Curious about how the relationships among you and your neighbors, strangers in the neighborhood, friends, and family affect your life? You think they don’t? Read on.
My chapbook – Lot for Sale. No Pigs – is intended for readers interested about what goes on in other peoples lives. How alike, weird, or likely weird are we?
Lot for Sale. No Pigs was produced in cooperation with Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, Pennsylvania. The printing was handset and then hand-fed on an American Printing Machines press. Lots of hand-work and care went into each copy, and I’m very pleased and grateful to Deanna Baringer, Bailey, and the other student editors for choosing my work and showcasing it in such a creative manner.
The book can be purchased from BatCat Press.
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Tagged BatCat Press, books, chapbook, Lot for Sale. No Pigs, poems, Poetry, relationships, writing
Now that Fall has officially arrived, here’s the official fall apple cake recipe!
This sweet and moist apple cake recipe requires zero oil or butter.
APPLE HARVEST CAKE
4 cups apples
4 cups sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. baking powder
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts
Dice apples and mix with sugar. Let stand one hour. Add remaining ingredients. Bake in a tube pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray at 325 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Cool in pan ten minutes and remove to wire rack to finish cooling.
New FREE contest for writers of Young Adult Judged by agent Andrea Morrison of Writers House, via Chuck Sambuchino.
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The back to school season has begun! Whether it’s off to kindergarten, college, or beyond, here are two quotes to remind us the learning never ends.
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ Plutarch
– and –
“The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.” ~ Sydney J. Harris
This unusual wire basket I bought in an antique store in Cape May, NJ practically begged to be filled with something pretty and fitting for the powder room. Paper wrapped handmade soaps were a good choice, but a little pricey. I opted to buy a ten-pack of Ivory Soap for $3.99 at Target and cover the bars of soap with scraps from my fabric stash. Here’s how I did it:
- silk pins
- rectangular bars of soap
- enough fabric to cover the soap, as if you were wrapping a gift
- twine, yarn, ribbon, hem tape, and/or cording
- estimate how much fabric you’ll need for each bar and cut out a neat rectangle
- fold one long side over half of soap, and pin straight through fabric into soap in middle of bar
- iron a small crease on opposite end and pin through bar
- fold each end (like wrapping a gift), and pin in place through soap
- wrap with matching ribbon, etc.
Looks cute. You’ll never run out of soap, unless you can’t bear to unwrap them!
Posted in antiques, Crafts, Fabric
Tagged antique stores, antiques, Cape May, covered soap, crafts, fabric, Ivory Soap, silk pins, soap, Target, wire basket
No One’s Watching is a year old and forever young! Enjoy the story of ballerina turned Irish dancer in this teen read!
Happy St. Patrick’s day from No One’s Watching!
Heart Quilt 1989
In 1989, I made this heart inspired quilt for my dad when he was having a pace-maker implanted. Twenty-five years later, I revisited the fabric scraps and mixed them with other scraps to make this tea cozy!
Combine the strip quilt method here with the tea cozy instructions here to make one of your own!
Strip Quilt Tea Cozy
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Posted in Art, Crafts, Fabric, Family, Photos, Sewing, Tea
Tagged Heart Quilt, hearts, pace maker, quilting, quilts, St. Valentine's Day, strip quilting, tea, tea cozy, Valentine's craft