty floral fabric-covered hatbox I’ve had since I was in college (it isn’t old—or I guess I should say it wasn’t old—I think I bought it at Target).  Inside is an odd assortment of doilies, ribbon, lace, and little swatches of fabric that are just …

What Creative Mistakes Can Teach You

Have you ever started down a creative path and then midway through realized that reality was never going to match up with the vision you had in your head?  I hate when that happens!   Sigh.   That tends to happen to me a lot.   Despite my skepticism, I usually feel compelled to just keep going, …

Tassel Therapy

A few weeks ago I binge-watched the entire run of episodes of The Paradise, a British costume drama based on a novel by Emile Zola that was broadcast on PBS. Now, there’s something you should know about me:  I have great fondness for just about anything British.  I’m sure this stems from my many hours of …