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Do you love doing things with your hands? This is a place to explore all kinds of hobbies - from arts and crafts to book writing and music lessons!

4 months ago

5 Easy Tips for Taking Better Pictures with Your Smartphone

Smartphone photography is often associated with quick and easy snapping away. That’s because you can just walk around, point at something, click – and there’s your photo! I’d like to take a different approach to smartphone…

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4 months ago

6 Useful Tips to Prepare Your Garden for the Winter Season (# 6 is My Favorite!)

Summer has unfortunately come to an end, and now it’s time to jump into your rain boots, grab your trusty trowel and put those garden beds to rest. While fall certainly isn’t the most exciting time to be gardening, your plants will appreciate…

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4 months ago

Crafting Glossary: An A-to-Z Guide to Common Crafting Words and Phrases

Welcome to our glossary of crafting terms! This guide is designed to help both beginner and experienced crafters confidently navigate the world of crafting. Whether you’re a crafting pro or a curious beginner looking to try something new…

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4 months ago

Piano Lesson 20: Repeats and Happy Endings

It is Lesson 20 today! We will be playing Vivialdi’s “Spring,” and studying the repeat signs and multiple endings on p.63 in our Upper Hands Piano, BOOK 1. [NOTE: If you are just joining us for the first time, you can find my previous Sixty and Me Free Piano Lessons on my Author page. You […]

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5 months ago

How to Make a 3D Paper Pumpkin

Paper crafts are a wonderful way to make decorations for your home. This article offers two interesting paper pumpkin designs. Enjoy and share your craft ideas! Vintage Book Page Pumpkins These 3D vintage book page pumpkins are easy to make and add a touch of class to your Halloween decor. When books are damaged and […]

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5 months ago

Piano Lesson 19: Remember the Count-Off!

In music, we generally “count off” or “count down” a measure or two before we start playing to establish the tempo internally. When we play in bands, ensembles or orchestras we always count off a measure or two to make sure that everyone starts together…

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5 months ago

Easy Halloween Crafts for Adults

I was born just after midnight on 31st October – so in our house Halloween has always been a time for celebration. I even got married in a grand Halloween wedding, where we made our own decorations and table settings – and even an orange wedding cake…

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5 months ago

Piano Lesson 18: Touchstones and Treble A

If I make an agreement with myself that I get to have my morning matcha AFTER I have practiced my piano for 20 minutes, I will be more likely to get my practice in, and it will be sooner rather than later, because I don’t like to have caffeinated drinks after noon…

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6 months ago

How to Punch Needle: A Beginner’s Guide

Whether you’re a seasoned crafter searching for something new or a newbie looking to explore an artistic outlet, punch needle offers an enchanting experience that keeps you hooked. This ancient embroidery technique has resurfaced…

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6 months ago

Piano Lesson 17: Elder Einstein, Punctual Postie, and Dashing Dora Teach Tempo!

Tempo markings tell us how fast or slow to play a piece. Tempo is another way we add expression to our playing; playing slowly, or at a medium walking tempo, or at a quick, lively speed definitely affects the emotion of the music…

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