Carving the Elfmas Watermelon

December 02, 2015

Carving the Elfmas Watermelon I may have created a new yearly tradition.

As usual, I had grand plans for Halloween. In my head, I can always get everything done. In real life, I can never accomplish all the things that seem so doable in my mind. Typically,… more

How to decorate for Elfmas

December 25, 2014

How to decorate for Elfmas Make most of it yourself.

Elves make things, so when decorating for Elfmas, it is custom to create many of the decorations yourself. As stated in the Introduction to Elfmas, those who aren’t “crafty” can still participate. It’s more… more

Going old-school for Halloween

October 31, 2014

Going old-school for Halloween Set a personal record for costume making.

I don’t recall wearing completely store-bought Halloween costumes growing up. Sure, pieces may have been purchased, but the bulk of each costume was usually homemade. I may have had one at some point, but it… more

Looks like October is also Craft Month

October 12, 2014

Looks like October is also Craft Month Well, just for me anyways.

With October starting, I knew I’d be busting out some of my crafting skills for costumes. So far, I haven’t done much costuming, but have been doing many more crafts than usual.

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Resurrecting the art of fort building.

September 20, 2014

Resurrecting the art of fort building. Teaching the youth how to use their imagination.

This morning, I was explaining to a child how kids played without smartphones and video games, without fancy toys and television. I was explaining using imagination and to that I got, “Well, when I play… more

You can polish a turd.

August 27, 2014

You can polish a turd. Well, the receptacle at least.

They say you can’t polish a turd. I guess that’s true, depending on what definition of turd one is using. An actual piece of feces, that would just be messy and impossible (depending on… more

Fairy Sticks and Friendship Bracelets

July 05, 2014

Fairy Sticks and Friendship Bracelets Just a normal afternoon visiting mom.

My mom is pretty damn crafty. I envy her craftiness as it far surpasses my ability. Crafting overwhelms me sometimes. I often don’t know where to begin, and if I do start, I can’t figure… more

Up from the 36 chambers, minus 32

May 17, 2014

Up from the 36 chambers, minus 32 Getting creative for a bit of animal project motivation.

Kids get school projects all the time, it’s just part of life. More often than not, they will get handed a worksheet and be asked to merely fill in the required information. This is exactly… more

Post Earth Day, Pre-Arbor Day Gifts

April 25, 2014

Post Earth Day, Pre-Arbor Day Gifts Those quick project planning skills come in handy.

I am festive and I enjoy sharing my festive nature with others, especially kids. They get it and for the most part, they appreciate it. With Earth Day and Arbor Day falling in the same… more

Does the Paas dying pack ever get old?

April 18, 2014

Does the Paas dying pack ever get old? Such a classic product!

Paas egg dying packs, about $1.50 to purchase, it brings back so many memories and provides at least 30 minutes of enjoyment. Dying Easter eggs has always been a blast for me, which is strange… more

Quick little V-day card

February 06, 2014

Quick little V-day card Busting out the watercolors for a fun little Valentine’s Day card.

Tonight I started some Valentine’s Day cards. The first one is a squirrel Prince Charming holding a faberge-acorn. I’ve been on portrait and commission stretch, so the break for just silly work was nice.

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Handmade puppet theatre

January 08, 2014

Handmade puppet theatre Using my crafty skills for a children’s puppet theatre.

I do a lot of painting and building of frames, but I don’t generally build functional items. This isn’t because I don’t want to, I just usually don’t have the time. I decided to help… more

Getting crafty for an elf party

December 12, 2013

Getting crafty for an elf party I make things, so do elves, so I am an elf. Gotta share the elf-life with the kids.

I was given the opportunity to help plan an elf themed party for a group of preschool students. This was great for a number of reasons, but mostly because working with kids is rad and… more