Madge’s Spicy Chicken Soup Recipe

Spicy Chicken Soup

It’s soup weather around these parts. Nothing takes the chill out of the air quite like a big pot of soup simmering on the stove. It’s the perfect meal and if you make enough, it’s easy to freeze, thaw and enjoy later. I searched and searched for a great recipe but I couldn’t find one… [Read More]

Miss Madge’s Simple Rules for Better Internetiquette

Miss Madge Rules

Miss Madge is fully aware of the fact that it is well neigh impossible to set rules for the internet, but, much like the Wild West or Daytona during Spring Break, people get out of control rather quickly without a few general guidelines of socially acceptable behavior. We do not have to get dragged into… [Read More]

Internetiquette with Miss Madge: Internet Expectations

Miss Madge

Today’s installment from Internetiquette with Miss Madge comes from a recent comment on a five year old jewelry making tutorial on my The Impatient Crafter blog. Way back when the post was created, bloggers were not jumping through quite as many hoops to please the peanut gallery on the internets. We did not feel compelled… [Read More]

New Podcast!

A birthday message for my daughter on her sweet sixteen.

Hello, Doyennes! Happy Friday! Time for a new podcast video! I am excited to share a new podcast with a video montage featuring the most popular post on this site. Last February, I wrote a post for my daughter who was turning 16. I never imagined it would take on a life of its own,… [Read More]

9 Scary Good Halloween Projects

9 scary good halloween projects

It’s #ThursDIY and we’ve got 9 scary good Halloween projects for your craftertainment! Nothing to be afraid of here, except a little crafty fun. Grab your boo and fire up your glue gun, it’s all kinds of SPOOKtacular. Huzzah! Join Trinkets in Bloom for a Day of the Dad make-up tutorial! Break out your electric… [Read More]

12 BOOtiful DIY Halloween Projects

12 Bootiful DIY Projects

I haven’t been on the ball (or perhaps the pumpkin) this Halloween with the DIY. The moving, the purging and the lack of space for knick-knacks in the new home have all combined to make it less practical and pressing for me to whip up new decorations. I wasn’t even able to find a place… [Read More]

The Fool’s Journey

Fool's Journey

In the Tarot, the first card is the fool. Blissfully skipping along at the start of his journey, dog nipping at his heels, flower in hand, about to step off of the precipice into the abyss. He is completely unaware of the danger just moments ahead. The fool is the first card, but it is… [Read More]

Happy Anniversary: Our Unconventional Love Story

Happy Anniversary, Our Unconventional Love Story

18 years ago, I wandered into a funky store on the corner of Craig Street across from the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. The shop was called History. They sold an array of global handicrafts, antiquities, trinkets, treasures, and jewelry making supplies. It was a very cool shop, right up my alley. I was attending an… [Read More]

Madge’s Monthly Must Haves: October

Madge's Monthly Must Haves October

It’s time for another round-up of Monthly Must Haves! Can we get a what, what? What? What. And…here we go. First up, a film! This Is Where I Leave You is a moody, bittersweet, intimate movie about the complexities of family dynamics. It’s based on a novel by Jonathon Tropper (who also penned the screenplay)… [Read More]

Eye Don’t Think So: Mascara Ads

Mascara Ads

(Maybelline was forced to pull their mascara ads last year after admitting they used ‘eyelash enhancements’ on model Freja Beha Erichsen. Um, ya think?) Dear Mascara Manufacturers: First of all, let me just state for the record that I really do love mascara. It’s one of the best tools in a girl’s beauty arsenal. Combine… [Read More]

Movie Review: The Maze Runner


(Note from Madge: Avalon Potter, our teen correspondent, wrote this review for her school newspaper. She’s a great writer and she’s very insightful. Butter up that popcorn, folks! We have a winner!) “The Maze Runner” Review Avalon Potter I wish I could say that my first thought when I heard that The Maze Runner was… [Read More]

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