It’s Spring…. Really!

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“In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.”
–Mark Twain

Montanans love to say, “If you don’t like the weather, wait another ten minutes.”  This is especially true in the spring.  No matter the snow flurries of the past weekend, I still see signs of peonies popping through the earth!

I thought I would share a vintage advertisement from my stash of Saturday Evening Post magazines found literally – in my grandmother’s attic.  I love these old magazines and the nostalgia they inspire. This one was from the ’50’s. Unfortunately, the pages were too big for my scanner, but you get the idea. So, here’s to grandma’s attic, but equally as important, here’s to spring!

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“Inspired Ideas” Spring Issue – It’s Here!

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No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.  ~Hal Borland

covernoshadowI loved working on the spring issue of Amy Powers’ Inspired Ideas.  Once again, I helped edit the articles and wrote several book reviews.  This issue includes several more book reviews for craft titles as well as three amazing fiction titles. This time I chose three novels with a flower “theme.”  All of them are very different, but very good!  Isn’t this the perfect time of year to settle in a sunny window and crack open a good book?bookclub

My favorite non-fiction book review this go-around was a fantastic little book by Lilla Rogers called I Just Like to Make Things.  This book is just a treasure-trove of advice and inspiration for those of us who want to maximize our creativity.  It’s especially for those who want to turn their creative passion into a career.  Pick up a copy soon.  You won’t be disappointed!lillarogersbookHowever, it’s really the crafts that make Amy’s publication so special.  Each unique craft idea is full of cheer and whimsy.  You’ll have a hard time deciding which project to try first!  To be honest, Amy’s bird nests are at the top of my list, as well as the sweet little Easter cloches designed by Ashlee Parkashleecloche2 nests

If you’re in the mood to bust some of the stashes in your craft closet, head on over and check out all of the great ideas in this issue.  It’s quite an amazing deal for so much loveliness!  Be sure to stop back by and let me know if you read one of the recommended books or whip up something special for spring!

Happy crafting and happy reading!

It’s Finally Here! Amy Powers’ Inspired Ideas: The Spring Issue

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“Spring has returned.  The earth is like a child that knows poems.”                          – Rainer Maria Rilke

I am so excited to announce that the spring issue of Amy Powers’ Inspired Ideas has finally been published!  If you’ve never had a chance to experience her beautiful, inspiring online publication, it’s time to head on over to her website to take a peek!  Once you start looking at this issue, as well as back issues, you will become enamored and will want to read them all! This publication is a unique mixture of handicraft ideas and tutorials with a vintage feel that is strong on whimsy. This latest issue is quite possibly her best yet!  Easter is right around the corner, and I know you will be heading to the craft store right away so you can whip-up an adorable Easter bow tie, some springy pencils or a whimsical little bird to tuck into an Easter basket. All of the directions, along with fantastic pictures, are provided to make it a piece-of-cake to create something delightful to usher in spring!

So why am I so excited to share this issue with you?  Well, I was lucky enough to meet Amy at The Creative Connection (by Jo Packham) last fall, and she was kind enough to ask me to contribute some book reviews for this issue.  I had so much fun writing the reviews, as well as editing many of the articles (a great way to use my English degree!) Amy is a class-act and one talented designer and artist!  I am honored to be a part of this issue.

To experience some inspiring springtime craft ideas, as well as introductions to some adorable new products — and of course, read my inspiring book reviews — hurry over and take a look! If you read (or have read) any of the book titles that I recommend in my article, I sincerely hope that you will stop back and leave me a comment with your thoughts.  It’s so much fun to talk books!

Happy spring, happy crafting, and happy reading!