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Princess M, Boot Cuffs, and Ponytail Hat, Oh, My!

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Princess M spent several days with Dan the Man and me right before Christmas. She was most interested in my knitting, and of course, wanted me to make something for her.  Since I’ve just mastered joining in the round (taking me from beginning knitting status to advanced beginners, I think!), I offered to make her some boot cuffs.  We trekked to Hobby Lobby, and the princess got to select her own yarn. Read the rest of this entry

Tassel Earrings

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I made the cutest earrings with some extra yarn I had after knitting a scarf.  Makes me wish I had pierced ears!  They were easy to make, though the construction was rather convoluted.  I first had to find an object that was the right size to wrap the yarn around.  I settled on Dan the Man’s new battery charger.  The charger is snuggled under the mess below. Read the rest of this entry

Washer Necklaces

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14138327_10210145393501730_570067790_nI’ve been spending hours and hours lately in the hospital with a sick friend, so my cooking and crafting time has been limited.  But about a month ago, a few girlfriends and I had two crafting days to make some door prizes for an upcoming conference.  We were looking for inexpensive ideas that our conference participants (mostly women) would like.  Necklaces made from washers seemed just the ticket. Read the rest of this entry

Marbled Mugs

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Like some girlfriends I’ve know along the way, the adjectives fast and cheap fit this craft.  Using dollar store white mugs, a dollar store bottle of lavender nail polish, and a bottle of pink polish I found in my bathroom cabinet, I tried to replicate the lovely marbled mugs found on a million Pinterest pages.  The photos on all these pins make the mugs look elegant. The pinners promise easy art.  My kinda craft, right?

Well, it wasn’t quite without crapsmanship, of course.  First, the lavender polish was really pink, so I didn’t have much color contrast.  Second, the old forgotten polish just globbed into the water.  See the balls at the bottom?


Third, I guess because it was so ancient, the old polish created long pieces of snot-like strings. Ick!


Last and certainly as crappy as the other issues, I dipped the first mug rather willy-nilly into the floating polish and got the marbled effect smeared into the inner part of the mug.  Definitely not the elegant look I was hoping for, and probably not safe for coffee.

Not willing to give up on my $3 investment, I used nail polish remover to clean up the first mug I created.  After dipping both mugs into the nail polish soup, I set them aside to dry. They’re not without flaws, and I’m not sure that I’ll ever use them for drinking, but maybe they’ll make some good pots for flowers!

Salted Cherries

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CherriesToday I made an old family recipe that brings back the flavors and smells of my Grandma’s kitchen. She used to pickle bing cherries in a recipe she called Salted Cherries. They’re one of those you-either-love-’em-or-you-hate-’em relishes, and my dad and I used to go nuts over them. They’re easy to do when cherries are at their peak.

You first wash the cherries, and I always take the stems off.  In they go into a quart Mason jar. For each quart, you sprinkle 2 Tbsp. sugar and 1 Tbsp. kosher salt over the top.

Salted cherries

Fill the jars half way with plain white vinegar, and then top it off with tap water.  Screw on the lid, turn upside down, and store in the refrigerator. They should be ready in about 3 weeks.  Yum!

Here’s the original recipe, in my teenage handwriting, as dictated by my grandmother.

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Crapsmanship Rules #2 and #3

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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 http://thediyplaybook.com/2015/09/diy-donut-pumpkin.html, 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

Mid-Century Modern Art Part II

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A week or so ago, I shared with you the pictures I’ve worked on for my sister Robin’s new mid-century modern home.  (See the post at this link: crapsmanship.com/2015/08/17/mid-century-modern-art-diy/) .  I gave Robin some choices about the design she wanted. (Frankly, I asked her to tell me if she really wanted the pictures at all).  She assented to accept the pictures, complete with mid-century modern design elements, as seen in the photo above.  I had to completely re-do the picture on the right due to my previous crapsmanship, using Sharpies to add the designs.  While these vases aren’t museum-worthy, or maybe not even wall-worthy, I’ll let Robin make the call actually hanging them in her house.  Robin, I’ll bring them next week when I visit Laurie Loo.