About Me

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Hi there, my name is Donna. Go grab a snack and your favorite beverage, get comfortable and settle in. Lots to read. Lots to see. I am Craft Obsessed.

My long time love has been macrame since the early 80′s. The urge to tie knots comes and goes but eventually I always go back to it. So many beautiful things to be made by just tying different knots with the fingers.

Since I retired over six years ago, I have learned several new crafts. Jewelry making was the first I tried. Without a clue how to begin, I took quite a few beading classes starting with simple stringing. Then advanced to beadwork. I found out I LOVED Peyote. It was so magical how the little rows lined up.

Next, I learned to crochet and have found it quite relaxing but addicting. I doubt it will replace macrame as my favorite craft but I certainly did enjoy it when I was doing it.

Two years ago I finally tackled something I had wanted to learn for YEARS!! Quilting. It was something that had been on my Bucket List a very long time. My fear of cutting off a finger had stopped me. But after hearing about the Klutz Glove and buying one, I got started. I spent all of 2011 and 2012 sewing and quilting. And loving it.

For 2013, my plan is to continue learning something new each month, hence the name of my blog. Do visit often. You never know what will grab my attention and yours!! And I LOVE to throw giveaways. Check back often.

And while you are here please try your hand at some of my tutorials. Thanks for stopping by.


If you have any questions, you may contact me at don_mae2(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks!!

(Updated 2-5-13)

95 comments on “About Me

  1. Betty Lindsey( Nana) says:

    Way to go!
    Quite a little blog you have for yourself.
    Cute little Barbie purse also!
    Seem you have found your calling!

  2. don_mae says:

    Hi there, Betty. Welcome!! Hope you found your way around ok. Thanks for coming. Do come back. :D

  3. Lillian says:

    I am so proud of you, I could spit…maybe not spit, but you did make me smile. I love your bracelets. I think they are beautimous! I second this

  4. don_mae says:

    Hi Lillian!! You like Sue’s Beautimous, too. I love it. Thanks for stopping by. Do come back often.

  5. Aleta says:

    Thank you for sharing the tutorial on the Triangle Pendant. I plan on giving that a try! It looks lovely! I love to do jewelry and blogged about it in my “Hobby Swap” on my site. Looking forward to seeing more of your jewelry endeavors.

    Aleta

  6. don_mae says:

    Aleta, good luck with your peyote triangle. I enjoyed making mine and plan to do another one in fushia, one day. I also plan to post more tutorials when I get a chance.

  7. Shirley says:

    Great blog you have. It’s great to have found a passion and continue to do what you like. I’m a craft fanatic so will definitely encourage you to move on. (“,)

  8. don_mae says:

    Thank you, Shirley. I am truly enjoying my retirement. I want to make a million things but I am going slow or I will have to build an addition to my home just for crafts!!

  9. Paulette Small says:

    I am interested in macrame after learning about it in craft class I like your designs and think you are very talented, keep up the good work you make art fun.

  10. don_mae says:

    Thank you, very much. I hope you will enjoy creating pretty things. I still love macrame after 25+ years.

  11. Julie says:

    Hi there (I don’t know your name!),

    I saw your tutorial on right angle weaving and it’s great – thanks for taking the time to step that out. What I’m wondering though is, I am trying to do the “Lucious Links” bracelet by Shelley Nybakke made of all seed beads and I’m at a loss as to how you start the first part of RAW? I’ve taken only one beginner beadweaving course so far, but figure it can’t be THAT hard to pick up, right?

    Do you have a similar pattern up, by any chance? Or can you advise me on how to go?

    Thanks so much,
    Julie :)

  12. don_mae says:

    Hi there, I was able to locate a picture of the bracelet you are making here.

    http://www.interweave.com/bead/beadwork_magazine/back_issues/02_08.asp

    Very pretty. Unfortunately I can’t tell how you begin it. It looks like peyote in a flat circle but I doubt that is what it is. Do you have instructions? I am new to beadweaving too. Only since January 2008. Hope you can figure it out. Sorry I couldn’t be of help.

  13. Carol says:

    I happened on your site this afternoon. I perused it in depth and I’m entirely impressed with the clarity with which you express the very things I want to read. And if that’s not enough, you show me the images my brain wants to see! You most certainly are a communicator. I’d love to sit with you and sip tea. I’d listen to your voice tell me your story. Who is this loving person who feels compelled to share a wealth of knowledge and creativity with the likes of me?

    I will lift you with healing thoughts for a rapid recovery.

    Carol

  14. don_mae says:

    Carol, I am feeling much better today and didn’t need to take any pain killers. Not 100% but ok enough to get back doing what I love. Crafting. Thank you very much for your kind words on my blog. I hope you will come back often and I hope I continue to have stories and articles of interest. THANK YOU AGAIN!!

  15. Carol says:

    I wished you well and came down with a raging fever and chest congestion myself. I’ll mend in a day or so.

    How delightful, the serpentine wire! I wondered how you’d make it an art object. I had thought peyote seed beads in freeform overlays with pearls, the same colors you used. I made a bracelet like that… probably why I thought of the companion piece in that style and colors.

    Yes, stringing is satisfying, isn’t it?

  16. don_mae says:

    Carol, hope you are feeling better. I am still not 100%, still babying the teeth on my upper left side. I haven’t chewed any food there yet, afraid to break something and then have to go back to the dentist. Sure don’t want to do that.

  17. Carol says:

    Hello… I’m still sick. I had pneumonia and bronchitis and still have a fever, despite five days on Zithromax. My doctor thinks I picked up a virus in the midst of all the other goings on.

    Your art is so alive! I particularly love the finished necklace with the four separate pieces. You have a well-established sense of color and design. Soooo impressed. Yes, the choice to add the chain was exactly right. Love it!

    I hope your mouth is healing. You remain in my good thoughts.
    Carol

  18. don_mae says:

    Hi Carol. Thanks so much for the compliments on my necklace. I loved making it. My mouth is just about healed. I can feel a tender spot where I got the shot in my gum. I am still not chewing on the left. I guess I need to stop favoring the right side or my face may get lopsided. :D

    I hope you start to feel better soon. It is no fun being sick.

  19. Carol says:

    Hi again!
    Darn needle goes right into the spongy bone. That’s why you still feel it. Not like getting a shot in the ol’keister!

    I’m on a different antibiotic dose pack. It’s day two and I feel more like myself today.

    I’ve been beading while recovering. I’ll take a photo of some of my favorite pieces and show them to you, if you’d like.

    Normally, I’d paint or string some words together, but beading has felt like the right expenditure of energy for this ailment.

    Are you Mae of Don_Mae? I’d love to address you by name.

    Carol

  20. don_mae says:

    Hi Carol. Glad to hear you are on the mend and back to being creative. I would LOVE to see some of your favorite pieces. I get ideas and inspiration from seeing other’s work.

    BTW. I am Donna. I am the don AND the mae. :D

  21. Carol says:

    Donna,
    I love the look of your tubing projects. It appears you accomplished a goal or two and confirmed a few suspicions about hardware stores.

    What if you put something inside the tubing prior to cutting it? Hmmm, like fill it with water, freeze it and then cut it while frozen. It would hold its shape better. How about using a polymer clay cutting blade or a single edge razor blade? On the opposite end of the scale, what about using scissors that intentionally scallop, pink or gnaw the edges?

    The clear tubing should be even more fun to work with! Like glass canes with beautiful things going on inside. Yummy.

    Carol

  22. don_mae says:

    Carol, thanks!! I have to try freezing the tubing. That might work. I have pinking shears, that’s an idea too. Will let you know. I made another bracelet and just posted it. Haven’t done anything yet with the clear tubing. On my list.

  23. Carol says:

    Donna,
    I love the idea of making that style for men. Their jewelry is usually a pared down version of what women wear instead of beefed up!
    Carol

  24. Carol says:

    Donna,
    The earrings are stunning. You’re right, they’ll make snazzy gifts. But only because your instructions are as clear as your photos! Thank you for your gift of teaching. I appreciate it.
    Carol

  25. don_mae says:

    Hi Carol!! Thanks!! They are VERY fast to make. I made a pair tonight in silver and “gold” gold. And a matching ring. I make take my own suggestion and give sets to my relatives for Christmas. You are most welcome.

  26. Carol says:

    Donna,
    Embroidery month, huh? Ain’t we got fun! Find your stuff, I’ve been pondering the purchase of a new sewing machine; show me wha’cha got. I want to see what an embroidery-type machine has to offer.

    My current machine was purchased for me as a new bride in the mid sixties. Could be they’ve changed. Ya think?

    Today is day 22 of my bout with bronchitis, but today I’m feeling 7/8ths like myself, I even groomed my two pound poodle.
    Carol

  27. don_mae says:

    Hi Carol!! I have one of those old relics too. A Touch N Sew Singer from either the late 60′s or early 70′s. I am told it was the Cadillac of its day. This month should be fun. I for sure will learn about my sewing machine. Even after 18 months, it is still like brand new to me. I have NO IDEA what I am going to make. Have been searching online for ideas. Hope I don’t make a mess AND a fool of myself. :D (Glad you are feeling better.)

  28. Carol says:

    Hi Donna,
    Don’t let the possibility of a mess deter you. I’m counting on you to think outside the seam allowance!

    Hmmmm, remember those decorative collars we used to tuck into our sweaters to make it look like we were wearing a blouse underneath? I’d love to see something in that vein to dress up my Chico’s Traveler’s knits. But not so much a collar as an alternative to hard jewelry. A happening in fiber! Mandarin collar with hangy-down stuff.

    My sewing machine was a Keystone, bought through the Service Merchandise Catalog when we lived in a suburb of Detroit.
    Carol

  29. Carol says:

    Donna,
    I was just looking back at the early pages of your blog and saw that your town is 50 years old this year. So is mine where I live in Illinois. Then I saw the name of your town. Hmmm, I thought, I grew up near a town with that name. So I Googled your town’s name in the state in which I grew up and YOUR town’s name showed up as being 50 years old this year. It appears I grew up within about 15 miles of where you currently live. Could that be?
    Carol… again

  30. don_mae says:

    Hi Carol, yep, I live just outside of Detroit. Have been in Michigan since 1965 and moved to Southfield in 1986. Our plans “were” to move to a warmer climate after retirement. Then the housing industry fell into the toilet. We just had new windows and front entry doors installed so I guess we are staying put.

  31. Carol says:

    Donna,
    So our paths may have crossed briefly. I left Michigan in 1966. I graduated from Plymouth High School and went to Eastern for a year, then on to Iowa State.

    New windows and doors will keep Michigan’s climate at bay. Wish they worked on the economic climate as easily.

    I look forward to this month of embroidery. I know you’ll be an entertaining source of creativity. Um, unless, of course, you’re still looking for your stuff;-)
    Carol

  32. JoAnn says:

    Hello:

    I love your blog. I came across it by accident while looking for instructions on how to make a right angle weave. I live in Detroit, MI. You probably already know the Bead Bonanza is this Sunday, October 5th at the Southfield Municipal Complex.

  33. don_mae says:

    Hi there, yep I sure do. I will be there with bells on. I hope I don’t find too many things I just can’t live without. RAW is really easy. You will love it.

  34. JoAnn says:

    If you don’t mind me asking where do you take your beading classes? I use to take some at Michaels, but lately it doens’t seem that they have much to offer. I went to the Bead Bonanza on Sunday and I restrained myself to some degree, but did pick up a few beads and findings that I really liked.

    JoAnn

  35. don_mae says:

    Hi JoAnn, I was at the Bead Bonanza from 1pm till about 4:30. I found a few things I had been looking for on line. Some of the prices were reasonable and some outrageous. The latter I passed up quickly. After awhile, it was more of the same. I plan to go to the next one.

    I have taken classes at Tel-12′s Michaels (when they were offering classes, by Sim Moy), also Munro’s in Berkley and 2CuteBeads in Farmington.

  36. JoAnn says:

    I see you found some really beautiful beads. I arrived about 10:30 and stayed until about 12:30. I had another commitment so that gave me two hours to do some damage. Natually, I could have bought more, but was happy with my finds. I love that beading show. I think I took Sim Moy’s beginning beading class and was overwhelmed only because we made a ten strand necklace. I’v been thinking about taking a class at 2cutebeads. The beginning wire wrapping class.

    JoAnn

  37. don_mae says:

    Hi JoAnn, I have taken that beginner’s wirewrapping class. Sandy teaches it. Here is the bracelet I made. I also took her wirewrapped ring class. Most of my classes there have been taught by Rose.

    http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL15/946380/19018197/293526270.jpg

    http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL15/946380/19018197/293526269.jpg

    http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL15/946380/20140388/326581292.jpg

  38. JoAnn says:

    Those are beautiful. I’ll have to make sure to sign up for one of her classes.

    Thank you.

    JoAnn

  39. Tina says:

    Love the Peyote Heart Cuff Bracelet. How do I get the pattern, or do I. Thanks.

  40. don_mae says:

    Hi Tina. I will send it to you. I may also post the pattern on my blog. Thanks!!

  41. Carol says:

    Donna,
    I think people will reward themselves for voting by buying your beautiful items. Whoever scheduled the event for that time and place has marketing in her veins. Stroke of genius. Let us know how it turns out.
    Carol

  42. don_mae says:

    Hi Carol!! I sure hope so. I sure will. Thanks!!

  43. Paula says:

    I just found your blog and it is my new favorite! I love reading about your projects and your goals to try new things have really inspired me =)

  44. Sara says:

    Love your raw crystal Right angle weave bracelet, and your instructions are surgical!!!! I’ve been learning this stitch and this bracelet is just perfect! Thank You!!!!

  45. don_mae says:

    Thanks, Paula and Sara. I am enjoying creating things.

  46. Sue Jensen says:

    Just wanted to show you my triangle pendent I made from your pattern. I would also like to know if I have your permission to sell it? On my Etsy site?
    if not I will understand. I don’t want to do anything like that without permission. OH and I also made the triangle bracelet. If you go to this location you will see the pictures. http://www.beadersshowcase.com/profile/SueJensen
    Just scroll down to view the slide show and you will see the images. Thank you for your generous tutorials they are awesome.
    Kindest Regards
    Sue Jensen

  47. don_mae says:

    Hi there. Just back from viewing your beautiful creations. I would LOVE to make your black bracelet. Love it!! Love it!! No problem in offering your pendant for sale on Etsy. It isn’t my design. Not sure it belongs to anyone. I have seen others available for sale and I learned how to make it in class. No restrictions were given to me by the instructor. Good luck with your sales.

  48. Sue Jensen says:

    Thanks so much.. as for the black bracelet believe it or not I purchased the 2009 bead a day calander and it was one of the patterns can’t remember what the date was but when I got the calander I went thru all the pages and picked out a bunch to do.. this was one of them.. it is just brick stitch and I am re learning how to do it. If you want me to find it I can so let me know.
    Regards
    Sue

  49. don_mae says:

    I will try to find that calender. If not, I will let you know. I so like the clean looks of that bracelet. Thanks!!

  50. JoEllen says:

    I started making the 20 strand bracelet, which is very sharp, but i’ve spent more then I should have just trying to find the large hole beads at the end to cover everything. Do you have the bead size, or any suggestions if I don’t find them. Thanks.

  51. don_mae says:

    Hi there, I think they came from Michaels or JoAnn’s. Can’t remember exactly. Lengthwise the spacer bead is 3/8″. The hole measures 1/4″. Hope you can find them. I am going to make a black one. Had to wait on my supplier to replenish their black 8mm crystals. Good luck with yours. Let me know how it turns out. (You could use a cone shaped metal bead.)

  52. don_mae says:

    Sue Jensen: I found that bead-a-day calendar at Amazon. Can’t wait to get it. Thanks for the info!!

  53. Carol says:

    Another parallel in our lives…

    So, my tooth hurt for a couple months. Molar, #31. The week of Thanksgiving I had ruled out it was not my brain playing Fibromyalgia tricks with my body, AGAIN, and I made an appointment with my dentist. Monday I braved the snowstorm, the hour drive and saw the man for three minutes. He referred me to a specialist in root canal. Seems I had an abscessed tooth. I hadn’t been able to trust that the pain was real from years and years of being conned into thinking that the pain was based in a real medical issue. She saw me immediately and began the procedure.

    I hugged the specialist, and left her office feeling great. I came home, rolled primer on my new studio walls. Read while the Novocaine wore off. Rolled the finish-coat and went to bed. Without any pain medication. Today I have no pain, my studio is nearly finished, I am rarin’ to go! It’s been since we met… back when we were both sick in July that I’ve been lingering without motivation or drive.

    What gives? Pain and the underlying reason for it. Donna, don’t be so hard on yourself. Doing the show circuit is tough. I did art fairs for 15 years. It was brutal. I did no creative work while wearing the hat of sales person. Get through the holidays. Stop to smell the pine, and breathe. Really concentrate on breathing; deep, cleansing breaths to renew and refresh. By this date next month you’ll be ziggering again.
    Carol

  54. Vicki-anne says:

    Hi Donna, Love the blog. I hope to make one of your Peyote Triangle Bracelets during my Christmas holiday. Thank you so much for the instructions. I’ll be back again soon.

  55. don_mae says:

    Hi Carol, I am finally taking some time to just relax and do a few personal things I neglected during the past 4 weeks. My toothache is gone for now BUT as soon as I over floss in that area, it starts to hurt and throb again. I am doing gentle flossing there, don’t want to irritate it. I am still going to make a dentist appt. I need to know the cause. Glad you figured out what was ailing you. Hope I can do the same.

  56. don_mae says:

    Hi Vicki-anne. Good luck in making your bracelet. It is one of my favorites to make. Thanks so much for the compliments on my blog. Appreciate it.

  57. Debbie Cowan says:

    I would love to know how to make the Black Ruffle Bracelet in more detail. Also, the Beaded Beads Bracelet. I especially love the beaded beads bracelet. Would someone tell me where I could find more detailed instructions on how to make these 2 bracelets for myself? I am a beginner beaded that learns fast, but needs a little more details. Please respond to me, Thanks.

  58. don_mae says:

    Hi Debbie, for the black ruffle bracelet, I used right angle weave (RAW) and made it per my RAW tutorial with a few variations. I added a second row of the last embellishment along the bottom edges. That is what created the ruffled look. For the clasp, I added a larger crystal and made a simple string of seed beads to loop around it for closure. Follow along with my tutorial. You should be fine. Good luck!!

    The beaded bead bracelet I made in class and do not have a tutorial made for it. I remember making the beads and they weren’t that hard. Maybe one day soon I will try it again and do a tutorial.

  59. JoAnn says:

    As far as I know the flat hook versus the round hook is more personal preference. I prefer the round hook that’s what I have always used and I don’t feel that the flat hooks are better for me.

  60. Carol says:

    Donna,
    I’m delighted that you stuck with learning to crochet. Look at all you’ve done! I knew you could do it. And now you’ll be able to follow patterns; make whatever tickles your fancy. I’ve followed your progress with a proud grin. I’m glad you didn’t chuck your hook out the window.
    Carol

  61. don_mae says:

    Hi Carol, I am glad I stuck with it too. It is getting easier with each project. I am having a lot of fun making stuff. I drool over the project books and have made a mental note of all the things I wish to make some day.

  62. Carol says:

    Hi Donna,
    I laughed out loud when I read that you are reluctant to switch to a month of quilting on account of ENJOYING crocheting. You’re my poster gal for diligence. Brava!
    Carol

  63. judi says:

    Donna,
    In these challenging times when I find myself leaning towards negative thinking, you’re a constant source of enjoyment and inspiration and although, until now, I hadn’t written in, I have enjoyed receiving your updates as you persevere through all your endeavors. Good luck with your eye surgery; I’ve only heard good news about renewed visual clarity.

    Thank you for your uplifting spirit!

    Judi

  64. Toni says:

    Hi I just recently came across your website and love looking at all your pretty things. I just learned the right angle weave using pearls and am wondering what kind of pearls you use or where do you get yours. The local place I get mine from doesn’t really have a big selection of colors so I looked on line and found the swarovski pearls but wasnt sure if thats what I need. Thanks for the help.
    Toni

  65. Carol says:

    You… are… a… hoot, an absolute HOOT! Keep on keeping on, sweetie.

  66. don_mae says:

    Hi Carol!! Thanks for the laugh. I guess I am a hoot. I initially thought I wouldn’t be able to learn to crochet. I think I was focusing on “how to hold the yarn like the instructor wanted” rather than just trying to learn the stitches. It will take YEARS to make all the stuff I want to make. Are you ready for the ride!! :D

    Toni, I don’t think I answered your question. Sorry. Yes, I used Swarovski pearls in my RAW bracelets.

  67. maja says:

    Hey, very nice work. I like to bead too. more complicated better it is. have a great time.

  68. Ramya says:

    Hello,
    I was just looking for a peyote leaf design and was so happy to find your tutorial. Great instructions, and I hope I will be able to make it easily. I’m new to your site and just wanted to let you know that you have a great website with a lot of tutorials for new beaders like me!

    Keep it up!
    Thanks so much

  69. Diana says:

    Just stumbled across your web site, I guess it was the search for marabella beads. . .Then I saw the plant hanger that is featured. . . .I couldn’t believe it. . .I am making that almost exact hanger, in grey, using the marabella beads. . .I am looking for a marbalized marabella bead connection. . .Most of the sites I see are solid in color, can you help me out. . .I believe in my heart that you can, especially seeing the coincidence of making the hanger you display on the web site. . .It was meant to be. . .Diana

  70. Tina says:

    I saw a photo of a chicken potholder that was crocheted. Can I get a copy of the pattern? I give potholders away to family and co-workers at Christmas time.

    Thanks,
    Tina

  71. jo says:

    Hi
    I would like to make a triangular pendant with seed beads. Your site comes up but the pattern is not there.
    Can you help
    jo

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Jo. The pendant was made in class at toocutebeads and the pattern is now copyrighted. You can check with them for instructions. Thanks for asking.

  72. Monica says:

    I like so much what you do with macrame and beads.
    It’s so beautiful all the things you made with your hands!!
    I’m from Romania a farway country from Europe. Me too I want to learn peyote technique. Already I start a little bracellet.We don’t have here quality beads, accessories,courses, magazines and other things for beading.
    Congratulation for all your works!
    Monica

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Monica, thanks much for the compliments on my work. Really appreciate it. Good luck with your bracelet. I am sure it will be beautiful.

  73. Susana says:

    No sé escribir en inglés… Tu blog es muy lindo y en él encontré mucho para aprender. Gracias por tu generosidad.
    Un abrazo desde Montevideo, Uruguay

  74. Jax says:

    Hi Donna,
    I have really enjoyed following your blog for the last year or so. You are so inspiring. I wanted to ask you for some help if that is ok. I am doing my first craft fair on November at a really busy place (Berryessa Flea market in San Jose, CA’ Holiday Craft Fair) and I am worried/nervous about how much stuff to bring with me. I was hoping you could help since I know you have done craft shows. So here are the basics. I will have a 10X10 space with and 8 ft table and it will be Saturday and Sunday from 10-5. I make beaded jewelry so I will be taking rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, anklets and some beaded bookmarks. Thanks for your input :)
    Jax

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Jax, first let my thank you for being one of my regular blog readers. I really appreciate it.

      Regarding your craft fair… I would take as much as possible. As much as you can fit in your car/truck. I take it ALL and as I sell something, I refill the spot.

      My suggestions would be to color coordinate, display items in sets. Let the buyer see “what else goes with an item” so they can see themselves wearing it.

      Have the blues together, beiges together, etc.

      Also make sure to put duplicates out. So people looking to buy the same thing as gifts can see you have more than one.

      Have a “gimmick” to get people over to your table. Offer a free keychain, for ex, with a purchase. Offer 2 for 1. Or half off for the 2nd.

      I run a SPECIAL of some sort. Last year I had way too many necklaces. So I put up huge signs to grab their attention. They got the necklace for the sale price and anything else that matched the necklace for the regular price. I reduced a lot of my inventory that way.

      Good luck with your show. Please do let me know how it went.

      • Jax says:

        Thanks for the advice! I like the idea of color grouping instead of what I was thinking putting like with like, bracelets with bracelets etc.
        I do have a ton of earring/necklace combos that I was thinking about doing 1 for this and 2 for that but I didn’t think about a sign.
        I will let you know how it goes!
        Jax :)

  75. Joshilyn says:

    Hi Jax —

    I am looking for a picture of a red yarn bow or flower to use as an element on my website. Image searching relentlessly, I found your darling red yarn circlet pictured here.

    http://pic20.picturetrail.com/VOL15/946380/21704901/357841721.jpg

    I could not find your contact info on the site, so I thought I would leave a comment and ask for permission. If you go to my site’s main page and mouse over the menu bar, a drop down menu will appear. Then you will see an orange gerber daisy at the bottom of each drop down. The site will go to red and pale green next June to highlight my new book’s cover, and I woudl like to use a resized, very very tiny picture of your yarn daisy as the little icon at the bottom of the drop down.

    http://joshilynjackson.com

    You may reach me at joshilyn at joshilyn jackson dot com

    Thanks for considering it,
    Joshilyn

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Joshilyn. I made that red flower when I was just learning to crochet from a pattern created by my friend Sharon at digipicsphotography.wordpress.com. I forwarded your request to her. Thanks for asking.

      Donna

    • digipicsphotography says:

      Hi Joshilyn

      Donna’s flower is made from a tutorial on my blog. I am the designer of the crochet pattern. How about, if you use that picture, you post a link to our blogs so that any crocheters out there can make that flower.

  76. Jax says:

    Hehe, glad you guys got that straightened out, sorry I couldn’t help you Joshilyn since the lovely flower isn’t mine. I don’t even have a picture trail account!

    • don_mae says:

      Hi Jax!! Yep, got it straightened out. I have added my name and e-mail address to my About Me page. In fact, while I was at it, I updated the page. I also put a Contact Me section on my Sidebar. Thanks!!

  77. DeeDee says:

    Hi Donna,

    I found your blog while I was searching the internet for a crochet class somewhere in the area of Orange County, in California. I have enjoyed reading and going through your web site and am quite jealous of all that you have accomplished. I will return her often to keep up with what you are doing.

    I wanted to ask you or any of your followers if you know of a place where I can go to take a crochet class in my area. I haven’t had much luck in my internet search. I am at an intermediate beginner level. I know basic stitches and have completed simple baby blankets, but have had some trouble with more advanced projects and stitches and would like to take a class.

    Any help you could give me to find a class in my area would be greatly appreciated.

    • don_mae says:

      Hi DeeDee. I will check around to see what resources I can find for you. I found quite a few tutorials on advanced stitches on the net and also I purchased a DVD with advanced stitches from Leisure Arts. I’ll let you know in a few days if I find any classes in your area. (I am glad you are enjoying my blog. Thanks!!)

  78. Melanie says:

    Hi Donna,

    Firstly I have to say what a great time you must be having doing and these crafts, what a talent. You are the “Susan Boyle” of the craft industry. Anyway, what my question is to do with macrame. Having not done anything in this area since being a Girl Guide, many, many moons ago, I would like to do some of your works but being the blonde I am think I would be better if I could go and learn this, but one proplem, I’m in Australia, yes, that’s right, all the way down here. Do you have a following here in Australia, or do you know of any sites/schools that also are down here. Cheers and great stuff Donna. Melanie

    • don_mae says:

      Thanks much, Melanie, for your kind words on my crafts!! Really appreciate it. I am not aware of any sites or schools teaching macrame in Australia. But I’ll be happy to assist you in anyway I can. Just let me know. What are you planning as your first project.

  79. I Just LOVE your blog! Thank you!!!

  80. Robert says:

    Just bounced over from Quilting by the River – Love your macrame basket. Back in the late 70′s, I did a lot of macrame, even to the point of making a few of my own (painted) beads. At some point, in the 80′s graduated to a finer thread of tatting – just (about) tying the same double knot, only using a shuttle. I’ve also cross stitched and then in the early 90′s took up quilting and enjoy it. Saw on your blogs somewhere that you might like to combine macrame and quilting – will need to bookmark you to see if you do. I’d thought of adding my tatting to some crazy quilt blocks, but just have not on a large scale. Keep up the good work and have fun. Robert, in northern Iowa.

  81. Hi Donna! Would you do me the honour of accepting the Kreativ Blogger Award? Click on my blog to see more details. http://crazylittlethingss.wordpress.com/
    Thank you, Giselle

  82. Avis Hermans says:

    Hi Kiddo, I finally got the time to read your entire blog. For goodness sake, I can’t tell you which project I like the best,,,,,,The green bedspread is gorgeous, the tea time one is whimsical and I love…love ….love the purple and turquoise one. And I love a dozen others. If I had a grandson, I have you make a John Deere Tractor one. You are certainly one creative, artistic and hardworking lady and I am totally jealous.I will check in once in awhile to see what wonderful think you have made. way to go!

    • don_mae says:

      OMGosh!! Is it really YOU!! LOL!!

      Hi Avis. What a nice surprise seeing you here. I am having fun creating and making stuff. It keeps me busy and out of trouble. :D I am always working on something. Most of the time I am working on “lots” of somethings at the same time. I have to tell ya. I was shocked when I saw your name. Shocked, surprised, happy. I hope you will come again.

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