The new corkboard

Ready for your next home project? Forget fabric covered bulletin boards, Design*Sponge shared a brilliant idea from maya*made for reusing coffee (or other burlap sack) to create the ultimate bulletin board.

Thanks maya*made!

Crochet is for hookers

When I was a kid, my Grandmother taught me how to crochet, but it's been years since I've picked up the hook. When knitting became the coolest craft in the nation, I had to try it, but I had a really hard time with it. I know there are people who can do both knit and crochet, but for me, I prefer the hook (sorry knitters!).

So after a 20 year crochet hiatus, I recently took a crochet class with Rebecca Baker at Pacific Fabrics. I feel like I can conquer the crochet world right now! Okay...maybe not quite. But I did just make this fun scarf from the book Happy Hooker and some arm warmers by mandcpruitt on I think my Grandma would dig them.

The Infamous Black Opal

The Black Opal is a strooong drink and is not recommended for beginniners or those who have to work the next day. Be wary of bartenders that put tequila in this drink. If this occurs, promptly hand the drink back to the rookie bartender and go to a different bar. Here are the ingredients to make your own at home:

1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz rum
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz Chambord (my favorite)
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz sweet and sour mix
1 oz Sierra Mist

Stir ingredients together in an ice-filled pint glass and get ready.

Halloween signs part 1

Special Halloween edition of Crafty Signage (we'll learn spookier signs next week!)

P.S. My face looks really weird at the beginning of this video...

Universal hairstyle coverage

I have some pretty intense headpieces from bellydancing, but I could wear this stylish-and-modern, feather-and-flower headband by Still Dottie anywhere. She even shared this tutorial to help us get the look. The best part about this trend is that it works for us gals with short hair. Take that last season's messy-updo look!

Spookify your home

Halloween can be daunting for crafters, because I feel like those around us have high expectations for us to make something really good. I worked on my top secret Halloween costume over the weekend, but it's pretty labor intensive and I still need to decorate! I'd love to work on these spooky projects:

Crochet-skull-applique via Indie Fixx. Crochet a quick skull using increasing and decreasing then add to a pillow, a pumpkin, your front door, window or anywhere!

Ribbon wreath via the long thread. You can even make it more scary with a little cobweb or fake bugs...

New at this

I'm new to this blogging thing. It's addicting. But lately I've been a little distracted by some things that I don't really have any control over, but somehow think that if I google them enough they will all go away.

No. Such. Luck.

So, back to important things! Like making stuff and being productive. And reorganizing this blog a bit.

Stay tuned!

Obama Craft Project

Technically I didn't find the Obama Craft Project, they found me and I couldn't be happier or more inspired.

Beautiful expressions of hope and change are posted to the site to remind us of the positive revolution we're bringing.

Yes we can! In just 25 days!


Have a beer. A cheap beer.

That is all.

Christmas is coming!?!

Skip To My Lou posted a great tutorial for a Christmas themed oven mitt a week or so ago. I love the tutorial, but what most interested me about this post is that it made me realize is that there are only 12 weeks until Christmas. 12 weeks!! I have big plans this year, but I haven't really planned them out yet. And with less than a month until Halloween, followed by the election and then Thanksgiving. All I have to say is...AHHHHHH!!!!!!

Alcohol and Ice Cream

This week's recipe isn't as much of a recipe as it is a fabulously simple way to get your daily intake of calcium and libations. It's really starting to feel like fall around here, so this deliciousness is also a great way to squeeze in the last enjoyments of cold summer pleasure on a hot...or

Chambord and ice cream
3 or more large scoops of vanilla ice cream
1 0z Chambord at least

In a large bowl, scoop vanilla ice cream and cover generously with Chambord.

That's it! Enjoy!