Way up in the middle of nearly nowhere in north-central Minnesota, hides a magical place called Burntside Lake. Over 100 wooded islands, clean water, and loon song. People don't like to talk about it much for fear that it will become a major tourist destination and ruin the remote beauty of the area. Secretly, I think most people just want to own the area for themselves. While that's not likely to happen, you can now own a piece of art featuring Burntside Lake -- in 8 x 10" or 12 x 12". Click the photo below to grab your own piece of this gem.


Coming from a small town, it was downright scary for me to visit the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area in Minnesota. Later, my life Madison, Wisconsin was an easy primer for bigger cities, but it was still nerve-wracking for me when I first toured my first truly "capital C" City, Chicago. Imagine my delight then, to walk up, down and within Navy Pier on my first visit there, to take in the grandeur of Lake Michigan from the miles of sandy beach shoreline, to explore the heights of the urban sprawl from the Hancock Building, and to ride the "el" and live to tell about it! 


Still there? Great! Thanks for sticking with me. 

While there's loads of good reasons to celebrate the start of a new year (waxing daylight, fresh starts, fun crossing out 4s and writing 5s), one of my favorites is having a little more time of my own after the rush of holidays and end of the year hoopla. My brain switches from survival mode after working so hard to get piles of orders out as quickly as possible, to creative mode to come up with ideas to fill the time. 


As 2013 winds down, I'd like to take a moment to thank you for being part of another great year. Yes, you. Whoever you may be, and in whatever way you've been part of the Crafterall world, please know that I appreciate your business, your support, your friendship, your guidance, and your presence. It's been a great year, and I look forward to forging ahead into 2014.


Yup! I'm still here, and so, finally, is summer! Happy Summer Solstice to you all! Ours has been a warm, humid day book-ended with fairly severe thunderstorms, leaving the ground completely soaked and covered in tree debris. Since my last post, the school year has ended so the kids are home all day, I turned 37, and we've spent three lovely weekends at the family cabin.


It's finally Spring in Minnesota! With snow still falling in early May, and June high temps in the 50's, we weren't sure this season would ever take off, but it's getting there, and the birds are rocking the chilly breezes with their calls and are busy collecting materials for their nests. While these birdies are doing their nesting work, I've been working on some nesting-related things of my own: Nesting Dolls!


If you're a fan of papery goodness like I am, there's a good chance you already know about a gorgeous blog called All Things Paper. It's written by one of the nicest people I know, Ann Martin. Ann is an accomplished quiller and blogger, and consistently fills her site with anything and everything to do with paper arts.  If all of this is old news to you, you have also likely heard about a new book that's currently available for pre-order. Taking its name directly from the blog from which it was born, All Things Paper is a new book out next month that will sate even the most discriminating paper art tastes.