Tammy Powley is a teacher, designer, author, and more recently podcaster of the Crafty Princess Diaries Podcast on YouTube. In episode 23 (embedded below), she talks about her current crafting endeavors as well as her newly published novel. The “crafting” of her first completed novel came about after she received a copy of her Great Aunt Mamie’s journal from the 1900s. It sparked the original story that later morphed into a college dissertation and finally into Crafting Memories: A Novel of Family and Remembering.
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Tess Dudley Forrester finds herself forty, unemployed, and wondering: Had it been a mistake for her to leave her secure job as a craft book editor so many years ago to pursue a career as a teacher? How long will her husband’s good nature last as she navigates depression and tries to reconfigure her career goals? While Tess tries to understand the fickle nature of fate, along the way she discovers a distant family relative’s journal and letters that open up a tragic chapter from her ancestors’ lives, a mother/daughter suicide. At first, this discovery is just a distraction from her own troubles, but eventually, as she digs into her family’s past, she also takes a journey of self-discovery. Along the way, she reconnects with her knitting and crochet friends, is tempted by a man who may be the answer to her future in more ways than one, and remembers how much she enjoys the art of crafting, both with her hands and her words.