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Easter Goodness

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Getting ready for Easter weekend, I’m doing a bit of crafting. That’s my craft/dining room table this morning before I head to work. In the upper right hand corner is the bonnet my mom and I worked on together for my sweet little niece. I love the way the modern fabric makes the old-fashioned design look brand new.

Below it are vintage Easter postcards I’ll be mounting on paper and sending to loved ones, a craft I described in this old post.  The bottom is the new pink dress for the little stuffed bunny I made for my niece back in December. Her bunny needs something new for Easter, too! That pattern is from Kata Golda’s beloved book, Hand Stitched Felt.

A friend at work asked if I had any fun Easter crafts to recommend. Though I haven’t tried this egg dyeing method yet, I adore the end result.

(Photo credit: bigsislilsis.com)

I read about this project in the April issue of Country Living magazine. It was created by Sonia Bauer of www.bigsislilsis.com. The full project, which looks gorgeous at every step, is here on her site. It also happens to be very eco-friendly, as she uses natural dyes for her eggs.

As I crafted this am, I heard a great story on NPR about an exhibit at The Textile Museum in Washington, DC. Makes me want to take a road trip south to see it. Check out this gorgeous textile by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner called Hothouse Flowers.


(Photo credit: Virginia Spragg via npr.org)

And if you want to hear some more Easter ideas, tune in to Whole Living on Martha Stewart Radio tomorrow at 10am. I’ll be returning to talk all things Easter with the lovely Terri Trespicio. Hope you are having a joyful week.

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Sirius Radio Appearance this Morning!

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Yes, Sirius radio listeners can tune in this morning at 10am EST to hear me on Whole Living on Martha Stewart Living Radio.


We will be crafting on air. You know you want to hear it.

P.S. WordPress is not my friend. That’s why the above is in all caps. there is an old school link in the middle, and there are no pretty pictures to gaze upon. Sigh.

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On the Radio, and This Week in Pictures

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Tune in this morning at 10am to hear me talking crafts on Whole Living with Terri Trespicio on Martha Stewart Radio!

And now, this week in pictures.

Rhubarb cake, pre-baking. Recipe courtesy of my sweet mother-in-law…

The greatest dog in the world…

Farm fresh hard-boiled eggs…

A rose grows in Brooklyn…

Gorgeous fabric for sale at the Souk Marketplace

The Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair

A sweet shout-out from my favorite bookstore, Word

May your week ahead be just as fun and full!

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Good Crafternews (and a Biscuit Recipe)

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

I got some serious blog love this week! First Terri Trespicio posted this vid of me demonstrating my sweet umbrella project from my radio appearance on Tuesday: http://blogs1.marthastewart.com/radioblog/2009/04/shes-crafty.html

And then Friday my book trailer was featured on Comedy Central’s website! http://ccinsider.comedycentral.com/2009/04/03/crafternoon-delight/

This morning, we celebrated with a biscuit breakfast.

Yum! Biscuits are a tasty treat on any morning, and super easy to make (and super cheap, too). The recipe I use was introduced to me by my college roommate Miriam. I think of her every time I make them, and that makes me happy. I don’t think she’d mind if I shared the recipe with you, so here it is!

Easy-Peasy, Not-a-Bit Greasy Biscuits


2 cups sifted flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 teaspoons double-acting baking powder

1/3 cup of vegetable oil

2/3 cup soy milk (or regular milk)

Preheat oven to 475 degrees.

Sift flour, then re-sift with baking powder and salt. Measure oil, then milk, into a measuring cup (don’t stir together). Pour wet mixture over dry mixture, and mix together with a fork until completely combined.

Take dough out of bowl and knead 10 times on wooden board. Then using a glass, cut out biscuits. When you have cut out all the biscuits, bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes. Serve with something tasty. I recommend butter and Sarabeth\’s Blood Orange Marmalade.

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Crafterhours, Book Swap and Martha Stewart Radio!

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Hi there friendlies! I’ve got a busy week ahead of me, starting tonight, March 26th, when I will be hosting my very first Crafterhours! 

From 6:30-8pm at SPACECRAFT,  I will be signing books and demonstrating cool DECOUPAGE projects. (I’d love to show you a photo of such a craft, but my WordPress is not my friend today.)

Bring your own stuff to decoupage (wooden boxes, frames, furniture..) and paper goods to collage with, or buy materials at Spacecraft. And we’ll provide the Mod Podge, brushes and how-to. Let’s get crafty in the evening time!

If you haven’t already stopped by Spacecraft, you will love it. They stock great craft supplies in the front of the store, and in the back there’s a massive table where folks can sit and get their craft on. The walls are covered in cheerful collage murals and there is plenty of space to craft in. Spacecraft is just dreamy:

355 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211

Then on MONDAY, MARCH 30th, I’ll be chatting up a storm at the READERS & WRITERS MINGLE AND BOOK SWAP  from 7-10pm at PACIFIC STAND in Park Slope.This event is the creation of THE DESK SET - a group of NYC area librarians and bibliophiles who do all sorts of cool stuff. Here’s what they have to say about the evening:
The writers and readers of this great city are invited to bring their old books, swap ‘em for other people’s books, and have a drink and/or a chat with like-minded folks. All writers and readers are invited.
Pacific Standard
82 Fourth Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn

But I can’t party too hard on Monday night, as I’ll be chatting up a crafty storm on Tuesday morning at 10am on Martha Stewart Radio’s Whole Living with Terri Trespicio!


This is my third time on the show, and I am so thrilled that they keep asking me back. Terri is a great host and it’s a totally fun and informative show. I’ll be sharing some easy Easter and Passover craft ideas with the listeners. If you’re not already a subcscriber to Sirius, you can try it out forfree a few days right here:


I hope to see you in person or hear your happy call-in voice sometime this week!


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