February Fiber Arts


For those of you who have been around for a while, you may have noticed my interest in making and crafting in addition to writing.  This is mostly centered around sewing related crafts at the moment (altering or adapting clothes, sewing in general, and recently cross-stitch).  One of the groups I belong to online is doing a low-key February creative crafting challenge.  Basically, it’s just us picking a goal for the month and sharing our progress and encouraging each other.  Nothing fancy.

My goal for this is to finish three in-progress items and at least start (hopefully finish) a fourth project.  I’ve been working on my third every cross-stitch project, and I’d like to get that finished this month.  I have two pairs of my mother’s old fancy jeans (by which I mean in pretty colors with embellishments) that I’m turning into a couple skirts for me.  Completing those two conversions is on my list.  And I have a shirt that goes with one of those pairs of jeans that I want to use to make a shirt in my size probably a fairly simple collared shirt style but I don’t know if I’m going to work from a pattern I have or try to create a pattern from a shirt I own that I really like the cut and fit of.

So that’s my Fiber Arts goal for February.  I’ll probably share an update about what progress I made and some pictures in my post on March 5.  In the meantime, have some pictures of my first two cross-stitch projects and the starting materials for the skirts and shirt.

I hope you’re all finding ways to keep creative this year.

A NaNoWriMo Craft Project


I love doing arts and crafts. From beading and jewelry making, to costuming and sewing, and the occasional painting project, I love an afternoon spent crafting.

My latest project, as you can see, is NaNoWriMo based.

NaNoWriMo Donation Box Unpainted

The Unpainted mock up for size and fit.

As a new Municipal Liaison (or ML) for my NaNoWriMo Region, one of the things I will be doing is a little fundraising. Something that has been present with my MLs for the past few years were painted wooden boxes that held donations and helped WriMos identify their MLs when they go to events.

NaNoWriMo Donation Box Step 1

Step 1: Painting the Letters

So I decided to make my very own donation box that can double as my identifying mark on the table at Write-Ins. Continue reading

C is for Craft


If you stumbled upon me through the A to Z Blog Challenge, welcome.  If not, check out the challenge and all those participating at their site.


To me, writing is more than just a hobby or a pastime, it’s my craft.

The difference might not seem obvious, but a craft is something that takes practice and training and dedication.  It’s something that you hone over time.  You start as an apprentice, working hard to imitate those who came before you.  Next you become a journeyman, someone who can work on their own, but still has to turn to a mast craftsman for the most complicated things.  Eventually, if you work hard enough, you can become a master craftsman, someone others seek out for advice and encouragement. Continue reading