Crafters’ cohort

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Thousands of articles and pictures have been shared by crafters over the years about crafting. Heck, there’ even a site that gives us all a visual scrapbook to “store” our ideas (Pinterest!). Anyway, there is seldom an article about the husband, significant other and/or partner and their input into our crafting lives. So when my husband, Ray, suggested writing a piece about his role in my crafting world, I said ok. So here it is. Enjoy.

Happy Crafting,


Crafters’ Cohort  AKA  “Husband in Tow”

I love my wife — I really do. We’ve been married for 47 years now, and I know what I’m talking about. She’s about as perfect a wife as one can get. One thing though —- she’s a “CRAFTER” !

To say that these 47 years have been an adventure, is an understatement!

Now, first, your wife must find HER craft after a series of trial and error. Mine took eight years. I don’t remember how many different crafts.

One thing that has not changed in all these years is the primary function of the husband, and that function is threefold:

1) Navigator – be sure your wife knows how to get to the store / shop. 

2) Driver- chauffeur is a better word. She can’t drive – she must read the ads for that store, plus clip any coupons.                   

3) “Wallet”— self-explanatory.

The virtues of a “husband in tow” (explain that one in a moment) must be many and varied.

·        Patient : The time your trip will take is totally unpredictable. If your crafter doesn’t like the store (my crafter could find something in hell) it will only be minutes. If the store is your crafters idea of heaven, you can go to Mars and back and she’ll never know you’re gone.

·        Strength: Some of that equipment, or ALL of that equipment she buys will take Hercules to get it to the car. Good idea: have a hernia doctor on speed dial.

·        Ability to learn new languages and the ability to add to your vocabulary daily. “Crafterspeak” is a language all its own, and changes with every new thing to come along.

·        Cheer leader: This is a tough one to get right. In the beginning, as she is learning, everything is brilliant, marvelous, wonderful, best thing you ever saw. At mid-level, you might get the nerve to question about color combos, minor stuff like that. At the master expert level, if you have the courage that would win medals on any battlefield, you might have reached the point where you might say “Honey, far from your best.” If you do it right, all these levels will bring rewards from your crafter.

Now once you are comfortable with your crafters “little world that she lives in” you can finally start to deal with her foibles on your own terms.

You can begin to do things like:

·        Honey, since the craft store is one you’ve been to a million times, would you mind if I stayed home and watched the game ?

·        Honey, do you know how long we’ll be, because I really should stay home and do my “honey do” list ? (certainly, a LIE)

·        When you’ve finally been successful at mastering the crafter world, you MIGHT be brave enough to just use this old one: Honey, I have a headache.

Now one of the best things that can happen to you is the owner / manager who understands your plight. (Of course, this is profit motivated. The longer your crafter is in the store, unhampered by you, the more money she’ll spend)

Case in point: A few years ago we went on vacation to Virginia. MY job: Plan every possible detail related to a Va. vacation. CRAFTERS job: Find every craft store / shop in Va., and tell me to plot the course.

So we get there, locating a store only Magellan at his best could find. Crafter is greeted by an owner / manager (EXTREMELY attractive I might say) who smiles, asks her interests, and points her thusly. Suddenly, like I had been “beamed down”, she says “Ah, the husband in tow !” (if she hadn’t of been so good lookin’ I would have smacked her)

We’re used to husbands being “towed” in here. I have something special for you! She takes me by the arm to the window, points me slightly to the right, and says: “The bar is over there. I have their number, I’ll call them when your crafter is done.”

So $143.74  later, plus the cost of my bourbon and beer, we leave happy – crafter, store owner, bar owner, husband in tow.


So to men everywhere I advise: THINK about it carefully! Marry a crafter and THIS is your FATE !


Memorial Day

Dear Fellow Crafters,

Below is a reprint from a post I wrote awhile ago about this day on my other blog.



Dear Fellow Journalers,

I found this true story recently and thought I would share.


In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History teacher at Valley Heights High School in Port Rowan, did something not to be forgotten.
On the first day of school, with the permission of the school Superintendent, the Principal and the Building Supervisor, she removed all the desks in her classroom.
When the First Period kids entered the room, they discovered that there were no desks.
“Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?”

She  replied:  “You can’t have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk.”
They  thought:  “Well, maybe it’s our Grades.”  “No.” she  said.
“Maybe it’s our behavior.”   She told them:   “No, it’s not even your behavior.”
And so,  they came and went ~~~ the First Period, Second Period, Third Period.
Still no desks in the classroom.   Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon, television crews had started gathering at the
school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her
room. The final Period of the day came and the puzzled students found seats
on the floor of the desk-less classroom.

Martha Cothren said:   “Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom.  Now I am going to tell you.”
At this  point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it. Twenty-seven  (27) Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk.

The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall. By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place, those kids started to understand – perhaps for the first time in their lives – just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha  said:   “You didn’t earn the right to sit at these desks.  These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so
you could have the freedom you have. Now, it’s up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.
They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education.   Don’t ever forget it.”
By the way, this is a true story, and this teacher was awarded Veterans of  Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.
Let us always remember the Men and Women
of our
  Military and the rights they have won for us.


Signs you are addicted to Pinterest

Dear Fellow Crafters,

My husband and I used to watch a tv show on the Comedy Central Channel called “Blue Comedy Tour.” It starred comedians Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Ron White. I bring this up because while I was binge-pinning (is that a word?) the other day, I remembered Jeff Foxworthy’s famous words “You must be a Redneck if you ____”. (Fill in your favorite word). I wondered if there were any signs that the experts were right. Pinterest is now being called a “Life Style site” that people are addicted to. So you must be a Pinterest pinner if:

  1.  All the lamps in your house have been replaced by mason jars.
  2. You continually say “why didn’t I think of that?!”
  3. Your travel plans have taken on a life of their own.
  4. Your daughter wears pillow case dresses.
  5. You dream of giant craft closets.
  6. You don’t buy, you DIY.
  7. Your grocery list is created from recipes you have pinned on Pinterest.
  8. If you make a fabulous desert your husband asks if you saw it on Pinterest.
  9. You may be addicted to Pinterest if you mention Pinterest at least once a week.
  10. You’ll repin this post.
  11. Pinterest has cost your craft budget way more than it should.
  12. You spend hours you could have been sleeping scrolling through Pinterest.
  13. You have more than 200 pins on your account right now. (It’s ok, stop reading and go check. BUT come back.)
  14. You’d love to spend hours on Pinterest but you’re to busy creating boards.
  15. You’ve ordered fast food so that you didn’t have to stop pinning.
  16. Your craft stash has a stash. (Just in case you have time to make all the Pinterest crafts you’ve seen.)
  17. Pinterest is your search engine.
  18. You pin instead of bookmarking.
  19. Your doctor has diagnosed you with Pinning Finger and Pinteresty. (Look it up).
  20. Your first inclination in research is Pinterest.

The other comedian on the tour was Bill Engval. His famous quote was “here’s your sign.” So, if more than 5 things above point to you, here’s your sign:


Happy Crafting,


PS check out my previous Pinterest post for more information.


What does I love you mean?

V2012-C (325) Lacy Valentine

“I love you” means that I accept you for the person that you are, and that I do not wish to change you into someone else. It means that I will love you and stand by you even through the worst of times. It means loving you even when you’re in a bad mood, or too tired to do the things I want to do. It means loving you when you’re down, not just when you’re fun to be with. “I love you” means that I know your deepest secrets and do not judge you for them, asking in return that you do not judge me for mine. It means that I care enough to fight for what we have and that I love you enough not to let go. It means thinking of you, dreaming of you, wanting and needing you constantly, and hoping you feel the same way for me.”                               ~ Jonathan Safran Foer


Getting ready for the craft fair

Dear Fellow Crafter,

For the past several months I’ve been crafting my heart out in preparation for the upcoming craft fair. This fair, which I participated in last year, is wildly popular and I made my table fee in just one hour last year. As I said last week, I started out with deciding what my inventory was and what categories needed to be “beefed up”. After some minutes, I determined that I needed more birthday, baby, thank you, anniversary, get well and Christmas cards.

Over the last year, I have acquired some new dies, stamps and papers and I definitely wanted to use them. I grabbed my magazines and started researching Pinterest  for ideas. Once I decided on the sketches, I got out my papers, dies, stamps and embellishments. After I made my newest cards from my previous “mistakes” I was ready to really begin.

Once I made the cards, I determined which ones needed sentiments. I don’t always make cards for sale without sentiments but sometimes you need to, for instance: special baby cards or sympathy cards. I use sentiments I have collected over the years. After printing them out, I have to cut them out and glue them onto background paper and then attach them to the cards. Some of the cards were stamped instead. I then stamped my hallmark on the backs of all the cards and priced them.

After cataloging the cards, I started paper crafting  – boxes, bags, tags etc. With only a few days to go, I got out my check list to check off items I would need to bring with me – change, table cover, calculator etc.  What I really like about preparing ahead of time is that I can now (almost) relax and enjoy my life.

Are any of you a craft vendor this  year? Write and tell us about your experiences.

Happy Crafting,