Blogs: The Sewing Circles of 2010

In a 1924 Woman’s Institute ‘Inspiration’ publication, Katherine Rabuck wrote about the evolution of Institute Clubs, networks of women in cities around the country, and compared them to the Sewing Circles of days gone by… The same spirit that drew woman together then, draws them now. Our Institute Clubs are but one of the many […]


Creative Connection 1 – The Handmade Market

I cannot begin to tell you how much The Creative Connection event in Minneapolis meant to me. To start with, I have so much to report, I’m going to be breaking it down into three posts. The event was masterminded by Nancy Soriono and Jo Packam, two wonderfully talented women I have met over my […]


Gourds and pumpkins and seeds!

Gourds and pumpkins…I have seen some wonderful displays this season. A fabulous tower on display at the Country Living Fair in Columbus…the little gourd girl my daughter, Emma and I found at the Overland Park Farmer’s Market…even some snake gourds (not my favorite, but Emma wanted to bring home a new pet). I also saw […]



The past several weeks following the launch of my new book, Vintage Notions, have been a whirlwind of activity. I am just now getting back off the road and am going to be catching up on my blog posts, I promise! However, as I was sitting here, collapsed in my chair from the exhaustion (albeit, […]


Pumpkin Bars

I promised awhile back that I would post my pumpkin bar recipe…so here it is! I have made a number of desserts for my family over the years, but this is their absolute favorite. I hope you enjoy it too! Pumpkin Bars: 2 cups Sugar 4 eggs 1 (16 ounce) can of pumpkin 1 cup […]


Junk Bonanza

Just wanted to share a few photos from Junk Bonanza… After I set up our display at the Three French Hens booth, I ventured out into the show…amazing!!!! Here are shots of Jane Hall’s Mustard Moon booth, Lori Miller’s Vintage Design, and Sara Smilth’s Seasons in Craver (LOVED her pillows with recycled zippers on linen!!). […]


One more thought on cherries…

The other day, I posted an excerpt from Vintage Notions called “The Secrets of a Perfect Pie.” In that post, many of us recounted fond memories of cherry picking for our mom’s, aunt’s and grandmother’s pies. Over on my Inspiration page, I’ve just posted some pictures from the cherry farm in Michigan where I recently […]

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