More Saori Weaving to Share!


Ok, I just had to share this! Jan is at it again - making coasters and has posted a great little tutorial for making them with fabric strips.

Jan and I both think this is just the greatest craft for kids. Easy for little fingers. And even if they miss a warp here and there it is still beautiful!

Had To Share: Beautiful Wild flowers and Clever Curtain Idea.


Just got back from a short visit to Orcas Island, one of the San Juan Islands  off the northwest coast of Washington state.

Two things I just have to share!

The beautiful wild flowers growing at the edges of a wet lands just outside my MIL's front door and my MIL's very inexpensive and clever solution for making curtains for the 15 windows in her home.


Painter's drop cloths!

She was lucky enough to find a couple packages at a thrift store, a pretty good way to create quick window covers at a very reasonable price. Even at retail, still a bargain!

She pre-washed the fabric before sewing and then simply hemmed the bottom and sides and top and used clip rings to hang them.

I was surprised at how pretty the fabric actually looked and it created complete privacy while allowing the light to filter through. And great body and drape.

So for what it is worthy - just sharing.

How I Supported the Crafty Blogisphere in May


This is my beautiful new spindle and wool - part of the Learn to Spin Kit I treated myself to for my birthday last month.

I still haven't actually tried spinning yet - really feeling so intimidated for some silly reason.  I will keep you posted. When I spin my first yarn, you will be the first to hear about it!

I Need Your Help! I Have Lost All of My Reader


Well guys - I have managed to lose every one of you! My google reader and all my lovely links to my favorite blogs are all gone. Disappeared into the blogiverse - some dark corner of it from which there is no return.

Thanks to my incredible daughter Diane, who took a great deal of her precious time to help me, I now have a brand spanking new google reader - and it is completely empty. We tried to avoid this outcome but it was inevitable.

So, first I wanted all of you to know why you won't be finding comments on your posts for a bit.

And second, I would really appreciate it if you would send me an e-mail with a link to your blog. I am sure in time I will slowly patch about 50% of it all back together on my own, but it will go much faster if you will help me.

No doubt I will lose some of you, but I am so hoping not. I love the people I have met as a result of being a part of this blog community.

Fortunately, I keep a notebook - ANALOGUE notebook - in which I record bloggers names, info about them, their blog names, what they write about, etc. That will be a huge help. But it still will take time. And not everyone is written in it.

The tears have been shed and now I am ready to get to the business of restoring my beautiful reader but it will no doubt take a while and I hope you will understand if you don't see my smiling face visiting your blog right away!

Thank you in advance for your patience. And your help with sending a link to your blog.


Thank you to all of you who have sent me your addresses!  The greatest thing - when I'd had a good night's sleep, I remembered the published comment file on my blog and was able to find most of you I regularly receive comments from so my reader is looking quite beautiful by now!

Also I wanted to explain HOW I LOST MY GOOGLE READER because Diane has just posted a very useful and informative video tutorial on CRAFT to share tricks for organizing your feeds and for creating a bookmark system (tag) and I didn't want my experience to prevent you from following her advice.

Thanks to my daughter and all her efforts to "save" me, we finally figured out that the reason I lost my reader is that I had cancelled my g-mail

My sweetie had set it up for me as a back-up e-mail but since I never ever use it, I cancelled it.  What I didn't know - even though my google reader was originally set up under my regular e-mail address, when we set up the g-mail account, google apparently took it upon themselves to tie the google reader to the g-mail account.  I was not aware of this.  Diane suggested that considering their size, this is probably done to simplify things for them.

So the big thing to take away from this sad story is this, don't cancel your g-mail!  And use all those lovely functions Diane shares on CRAFT.

I did lose some tags. But not many because after using this system for a while, I realized my prodigious bookmark system on my browser works better for me.  (I don't retrain well!)  But for most of you it will work beautifully and you won't need to worry about losing it all because you are not cancelling your g-mail - right!

Creamy Luscious Strawberry Cream Pie


Strawberry Cream Pie! My most favorite way to eat strawberries and yet, can you believe it, I haven't made one in years?

I don't have a clue where I originally found this recipe but it was found a long, long time ago - in the olden days when I would transfer every new recipe I tried and liked to a recipe card and never thought to write down where I found it.

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