Dan the Man bakes bread and desserts for a local brewery. One bar employee, Chris, particularly loves Dan’s desserts, so we spend a lot of time talking about food. As a native Mexican, Chris asked Dan about making her favorite soup from childhood — Sopa de Fideo, or Noodle Soup. Neither Dan nor I had ever heard of it, but I was up for the challenge. I found a recipe to try at https://www.isabeleats.com/sopa-de-fideo/. 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!
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
I’ve always turned up my nose at the idea of Artist Trading Cards. I mean, why would I want to start a new collection when I hardly have room for what I already have? But when Martha, Kathy, and I scheduled a trip to Dallas for a big crafters’ conference, Martha suggested we make some ATCs in case we have the opportunity to swap with other crapspeople, er, I mean craftspeople. So I approached the task with my usual blend of ineptitude, mixed media, and luck. Here are a few of what I’ve created so far.
I used a stamp and a label on the back of each to identify the “artist.”
They’ve been strangely addictive to make, and I’ll create more before our trip in mid-September. I might even sprinkle them throughout the conference hall for my donation to found art!
You may prefer made-from-scratch brownies, but this crapswoman is perfectly okay with the boxed variety. Particularly if they have this gooey secret inside! Read the rest of this entry
Easy? Couldn’t be easier. Art? Doubtful! Read the rest of this entry
I love and adore April Fool’s Day. Every year that I was a teacher, I would begin April 1 by removing all the chairs from my classroom. When I told the kids they’d have to stand all day, I was always surprised how gullible six-and seven-year-olds can be. When I got promoted to the position of a school administrator, my teachers weren’t quite so easily duped — except for the year that I put a sign on the copier. The sign said that the copy machine company had installed a ‘voice activation’ setting, and all that people had to do was give oral commands. You can imagine how funny it was to watch! (Right, Shanne?!) Read the rest of this entry
For the last few gifts I’ve given, I have played around with creating my own gift wrap. The paper design turns out big and sloppy and interesting, and I like the fact that it isn’t neat and pretty. It’s clearly DIY and is a fun, cheap project. Read the rest of this entry
You would think just adding a stamp would be sufficient. But no, now I’m in a flurry as decorate the envelopes of the V-Day cards I’m sending. Here are a few: Read the rest of this entry