Look at this wonderful marbled paper, created by Khadija of BARAKH LIFE Handmade. She has a nice tutorial on her blog. It's a simple and ingenious process. How beautiful would this kind of thing be for Valentine cards?

I had the wondrous experience of attending a Swap-O-Rama-Rama over the weekend. For the unitiated, this is the brainchild of Wendy Tremayne, and they’re being organized in cities all over.

I was commenting on this post at Love Forever earlier this week, and writing about how I'm a little. . . er. . . unbalanced in my approach to work these days. It's such an extreme delight, working from home, I rarely stop. And then the next thing I know, I've gone ten days straight, all of them over 12 hours, and then I wake up one morning barely able to function.

I'm in Kristin's Quilt Block Swap, which is so much fun. This month, my swap partner was Jenn, of Hambone & Jennicakes fame. And she is a fantastic quilter. Can you believe how beautiful her blocks are?

When I embarked on this whole working-from-home thing this year, I decided that one of the benefits would be to get paid partially in time. So, while this adventure occasionally means becoming deeply involved with Top Ramen, it also means that I get to take a decadent day of crafting with my super-crafty Mom once in a while. . . in the middle of the week. Hee hee!

I'm very impressed with the new BurdaStyle, which is now in beta release. My love affair with open-source sewing patterns continues.

I'm thrilled to be contributing articles once in a while to the mighty Whipup. My first piece is How to Make a Craft Group.

While you're there, you should check out the February Whiplash competition: Recycled Crafts is the theme.

I’m always drawn to craft books with techniques I've never seen before. So when I saw this one, I got all excited. Make my own braided trims? Ooooh, yes! What will I do with them? I don’t know, but that’s not the point right now.