Category Life Lessons

How my genealogy journey began – Part Two (Lost Boys)

Let me assure you that when the everyday, average person shows up at the records department of the county courthouse, they are NOT met by the head of the history department of the local university, who has prepared a scroll documenting 17 generations of family members.

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Sunday morning sew: When life gives you chickens…

I was so excited when I found an elusive “script” fabric online. Imagine my surprise when I opened the package and discovered that instead of a yard of cream-colored fabric, covered with elegant French cursive writing, I had received chickens. That’s right…chickens.

My studio day with Cyndi

If I’ve learned nothing else during my five decades on this planet, I’ve learned how to recognize an amazing opportunity when I see it. So when Cyndi Souder invited me to spend a day in her quilt studio, I didn’t hesitate for a second.

In a bind…a ‘Zig-Zag’ bind

I love to design and piece my quilts, but I hate sewing on the binding. I may have found the perfect solution for quilters like me. My first attempt, however, was less than successful.

How to light your Christmas tree like a pro

I will not provide pesky strings of Christmas lights with the opportunity to ruin the pleasure I find in decorating my tree. Not this year.

Filling in the blanks in your family history

When researching your family history, it’s easy to overlook some of your most valuable information sources: your elderly relatives. The approaching holiday season provides an excellent opportunity to interview your grandparents and great-grandparents about your family’s origins.

Pinterest turns everyone into Martha Stewart

With Pinterest, even the most domestically challenged of us can transform ourselves into the ultimate Domestic Diva. Our fantasies of a Martha Stewart lifestyle, surrounded by chalk painted vintage dressers, mercury glass votives and gorgeous, one-of-a-kind holiday centerpieces are made possible, thanks to the ease of setting up a Pinterest Board.