In one of our spare bedrooms, we have twin beds and a closet full of toys and games. We call this the “Grandkid Room” for fairly obvious reasons. There’s a built-in desk, and for the holidays every year, I put cotton batting and an assortment of Christmas trees. Some trees I’ve purchased; many I’ve made. Every year, I add one or two, so our forest is slowly growing.
Thanks to a Pinterest post from Better Homes & Gardens, my friends and I each made a charming gingerbread village in a jar. BH&G does a good job of explaining the process (https://www.bhg.com/christmas/gingerbread-houses/gingerbread-house-city/?ordersrc=rdbhg1107752), and the gingerbread recipe is delicious. Here is what BH&G’s gingerbread village looked like. Cute, huh?
Martha, Kathy, and I strayed a little from the directions, and we have some advice based upon our struggles. Read the rest of this entry
I’ll be making my favorite Thanksgiving Day dessert this week, and I thought you might like a reminder of this delicious recipe I blogged about several years ago. This cranberry upside down cake is a delicious and beautiful tribute to the sweet tart cranberry. I think you’ll find it a new tradition on your holiday table!
It’s funny how a chance thought morphs into something memorable. That happened to my BFF as she wondered about the word clodhopper. She looked up the word online, which lead her down the rabbit hole of definitions, images, and tangents. Once she learned that Canadians make a special treat called clodhoppers, she was off and running to the grocery store. Read the rest of this entry
I had an idea for a small memento for Christmas gifts. What could be hard about a small wooden plaque and a painted cross? You would think that it would be easy, but the more I tried, the worse it got. In the photo above, you can see where I started. I painted two small wooden plaques from Hobby Lobby black. I then drew a white cross with acrylic paint on each and used some silver leaf to embellish it. CRAP ALERT: It didn’t really work to my satisfaction. Being a true crapsperson, I knew I could try another step, so out came the pink spackle. Read the rest of this entry
If you’re procrastinating about Halloween costumes for you and your significant other, perhaps you’d like to do what Dan the Man and I did for a party at our son’s house last night. Mine was easy — a purchased orange Jack-o-Lantern shirt, black pants, (a black turtleneck shirt because it was chilly), and a headband with a pumpkin stem on top. Dan the Man’s was a little more labor intensive, only because I couldn’t find a yellow shirt. After a trip to WalMart for a white shirt, yellow dye, and black duct tape, the Charlie Brown look was born. A little swish on the forehead of Charlie, a necklace for The Great Pumpkin, and a timeless partnership was born!
I decided to temporarily replace a five-year old photo of my grandkids with a mixed media piece of a fall pumpkin. The grandkids have grown so much, but I can’t say my art skills have! I started with a 11×17″ sheet of mixed media paper, some ecru tissue paper, and scraps of other tan-colored papers. I ModPodged these down to form a random brownish background for my pumpkin.
I then added some details to the background using stamps and black ink (though I neglected to take a picture of this).
My next step was to sketch a pumpkin onto another sheet of paper.
I cut it into sections and used these sections as templates to reproduce the shapes on orange and patterned scrapbook paper.
I decided the center piece was too white, so I scribbled on some orange Distress Crayon and smeared it all over with a baby wipe.
To add some depth to the pumpkin sections, I used a brown Distress Crayon to edge each piece and smear the crayon marks with another baby wipe.
Now that the pumpkin part was finalized, I prepared it for ModPodging onto the background sheet.
Now came the hard part. I played and played with green stems and leaves to get them just right.
I continued to add leaves and tweak their appearance until I was happy with the effect. I added some depth to both the leaves and the stem with brown and green Distress Crayons, a white GelliRoll pen, and a black Posca pen.
I added a few more stamped images, framed it, and have it proudly displayed in a place of honor in my living room. I’m already working on the Christmas picture that will replace it!
Last week, I did a retrospective on some of my past posts related to autumn and Halloween. It’s fun to look back, and you may be inspired by some of these ideas. Here are a few more! Read the rest of this entry
Over the past four years of this blog, I’ve posted much crafty crapsmanship related to fall and Halloween. In this post, I’m taking the lazy way out by revisiting a few. And maybe I’ll inspire you to try one!
FALL CANDLE DECOR
EASY HALLOWEEN DOOR HANGER
KICKED UP PUMPKIN
TRIO OF PUMPKINS
Last week, I shared the pumpkin picture I painted for a display in my living room (https://crapsmanship.com/2018/09/23/pumpkin-pic/). I change the picture out every month or so to match the season. I also use this same strategy for a display in my guest bathroom, and this time I decided to use my 5″ x 7″ Gelli Plate to make a picture of fall leaves. Read the rest of this entry