More Maker Mondays

I know not everyone who visits this site is within driving distance of Oldham County, Kentucky (if only), but I also know that if you take the time to read my ramblings about reuse, then you'd likely enjoy knowing more about what I'm teaching at the Arts Center right now. Last week, we resumed Maker Mondays (after a brief hiatus at the end of summer / beginning of school). It's a weekly "open ...continue reading

Companion to a Blank Page

There's little that intimidates me more than a blank page. Whether I'm writing, drawing, or just trying to make a list of meals for the coming week, the hardest part is always the beginning. Fortunately, I'm not alone, and we live in an era with life hacks for just about every stumbling block. Can't think of what to make for dinner? There are apps and websites that let you plug in the ...continue reading

Taking This Show on the Road

I am beyond pleased to announce that I'm taking this show on the road - all the way to Mt. Vernon, Illinois - for a weekend of creative reuse! The pastor at First Presbyterian Church, Rachel Helgeson, garnered a grant that will allow me to spend three days with my friends in southern Illinois. The biggest event that has something for everyone is on Saturday, October 22. Consider this your ...continue reading

Trinkets and Treasures

I got some great presents for my birthday a couple of weeks ago, from friends and family who really know me - handmade gifts (a pillow made from flour sack towel I fell in love with), guilty pleasures (gel pens), splurges (a Netbook and a new handbag), and a gift that will make dozens of people happy over time - a vintage printer's tray, filled with trinkets and treasures, that once hung on a wall ...continue reading

Open House

I have to share pics from the Arts Center's annual open house, earlier this week - mostly because the spaces I use to teach and store things may never be this clean/organized again! It's always fun to see the creative reuse center through the eyes of first-time visitors. Most have that kid-in-a-candy-store reaction and you can almost see the project ideas hovering in little thought bubbles ...continue reading

Bouncing Back

So, summer is over (the best part of it anyway) and our little family is getting back into the school year routine - earlier bedtimes, more regular meal times, setting alarms and paying more attention to our to do lists. I don't know if you noticed, but I took an unplanned (and therefore unannounced) vacation from this site for the last month. Maybe it's because I taught more this summer than ...continue reading