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An Amazing WWII Firsthand-Account Scrapbook of a U.S. Army Officer 1941-1945

I inherited this amazing piece of history when my Aunt Eleanor O’Connor passed away a few years ago.

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"Dear Sweetheart"—A Love Letter found in an Old Textbook

“Dear Sweetheart”–A Love Letter found in an Old Textbook

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In today’s world of texting, tweeting, instant messaging and email has love-letter writing become a lost art, or has it morphed into something entirely, and unrecognizably, different?

Two days ago I was in our backyard warehouse with Ed, and while he was moving stuff around I came across a white laundry basket full of books that had been in a storage unit Ed recently won at an auction. It was…

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Tagged: 1972foundletter writinglove letterold booktextbook

Sketchbook: Yes, You Can Draw! at The Ink Pad

Sketchbook: Yes, You Can Draw! at The Ink Pad

I taught my Sketchbook class at The Ink Pad in NYC a week or two ago to a sold out crowd and had a really great time.  So many of the students introduced themselves with the announcement: I can’t draw.  And so I spent the next several hours proving them all wrong!

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Drawing and Painting from Memory? I WISH!

Drawing and Painting from Memory? I WISH!

I’ve always admired people who can draw/sketch/paint from memory or imagination, and I love watching YouTube videos of artists drawing in real time.  I’m able to draw fairly well when I have an image or object to look at for reference, but just from a picture in my mind?  Nope.  Also, perspective seems to be troublesome for me.  I’d love to improve upon these artistic shortcomings, and this…

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FaceTime + Grandkids = The Best Use of Technology EVER

FaceTime.  The single greatest technology ever invented for grandparents and their grandchildren.  I get to watch my grandsons play, they show me their drawings and toys, tell me what’s new, and “carry” me all around the house.  

FaceTime + Grandkids = The Best Use of Technology EVER

FaceTime.  The single greatest technology ever invented for grandparents and their grandchildren.  I get to watch my grandsons play, they show me their drawings and toys, tell me what’s new, and “carry” me all around the house.  

I am the New Admin of a Facebook Crafting Group

I was recently asked to admin an existing Facebook craft group in order to breathe new life into it.

A Video Showing How I Package My Bottle Cap Necklaces

No matter how small or inexpensive your product I feel it’s important to present it professionally,

Hand-Painted Decorative House Numbers - The Process

Hand-Painted Decorative House Numbers – The Process

My hand-painted house numbers

Hand-Painted Decorative House Numbers

I am the type of person who has 3 to 4 projects going at once. When I get tired of working on one I move to the next. One of my current projects has taught me that I really do love to doodle, and I really do love to paint. Combining the two has been loads of fun. My house number is “2728″ and appears no where on my house, so when I saw these bare wooden numbers at a craft store the crafty…

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Sometimes You Just Need a Creative Quick-Fix. Yeah. Right.

Sometimes You Just Need a Creative Quick-Fix. Yeah. Right.

I love to create beautiful and interesting things, but the perfectionist in me often gets in the way of my creativity.  I don’t do failure well.  When learning a new technique I will first study it to death via online tutorials, books and magazines before attempting it,  simply because I fear failure.  It’s ridiculous, I know, but this perfectionist is far from perfect.  So, every now and then,…

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Bead-Snob-No-More Followup

It’s been a while since I wrote that blog post on being enlightened about paper beads.

Here are some photos of my first attempts at paper bead making…

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