Monthly Archives: September 2015

Mudroom Reveal



Last January 18th, I first blogged about the mudroom I was designing for my son’s and daughter-in-law’s new house.  I envisioned a place for them to hang their coats, drop their keys, and store grandkids’ backpacks.  The builder expected the house would be done in February … then in April … then in June … but for months he did nothing.  Once the kids and the bank figured out the builder was unscrupulous, we all turned to Plan B.  The kids became their own contractor and are now within a week or two of moving in.  Houses shouldn’t take over a year to build!  (The builder’s name is Harold Something in Marshall, Texas.  I plan an active smear campaign once the house is actually completed!)

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Hand Knit with Love


I’m working at a fast and furious speed to make scarves as Christmas presents.  When I saw a picture on Pinterest of a wrap-around gift label for knitted products, I knew I could make my own.  I first used an app on my iPad called “Hand Drawn” to make the text and graphics.  I then imported the pictures into Word to make a printable document.  I can now print two labels with one sheet of 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper. Read the rest of this entry

Crapsmanship Rules #2 and #3


My daughter-in-law was at one time obsessed with Dunkin’ Donuts, and her almost-six-year-old daughter, my granddaughter Princess M, loves their strawberry-glazed donuts.  With sprinkles.  She first eats the sprinkles and then licks off all the icing.  The actual donut part is completely superfluous to Princess M’s enjoyment of the treat.  When I saw a picture of a small craft pumpkin DIY-ed into a strawberry doughnut at, I knew I had to give it a try as a gift to the Princess for her birthday next week. Read the rest of this entry

Crapsmanship Rule #1



I’m getting better (finally!) at knitting and have recently finished up this purple scarf.  I got the pattern from All Free Knitting at  My knitting of the scarf is a perfect example of the first rule of crapsmanship:  MAKE YOUR ERRORS BECOME A DESIGN DETAIL. Read the rest of this entry