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How I Learned to Meditate with Bob Ross

Every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 9:30 am, my local PBS station airs Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting. It’s over the air, and I don’t have a DVR, so if I miss it I can’t go back and rewatch it (ignoring the availability on YouTube). So every Tuesday and …
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Read This Book: Create or Hate by Dan Norris

Create or Hate: Successful People Make Things is a very quick, how-to book for unlocking creativity. At 104 pages, it’s divided into 4 chapters and easy enough to finish in one afternoon. The central theme is that to be a successful creator, you must overcome self-doubt (defined as Hate). There …
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Word of the Year 2019

I just learned that choosing a Word of the Year (WOTY) is a pretty popular activity! I thought it was just a silly little thing I started doing on my mom’s gentle suggestion in 2017. Nope, turns out it’s a Thing. Like a THING. Even Melinda Gates does it. It …
Sewing

5 Lessons Learned from a Year of NOT Buying Clothes

The end of the year is always good for reflection on lessons learned. The resolutions we made last year are tallied and deemed successful or not. Did we do as well as expected? This time last year I made a pledge to go a full year without shopping for clothes. …
Maker Lifestyle

2018 Year in Review

The 2018 year in review is going to be different than 2017’s. Last year I had a review of only my wins. For 2018 I want to review the misses AND the wins. But instead of calling them “fails,” I’m going to think of them as “course corrections.” I was …
Sewing

Top 5 Sewing Patterns of 2018

It was hard work but I was finally able to come up with my top 5 sewing patterns of 2018. Just to illustrate how tough this was, I originally had 13 makes I wanted to share! But I got wise and decided to narrow it down to my favorite patterns. …
Sewing

Wiksten Haori Jacket Pattern Review

*Housekeeping: some links on this page are affiliate links, meaning that I get a tiny commission from purchases you make using them, but it doesn’t cost you anything extra! If I like them, you might too!* Wiksten recently changed the name of their Kimono Jacket to the Wiksten Haori. Why? Isn’t …
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Dec18 Maker Inspiration

We’re drawing the December maker inspiration from this month’s birthstones. They are blue topaz, tanzanite, and turquoise. Basically, all shades of blue and purple, which can be icy or serene. Or both! We know I’m no fan of blue, but I’m not even going to pretend that I have time to …
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Nov18 Maker Recap & Round-Up

How was your November? Did it fly by as quickly as mine did? Because I swear it was barely Halloween a second ago. Somehow I accomplished the tasks I gave myself, like making that delicious Thanksgiving side dish. I even fixed one of those garments on my mending pile! And …
Sewing

How to Shorten Yoga Pants in only 10 Minutes

Hemming pants is one of the least fun things when it comes to sewing alterations. But to shorten yoga pants to a functional cropped length is so easy I can’t believe I waited so long to do it! I’m not at the point yet where I trust myself to make …

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