Category Archives: Crafts

Recycled Beer Coaster Gift Tags

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Dan the Man and I have a favorite local brewery, and when Dan was there several weeks ago, one of our favorite bartenders was ready to discard some custom-made beer coasters that contained old info. Being the good husband, Dan brought two big stacks home to me. Read the rest of this entry

Spider Wreath

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Yes, I know the photograph is poor, but I wanted to show you the Halloween wreath I made for my BFF. I used an old black-ish frame, some stretchy cotton yarn from my stash, and $2 worth of big spiders from Dollar Tree.  I tied one end of the yarn to the frame and then just randomly wrapped and wrapped, finishing with a knot on the back. A little hot glue for the spiders, and easy peasy, a spooky accessory for BFF’s house.

Greeting Cards & Faux Postage Stamps

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My friend Joanie turned 81 years old yesterday, and I wanted to make her a special birthday card for her party today. The resulting card is the culmination of several different craft projects. After watching a video on how to create faux postage stamps from Maremi’s Small Art, I became addicted to the fun process (https://binged.it/2mvot5r). Here’s a collection of ones I have made:

I won’t go into the process since you can watch the video, except to explain how I made the aged paper. I simply took white cardstock and some very dark coffee I made with warm water and instant coffee granules. I painted the paper with the coffee mixture, and when it was plenty wet, I sprinkled on some dry granules. Voila!Here are a few close-ups of some faux stamps:

To make the card, I glued an ice cream “stamp” onto the front of a purchased blank card, added some of my amateur lettering, and Bob’s your uncle!

I envision many more cards in my future containing faux stamps and “sending” messages: Sending best wishes, sending birthday greetings, sending good thoughts, sending congratulations, …. You get the idea!

Mother/Daughter Glitter Shoes

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For a Christmas gift to Princess M last year, I made her a pair of glitter shoes. I followed the directions from Amy Latta (see https://www.pinterest.com/pin/570268371565340317/), and they were easy peasy. The only two tricks were using the right paints and taping off the rubber bits well. Read the rest of this entry

BFF’s Screened Porch

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My BFF has recently finished repairing her screened-in porch, and I surprised her with a little crapsmanship and redecorating. BFF is a rabid recycler and repurposer, so I knew she wouldn’t want sparkling new items in this room. (If you look closely at the furniture with the fabric, you can see the rips in the seat. BFF and I found these curbside the evening before trash day, and with her recycling spirit, BFF plans to replace the seats but save the frames.)

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More Greeting Cards

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Last week, I shared with you how I used up some of my paper stash to make greeting cards. Here’s a gallery of the ones I’ve made recently. (CRAP ALERT: Some aren’t especially good, mainly because I’m a crappy stamper. And a rotten photographer.) But they’ll still serve their purpose. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry

“Use Up My Paper Stash” Greeting Cards

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I needed two birthday cards — quick! — so I decided to try an idea I’d recently seen on YouTube. (Unfortunately, I can’t find the link to give credit to the original post.) This smart person used her printed deli paper stash to make greeting cards. Read the rest of this entry