Category: Crafts

  • Girl Power

    Girl Power

    Two winters ago, my then-9-year-old daughter asked her dad to help her in a big project. She had done electronics in the past, but this was the first time she came up with something to build it into. First they had to make the circuit. It’s a simple circuit, only meant to light up LEDs…

  • Sugar Skulls Video

    Sugar Skulls Video

    Happy Halloween and El Dia de los Muertos! Here is a short video of me and my Halloween baby making sugar skulls.

  • Lime Candle

    Lime Candle

    I love this! Look at how the light comes prettily through the green lime peel. My daughter came up with this clever little decorating idea of turning lime peels into candles. She must have seen a tutorial on YouTube. The kid loves YouTube tutorials. Just clean out the inside part of the peel, leaving the…

  • Amigurumi Swampbogger

    Amigurumi Swampbogger

    This past weekend was a crochet fest at our house. I don’t know what came over me. I just suddenly got this urge to find my crochet needles and yarns and make amigurumi, tiny crocheted toys. I had a skein of Stitch Nation wool to use up. This yarn is so buttery. I love it!…

  • Duck Tape Gift Ribbon Tutorial

    My 9 year old daughter is a duck tape artist! Here she is demonstrating how to make homemade gift ribbons using duck tape. Top off your Christmas presents with one of these babies. Mama loves them!

  • Cosplay Ears

    Cosplay Ears

    We made a movie! My husband, daughter and I have been making a short movie series since summer last year. My daughter calls it Time Brats. It’s a sci-fi fantasy musical, and she invites her cousins, classmates, and in this latest one, the 4th episode, her 2nd grade teacher, to be part of it. It’s…

  • How to Make an Evergreen Wreath the Hard Way

    How to Make an Evergreen Wreath the Hard Way

    Our Christmas tree is up! With the move we were a little worried we wouldn’t get our Christmas tree up in time, but we made it. We had to cut off the lowest branches to make our tree fit our stand, so I had a lot of extra branches to make a wreath with. Only…

  • Halloween Invitations

    Halloween Invitations

    I wanted to make Halloween party invitations that looked ghostly, so I went for the ancient and distressed look. I got the idea from the Better Homes and Gardens how-to guide. We have stacks of manila paper sitting around at home, so I started with that. From the craft store, I bought walnut ink for…

  • Column of Leaves Scarf

    Column of Leaves Scarf

    I finished the Column of Leaves Scarf I had been working on over the past month. Just in time for my Grandmother’s 86th birthday celebration. There she is, trying it on, with a beautiful smile on her face. She got into a crazy car accident last June during my cousin’s wedding. My grandmother had just…

  • Airplane Sock Puppets

    Airplane Sock Puppets

    Any parent traveling with children on a plane stocks up on activities to do while in transit. We certainly had a backpack’s worth of toys, drawing books and art supplies. Most important for parents, however is a creative mind to keep kids entertained during the many hours in limbo. On our flight from San Francisco…