Archive for the 'crafting' Category


November 22nd, 2008

Whew! After an 8 hour day of elving, I’m officially all Christmas’d out. With the exception of an octopus that could use a pair of peepers and a shortage of proper shipping boxes, I’m ready to send out stocking stuffers to the swappers. Although there’s only one kid on the list old enough to surf […]

elvin’ around

November 22nd, 2008

Hard at work on stocking stuffers…

scary birthday preparation

October 26th, 2008

Mom, you’ll be proud. I use my Zoology degree at least once every year when I choose not to make anatomically correct bones, but instead a whole pile of identifiable ones. Meringue bones from our graveyard:

one sick kid and un-used napkins, a horror story

October 19th, 2008

One of the few good things about the kids falling ill is that I got to spend some one on one time with Will last week. Monday he stayed home and we wrote daddy a love note – I made dotted letters which he traced. We made a garland of ghosts out of cheap napkins […]

christmas ideas…

October 19th, 2008

The Christmas shopping season begins the day after Thanksgiving, but the Christmas crafting season goes all year round. In case you are at a loss for semi-manly ideas – I’m thinking we might make a round of keychains using techniques I’ve learned for making resin jewels. Here’s a tutorial for making resin jewels from threadbanger. […]

16 ways to re-use

October 17th, 2008

I’m always interested in ways to re-use products that we’d otherwise throw away, but the ideas are usually… how do you say… dumb? Basically, turning junk into more junk. Or art, and well, my house barely contains the people that live in it much less the tons of art we could produce with our waste. […]

it is halloween time

October 9th, 2008

Halloween ranks right up there with Christmas as one of my favorite crafty holidays. Every year, we break out the scary pumpkins for the top of our house, dig out the CD of halloween sounds, buy some pumpkins and get to work on spooky crafts. Last year we made cheesecloth ghosts, jack-o-lanterns for the front […]

if you build/buy it, we will come

October 4th, 2008

Hey, Dad, if you build/buy me one of these teeny-tiny cottages for your Hill Country property, we’ll come visit at least once a quarter. Image thanks to

stalking these

September 25th, 2008

The Spiraling Review posted instructions for knitting these funny stocking scarves using a vintage kiddie knitting machine. Coveting, I googled and voila! Wouldn’t ya know it, great ideas don’t die. You too can own a kiddie knitting machine! Below is the picture of Amazon’s stock. Apparently Fisher Price has it’s own model as well. Crank […]

inspiring knit

September 2nd, 2008

My friend Anne just finished a blanket she’s been knitting. It is beautiful! A few detail shots:

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