Tutorial · Video

Kite cards

Dear Fellow Crafters,

To me, this Kenny Chesney song “Summertime”, always reminds me of lazy days and kites. Enjoy!


When I think of the summer season, I think of lemonade, the beach, vacation days and flying kites. Back in the day before the internet, SmartPhones, video games you made up your own games outdoors from dawn to dusk. A few months ago I started watching reruns of a favorite tv western called Laramie (1960). The opening scene of the third season shows a youngster flying a kite off the back of a buckboard.

I wondered if I could create a kite card? Turns out there are nifty videos to help.


Enjoy your summer crafting days!


Perspectives · Pursuit of Happiness

The History of Independence Day

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Here in the United States we celebrate our birthday today! For those of you who are not familiar with our holiday here is an excellent article:


“Taxation without representation!” was the battle cry in America’s 13 Colonies, which were forced to pay taxes to England’s King George III despite having no representation in the British Parliament. As dissatisfaction grew, British troops were sent in to quell the early movement toward rebellion. Repeated attempts by the Colonists to resolve the crisis without military conflict proved fruitless.

On June 11, 1776, the Colonies’ Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and formed a committee whose express purpose was drafting a document that would formally sever their ties with Great Britain. The committee included Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Roger Sherman and Robert R. Livingston. Jefferson, who was considered the strongest and most eloquent writer, crafted the original draft document (as seen above). A total of 86 changes were made to his draft and the Continental Congress officially adopted the final version on July 4, 1776.

The following day, copies of the Declaration of Independence were distributed, and on July 6, The Pennsylvania Evening Post became the first newspaper to print the extraordinary document. The Declaration of Independence has since become our nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty.

Bonfires and Illuminations
On July 8, 1776, the first public readings of the Declaration were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square to the ringing of bells and band music. One year later, on July 4, 1777, Philadelphia marked Independence Day by adjourning Congress and celebrating with bonfires, bells and fireworks.

The custom eventually spread to other towns, both large and small, where the day was marked with processions, oratory, picnics, contests, games, military displays and fireworks. Observations throughout the nation became even more common at the end of the War of 1812 with Great Britain.

In June of 1826, Thomas Jefferson sent a letter to Roger C. Weightman, declining an invitation to come to Washington, D.C. to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. It was the last letter that Jefferson, who was gravely ill, ever wrote. In it, Jefferson says of the document:

“May it be to the world, what I believe it will be … the signal of arousing men to burst the chains … and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form, which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. …For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”

– Thomas Jefferson
June 24, 1826 Monticello
Congress established Independence Day as a holiday in 1870, and in 1938 Congress reaffirmed it as a paid holiday for federal employees. Today, communities across the nation mark this major midsummer holiday with parades, firework displays, picnics and performances of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and marches by John Philip Sousa.


Mod Podge

Mod Podge wood sliced coasters

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Looking for something that’s fun to do with your children this summer? Or even get a start on those family holiday gifts? This idea came from a Pinterest article using ModPodge and those wood slices everyone seems to be using of late. The list of materials follows:

Kid’s painting or drawing or a colored adult coloring book page

Wood slices

Mod Podge

Foam brush

Craft knife

This is what they will look like:

Step 1. Use a wood slice as a template and trace around it onto the painting or artwork.

Step 2. Brush a layer of ModPodge onto the wood slice.

Step 3. Place the artwork onto the wood slice, smooth out any air bubbles and add another layer of ModPodge.

Step 4. After the ModPodge has dried, add 2-3 more layers, allowing the layers to  thoroughly before adding a new layer.

Happy Crafting,




Books I recommend


Dear Fellow Crafters,

The following list of books were all published this year.

“Craft the Rainbow” by Brittany Watson Jepsen

“Craft a life you love” by Amy Tan

“Vogue Knitting” by Vogue editors

“By hand:The Art of modern lettering” by Nicole Santo

“The Pallet Book” by Chris Peterson

“Market Like a Boss” by Honoree Corset

~Have a good reading summer,



Father’s Day card sentiments

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Finding the right words for a father’s day card can make all the difference! When you are ready to add the sentiment, “Happy Father’s Day” seems so bland. You can type a poem, song lyric, quotation or even something Dad says all the time. Some creative ways to showcase your sentiments are:

1. You can write a father’s day poem on decorated paper and insert into your handmade card.

2. Print the short poem onto the front of the card and decorate the sides with embellishments.

3. Record your message or made a video.

Some writing tips:

1. If your relationship with your father is complicated, don’t feel obligated to make your message more complimentary or effusive than you feel. Instead be sincere and focus on what’s true. Wish him a good day.

2. If you have a Grandfather make it personal, by addressing him by his familiar title or nickname.

3. Don’t hesitate to send a card to any men who are like a father/mentor to you.

4. A warm closing before your signature is like the bow on top of a present. Some suggestions are: “Warmly, with love, love always, wishing you happiness, warmest wishes.”

The men in your life:

Your father, Grandfather, husband, partner, brother, friend, mentor, son, grandson, father-to-be or new father will surely appreciate your remembering them.

‘Til next time,