The Beauty of Imperfection – Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi: Rutilated Quartz, The Beauty of Imperfection I often think about how imperfections and flaws are part of what absolutely make natural materials so beautiful.  This is what makes all of us imperfect humans beautiful, too!  The Japanese have a whole aesthetic philosophy that studies and worships this feeling, it’s called Wabi Sabi.  Like… Read more »

How to Make Crochet Coral Reefs – Hyberbolic Crochet, where have you been all my life?!

Two Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Creatures I made while I was on vacation! The Crochet Coral Reef project is so fantastic and on so many levels!  It’s beautiful, it’s ocean creatures (which I’m fascinated by), it’s craft, it’s art, it’s science, it’s creativity and infinite possibility.  I am drawn to it like a bee to honey…. Read more »

The Desire to Customize

Custom Pet Portrait by Molly Kugler Dickinson What is so irresistible and attractive about customization?  Why will I spend many happy hours adjusting the color scheme of my web page?  What is the reason that richly hand embroidered clothing is so meaningful?  What is so pleasing about having a piece of clothing tailored to fit only… Read more »

You’re Walking Around Salvatierra, Mexico with us!

View Larger Map This interactive map is of Salvatierra, Guanajuato, Mexico.  Where I am right now, soaking up some sun and some Mexican culture!!  This is the town in Mexico where my husband’s family goes when they need to buy anything that can’t be found at the corner store in their little Ranchito.  It’s also… Read more »

Every Gift Has a Story – Job Tears Jewelry

Inspired by this sweet “Every Gift has a Story” video from Etsy (one of the online marketplaces where you can buy my Handcrafted Jewelry) I thought I’d share with you all the story of Job’s Tears seeds and how they began my jewelry making career! Yes, I know you’re already wondering What in the heck… Read more »

Handmade Holidays

My Handmade Holiday will be spent in Mexico with my in-laws! (Well, with some of them, the rest stay up here and get to shovel the sidewalk for us!!) We’re gonna make tamales and tacos and buñuelos (buñuelos are sort of like a flour tortilla, fried and then drenched in brown sugar syrup!) I’ll be… Read more »

Book Recommendation – The Turquoise Ledge

Time for my next book recommendation!  This little memoir, The Turquoise Ledge, is by Leslie Marmon Silko, a Native American author.  I had not previously read any of her books, but I checked it out because the book jacket describes her memoir so magically (“combines memoir with family history and reflections on the creatures and… Read more »

The Day of the Dead is Better than Memorial Day

My Grandparents-in-laws’ grave, 2 November 2004 El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) was a holiday that I didn’t really understand until I married into Mexican Culture.  It’s like our Memorial Day, but it’s what I’ve always wanted Memorial to be that it wasn’t.  First of all, it’s only about dead people,… Read more »

Fall and Spring: paying attention to the between times.

Life is Short by Jenny Hoople There is a spiritual significance to fall and spring, they are the seasons of transition, movements between the steady states of life and death, between breathing in and breathing out.  The spiritual importance of transitions is seen in meditation practice, where one technique is to pay attention to the… Read more »