Easter Feast for Two

purple crocus in the woods

OMG update! So yeah, when I say “for two,” I really mean that just two people ate this dinner. Which could have easily fed four. Or six. Or possibly even ten if I had made more potatoes and root veggies and the extra pound of asparagus I have in the fridge. Chad and I spent … Continue reading

The Piecemakers, quilting for a cause

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Piecemakers quilt group. The group was formed in 1997 to help support the Akwesasne Freedom School located on the St. Regis Mohawk Reserve in Rooseveltown, New York. The Piecemakers quilt group is based out of New Paltz, New York, but has members from all around the world! The … Continue reading

Handmade Gifts: Framed Quilt Squares

Framed quilt squares make great handmade gifts and you don’t need to be an expert quilter to create one. First find a quilt square that you like, keeping in mind the size of frame you intend to use. Many quilt square designs can be found online, check out McCalls Quilting for ideas. The best part about these quilt … Continue reading

Kingston Artist Larry Decker

In the Decker family, you learned to read, you learned to write, you did art. Your parents made sure your desk was filled with art supplies—but there was not much discussion about art; it was just something the whole family did. So it was ironic that Larry Decker’s artistic talent vexed his high school art … Continue reading

Craft Room Tour

Remember that armoire I got for $15 at a big garage sale? And remember how I cleaned it up? Well here, finally, are some pictures of it being put to good use. Our little house has two rooms upstairs under the eaves: one larger one we use as a guest room, and one bitty one … Continue reading

Celebrating Reuse at the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

It all started with a 7” inch white zipper.  I could not find it at the national big box sewing and crafts store.  So I did what anyone would do in that situation.  I googled it. Among the list of usual suspects, was the name Center for Creative Reuse.  There was an invitation to joy … Continue reading

Celebrating 1776

The Fourth of July these days seems to be more about fireworks and barbecue than the true origins of the holiday – our declaration of independence from the British Empire. Although the exact date of the signing is a little fuzzy, the intent is the same. Independence Day is all about rah-rah-USA. Or is it? … Continue reading

Caring For Vintage Furniture

As you may have read the other day, I recently scored a vintage armoire for $15. It was in kind of rough shape when I received it, but here’s how I fixed some of the problems. Problem #1 – It was dirty. Solution #1 – Murphy’s Oil soap, my friends. With a little hot water, … Continue reading

Vintage Score: Armoire

I scored this 1930s (I think) solid wood armoire at a historical society yard sale for $15 (yes, $15!). It was originally $25, but it was the end of the day and it was half price, but they didn’t have enough change for a twenty, so I gave them $15. So as you can probably … Continue reading