Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Cheryl St.John: Making Crafts vs Gathering Craft Items

I have learned the hard way that buying and storing craft items is a completely different hobby than actually making the crafts. A while back I realized I would never crochet again, so I gave yarn, hooks and patterns to my daughter and granddaughter. At 13 my granddaughter Elli could crochet better than I ever did in my whole life. She's selling things she's made next weekend at a homeschool craft fair.

Last summer our grandson returned from Texas to stay with us for a while, and I did a crazed declutter of my so-called craft room in order to fit in a bed, wardrobe, two desks and his stuff. All those totes of things I’d been planning to do “someday” had to go. Letting go was a relief. I don’t feel guilty about not making them anymore.

Not to worry about my creativity though. I still have remaining projects that I will actually do. I have a couple cases of wine glasses to paint, small jars to hold salves, spice containers to hold seasonings, a rather large storage container for making and repairing jewelry, a small tote for making pumpkins from sweater sleeves, and supplies for collages.

Every year I make my own old-fashioned Valentines with paper doilies, copies of vintage Valentines I print and cut, jewels and little flowers and heart-shaped buttons. Last evening I sat and clipped wire Christmas tree hangers into smaller pieces and made tiny hangers for the tiny ornaments that go on my tiny trees.
What craft projects do you enjoy and actually accomplish?

I have 2-in1 reissue of two of my best selling western romances releasing December 5th. Dutch Country Brides will be available to purchase or read in Kindle Unlimited. Here's the info:

Enjoy this compilation of two of Cheryl St.John's most beloved books in one volume. Previously published individually as HEAVEN CAN WAIT and RAIN SHADOW, Jakob and Anton Neubauer find the road to wedded bliss rocky and full of twists and turns.


Jakob needs a wife. A farmer needs a helpmate and–it’s better to marry than to burn. The beautiful young woman in the bakery is the most fascinating person he’s ever met, and he wastes no time asking her to marry him.

Lydia has dreamed of life outside her strict community. Words like ‘handsome’ are worldly, but the fair-haired Outsider sets her heart—and her world on fire. Leaving all that’s familiar behind, she chooses the strapping suntanned farmer. Jakob soon questions his ability to replace all she’s forfeited and prove himself worthy. He offers love, but will she ever fit into his world?

“HEAVEN CAN WAIT was like a special gift.” – author Liz Flaherty

The exotic Lakota princess Rain Shadow’s proud confidence was appealing, but rare glimpses of vulnerability draw Anton even more surely. As a star attraction in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, she was unforgettable. If only he’d met her before his heart had turned to stone. But fate, two little boys and two old men conspire to keep them together, and it’s too late for denial once love is part of the equation.


Raised by the Lakota Sioux and traveling with the Wild West Show, Rain Shadow won't settle for les than making a name for herself. She is unprepared for a forced stay at the home of Anton Neubauer while her son recuperates. He is a rock, a man who has lived on and farmed the same several hundred acres since he was young.

“…a beautifully moving novel by an author who knows how to create sympathetic characters.” 

                                                                                             – Affaire de Coeur


Western Romance

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