Ah, May Day—that strange holiday of spring flowers and workers’ rights, that special day that evokes both pagan rituals and the Haymarket riots. Inspired by the coneshaped flower holders traditionally made and shared on this day, I decided this week to make flower baskets like those described in The Magic of Kirigami by Florence Temko,
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If you’ve found your way here as a result of Martha Stewart Living, welcome and thanks for visiting. If you haven’t yet seen it, February’s issue features the Handmade Crafternoon event series that I co-host with Maura Madden, and includes templates for secret message hearts, little foxes, and pop-up hearts, each inspired by a vintage valentine
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My handmade valentines in past years have often been of the “a picture’s worth a thousand words” variety, with paper cuts or found images. But this year I decided to let the dictionary speak for me. This valentine includes definitions of words (like together, pair, gaga, etc.) that evoke the holiday, clipped out of
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This month I have been invited to contribute to two blogs—one librarianesque, and one culinary—and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank my kind hosts. If you are interested in the ins and outs of my librarian life, I’m writing for The Desk Set this month. So far I’ve written about my love
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