Make Flower for Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift!

This craft is quick, inexpensive, pretty --and fun to make! Young children may need a little help but they will love to present these flowers to a loved one! The world's largest flower-- Rafflesia Arnoldii-- is indigenous to Indonesia, hence I included it in my book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia. This flower also... Continue Reading →

Teach Your Preschooler to Love Reading by Building

To encourage a preschooler’s interest in books about buildings you can use everyday items to build a small sculpture. You need a paper plate, toothpicks, graham crackers and gumdrops. The candy serves as Tinker toys for tiny fingers. An alternative is using pretzel sticks for toothpicks and colored marshmallows for gumdrops. Show your child how... Continue Reading →

‘Teens Giving Back’ Workshop Offers Ideas for Helping

Yesterday Jeannie Johnson of the Creative Women of the World shop ( and I conducted a free workshop on Fair Trade and ways to volunteer to help others, especially poor people around the world. The workshop, attended by 20 homeschooled teens at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne Indiana, was a monthly meeting organized... Continue Reading →

Teens Can Learn Ways to Help Prevent Human Trafficking at FREE workshop

Teens, pre-teens, homeschool students listen up! You have the chance to pick up some FREE Indonesian jewelry and make your own at a workshop called ‘Teens Giving Back’ to be held at the Allen County Public Library on June 6 at 1pm in the Young Adults Department. The workshop will be conducted by me and... Continue Reading →

Weave a Beautiful Belt for 50 Cents in 30 Minutes!

It’s fun to get kids excited about crafts. My book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia, includes 10 crafts made from materials found in your home. Made from yarn, it only requires half a skein depending on the project. This makes it affordable to create gifts for yourself and others! Weaving is an important part... Continue Reading →

Faith Crafts an Indonesian Rain Stick from Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia

My friend Faith made a rain stick using directions from my book, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia (Mitchell Lane Publishing). It is a simple craft using a paper towel roll and markers to decorate the outside with crazy happy colors and designs. It just takes a couple of other household items to complete this fun... Continue Reading →

Greek God costume contest at ACPL is a success!

Wow! Who knew a library could be such fun! My presentation about my 3 Greek Gods books on Hermes, Hephaestus, and Hades at Allen County Public Library coordinated well with a Greek God costume contest we offered. The photos show some of the darling outfits the kids came up with! We had Athena, Hades, Medusa,... Continue Reading →

Try this Indonesian recipe for Satay Ayam

Start the New Year with a cultural experience! This simple, delicious recipe is from my children’s cookbook, Recipe and Craft Guide to Indonesia (Mitchell Lane Publishing). Satay Ajam can be served with rice and peanut sauce, another recipe found in the book. The book, written for students in grades 4-8 (many adults have purchased it!),... Continue Reading →

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