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Veterans Day

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Here in the United States, we celebrate Veterans Day today. Let’s take a moment to thank a veteran for putting his/her life on the line so we can enjoy the benefits of freedom. Some gave all they had.


Adventures in Card-Making · Perspectives

Are you an artist or a craftsman?

Dear Fellow Crafters,

There is a weekly TV show that is aired on our public tv station called A Craftsman’s Legacy”. The host Eric Gorges travels around the US in search of those artisans who practice and teach unique arts such as blacksmith, needle artist, glass blower, boot maker, hatter and many more.

Under the watchful eye of the master craftsman, Eric becomes an apprentice and tries his hand at making the particular item featured on that particular show. He always asks insightful questions and the audience learns more about the craft. Two of the questions asked usually are: “Do you consider yourself a craftsman or an artist?” And “How do you want to be remembered?”

More often than not, the answers always feature the love of the craftsman for their particular craft. They talk about their struggles to learn and adapt. They talk about the different schools they went to or the country they traveled to and the years it took to get to this place in time. They  have a reverence for their tools and talent  and the joy they get when sharing with others. They love to see their own designs being born of the materials they work with, and they hope that they are remembered not just for their art they made but for the traditions they passed on to future generations.

In an interview a few years ago, Eric said that “we are all creative. We’ve forgotten what it’s like to take a concept (say  greeting card or clay bowl) and get the materials and ultimately loose ourselves in the creative process. When we are done, we can’t wait to give it to our love one”.  I have been saying that for years!

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September 11th

Dear Fellow Crafters,

There are many memorable quotes from families and/or victims of one of the most devastating events in America’s history. One of them was uttered by President George W. Bush:

“Time is passing. Yet, for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September the 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and the ash, the last phone calls, the funerals of the children.”

On this anniversary, we pause and remember…




4th of July


American Flag and Eagle


Dear Fellow Crafters,

On this 4th of July, we pause and remember all the brave Americans who fought and died to make our country free. The following is an excerpt from “George Washington’s Secret Six”:

“This book recounts the methods, the bravery, the cunning, the near misses, and the incredible successes of the Culper Ring, which helped to save our nation and shape our future. Most of all, this is a story about ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things, people whose fears and hopes and lives were not much different from our own, and how they changed the course of history. Their humility stopped them from seeking fame or fortune because their love of country sparked their exploits. …This book is written to honor them and the groundwork they laid for our future of freedom.”

Happy 4th of July!

‘Til next time,


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