Marine Corps Birthday

Dear Fellow Crafters,

My husband of 40+ years and his fellow Marines are celebrating their founding today. Please take a moment to remember the sacrifices these brave men and women have made and continue to make for all Americans so we can live in freedom.


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.



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 !