Don’t Throw That Away!

by Melleny T. I love Earth Day, don’t you? I love that for almost 50 years we’ve set aside a day to remind us to care for this planet. I love that it happens in the spring (the best season), when the planet feels so full of hope and growth and possibility. I also love that […]

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Unexpected DIY

by Melleny T. I grew up in an extremely crafty family. My great grandma was the boss of crocheting dresses for dish soap bottles, and my mom went through a phase when she thought everything was better with a bird on it (preferably a chicken). If you want to learn these types of traditional crafts, Sno-Isle […]

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!

By Kaley C. Over the years, there have been many baking shows that captured the hearts of people. Cake Boss, Cupcake Wars, and Next Great Baker to name a few. But none are quite like The Great British Baking Show. I’ll admit, I’m one of the many who cannot resist tuning in to watch contestants […]

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Hey, That’s My Jam!

By Kristi S. My deep love of canning and preserving started four years ago. It was the summer quarter of culinary school and I had just made a high-stress wedding cake when I decided I needed something more relaxing. I opened up The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook and instantly fell in love with the process. […]

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True Colors

by Emily Z. A friend once asked me why I have a jar of dried onion skins on my kitchen counter. The mason jars of inky black and rust-red liquid inside my refrigerator have also raised an eyebrow or two, especially from the technician who came by to repair the thing last year. What’s with […]

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Meet the WA Authors of the 3rd Grade Reading Challenge

by Karin T. This month, Washington authors Patrick Jennings and Kelly Jones have even more third-grade fans than usual. Patrick and Kelly visited schools in Snohomish and Island counties as part of the Sno-Isle Libraries Mega-Fun, Biblio-Trivia, Rockem-Sockem Third Grade Reading Challenge. The Reading Challenge is a literary trivia program. Third graders work together to develop […]

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DK, Oh Yeah!

by Marina M. Most people will say there’s an author or two (or thirty) that they favor. Others will share their genre preferences. Sometimes–SOMETIMES–you can even pin somebody down to reveal their one true favorite book. For right then, at least. Because favorite books change with the season, the mood, the color of your hair, […]

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DIY Beer…And Pretzels!

by Liz Spring is my favorite time of year. The days are noticeably longer, the birds are extra chirpy, and all the shades of green just make me happy! And I just discovered new holidays celebrating two more of my favorite things…Beer and pretzels! This past Sunday, April 23rd, marked German Beer Day. You may have celebrated without […]

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Something from Nothing: Upcycling and Salvage Crafts

by Emily Z. Using salvaged materials means rescuing something old and giving it new purpose. Close cousin to salvage, upcycling is the art of reinventing something you have (or have found) and turning it into something you love/need/want via modification or re-purposing. It’s upgrading and recycling smashed lovingly together and it can be a rewarding […]

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Let’s Get Crafty!

by Liz  Break out the glue gun and sequins, it is time to get crafty! I am not sure what exactly triggers it (the plethora of indoor time, the fantasy of someday presenting only homemade holiday gifts to my family, the need to brighten the dark days with glitter and twinkle lights), but something about this time […]

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