craftypod goodness & a book giveaway

Saturday, Diane posted the chat that we had a couple of weeks ago for her CraftyPod podcast. I loved finally getting a chance to talk to her.

Diane's podcast is one of my very favorites. My only complaint is that it's too short. I'm always wanting more because I learn something new every time I check in. It also happens to be the perfect thing to listen to when I'm in the middle of a crafty project. Visit her site to listen in on our conversation.

Thank you so much for having me Diane!

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The house was full of kids and parents yesterday afternoon because we hosted our son's cub scouts troop meeting. They were working on their art requirement. So, guess who lead the activities? The kids talked about paintings and constructions they'd made at home. I helped them make mobiles and they had fun making their parents' profile outlines. By the end we had a big mess of paper, scissors, and whatnot. After a quick clean up we finished off the meeting with juicy watermelon slices—perfect for the persistent afternoon heat.

The only crafty thing I've done (aside from yesterday) is covering my ugly, ugly mouse pad with a piece of my yellow mod-spoons fabric. Why, oh why hadn't I thought of doing this sooner?

:: Sunburst Wreath project found in Home, Paper, Scissors ::

What have you made recently? Let me know in the comments section below and you will qualify to win one of the two signed copies of Home, Paper, Scissors that I will be giving away. If you're like me and haven't had any crafty time share a good (easy!) recipe link with us all. I can always use some help expanding my culinary repertoire.

Please make sure to include your email so that I can contact you. The drawing will close tomorrow at midnight (ET) and I will announce the winners on Wednesday morning.

Good luck!

still learning

I don't know what I'd do without my husband. This is true in more ways than one, of course, but this weekend he was so patient explaining the ins and outs of making the simplest of web sites. He could've done it very quickly but I was the stubborn one that wanted to learn more and do it myself. I know I asked a bunch of silly questions and he was a very patient teacher.

The site is very simple and it's for Home, Paper, Scissors. I'll be posting updates and events surrounding the book. I've also created a Flickr group so that any of you that are interested in sharing the projects you've worked on that are inspired by the book can share with the rest of us.

By the way, I was just visiting my Made with Linen Flickr group. There is always such inspiring and pretty work there.

This was a very slow weekend for us but it was nice to have some cozy time at home. There wasn't any time for crafting but I promise to share something other than book info soon.

I hope you had a great weekend!

martha stewart came calling... sort of

This morning I was on "Morning Living with Kim and Betsy" a Martha Stewart Radio morning drive-time show. It was my first radio interview and I didn't know quite what to expect. However, I did know that at some point or another I'd be at a loss for words, would totally get tongue tied or say a bunch of ummmms and I was right, but oh well. I guess it wasn't too bad. As soon as it was over so many other things I could've said came to mind. Doesn't that always happen? In any case... here's the recording:

I've been wanting to share this project since January and yesterday it finally saw the light of day. I designed it for issue 11 of Craft magazine. Sadly, as some of you may recall, the 10th issue was the last one to be printed. The project finally made it's way to the Craft site yesterday. It fits in nicely with this month's Home, Sweet, Home theme.

The lamp is still in the same spot I set it up for this photo and we use it on a daily basis. I don't know what it is about it but I really enjoy looking at it.

If you'd like to make one of your own visit the Craft site for the full tutorial. I promise that it's not as complicated as it may look. Thank you Craft!

Another huge thank you to those of of you that sent me kind comments, tweets, private messages and emails yesterday. I was overwhelmed in the best of ways! Your support means the world to me. I truly appreciate it all. I hope that those of you that have ordered Home, Paper, Scissors really enjoy it. To top it all off my Mr. Z came home with flowers for me (and little C). How sweet is he?

Have a great day!

home, paper scissors - the day is finally here!

Yeessss! Finally! Home, Paper, Scissors is out for the world to see. I'm so excited! Let me just say that I could not have put in all the hours I did to complete it without my family's patience and undying support. Mr. Z and the kids were absolute troopers!

And another sneak peek...

home, paper, scissors is finally published!

For those of you that listen to Sirius radio, I will be interviewed live on "Morning Living with Kim and Betsy" Martha Radio's morning drive-time show at 7:30am EST tomorrow (Aug 19th). Hopefully I won't get all tongue-tied. Wish me luck!

Thank you to Alison from Craftcast for the lovely review on her latest podcast. I was listening to her show and didn't expect to hear my name mentioned. Quite surreal.

Now to tackle the next big project!

the end, the beginning

Last year, the summer was all about writing, writing, writing Home, Paper, Scissors. This year I vowed that the kids wouldn't be so bored waiting until Mom either took a nap to recover from late night work, finished shooting just one more how-to photo, answered just one more email or any other number of things on the to-do list. I think I accomplished the goal, but something had to fall through the cracks, right? That's primarily why my bloggity blog has been picking up a bit of dust lately (being sick last week didn't help much either). I'm back and ready to roll again but I can't deny that I will miss the long lazy days and the hours at the pool.

Good-bye summer.

The kids had their first full day of school today and I thought I was going to get so much done. Ahahaha. I should've known better. But that's OK. I'll be back into my routine in a couple of days—my to-do list demands it.

Tomorrow is the big day. Home, Paper, Scissors will be officially published. I can't wait to take the kids with me and share the great day with them (and Mr. Z of course!). When I signed my contract I promised them that one day we'd all be able to walk into the bookstore and see my book on one the shelves. Yes, I'll be making a total fool of myself taking pictures of it, thank you very much. It'll feel like Christmas in August.


We celebrated our 12th anniversary on Sunday. We both have a lot more gray hairs (don't be fooled by his—he's only 2 yrs older than me) and some extra pounds, but we're still going strong. If it weren't for the kids we wouldn't know all this time has passed. (A couple of wedding photos here). Love my NN!

We enjoyed a long weekend with the kids (Mr. Z took a couple of days off) because they start school this coming Thursday. The end of the summer is always bitter sweet. On the one hand I want to return to my 'regular' schedule and on the other I know the house will feel so very empty. You can't have it both ways can you?

I'm not up to par so that's another reason for my absence around these parts. I'll be back whenever the antibiotics kick in.

By the way, thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my paper/embroidery piece. I'm almost done with it and I'll be sure to post it when it's complete.

I hope you're all doing well.