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I have too many fun interests. Really. Art projects, writing, learning and researching, cooking, fishing, butterflies, and living at the beach keep me busy. So does my wonderful daughter. Here's my whole story: As a child, I constantly drew pictures. I was convinced I was an artist, and the proof came when I won 2nd place in an art contest in Kindergarten. I drew a simple line drawing of the salt water aquarium (with fish) we had in our living room at home. Fred George won first place, but I don't remember what he drew. Then in 7th grade I won another contest with a picture created solely from small shapes cut from colored construction paper. The picture was a boat pulled up to shore and a sunset. I must have glued down a million pieces of hole punched circles for that shoreline. Then in my early teen years I started including a new art medium: wood. My folks bought a jigsaw for me and I made all sorts of things. Napkin holders, name plaques, animal shaped cut outs, tie racks, cutting boards and other things. And when my grandparents bought me a real belt sander as a gift I upped my output and made even more things. After high school I studied graphic arts (one of the best decisions of my life) and went on to work as a graphic artist and typesetter in the printing industry. Since then it seems life has gone by like a locomotive. Around the year 2000 I had what I'll call a creative explosion when I started making puzzles (it was fun but also therapuetic and helped me through a difficult time in my life). I made wooden cube puzzles, flat puzzles and other kinds too. Hence the name puzzlemaker. These days creating for me is defined more by cooking, writing, growing things and crafts (with the occasional art project thrown in). I also homeschool my daughter. What a blessing to teach and learn at home. And we have met some of our closest friends in this way. While I'm not Squidoo-ing, I'm gardening (tomatoes are my best crop), homeschooling, or researching new things that interest me (lately that's Squidoo). I love to fish, cook, take road trips and visit our large extended family. Some of my other favorite things are picking blueberries and bird watching. 

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    Super Easy Chili Recipe

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  • Marven of the Great North Woods
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    Marven of the Great North Woods

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  • White Chocolate M&M's
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    White Chocolate M&M's

    18 months ago

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  • Life Size Nutcrackers and Toy Soldiers
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    Life Size Nutcrackers and Toy Soldiers

    9 months ago

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  • Best Christmas Window Displays
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    Best Christmas Window Displays

    4 years ago

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  • How to Sew a Marie Antoinette Dress: Part 2
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    How to Sew a Marie Antoinette Dress: Part 2

    4 years ago

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  • Black Fuzzy Caterpillar
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    Black Fuzzy Caterpillar

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  • Easter Party Games and Activities
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    Easter Party Games and Activities

    17 months ago

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  • Large Easter Eggs
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    Large Easter Eggs

    5 months ago

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  • How to Sew a Marie Antoinette Dress
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    How to Sew a Marie Antoinette Dress

    4 years ago

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  • Easter Cupcakes and Treats with M&M's
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    Easter Cupcakes and Treats with M&M's

    18 months ago

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  • Easter M&M's
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    Easter M&M's

    18 months ago

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  • Funny Pictures of Dogs in Costumes
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    Funny Pictures of Dogs in Costumes

    5 years ago

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  • Song Sounds Like an Accordion Playing
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    Song Sounds Like an Accordion Playing

    5 years ago

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  • Valentines Cupcakes with M&M's and Pink Candy Corn
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    Valentines Cupcakes with M&M's and Pink Candy Corn

    19 months ago

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  • Valentine M&M's
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    Valentine M&M's

    19 months ago

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  • How to Make a Fleece Scarf
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    How to Make a Fleece Scarf

    9 months ago

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  • Instant Pull Up Christmas Trees
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    Instant Pull Up Christmas Trees

    3 years ago

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  • Paper Christmas Crafts
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    Paper Christmas Crafts

    7 months ago

    Free templates included. Super-cute, super-easy crafts and decorations you can make with your kids (or by yourself!).

  • Top 10 Popsicle-Stick Christmas Ornament Crafts
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    Top 10 Popsicle-Stick Christmas Ornament Crafts

    7 months ago

    A compiled list of the best popsicle-stick Christmas ornaments from our family...and all over the web!

  • What is a G6?
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    What is a G6?

    5 years ago

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  • Slow Cooker Recipe for Pulled Pork
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    Slow Cooker Recipe for Pulled Pork

    16 months ago

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  • Big Santa Claus
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    Big Santa Claus

    9 months ago

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  • Ice Cream Containers
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    Ice Cream Containers

    5 years ago

    Once in a while a product so very perfectly meets a need that you want to tell others about it. This is how I feel about the Ice Cream Containers I've found at Sweet Bliss Containers. If you make ice cream at home you...

  • Ode to My Melitta Mill and Brew
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    Ode to My Melitta Mill and Brew

    12 months ago

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  • Pain Behind My Eyes
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    Pain Behind My Eyes

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  • How to Grow Milkweed
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    How to Grow Milkweed

    16 months ago

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  • M&M Christmas Cakes and Patterns
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    M&M Christmas Cakes and Patterns

    4 years ago

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  • Overcoming Judgment of Others
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    Overcoming Judgment of Others

    9 months ago

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  • How Does Ebates Work?
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    How Does Ebates Work?

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  • Paper Automata
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    Paper Automata

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  • Spiral Shape Pictures
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    Spiral Shape Pictures

    5 years ago

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  • Kids' Crafts for Easter
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    Kids' Crafts for Easter

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    Easy, fun Easter crafts for all ages.

  • Thumbprint Art
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    Thumbprint Art

    12 months ago

    Using only your fingers and an ink pad, you can create amazing miniature works of art. Children AND adults enjoy making thumbprint art - I know because I couldn't resist making these with my daughter. I can't take...

  • Ideas for Bookmarks
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    Ideas for Bookmarks

    12 months ago

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  • Best Tin Can Recycling Craft
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    Best Tin Can Recycling Craft

    4 years ago

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  • Chocolate Pound Cake
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    Chocolate Pound Cake

    3 years ago

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  • Amtrak Train Travel
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    Amtrak Train Travel

    12 months ago

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  • Quick and Easy Appetizers
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    Quick and Easy Appetizers

    8 months ago

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  • How to Make Envelopes
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    How to Make Envelopes

    3 years ago

    An envelope is only a folded up, glued piece of paper. That's it. If you can unfold an envelope (to use for a pattern), then you can make your own envelopes quite easily. But I'm taking it a step further by making...

  • Pasta Angels
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    Pasta Angels

    9 months ago

    Adorable Christmas angels made from pasta noodles. Clear instructions with pictures and tips.

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