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   I was a contestant on TLC's

Craft Wars, August 2012

 

(Check out our projects in Somerset Memories)

 

Crafting Tutorials I've done:

Sweet Sensations Centerpiece

ATC Holder

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I cook poorly, I craft obsessively and I love the look of a retro cocktail. When I am feeling guilty about taking time away from my family with my obsessions, I make videos about my guilt as "The Guilty Crafter" or I blog here. Thanks for stopping by!

Monday
Jan282013

Happy National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!

 

Yes, you read that right. It's National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. I know this because I learned it on NPR and in my family, we have a saying, "If I heard it on NPR, it has to be true." Also, several of you wished me a happy NBWA day because you sensed that with my love of recycling in crafting and my love for shiny plastic, I'd probably be a bubble wrap lover. You're right! Check out these upcycled business cards I made for a swap a few years ago. A bit of bubble wrap, some snips from a produce bags (some of my favorite plastic), a few little bits of scrapbook goodies and I had a pretty cute little card. Don't throw that bubble wrap away- you'll just feel guilty! Get crafty with it!

Sunday
Jan272013

Washi Tape iPhone Cord Identifiers

We all fight over power cords around the Guilty house and last week I almost hyperventilated when I realized I had been trying to jam my Kindle power cord into my beloved new iPad mini. Eeek! I could have ruined it! And since my dear husband has scoffed at me buying the pink power adaptors I linger over at the drugstore, I decided to spend all of 3 minutes wrapping mine with some washi tape. You can find various ideas on Pinterest along the same lines- painting them with craft paint or nail polish- I even heard of someone dyeing hers with Rit Dye. But really, that's a lot of hassle. Washi tape is perfect- cute, quick, thin, and easy to work with. Hey- just like me! (I kid). But really, invest in the 3 minutes- there's no way my kids will be sneaking off with my adapters now plus I have a great visual reminder not to try to charge my iPad mini with the wrong charger! (Oh and yes, I did also cover my husband and son's various chargers. That'll teach them to mess with a crafter's stuff).

Friday
Jan252013

What to do with CHA Swag Guilt (DIY Yarn Basket)

The best part of going to amazing crafting conventions and trade shows? The free stuff. The worst thing about going to amazing crafting conventions? The guilt when you don't make anything with the free stuff. So, as I forge on with my New Year's resolution of working on something creative at least 2 hours every weekday, I am thrilled to say I have already created something cute with some of my swag from CHA last week.


Estimate Time for Project

  • 2 episodes of "Project Runway"


That's really it. So big thank you to Lion Brand Yarn and Clover. This was super easy and I really was able to zone out in front of the TV while I quickly wove my basket. For my first try, I see that I could have secured the corners a bit better but all in all, it's a lovely way to use up pretty yarn. The cool thing is, I can also easily unwind the yarn on the Basket Template in the future if I need it (and then re-wrap the basket with something else- raffia, ribbon, etc.) so the basket doubles as pretty/decorative yarn storage as well. Nothing is glued or tied, it's all. Everything is nicely wrapped around the template. So... DONE. Yay me!

Friday
Jan252013

What's Better than Being Published in 1 Magazine?

Being in 2 at the same time! Check out my craft room in the new issue of Creating Keepsakes' Creative Spaces and check out my dress to apron project (no sew!) in the latest issue of Apronology. You can usually find both at your local Barnes and Nobles.

Tuesday
Jan222013

CHA 2013 Creative Business Cards

 

It's interesting how many times I've needed to change my business cards in the last 2 years. I have tried it with all my social media links listed, I've shortened my blog URL, I've changed what professional skills I highlight. etc. It never hurts to have an updated look, I figure. This time for the Craft and Hobby Association, I thought I'd update my card and give it as clean and streamlined a look as possible. I added a QR code on the off-chance that other crafters are in the habit of using their smart phones to scan them (go ahead and try it- the QR code even works on this photo of my new cards).

P.S. You can see my past business cards by searching in the search box (bottom of left of this screen).

Sunday
Jan202013

How I Became "The Hardest Working Crafter at CHA"

Saturday
Jan122013

Battling Breast Cancer Art Bra

I am currently seated in a booth at CHA pretending its my home office (which means no eye contact with anyone working in the booth- in case they try to kick me out). CHA is THE craft trade show. Chock full of feet torturing aisle after aisle of crating supplies. It's a-mazing. If you're a crafter, this is heaven.

Most of my morning has been spent dancing at the opening of the show in a flash mob... wearing an art bra I made for the breast cancer awareness theme of the event. Being in a flash mob is on my bucket list so I was thrilled to be part I it but I was also thrilled to be inspired to make a fun art bra. It will be auctioned off for charity later tonight and ill be wearing it at a cocktail party for bidders. It's early January and I'm already working on my "keeping it weird and crafty" resolution.

Thursday
Jan102013

Photo Bombing Toddlers & Tiaras

Hilarious. My little girl got a few seconds of airtime too. It was the most fun any family has had watching Toddlers and Tiaras. EVER. And now I get to say we were on Toddlers and Tiaras as a mother/daughter team.

Wednesday
Jan092013

Mini Toddlers & Tiaras Party

Remember early this summer when I was a contestant on TLC's Craft Wars? Well, that was super exciting and all but just a few months later, I got a call from my party-themed, comrade-in-arms here in my neighborhood telling me that TLC was taping an episode of Toddlers & Tiaras locally. OH EM GEE. It was everything I dreamed it could be. My friend even provided us with giant pixie sticks so we could get in the spirit (if that doesn't make sense to you, might as well stop reading at this point). We screamed, we cheered, we (hopefully not too loudly) laughed. Basically a good time was had by all. The cherry on the T & T cake is that the episode we were at airs tonight (January 9, 2013). Unfortunately, tonight's a school night AND the show airs at 9 pm so, while I could do a full-blown party (THIS time- it will be later), I had to do something festive to share in the fun my friends around the neighborhood will be having (while we all watch on our separate TV sets). So here's what I did:

If you watch Toddler's and Tiaras, you know that a lot of the pageant moms profiled on the show get their kids all jacked up on sugar and caffeine. It's pretty awesome actually. I was a relatively shy kid but if I had known there was soda and Pixie Stix involved, I would have been slapping false eyelashes and flippers on myself. So the perfect refreshments for a Toddlers and Tiaras viewing party? Mountain Dew and Pixie Stix of course. And a little bit of tulle and some tiara stickers? Perfection. Stay tuned for our full-blown party. I have a great T&T cocktail idea and my friend and I? We've had coordinating outfits for almost a year now, just waiting...

Thursday
Dec202012

DIY Chocolate Bar Note Pad Set

(subtitle: How I Bought a Candy Bar as a Gift for a Child, Ate it Myself and Still Managed to Look Thoughtful)

Here's a typical morning at the Guilty Crafter house. No lunches have been made, kids have crazy bed head and I'm convincing everyone that cold cereal is a delicious alternative to their prefered eggs and oatmeal. And what am I doing in all this chaos? Making a spur of the moment craft, of course. Out of trash and a little guilt.

Here's the backstory: my little crafter woke up sad this morning because she realizes winter break means not seeing her best friend "Peach" every day (don't worry, Peach has a beautiful classic name she can use when she becomes president of the United States later).  That reminds me of the really cool gourmet candy bar I bought for Peach recently. I bought it because the packaging was so cute and said, you guessed it, "Peach" really big on the front. The problem is, I realized AFTER I bought the chocolate bar that it contained ingredients Peach is allergic to. I really had little choice but to eat the candy bar myself (because I care so deeply about The Children). Got all that?

So this morning, I am hugging my sad little girl and I realize we should make Peach a little gift so she can write notes to my little crafter during winter break. As luck would have it (or I guess we can blame the natural hoarding tendencies of crafters), I had saved the candy bar box. With a few sheets of peach colored craft paper, an overly sharpened pencil (really, my little girl sharpened and sharpened it until it was short enough to fit in the box), a bit of ribbon and a hole punch, I whipped out a quick little note set. My little girl's mood was lifted, I salvaged the special chocolate bar purchase, Peach will get a little giftie and I got to eat a pretty tasty candy bar for breakfast- almost guilt-free. It was a success all the way around.

Oh and the lunches? A banana, a juice box and a really unimaginative sandwich. But it all got done in time for the kids to catch their bus. Crafty mom for the win!

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