Craft-Tastrophe: Green Beer and a Lime In The Coconut

Craft-Tastrophe: Green Beer and a Lime In The Coconut

After you see these two drink-tastrophes I’m sure you will agree that Cliff’s simple Root Bear Float wins the Mixology Death Match hands down….. I’m still in shock that I lost to a man who sprinkled gummy bears on a root bear float and called it a cool drink! This is me — skulking off to the creative cocktail cave of shame. I digress…. Let’s start with the coconut disaster! So apparently simply putting lime (plus rum) in the coconut and mixing it all up just like the song says isn’t all the great. My crafter coconut cocktail turned out more like dishwater with rum in it. On the bright side of things I got to play with power tools! When you don’t succeed try try again, right? I thought “OK let’s go for a classic American beverage with a crafting diva twist!” I called this sacrilegious concoction “glitter lemonade beer”. To my defense I thought the beer and sparkling lemonade carbonation would create a beautiful hurricane of sprinkles. Unfortunately the sprinkles sank to the bottom and instantly turned the nice yellow beer a shade of swamp green. Before tasting it I thought it could be turned into a green St. Patty’s day drink but the lemonade mixed with sugar sprinkles tasted like sweet puke…. Un-winning. I suppose this epic fail is karma coming back to bite me in the butt for creating a contest that I thought I’d surely win. Lesson learned! However, I’m happy to report that in the end I actually did win something–the trophy for most craft-tastrophes in one week! It’s Friday, can someone make...
Craft-Tastrophe: Floppy Chenille Clutch Almost Turned Fluffy Chenille Pillow

Craft-Tastrophe: Floppy Chenille Clutch Almost Turned Fluffy Chenille Pillow

My friend Sue created a Shaggy Chic Chenille Clutch from the One Yard Wonders book and decided that it wasn’t exactly what she wanted so she donated it to the Home for Unwanted Crafts (My House). Since I’m a sucker for castaway crafts I happily took the floppy little clutch in….. and like a girl that chooses messed up boyfriends I went to work on “fixing” it. Unfortunately it was just that naive attitude that would be the demise of this poor innocent clutch. Ohh and my brazen disregard of basic sewing rules. You think with years of experience in both arenas I would have learned by now…. Fortunately I’ve had plenty of ups and downs in creative projects (life, ect.) and I’ve learned that every craft-tastrophe teaches you something valuable. In the case of this chenille clutch it was 3 somethings: 1) Don’t try to save something that didn’t need saving. 2) Burlap as a pillow backer = bad idea 3) Make sure you have enough seam allowance before you go on a sewing rampage. I’d hate to have this mangled mess be the last thing we all remember about this project so let’s visit the place (Sue’s blog here) where this craft-tastrophe remains a pretty little chenille clutch with no hints of its’ impending doom. Ohh and she has great step by step photos too! While you are at it check out Sue’s awesome One Yard Wonder camera case project! Craft On.  ...
Makers Month Roundup: November Crafts and Laughs

Makers Month Roundup: November Crafts and Laughs

So here we are in our November Roundup. Despite being busier than ever we managed to step back and enjoy a few Birthdays, Veterans day and a lovely Thanksgiving with our family. We even found time to go to the beach, buy neat antiques and whip up some great Christmas decor. If you look closely at our roundup photos you might just see some of our top secret projects lurking in the background! Turn a Phonograph into an iPhoneograph Discount Ikea Lamp Shade Hack – $10 DIY He Made a Whale Birthday Balloon Card Happy Veterans Day (With Video) She Crafted a Christmas Cheer Decoration Holiday Calendar Advent Inspiration Source: justagirlblog.com via Kate on Pinterest She Made Birch Tree Inspired Thank You Cards For Thanksgiving How To – Gluten Free Stuffing Muffins For Thanksgiving Alternative Snowman a Sandy Holiday Tradition Easy DIY Chevron Pattern Jewelry Box Holiday Calendar Advent Calendar Christmas Tree Decoration His Favorite November Project Although I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the leftover gluten free stuffing I’d have to say my favorite November project was the Whale Birthday card I created for my Nephew. It has nothing to do with Fall or Thanksgiving but it made him smile! Her Favorite November Project This is a toughie because I really love the Chevron pattern advent calendar that Cliff made for me but the neighbors keep complimenting me on my Christmas Cheer door sign ;) Secret Obsessions Cliff: Peanut Butter and Dates. Not together, although that combo sounds tempting…… Andrea: Crackle nail polish which according to my Mother In Law looks like like zombie nails…. I actually agree. Would Rather...
Yarn and Cardboard Leaf Decorations – A CRAFTASTROPHE!

Yarn and Cardboard Leaf Decorations – A CRAFTASTROPHE!

Notice that I tagged this one “Craftastrophe”? Let me explain why….Often times “we” crafters use cardboard as a base for our crafts because it’s cheap (often upcycled) and it’s a great foundation for lots of craft projects. Sometimes crafters (not going to mention any names here) try to disrupt the flow by giving cardboard a leading role in their projects. Maybe because they like a challenge or because they’ve lost their minds or maybe they just didn’t have enough time or materials on hand to create a cute Fall decor project for their Wednesday blog post. Again not mentioning any names. If you learn only one thing from this post I hope it’s this:   Ok you’ve figured me out… I’m the one that attempted to make raw cardboard work with yarn. Before you go on thinking that I didn’t try hard enough let me just say that I spent a good 4 hours fighting with these two seemingly innocent materials. I even enlisted the help of my self proclaimed “camp counselor” neighbor (bribed her with wine). In the end it turns out that no amount of effort, creativity, neighbors or wine was going to save this project. When Cliff came home from a  meeting and instantly said “Craftastrophe” I knew it was over… Maybe I’m being a bit melodramatic about this. I probably should have tried to disguised this as some sort of kids craft but because we don’t have any children I really only had one way out! Throw a craft fail pity party and add this project in the craftastrophe pile. Let’s take a closer look at...
Her Pin Cushion Craft-Tastrophe

Her Pin Cushion Craft-Tastrophe

We have many sectors in our tiny studio. A paper sector, a glue sector, a general crafts sector, a glitter sector and a sewing sector. We’ve been cleaning up the craft room in order to prep for our big move and I came across this poor little pin cushion all wrapped in a nest of thread. This clearly demonstrates how much of a renegade sewer I am. I haphazardly mow through all kinds of fabric projects without using patterns or following any instructions. Then I’m so tired from all the energy I’ve put forth that I don’t have the energy to properly clean up the creative mess I’ve made…..A tleast that’s how I justify why my craft room looks like a glitter and yarn hurricane hit it. So why is this poor little pin cushion worthy of a blog post? Well it illustrated to me how crazy and knotted up our lives have been the past couple of years mostly because our creative energy gets us involved with so many things leaving us with little energy left to sort out the mess we’ve created. I know it’s a little strange to compare our life to a messy pin cushion. Before I lose you let’s talk about how easy it was to clean up this pin cushion mess. Remove pins, brush away thread, put pins back in. Done. So as weird as it may sound this little pin cushion helped me realize that although things get complicated it’s easy enough to remove all the insanity and put it all back together without a bunch of stress or drama. The next...