Crafternoon delight

Well, hello there! Sorry for the prolonged absence.
Time to share what I’ve whipped up recently in my Craft Cave. I recently threw another baby shower, this one for my friend, Amy, at our favorite local brunch place Radial Cafe. It’s the same restaurant where Hot Pants threw me a surprise engagement brunch with family and friends from all over the place, so it already carried a lot of really happy memories.
For my first trick, I will you show you how I made pinwheels that actually go around and around. It took some grunting and cussing, but they turned out adorable and are now a bouquet in little Alexander’s room.
Check it:

I used these instructions from Create Studio for these little boogers. I had quite the time finding a grommet tool at Michael’s, mostly because they call it an eyelet tool there. Apparently, eyelets are a girlier version of grommets. I’d also recommend getting a little thicker dowel than I did here because the push pins kept poking through the back of the sticks and making it hard to get the pinwheel to go around and around. The fun things with these are that you can either use decorative craft paper or just plain card stock that you draw on yourself.

For the centerpieces on the tables, I opted to use the toys I had bought for the mom and dad-to-be instead of wrapping them. Less paper waste, less stuff for them to open and it was rather festive for the occasion. Plus, all the kids who attended the shower had stuff to play with during the boring parts.


I also put together some fun little note cards for folks to fill out with advice for the new parents. I have to put in a plug here for Michael’s rubber stamp section which has some really cute, modern stuff now. This little owl was perfect for the occasion.


I ran out of time to make cupcake decorations, so I turned to the tried and true artists on Etsy to hook me up with some cuteness. A Little Lollipop Tree came through with flying colors. She even had a design that matched the Dwell Studio bedding on the registry. And, yes, the cupcakes were just as fabulously tasty as they appear in this photo.

I also put together a time capsule for guests to fill up with items that represent the year the little guy was born. I turned a simple photo box into the cutest little time capsule ever with Sharpies and Japanese washi tape.


But before you go thinking I just let our guests off the crafty hook, here’s my favorite part of the party. I stole an idea from another baby shower I attended and loaded up a table with blank onesies in a variety of sizes, fabric markers and stencils. Voila! Fun craft time for everyone! I make party guests work for their keep. And the parents-to-be were so thrilled with having a stock of personalized onesies.

Originally posted 2011-02-21 18:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

More Protective Bacon Wrapping for all your “i” Products…

Well you had to know this was going to happen.

From the maker of the iPod and iPod shuffle felt bacon protective cases comes…

the iPad Bacon Case.

Seriously, with a photo like that, what more needs to be said?

Go get one over at Etsy.

Originally posted 2010-04-27 13:42:49.

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Originally posted 2014-06-05 20:30:28. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chalkboard Skulls

I never meant to take a three month hiatus from Skulls & Bacon. Not sure what happened other than, well, let’s just say I was hibernating. Spring is a few days away so it’s about time I crawl out of my cave to let the funk of these last few months disappate.

Of course, there was a skull object that has brought me back and made me think, goddamn, I need to post this.

I am in love with these Chalkboard Skulls by iamhome, on Etsy.

Black Skull Chalkboard
Purple Skull Chalkboard
Teal Skull Chalkboard

They come in all different, awesome colors and are handmade, $46.00 each and even come with a piece of chalk.

I promise I’ll be back, I’ve just received some Wild Bill’s Bacon Jerky in the mail and I’m gonna munch on that a bit and be back soon with a review!

Originally posted 2012-03-19 03:40:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Bacon Boutique – Scarf and Gloves

It’s starting to get chilly here in Michigan, time to break out the cold weather gear.

Scarfs and gloves go together like bacon and eggs, so it’s only fitting that the world should now have a bacon & eggs scarf and glove combo!

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Practical, stylish and oh so yummy looking! 😉  You even get your choice of three colors

Created by kungfumonkeyrobot. You can get your own set over at Etsy for just $23.85 *!!  That my friends is a steal!

(Scarf and gloves sold separately for $15 / $8.25 respectfully)

Originally posted 2009-11-12 10:00:32.

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Originally posted 2014-07-29 02:14:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Won’t you be my Valentine?

Valentine’s is coming, and even if you don’t have someone special in your pants – er, life – then, make Valentine cards for your friends! Despite having Hot Pants in my life, I like making stuff for my friends on National Chocolate Day best because they were my original Valentines before he came along. And if you’d rather make Valentines for folks in need, two years ago Etsy collected handmade cards to send to elderly folks in NYC’s CityMeals-on-Wheels program. Replicate it in your own city!

Last year I took a letterpress class at a local studio and made my cards there, but? here are some ideas for making your own from the comfort of your couch.

Martha has a tutorial on how to make Valentines out of wax paper and crayons. They would work for decor in your home as well as cute little things to mail to folks.

Several crafters are posting ideas for making Valentine cards out of paint chip samples from the hardware store. I absolutely adore this idea.
Here’s one from craftevolution that will get your creative juices flowing (ew).


Or how about this one from fabulous crafter Jodi Kahn of Simply Sublime. (Feautred in Country Living!)


Lastly, I say just break out some construction paper, scissors and markers and go to town or challenge yourself to make a Valentine solely from stuff you have around the house (no cheating!).?

Originally posted 2011-01-22 17:08:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Chalkboard Skulls

I never meant to take a three month hiatus from Skulls & Bacon. Not sure what happened other than, well, let’s just say I was hibernating. Spring is a few days away so it’s about time I crawl out of my cave to let the funk of these last few months disappate.

Of course, there was a skull object that has brought me back and made me think, goddamn, I need to post this.

I am in love with these Chalkboard Skulls by iamhome, on Etsy.

Black Skull Chalkboard
Purple Skull Chalkboard
Teal Skull Chalkboard

They come in all different, awesome colors and are handmade, $46.00 each and even come with a piece of chalk.

I promise I’ll be back, I’ve just received some Wild Bill’s Bacon Jerky in the mail and I’m gonna munch on that a bit and be back soon with a review!

Originally posted 2012-03-18 21:40:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

A few things I’m loving right now

I’m working on my year-end post, but until then, this will have to do. Here’s a few items I’ve run across recently that make me want to jump with joy.

From Oh DierFrom Star HouseFrom Christine Tenenholtz

From Bunny Dee Ar?
From The Calamity Collective

Originally posted 2010-12-22 21:45:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter