Monday, November 28, 2016

Nuggets of Crafty Goodness


By: Cora Chevalier
From: Cora Crafts Mysteries
Author: Mollie Cox Bryan
           Book 1 Title: Death Among the Doilies

One of the reasons I’m here in Indigo Gap is that I changed my life.  I was a social worker in Pittsburgh who figured out that wasn’t where I was meant to be.  I also figured out the how healing crafting was for me—and for the woman I helped. I started a blog detailing some of the ways in which crafting helped the women I worked with and it became so successful that I was earning more money with my blog than as a social worker. (Crazy, right??) So, between my blog and my realization that social work just was not for me, I redirected my efforts into building a craft retreat with my friend Jane. So here we are in a newly refurbished Victorian estate. A dream come true! 

One of the features on my blog is round-ups of interesting crafty stories or projects. So today I’m giving you a round up—along with giveaway a copy of Death Among the Doilies. Please just comment and I’ll select a winner randomly.

Here’s a nugget on how crafting helps mental health

 If you crochet, or someone on your holiday list does, checkout these bags made to take your craft on the run. 

Here’s a whole blog dedicated to healing through handcrafting

Now, I live in Indigo Gap, North Carolina and we have a proud history of indigo dye and fabric making. I ran across this blog post about a new finding of what is probably the earliest evidence of indigo dye. Fascinating! 

Are you crafting for the holidays? If so, check our this Pinterest board for ideas!

Don't forget to comment for a chance to win Death Among the Doilies!



Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Agatha-award nominated Cumberland Creek Mysteries and a bestselling Kindle-World romance novella THE BEEKEEPER'S BRIDE, A ST. HELENA VINEYARD KINDLE WORLD NOVELLA. She just released a new series: "Cora Crafts Mysteries." The first book is DEATH AMONG THE DOILIES. She's also penned a historical fiction: MEMORY OF LIGHT: AN AFTERMATH OF GETTYSBURG. 

Stay in touch with Mollie Cox Bryan



76 comments:

  1. Thank you for all the "round ups"! Looking forward to this new series!

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  2. Thank you! Crafting is fun.donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  3. No crafting during xmas too busy. Thanks for the chance zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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  4. I knit towel hang ups and dishcloths for some small stocking stuffers or gifts to co workers. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  5. I'd love to learn to knit.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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  6. Thank you. Lsum1258 at aol dot com

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  7. I don't plan ahead enough for gifts, but I do like making my own Christmas cards.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. I do enjoy crafting. Hope to get some done.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  9. Besides blogging I handcraft jewelry. I love crafty things. Thanks for the chance!
    saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

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  10. Crafting gives me great pleasure. Thanks for this giveaway. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. I create gifts for many friends who enjoy these unique presents. Many thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. Cooking special meals is the closest I get to crafting anything. Not too handy that way except in the kitchen. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. Wonderful--indigo dye in Indigo Gap.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  14. I'm not crafty, but I do enjoy making things when given the opportunity.

    Anne

    mysandycat at aol dot com

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  15. I love scrapbooking and making cards. lkleback@hotmail.com

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  16. I'm not as crafty as I used to be but still hope to learn to knit or crochet some day. I do cross stitch regularly though. Thank you for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  17. Probably the only crafting I'll do this year is decorating a huge wreath for the side of our garage.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  18. This sounds delightful!

    teabird17 &&at&& yahoo (*& dot *&^ com

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  20. Definitely agree crafting helps mental health. Katieh(at)mvdsl(dot)com

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  21. I try to do crafts for mental health. I am not very good, but I do it anyways.
    jmcgrath221(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  22. I love to quilt and crochet, but quilting is my favorite. I am making a table runner and monogrammed napkins for a friend for Christmas this year. Quilting does help me relax and slow down. Your book sounds interesting and I would love to read it.
    ceciliayoung (at)gmx.com

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  23. I craft by making food gifts. The book sounds fun. Thank you. Sharon, catwoman-1(at)comcast(dot)net

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  24. I love to craft. have done most of the different
    things that go in and out of fashion during my
    many years of life. Haven't crocheted in a long
    time but have a pattern that I want to make - have
    the threads, now just need to sit down and stitch.
    thanks.
    Mary Lou at txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I love to craft and love reading crafty books. jawdance@yahoo.com

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  26. I am crafting picture frames. Lots of weddings, births, and momumental events this year. So, I am decorating a few picture frames and including a photo that marks the event.
    kat8762@aol.com

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  27. I have been wanting to read this one so bad, since I've heard others talk about it!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for the give away. jillybeans41@gmail.com

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  28. I don't do any crafting but I would still love to read this book. I know I would enjoy it! Thank you!
    mittens0831 at aol dot com

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  29. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway! lindaherold999@gmail.com

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  30. I'm not a crafter, but I like to see other people's projects & read books that incorporate crafting. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I've been a crafter from a very early age. My first memory is stringing buttons to make a bracelet or taking the little paper cups in the candy boxes and making flowers with them. Now I dabble in all types of crafts from making jewelry to crocheting to painting with oils. Thanks for the chance to enter this giveaway. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. I am not one bit creative! I wish I were. I need a color by number book. Thanks for the chance to win! I would love to read the book.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  33. I knit and I would really like to learn to crochet. Can't wait to read the start to your new series. Thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. Needle crafts is a fave with us, crochet, embroidery, tatting, plastic canvas. We also bake gifts. Have a friend who has to be dairy and gluten free. It has been an education. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

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  35. I kind of do my crafting by spells, I see something I really like and try to make it. I do love to read and thank you for the book giveaway!
    lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  36. Being creative is definitely good for mental health. It helps me and I help my patients by offering craft groups for them!

    Cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  37. Funny thing even though i am not at all crafty i sure do love crafty cozies. Thanks for the chance to win a book that is on my tbr pile. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  38. I'm not really crafty but I would love to learn needle point.

    xzjh04(at) gmail(dot) com

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  39. thanks for the chance. I need to pick up crochet again.
    wskwared at yahoo dot com

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  40. Thank you, I am very crafty I love to bake, crochet and sew.

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  41. I like creating homemade gifts. I love to bake, crochet, and knit. mommatoodle at msn dot com

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  42. Looks like a great new series!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!
    magicgirl2357@yahoo.com

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  43. I have been hand embroidering since I was four years old (I'm now 68). I've done many, many crafts over the years, particularly when I was a Brownie Scout leader. We always did some awesome crafts. I so want to read this book...fingers crossed. Thanks for the chance! sxygrndma48{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  44. I cannot do crafts because I have disabled hands but I love to read about them and wish I could . seascapelife at (Gmail) dot com

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  45. i crochet baby things to donate thanks for the chance to win amandasmother at aol (dot) com

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  46. I love crafts - knitting, crocheting, needlework. We started once a month craft days at my winery using wine glasses, wine bottles, corks. It's fun coming up with the ideas! cheers@marjimmanor.com

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  47. I love crafting though I'm not too good at it. I will be making a few things for people for Christmas this year. utaker555(at)gmail(dot)com

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  48. I crochet and other little projects but noting in the works for this Christmas.Thanks for this opportunity.

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  49. Photo creations generally get my attention especially during holiday season.
    southernracer2000(at)yahoo (dot) com

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  50. I haven't crafted for years. Maybe it's time to dig through the closets and see what I can find!

    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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  51. I've been quilting for years, and started/restarted knitting after my mother died two years ago. I feel like knitting keeps me close to her. bobwiesmann(at)gemail(dot)com

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