The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects

The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects

As many of you know, Cliff and I have had a rough go at the last 12 months, with the most notable low being diagnosed with a rare breast cancer at the age of 32 and almost dying from severe infection soon after. Luckily, sprinkled among our darkest days were some epic wins, such as the publishing of our very first book called The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas: Awesome Craft Techniques for Handmade Craft Projects. It’s safe to say that both breast cancer and the book have made us stronger, exceptionally grateful and even more hopeful for our future than ever before. We undoubtedly wouldn’t be as optimistic had it not been for the love and support from our friends, family and you! The happiest news is that we’re back from our blog sabbatical! Yup, we’re finally putting our glittery boots back on and kicking this crafty shindig into high gear! And what a better way to celebrate our creative resurrection than with our favorite creative bloggers and a massive book giveaway! About The Book We specifically wrote and designed The Crafter’s Book of Clever Ideas for hobbyists, crafty pros, families and DIYers alike. Among the 50 projects, you’ll find our He Crafted/She Crafted panache as well as a plethora of unique techniques, versatile projects, fun materials and of course glitter! The words we love to describe our style in this book are – kitschy, geeky and fun. Some might say it’s a craft battle royal where only one glittery victor can win. I like to think of it as a cheeky craft-off between two very loving people….. but...
He Made a Root BEAR Float

He Made a Root BEAR Float

My entry into the drink challenge (Mixology death match)  is a blend of my two favorite sweets; Gummy Bears and Root Beer Floats. Naturally I call it a Root Bear Float! This festive dessert drink doesn’t necessarily meet the DIY or crafty theme that Andrea set in the challenge rules so I took a picture of my Root Bear Float on my work bench. That should qualify right? Pre-warning– the Gummy bears get a little frost bitten causing you to have to chew a little bit more than normal but that’s a small price to pay for this festive take on a traditional drink. Use Rice Dream ice cream, Haribo Gummy Bear sand Virgils Root Beer for an oh so yummy Gluten free dessert! Enjoy and vote for me!...
He Vs. She Challenge: Mixology Death Match

He Vs. She Challenge: Mixology Death Match

It’s official Cliff won the Valentine challenge (see entries here) and household bragging rights. To even the score I’ve rigged created another challenge that I’m sure to win will be fun! I call it the “Mixology Death Match!” “He Vs. She Handmade Drink Challenge.” The only rule for this death match challenge is that the alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks must be inspired by our handmade lifestyle — as in craft, art, DIY themed libations. Think screwdrivers, glitter on the beach ect…. Any creative names for drinks accepted! Cliff and I will ask you to vote on your favorite handmade themed concoctions. More voting weight will be given to the voters that actually try the drinks for themselves! Andrea Winner gets household bragging rights until the next challenge. Happy weekend! Craft On.    ...
Bedroom Paint and One Crazy Week At CHA

Bedroom Paint and One Crazy Week At CHA

I realize that it shouldn’t take 2 adults a whole week to paint a bedroom but we had places to go, people to see and really high walls to paint! Ohh and we changed our minds a few times too. In the end project eradicate bedroom beige was a success and we even managed to have some crafty fun at the CHA trade show! Skip to the bottom if you want to go straight to the bedroom paint pics or scroll slowly to see what life was like for us crazy Curries this week! Saturday: Hey let’s paint! Sunday: Let’s go to CHA (in Anaheim) a day early. Monday: Let’s craft! Tuesday: Let’s force our friends to pick their favorite valentine. Wednesday: Ok back to painting but this time we need a tall ladder. Thursday: Touch up time.  Friday: Somebody get us a drink! If you are familiar with our CHA Folklore post you’ll recall that we turned to all of you to solve our paint dilemma and luckily you rose to the occasion by choosing an awesome deep color purple color called Folklore (By Behr) for our accent wall. Here’s the Behr ColorSmart photo you all picked. We were totally happy with this color combo until at the last minute we decided to change the entire furniture arrangement, which forced us to change the location of our Behr Folklore accent wall to our smallest wall along the window. Doing so actually squared out our awkwardly rectangular room. For the rest of the walls we chose a nice yellowish Behr color called Caribbean Sunrise instead of the Behr Oyster...
Monster Valentine

Monster Valentine

I’m a dude so cutesy valentines weren’t on my list of things to fawn over in grade school therefore I don’t have a nostalgic story to tell about my inspiration for this valentine like Andrea did for her pooping unicorn valentine. So let’s get right to the Monster valentine that is winning over the hearts of our friends at the CHA Trade show– shall we? Before my #1 Valentine (Andrea) puts me in the dog house I have to give her most of the credit for these valentines. I don’t have the design skills that Andrea does–so basically I can only claim ownership on the concept. Ohh and the chocolate heart in the middle…. That was all me. What girl doesn’t want a little crunch in their chocolate? And here’s all of our crafty friends enjoying both of our valentines! A tie! Another tie! A guilt induced tie. Looks like Andrea is winning. Ohh but wait! Now it’s your turn to vote! Leave your comments in your favorite corresponding blog post (Andrea’s here). Winner gets household bragging rights and loser has to make Valentines Day dinner.     PS If you want this monster printable for yourself leave a comment because Andrea is considering selling the easy to print...
Grade School Valentine With a Twist

Grade School Valentine With a Twist

When I was in grade school I loved going to the drugstore to pick out my favorite corny valentine packs. I’m pretty sure I chose My Little Pony valentines 5 years in a row…. Anyway, years later I feel as though my crafty spin on nostalgia may have gone awry in a snarky maybe even a little gross way. However, I wholeheartedly defend this candy pooping unicorn as a great Valentine pre-qualifier. I mean if a unicorn pooping rainbow candy doesn’t make you giggle even just a little bit then you and I just aren’t meant to be. If it weren’t for that awkwardly large blank space where the candy is supposed to go I’d say it looks like a pretty run of the mill grade school valentine. Right? I know that a custom designed unicorn valentine is a little over the top but I had to bring my A -game to this Valentine Challenge because my competition (Cliffy) tends to always win the ladies over with his crafts. I swear he can glitter a piece of poop and everyone loves it. Ironic huh? Now that we’ve exposed both valentines it’s your turn to vote! Check out Cliff’s Monster Valentine along with photos of all of our crafty friends choosing their favorites and then comment on your favorite valentine! I never thought I’d say poop so much in a blog post….POOP! Craft On.     P.S The bedroom paint is almost done and looks AMAZE-ballz! More to come on that later this...