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DIY Dog Treats

A friend whose father was a professional baker told me he makes his mini-dachshund Zelda her own dog biscuits. In that wonderful way the Universe has of listening in and offering just what you need at the right time, I was reviewing an upcoming cookbook by Julia Turshen called Small Victories, turned a page, and voila! Hope & Winky’s Dog Cookies! What’s good enough for Zellie is good enough for Grace, so I made a special trip to the supermarket for Peter Pan creamy peanut butter. Mixed with olive oil, chicken broth, rolled oats, cornmeal, and a dash of salt and baked until toasty with a crackly top,  I’m tempted to steal a couple of these for myself.


Perfect snack: cookies and milk!

Grace would like to thank Zelda and her dad Ricky for waking me up–FINALLY!–to homebaked snacks.

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Give Yourself a Hand…


A handmade show of support, that is! Why should you always give someone else the love?

One of the greatest inspirational authors of our age, Louise Hay, had healed her life and millions of others’ with the simple idea, “That which we constantly affirm becomes true for us.” Inspire yourself…congratulate yourself…love yourself and watch what happens.

I’m at 30 days in my promise of “30 days…30 handmade projects.” I have to admit, of course, certain days were less productive than others, but I cooked, sewed, knitted, cross-stitched, cut and glued enough to feel great! Why stop now?


Made With Love

My niece will be the the first on my side of her family to get a graduate degree. My mother, gone now 16 years, would’ve been so damn proud, as am I.


Inside my cross-stitched card is this quote from The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration:

“Spread your arms in an embrace, throw your head back,

and prepare to receive and send coordinates of being.

For, at last, you know

you are the navigator, the captain, and the ship.”

She is an able sailor, a brave adventurer, and a loving citizen of the world. God bless her!


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I Made It Myself Day 2

Tonight I’ve been invited to visit a friend who lives in the neighborhood to talk about a prospective book of vintage sewing patterns. An ode to the homemade, if ever there was one!


I’ve made her a hostess gift: six simple felt-backed coasters. Don’t you just love this fabric?!


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