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About gwenwarner

Hi! My name is Gwen and I'm the mother of four happy kids: Joseph, 26, who is married to the beautiful, love of his life, Kristen; my completely opposite twins, Claire and Audrey, 18; and the ruler of them all, Olivia, 15. I love being their mother and I am so very proud of how they live their lives. For 19 years, I worked in the newspaper and printing industry. I loved the work and miss it from time to time. I got to experience almost everything there is to do to publish a weekly newspaper; with my favorite parts being journalism and advertising and page design. I think weekly is the best because it has the most news about the community it represents. One day, I would love to publish my own weekly paper, but for now, I am starting with I chose this name since I have three cats; I adore being a "cat lady" and slave to their feline demands. In 1994, I opened a retail craft store, The Craft Factory, in Santee, South Carolina. I ran it for a year before packing it up to move to Charleston, hoping to reopen there. Unfortunately, that didn't happen; but, I still have everything stored and waiting to do it again. I loved being at my store. I got to meet all sorts of crafty and crafty-wanna-be people. I hosted 26 vendors, including myself. In addition, the store carried a wide array of supplies. If the people wanted it, I found it. Now, approaching 50, I decided to turn both loves into something more than just a hobby, thus Three Cats Crafts. I hope this site will be a go-to for anyone interested in learning to craft. Whether its knitting or crocheting, scrapbooking, jewelry making, wood works, painting - you name it, I want to offer helpful advise and instructional ideas. Everyone needs an outlet or hobby. Making things by hand is a wonderful way to let your creative juices flow and have something tangible in the end. Not to mention, you can gift or sell your creations or simply display them in your own way. I am Looking forward to serving people in a crafty way -- Gwen

October 6th — National Orange Wine Day

Oddly enough, orange wine is not made from oranges.


According to National Day Calendar (one of my favorite places to visit), the color of orange wine comes from ” fermented white wine grapes (and) the orange wine (color) develops through more skin contact during the fermentation process. Makers treat the white grapes like red grapes preserving the bolder body and tannins. As a result, the ordinarily white wine will deepen into a brandy orange color.” Find  more info about orange wine by following the Instagram page for National Orange Wine Day @orangewinetime.

IMAG1814For me, the orange I like in association with my wine the most is, taking any empty wine bottle and turning it into a Clemson Tigers treasure or something else to treasure, like these wine bottle creations from Gi Gi’s Woodcrafts, Gifts & Collectible of Walterboro featured at The World Grits Festival in St. George, and Rayle Rode Daze in Branchville both in South Carolina. Give her a call to see where her next showing will be — (843)908-4297. Check out these other creative selections I found below.

Clemson is my Happy Place:

Don’t have an empty bottle, yet…

No wine and only an empty glass, do the next best thing and give it a little personality. Who knows, it just may fill with wine someday.




October 5th — National Apple Betty Day

Brown Betty is a traditional American dessert made from fruit and day-old or stale bread cubes with fruit and spices, usually apples.


According to Wikipedia, the dish was first mentioned in print in 1864 in the Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink. A version of the dessert, using applesauce and cracker crumbs was included in the 1877 cookbook Buckeye Cookery by Estelle Woods Wilcox. Not to be confused with, but similar to, apple crisp or pan dowdy, Brown Betty is a great way to use leftover bread, becoming a sort-of fruity bread pudding.

Try one of these versions for your next dessert:






This pictorial brought to you by “National Relaxation Day,” August 15.


Chilling Out on Blazepress

Kicked Back on Zimbio

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The Lord said, “Rest;” the sloth said, “already working on it.”





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Even Hummingbirds need to stop flying every so often.

   Try chilling in the POOL or on the BEACH

Get the picture! It’s a whole day dedicated to recouping some of the time we spend on  stressing over our normal lives. Even for those who still have to work today (me included — the Harleyville Town Council story won’t write itself), there is still opportunity to celebrate physical and mental recovery. So, find your sweet-spot and get busy relaxing. Here’s to you rediscovering how much you like “relaxation.” Until next post, I’ll be chillaxin’ every moment I can — you should too.

Feature Photo: (image credit: Sergei Plytkevitch)  on Dark Roasted Blend: Weird & wonderful things.

Words From A Crafter: What A Month It’s Been!

“Oh, my God,” these past four weeks have gone so fast, they seem like a beautiful blur.


“Oh, my God,” is something I say all the time. I don’t say it with any disrespect; it comes out because of my astonishment. I said it watching America’s Got Talent last night, as one amazing performer after another went back to back showcasing their special skills.  Everyone was so talented. Continue reading

Honor Thy Father

(Tiny Disclaimer: I wrote this story yesterday morning, when it was Father’s Day. I just got lost in looking through photo albums, that I didn’t get the pictures scanned until today. It was fun reminiscing again as I scanned them into my computer on my birthday, today.)

Today, we celebrate all the fathers of the world. My father is no longer alive, but he certainly lives on in my heart and I will always honor him.

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