Every year for the past three years, I've entered the HBS Halloween Miniature Challenge. I've won first and second places. My entry this year is http://wshe.es/sXecJmuo and you can vote on it from Oct. 26-30, 2020. This summer, I started work on my 2020 project. I decided it would be all recycled and handmade. Let me walk you through what I did... The house--It's a cereal box. (GrapeNuts) So the siding is cut from strips from the box. The … [Read more...] about There’s an Alien in the Trash Can–My Halloween Project
Six Tips to Improve Your Coloring
By Joanna Campbell Slan Although it seems like a fad, coloring was first prescribed by Carl Jung as part of his therapeutic regime for adults. For years now, therapists have suggested using coloring books as a way for adults to self-sooth. One theory is that the smell of the crayons reminds us of happier times and our childhood. It's also likely that the repetitive motion of our hands as we fill in spaces is soothing. Or maybe it's simply … [Read more...] about Six Tips to Improve Your Coloring
An A -ma-ZINNing Afternoon with Alice Zinn
By Joanna Campbell Slan At first blush, Alice Zinn's home looks like all the other houses in her neighborhood. The building is pleasant, on a pretty corner lot in a small city in Florida. However, when she opens the door and permits you entrance, you feel like you've fallen down a rabbit hole into an enchanted universe where fairytales and wishes come to life in miniature. Because she knew I was interested in her workspace, Alice took me on a … [Read more...] about An A -ma-ZINNing Afternoon with Alice Zinn
Three Red Velvet Cake Recipes!
Although Ilona didn't want to share her Red Velvet Cake Recipe, I was fortunate that three of my readers shared these yummy concoctions. Many thanks to all three! Joanna ** Carrie Wolfgang's (Iona's) Red Velvet Cake Recipe Cake Ingredients: 1 … [Read more...] about Three Red Velvet Cake Recipes!
Taking Care of Yourself This Holiday Season
So often we take care of everything and everyone but ourselves during the holidays. I know, because I'm a poster child for trying to do too much. Right now, I've got a miserable cold, and I suspect it's from getting too little sleep and working too many hours. The question seems eternal: "How do we care for ourselves, especially during the holiday season?" One way is to listen to our needs, to make time for us. For those of us who work at … [Read more...] about Taking Care of Yourself This Holiday Season
Excerpt from Handmade, Holiday, Homicide
Book #10 in the Kiki Lowenstein Mystery Series by Joanna Campbell Slan Chapter 1 People think that being pregnant is all about your growing belly, but the truth is, it also messes with your head. It's like for every inch my waistband expands, I lose ten points of my IQ. Maybe it's because I don't get much sleep anymore. My skin itches, the baby pokes me with his feet, and the indigestion causes a … [Read more...] about Excerpt from Handmade, Holiday, Homicide