“I was having fun; why are you so mad at me?!” You’re tired, the kids are wired, and it seems like saying “no” is all you do. Welcome to crunch time – when jumping on the couch, running around a store, and touching everything is the perpetual motion of every child! This is when we’re… More Video Tip: Stop Saying “No”
“Well, I wasn’t mad before you stormed in here.” It’s called emotional contagion, and researchers study it in several ways. We are like chameleons – we’ll change our mood to match the “loudest” mood in the room. If you think about this, it happens all the time: The answer is to increase your awareness of… More Video Tip: Prevent Emotional Contagion
It’s rare for me to get feedback on things I’ve crocheted that’s constructive and helpful, but what I got from the fair is amazing. The judge uses a rubric (at the very bottom of this post) and then ADDS COMMENTS that will help me be a better hooker. I am so grateful for this incredible… More Santa Cruz County Fair 2022 – My Work Won Ribbons!
I made these six-inch mandalas for Katie to sell with her plants. These look so good in windows and or among hanging plants. They need to be up high enough that a cat can’t get them because destroying the tension with one cat swipe is easy. Easy to detail with beads and fringe. I just… More The Whimsy of the Mandala
The best thing about crocheting a sweater is that I can get the fit pretty darn close with planning. Here are a few I made in 2022. I will make more! Happy to be commissioned to make one for you!
I love making bags. These are my higher-end bags. They are detailed and use 100% cotton, making the texture smooth but without fiber (yarn has a fiber feel). The cotton yarn makes them feel a bit heavier, too – a feeling I like. I’m doing shoulder bags and backpacks; typically, the straps can do either.… More Crocheted Purses: Personal and Unique
You never know when you might need to write a Victim Impact Statement. I wish this on no one. But if you do, here’s what I learned while preparing my statement for the Joseph DeAngelo sentencing hearing. I hope you find this helpful. Important Note podcast For some darn reason, Minnie Mouse decided to enter… More How to Prepare a Victim Impact Statement
The full moon in July is referred to as the “Full Buck Moon” because this is the time of year buck’s antlers are in full growth mode. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the July full moon is also sometimes called the Thunder Moon, Hay Moon, or Wort Moon. July 7th UPDATE: The ceremony was great! Thank you to those of you who joined me live. There… More It’s Time to Let Go – Full Moon Renewal Ceremony
Update: Did not see this press release yesterday. It explains more about the approach to the series and mentions victims! I’m still worried this will romanticize one person (Michelle), but she did write the book! I didn’t realize HBO was going to drop the teaser on Sunday and it did catch me a bit off-guard.… More The HBO I’ll Be Gone in the Dark Teaser Has Dropped
When Joe Alsip was arrested for the murder of Lyman and Charlene Smith, we finally learned about new aspects of the case – evidence, what had happened to them – and yet, many details still remained a mystery. It’s only with the connection to Joseph DeAngelo that we know more about what happened in the… More In the News | 1981 Prelim of Joe Alsip Links & Images