Quick & Easy DIY: Turn a photo box into a wardrobe box for dolls

As a hobby online seller of dolls and doll clothes, I am always looking for creative ways to display clothes and put custom gift sets together. Turning photo boxes, which are the size of small shoe boxes, into wardrobes for dolls is my latest discovery of cool ways to display and create unique gift sets….

The missing emerald: A writer’s discovery moment

We changed all the light bulbs in our master bathroom to pure daylight or something, which made everything, including us, look completely washed out, desaturated, awful. So, we hauled my fabric bins in and started holding up different colors in the light. Nothing worked. Nothing. As I scanned the bins of neatly organized fabrics in…

Creative Phases: Obsessed With Making Hats & Totes

I prefer small creative projects over larger ones; small, as in something I can complete in a day or two and in a small space, which often translates to small results sans a lot of detail. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I’m assuming we all go through creative “moods.” Recently, after watching only a few…

On Being Cayenne

As with most story tellers, when I take on a topic I tend to dive in. Oftentimes, the essence of a story lives beyond the surface, beyond the obvious.  Back in 2014 we produced a special mini magazine, which featured a pair of lovely cayenne peppers on its cover. On a tight deadline, I only…

“Longitude” by Dava Sobel offers a fascinating history of space, time, politics, science, intrigue on the high seas, and more — one of my favorite reads!

Hard to believe that little more than 250 years ago ships were wandering around the oceans with no accurate means to determine longitude. I recently, for the second time, read the book “Longitude” by Dava Sobel (foreword by Neil Armstrong). The story is beautifully written, giving us more than a glimpse into the lives, minds,…

City sounds: I’m where I need to be right now

“Good morning Mom!” Are my favorite text messages. Love being in my daughter’s space these past few weeks… getting to know each other again… (I melted when I saw this little “Call Your Mom” block on the table next to her front door, of course. I know…) Feeling blessed beyond anything I could’ve possibly imagined….

If a corporation is a “Person,” what’s its gender identity?

If everyone is equal under the law in the USA, no matter our gender, then why is gender identity causing so many conflicts in our courts and greater culture? And if corporations are considered to be people under the law, then those corporations must also have a gender identity, which is what? And how can…

As the chips, and the hair, fell from my shoulders …

Presence of mind Clarity of thought I know who I am For I see who I’m not While in the hair salon the other day, my awesome stylist, who has been cutting and coloring my hair for over a decade, commented that the past few times I’ve been in, she’s noticed that I seem much…