Category Archives: arts and crafts

Weekly Photo Challenge: Infinite

Hi F&F, The frog foot, the fishtail, and the swirl. They  sound like the latest dance moves, but in fact, they are just a few of the, seemingly, infinite patterns one can produce when practicing ebru, the art of water marbling. … Continue reading

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Sometimes Raising the White Flag Doesn’t Mean Surrender: National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Hi F&F, It’s October and many of us across the nation are seeing green leaves turn crimson, gold, and brown. They are the easiest and most recognizable signs of autumn’s approach. We know how to respond to this signal of … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Hi F&F, To some folks a rubber stamp is a bad thing. It suggests red tape, inefficiency and bureaucracy.  To crafty folks a rubber stamp is a good thing. For want-to-be artists with lots of enthusiasm and no talent (me), … Continue reading

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Leisure for Less Post: Go Mano-a-Mano With Your Creativity During National Craft Month

Hi F&F, March is National Craft Month. There is still time to roll up your sleeves to try your hand at a new handicraft or recover one that you have shelved (and, quite frankly, is a little dusty).  This month retailers, craft … Continue reading

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A Fiddling with Fiber Post: The Crochet Heard Around the World

Hi F&F, March 4th is a red-letter day for me.  I’m a history buff and I like to crochet; today those 2 interests merge.   On this day, in 2005, Martha Stewart was released from prison. She had served 5 months … Continue reading

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A Fiddling With Fiber Post: It’s a Sensational day for a Sundance Makeup bag

Hi F&F, I have a new project underway.  On my knitting needles is the Sundance Makeup Bag. The free pattern is from Classic Elite Yarns and it is available online. For my project, I will be using a modified version of that … Continue reading

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Eye Spy: A Crafty Cozy for Your Craft Beer

Hi F&F, Usually, my Eye Spy posts feature the curiosities I discover while urban hiking. Unfortunately, the recent arctic temperatures have suspended all unessential outdoor activities. I’ve replaced outdoor hiking with indoor internet surfing; and truthfully, internet surfing is all I’ll … Continue reading

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A Post-holiday Yarn Wrap up

Hi F&F, With all the holiday festivities going on, I failed to post the pictures of the completed knit and crochet projects I worked on for gift giving (thanks Jenny for the reminder). So below are a few photos of … Continue reading

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A Fiddling With Fiber Post: Knit, Purl and Prison Reform

Hi F&F, The late Elizabeth Zimmerman (EZ) is revered among knitters. I think of her as the Julia Child of knitting. Elizabeth Zimmerman did for knitting what Julia Child did for French cooking.  EZ modernized and demystified the art of … Continue reading

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Dig into Your Trash for High Fashion Holiday Style

Hi F&F, The holiday season is here and that can mean more social engagements requiring fancy duds.  Most of us will be digging into the back of the closet to pull out that little black dress.   It is a classic … Continue reading

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