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Pen and Ink Drawing Supplies: Your Starter Set!

Walking into an art-supply store and buying ALL the things is pretty exciting. But if you’re drawing in pen and ink, all you need are a couple of basic supplies. Here’s what to think about before you shop. Choosing a Pen Key question: What kind of pen do you want to use? You’ll find tons…

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7 Make-Ahead Desserts That Are Party-Perfect

A party is the perfect time to show off your baking chops. But no one wants to get stuck fussing in the kitchen just as conversation’s getting lively after dinner. Solution: Whip up a gorgeous dessert that can be made (mostly) ahead. 1. Love Your Lemons It’s like lemon meringue pie … except it’s a…

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For the Love of Crafting: 5 Valentine’s Day Creations from the Heart

Spread the love with 5 easy Valentine’s Day inspired craft ideas from Craftsy, The Knitting Circle, National Sewing Circle, and National Quilters Circle. Five incredible instructors provide step-by-step demonstrations as they quilt, sew, knit, and bake. The materials list, patterns, instructions, and recipes are available for download as well! Chocolate Heart Macarons Learn how to…

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What I Wish I Knew Before I Ever Picked Up a Paintbrush

There’s something so satisfying when I get to see one of my students have a “lightbulb moment” about their watercolor practice. These little epiphanies have been scattered along my own creative path too, and I love sharing them with anybody who will listen. When we try to build a new skill, there are so many…

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What I Wish I’d Known When I Started Sewing

Picture an electric blue polyester-satin tube dress with spaghetti straps and a beaded appliqué — on a seven-year-old. That was my first sewing project, and it was not a costume! Since then, I’ve learned to deploy my glam style instincts more selectively, and I’ve also learned a whole lot more about sewing. Here are a…

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