Marcia Strykowski

Category Archives: crafts

Thanksgiving Thoughts & Traditions

While I stir cranberries, bake pies, and grate cabbage for coleslaw, I’m thinking of Thanksgivings gone by and Thanksgivings to come, and how thankful I am for this special holiday. On that note, I figured I’d revisit this post from a few years back and spruce it up with some new additions since I don’t …

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Hans Christian Andersen’s Paper Art

I’ve been busy writing and editing, hence the gap between posts this month, but I’ve also been thinking about the art of paper-cutting. I’ve always found this craft fun to do and fascinating to see displayed. I went to a wonderful exhibit of paper cutting at the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH, last May. As …

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Furry Friends & Prairie Life

I’ve been a bit too busy to blog lately, but I figured since a picture’s worth a thousand words, I’d put up a few of my recent photographs. I am so fortunate to work at a public library. Every day is a new adventure depending on which patrons (regulars or newbies) come through the door. …

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Port Clyde Fishermen Dolls

From previous posts, you might remember my treasured connection to Port Clyde. Well, I figured it was time to share a little more about this special fishing village on the Maine coast. There is a sewing circle there which has been going strong for over fifty years (and maybe a lot longer!). The group started out as …

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Library Author Visits

Do you ever go to your local library to hear an author talk about their writing process or share their latest book? I’ve been to quite a few over the years at various libraries and now that I have my own books out there in the world, I sometimes am a guest at those same libraries. Here are a …

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Paper Dolls!

Any fellow paper doll fans out there? I’ve loved paper dolls ever since I was old enough to work with scissors. I sometimes made my own dolls and clothes with the help of the Sears catalog. One store-bought television inspired collection I remember owning years ago was Petticoat Junction. A more recent series includes a classic Shirley …

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Don’t you just love looking at Valentine’s Day cards from the olden days? Here are a few fancy ones from 1876. These two lacy valentines were also popular styles from the late 1800s. As shown in the photograph, I used to love choosing just the right valentine for each of my classmates. We’d decorate shoe …

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Vintage Sewing Comeback

Like my character Amy (tween novels: Call Me Amy and Amy’s Choice) when I was growing up, us girls took home economics while the boys took ‘shop’ (woodworking, auto mechanics, etc.). It may seem old-fashioned now to split up the boys and girls, and even did so at the time, since I would have loved …

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Ribbon Candy Crafts

Although many find it way too sweet and sticky, ribbon candy has long been a holiday staple. This thin hard candy was invented in Massachusetts by F. W. Washburn c. 1856. While still warm, the candy is crimped into shape, giving it a ribbon appearance and a glossy shine. Popular flavors include spearmint, cinnamon, orange and lime. …

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December Author Spotlight

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Jama Kim Rattigan on this month’s author spotlight. Jama caught my attention not only with her lovely picture books, but with her delightful, colorful blog. There is a wonderful variety of interesting information on her blog including art, books, and novelties, along with members of her adorable teddy bear collection. …

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