I know, do I need a new ukulele when technically I can’t play the one I have yet? Probably not, but when I saw this DIY kit I had to order it. Its not full on build it yourself- the uke body is already together and really you just pin/glue/screw a few pieces in place and bob’s yer uncle. It took about 30 minutes to assemble and another twn minutes to string and tune, once I realized I had done some of the assembly wrong. Anyway, I started out with a nice plain paint job and it quickly turned into this. It’s loud, but honestly it doesn’t sound as nice as my tenor does. There’s a big difference in price though between them, and quality. But it was still a super fun little project and I’d say worth the $40! Looks like I’ll have to build a new ukulele stand too!Read the rest…

My boyfriend and I have this old wood and iron bench in the backyard, that after about 11 years, has all but rotted away. I decided to replace the wood in the old bench so people can safely sit on it again- and the timing was great because we are hosting a BBQ in a few weeks. I went to Lowe’s and purchased 4 pieces of wood which I had them cut down to size for $7 and change total. I also spent about $2.50 on two packages of screws, which I used about 2/3s of. I did have to cut the two smallest pieces of wood vertically with a handsaw after I got them home but that was simple enough. The first step to rebuilding the bench was to take it apart. I don’t have access to a jigsaw, so I had to reuse the top piece of wood from the bench but that piece doesn’t get a lot of stress compared to say the seat.  After staining the wood I bought, bolting and screwing things back into place was pretty simple, and we have a bench that can safely be sat on by us or our guests atRead the rest…

I went by one of my favorite thrift stores yesterday morning because I wanted to check out something I thought I saw the day before. What was I after? This. An almost 8 pound bag of buttons! For anyone unfamiliar, typically buttons are purchased on a card with somewhere between 2 and 8 buttons to a card depending on size. A card can cost anywhere from $2 to $6 retail. There are literally thousands of buttons in this bag. I paid $28.33 after tax for it. If there are 2,000 buttons in the bag, I paid $0.014 per button. That’s a steal! I’ve been working on sorting them the last day or so and wow it is slow going! On the left are the colored ones, plus the black shanked buttons and the ones made out of shell. In the middle are all browns and metal ones. And on the right are black ones, and the whitish ones. Most of them are divided further by size, unless I only have enough of that color family to fill one spot. I’m nowhere near done sorting them, but I’m going to keep going until I fill up all three containers and thenRead the rest…

I’ve been wanting a clock in my craft room, but I wanted something a little different, and something that would actually coordinate with my space. I decided to make my own clock, but I had no idea what to make it with. A trip to Michael’s had me walking out with this stuff. This ended up being a super fast project, taking about an hour, and most of that time was spent waiting for the paint to dry. And if I ever repainted my craft room, I could easily repaint the canvases to match.Read the rest…

So back about 6 months ago, I was super excited to purchase and hopefully learn to play the ukulele. I bought one, loved it, but wasn’t so great about practicing. Then a few weeks back, I joined Ukulele Underground and I found this. Plans to build your own ukulele stand, this one already sized perfectly for a tenor uke, which is what I have. All I needed was a piece of wood for the base, a 1″ thick wooden dowel at least 22″ long, some felt, some screws, and some metal hooks sold at Walmart to act as the brackets. I was super tight on money but really wanted to do this, so I improvised a bit. The wooden plaque I bought from Michael’s, with a 50% off coupon for $1.90. The felt I already had on hand, thanks to getting sent the wrong item when I ordered fabric ages ago. Wood stain and E6000 I had on hand. The dowel was the most expensive piece at about $4.50 for a 48″ length, and the screws were about a dollar for a package of 8. The hooks/brackets I made myself out of polymer clay, then cast them in resin which IRead the rest…

I just added this little guy to my shop, and oh how I love him! Raleigh the Racehorse stands about 3″ tall on his wooden base, and the plaque is 4″ wide. He’s made out of reddish brown polymer clay (Sculpey III and Premo!) to give him a rich bay coat. He’s relaxing on a bed of straw, with his lucky horseshoe and a big bucket of water nearby. He would make a great display piece in a horse lover’s home, and he’s absolutely one of a kind! He is not for playing with- he could be broken- so not for young children. Each individual piece has been bonded with E6000 clear glue and the wood is finished with a pecan stain. Keep an eye out for other cute minis in the future!Read the rest…

I know I haven’t posted in almost a month (wow! That long already?) but I have some new makes to share, and some updated older makes. A few days ago I decided to make mini sculptures of the dogs after buying some wooden plaques I saw at Michael’s. The dogs aren’t fancy- I joked as I was making them that they were milk dud dogs- but I think they turned out super cute. The color is more true in the back view photo- the front view got kind of washed out with the flash. Then I decided to give the same mounting treatment to the polymer clay fish I made about a year ago. They looked pretty good on the plaque but I decided to add some “coral” in different colors to the plaque as well. I made the coral the same way I made the kibble in the dogs’ bowl. I roll out a small portion of clay, then sliced into tiny cubes. Then I mixed the pieces with some liquid Sculpey, stirred it up just enough to coat it all, and gentle formed it into shape with light pressure. I’m not sure these pieces will be especially tough,Read the rest…

As some of you may know, I am a member of the Ravelry community. Ravelry.com is a fantastic community that brings together people who knit, crochet, weave, and spin. I’ve been a member for a bit over a year, and it seems like every day I am on the site, I discover something new and wonderful. Last night I discovered the Random Acts of Kindness group. What is this you ask? Its a group that pairs people’s wants (often small things) with people who might fulfill them. I was able to find multiple people looking for just the thing I’ve had laying around for some time and was so happy to ship out a few small packages this afternoon to people who were asking for things I’ve been wanting to get rid of. I used to be part of the BookCrossing community years ago and I participated in the RA(Bookcrossing)K groups there too. Its always no nice to bring a smile to the face of a stranger! Today I shipped out several skeins of embroidery floss, a skein of fun fur yarn, and a package with several of the little zippered pouches I made so long ago along with a bonusRead the rest…

I haven’t been doing a lot the last few weeks besides looking at project ideas and making parts of things to try our make. I did however finish this throw this morning and its so cozy and warm! I used 11 7oz skeins of Bernat Mega Bulky in four different colors and it measures about 44″ x 55″. Here’s a close-up of the cables. I didn’t count the rows between them – I just cabled on the first right side row of each new skein. It turned out pretty well though! And as always, this sweet face was making sure I was doing things right.Read the rest…

First things first. I have a lot more yarn them I need and I keep acquiring more. I just flew home yesterday from Washington state and in my bag was 11 new skeins of yarn, from two different but wonderful yarn shops. I stopped at So Much Yarn first and later at Maker’s Mercantile and neither one was disappointing. Both received 5 star reviews from me on Yelp and on their Facebook pages. I also ordered some more yarn online while I was on my trip and it will be arriving early next week. What else did I order? A shelving unit that better suits my needs and takes up a bit less floor space in my craft room. This morning I grabbed a screw driver and a hammer and built the unit and started loading it up. I put all my sewing and crafting books into two of the spaces, and the rest will be dedicated to yarn. The bottom left square has my luxury / natural fiber yarns, and the top two /middle ones with yarn is my Red Heart Super Saver. I was able to take my skeins I had stored in totes out and put themRead the rest…