Shear Cuteness

A Boyd County Alpaca Herd Gets its Annual Haircut On a rare sunny April Friday morning, the 10 alpacas of Silver Run Ranch lined up for their annual shearing that removes the winter coat of fiber. Kevin Toney and his brother Chris run the ranch and turn the fiber, after it’s spun and dyed, into […]

A True Original

Combining Two Different Flavors Makes for One Delicious Meal at Alma’s Thanks to Alma’s Italian, the confluence of food and thought is still alive and well at the corner of Greenup Avenue and 15th Street in downtown Ashland, Kentucky. Over the years, the spot has housed several different restaurants, each with varying menus, but, never […]


Now is the Time to Enjoy the Beauty and Bounty of Strawberries and Asparagus You can walk into nearly any local grocery store any time of year and find asparagus and strawberries available in the fresh produce aisle. Our global food market makes it possible, but the time and travel involved in getting produce from […]

At Its Holiday Best

Tucked away in a quiet Bellefonte, Kentucky, cul-de-sac, far from the madding crowd, is an English Tudor style home formerly belonging to Ashland Oil CEO Paul Chellgren and his wife Sheila. It was purchased in 2000 by Dr. Leon Briggs, who for the past 15 years has played a very hands-on role in the remodeling and redesign of the stunning abode, making it very much his own. An anesthesiologist by trade, Briggs is truly a Renaissance man at heart. From the drawing room to the dining room, his genuine and wide-ranging appreciation for art and



Harmonica Harmony

The harmonica often gets a bad rap. It’s not fancy. It’s small. It doesn’t cost a lot. And the majority of people who pick one up to play don’t really know what they’re doing.

Some would argue that it doesn’t take much skill to play a harmonica. The comedian Steven Wright, famous for his deadpan delivery of one-liners, had this to say: “The only way I can play (the harmonica) is if I get my car going really fast and stick it out the window.”
But skill it takes. And cool it is. What other instrument can fit in your pocket, or the car glove box, to be pulled out and played anytime, Read More...

More from the Bridges Craft

As the holiday season rolls around again, what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than an evening of making ornaments? I plan to spend a little of my Thanksgiving weekend getting together with my daughters and creating some decorations and some memories. These will be easy and fun!

Alphabet Block Elf
This elf can hang on your tree or sit on your mantel. He’ll help you celebrate a very merry Christmas!
Materials Needed:
• Green and white felt
• 1 ¼” alphabet block
(I found mine online at Amazon)
• Three ½” sparkly pom-poms
• 1” wooden bead or wooden


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