My cutting machine hero

I ran out of my custom planner stickers, which help keep me organized, so I decided to try using my Cricut cutting machine to achieve a precise size and cut on the next batch. Unfortunately, I had error after error, and none of my sheets of stickers turned out well. After struggling for too long…

Back to the bead shop

Mama and I stopped at our local bead shop for legit reasons yesterday. We needed to change out the cord on her Lifeline necklace, but since we were there, we also got supplies to create a few other little projects. But as I finished stringing beads for a pretty necklace, I realized that we had…

Friendly faces on our errands

After fantastic chiropractic adjustments, Mama and I decided to tackle a few errands along the way home. First, we stopped at our local bead shop, where Kris helped us replace the drab grey, satin cord of Mama’s Lifeline necklace with a beautiful, adjustable, green leather cord. Of course, once in a bead shop, we couldn’t…

The fun part of unpacking

We returned from Venice several days ago and jet lag hit us hard, so we’ve been slow to unpack. Today Mama and I finally unearthed a few of our Venetian treasures. Despite a broken suitcase, we were thrilled to find the bottle of Moscato D’Asti that we brought home intact, as well asย our tiny glass…

Appreciating artistry and serendipity

Mama and I got to see interesting, live demonstrations of fine European craftsmanship today. We attended a collection of free art exhibits called “Homo Faber: Crafting a More Human Future,” spread across the Venetian island of San Giorgio. Our absolute favorite artisan was from the “fanmaker to the queens since the 19th century,” Duvelleroy, with…

Celebrating makers

Mama and I have been enjoying watching “Making It” โ€” a reality competition for crafters and makers. Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman host the NBC show, which aired its finale tonight. We love to see the creative things people imagine come to life. The contestants are kind to each other, and the challenges are interesting.…

Crafter’s paradise

I learned new crafting skills today through a Craftsy video. Mama and I, both lifelong avid crafters, recently signed up for a two-week promotion Craftsy was having for unlimited how-to videos on a wide variety of projects. She has been watching continental knitting videos, while I have been engrossed in videos on paper crafts using…