July 2013

Garden Journals: How to make a homemade garden journal

“Flowers have spoken to me more than I can tell in written words.” Lydia M. Child Ever since I was a child, I’ve loved journaling. During the years, I’ve created several Garden Journals to document my gardens’ growth and changes.  I’ve included magazine articles and pictures that have inspired a new creation or idea that I’ve wanted to incorporate into my gardens. … Continue Reading →

Renew strawberry plants

Strawberry picking is over in our area, but that doesn’t mean all the work is done. Now’s the time to get your strawberry patch in shape for a big harvest next year. Strawberry plants, if left on their own, will produce good yields and quality fruit for two years or so. With your help, they’ll … Continue Reading →

Need help cleaning off desk, again!

O.K., once again, I’m in the process of cleaning off my desk. If you happen to be a crafter who’s interested in pottery, Tunisian crochet, metal jewelry-making, chain maille, spinning, bead crochet, cross-stitch or tie-dye — well, I may have a book for you! Just email me at jbrown@detroitnews.com and tell me which book(s) you’re interested in … Continue Reading →

Get creative with 'Polymer Clay Global Perspectives'

Cynthia Tinapple, founder of the blog Polymer Clay Daily and lifetime member of the International Polymer Clay Guild, has put together an informative book on the popular modeling medium. The book is titled “Polymer Clay Global Perspectives, Emerging Ideas and Techniques from 125 International Artists” (Potter Craft/$22.99). She takes the reader on a fascinating journey into … Continue Reading →

Gift Giving: Easy hand crafted gift projects from your gardens and more

There’s an art to gift-giving.  Some folks enjoy creating handcrafted original gifts designed specifically for each friend and family member.  The thrill on the recipient’s face, the gleam of joy in their eyes is worth all the time it took to prepare. Here are some easy handcrafted gift projects that you can create from your gardens. Sunflower … Continue Reading →

Heirloom summer apples

Picking apples, for most people, is thought as something you do in the fall along with drinking cider and eating fresh donuts. That doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. My two summer apple trees have fruit on them that are ripening right now. As a matter of fact, I’ve been picking a dozen apples … Continue Reading →

Make 'Flip Dolls & Other Toys'

There’s lots of fun to be had with all the wonderful ideas and patterns found in “Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go” (Lark/$19.95) by designer Laura Wilson. What better way to use your scrap fabric than to make something exciting for a small child? Wilson takes you on an … Continue Reading →