Stories by Jennifer Forker

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

Wide range of portrait options available online

Want to record your beloved pet's likeness in a work of art? There are many unusual options, from artfully designed throw pillows to stained glass, metalwork and paintings.
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015

Tassel toppers take place of usual bows this holiday gift-wrapping season

It's the year of the tassel in gift wrapping. This holiday season, in lieu of the traditional bow, lifestyles magazines are showing tassels and pompoms adorning brightly wrapped packages and wine ...
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015

Create art, furniture, more using wood pallets

Here's a secret about building furniture out of pallets, those simple wooden structures used to schlep goods: Not all pallet wood is cheap, rough-cut pine.
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, July 25, 2015

DIY dorm charm: Simple projects can make borrowed room your own

For teenagers heading off to college, it’s both a design dream and a challenge: What to do with a small, nondescript dorm room – a space you might have to share? A space that might include ...
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Balls of yarn aren't just for play anymore: Knit a cat hat

It's not enough to knit sweaters for our children and grandchildren - no. Dexterous fingers need more. They need to knit something smaller, faster: They need to knit hats for cats.
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Disc golf gaining in popularity

Although many of the nearly 5,000 courses in the nation boast grand vistas, glorious flora and some fauna, others are tucked along steep terrain and small creeks, providing a use for parkland not ...
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Last-minute Easter touches can be easy to put together

If you are planning an Easter celebration today but are short on decorations, there are a few easy items you can put together yourself.
By Jennifer Forker

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015

When it's cold outside, consider making your dog's coat yourself

It's that time of year when many dogs need a little extra protection - a coat or a sweater - when going out into the cold. Why not try making it yourself?
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

Crafty stuff lets teens be constructive

A few months ago, I launched a diabolical plan to entice my teenage daughters to spend more time with me, and to semi-shelter them from the maddening world. I started a Friday Crafting Night for ...
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Kid-friendly crafts have July 4th spirit

Here are simple crafts that can involve children in preparations for the holiday's fireworks and picnics. Not only do you keep them busy, but you get decorations to reuse next year.
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Making your own laundry detergent is not difficult task

It's convenient to pick up some laundry detergent at the store, but it's not difficult to create your own.
By Jennifer Forker

Craft some fun this St. Patrick's Day

From leprechaun beards to shamrock hats, a few simple crafts can turn you from a spectator into a participant this St. Patrick's Day. 
By Jennifer Forker

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

This Thanksgiving, try a handmade apron

Despite the nostalgic appeal of old aprons, many crafters enjoy making their own. Some are elaborate, with ruffles and embellishments, while other are simple and can be made quickly - perhaps in ...
By Jennifer Forker

Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013

Haunting style of photography makes comeback

Frustrated by the ease at which digital photos can be taken and doctored, some artists are kicking it old school: They've revived wet plate collodion photography, a medium invented and popular ...
By Jennifer Forker

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013

Nature dictates art for some jewelry makers

Some jewelry makers take more than inspiration from nature; they incorporate found objects from trails and beaches in their work.
By Jennifer Forker

Friday, Dec. 19, 2008

Holiday settings should be special A cheerful table

Sometimes the little things do make a difference. Take setting the holiday dinner table.
By Jennifer Forker
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