That’s my mountain dulcimer taking up seat number 5… šŸ™‚   I saw several DIY PVC guitar racks being talked about online, and the one thing I noticed, besides that they’re ugly, is they really minimize the space they take up. We have 5 ukes, and a banjolele, though one uke is of the flying V body style so it won’t work in this, and while I have nice, pretty wooden stands, they take up quite a bit of space. And today I really wanted to build something, so here’s what I did. Approximate Finished Dimensions 18″ high x 28″ wide x 16.5″ deep Purchase List 2 x 10′ 1/2″ PVC pipe ($4.16) 14 1/2″ PVC pipe T fittings ($4.76) 6 1/2″ PVC pipe caps ($1.38) 11Ā 1/2″ PVC pipe 90Ā° elbows ($4.40) pipe cutting tool ($7) glue (optional and I only used to to glue the main sections togetherĀ in case I want to disassemble it in the futureand store it flat) ($6) How to Prepare You will need to do a lot of cutting. Here’s the breakdown of how many, how long. I only used 15′ of the pipe total. 5 x 1.75″ 7Ā x 3″ 10 x 4″ 6Ā xRead the rest…

So if you visit often, you’ll see I haven’t made a blog post here in a while, nor have I added any new shop items. I’ve been distracted from my work as a crafter by my music practice. Not only am I still practicing my ukulele (and now I have 4 of them + a banjolele), and my mountain dulcimer (though not as often), I took the plunge and got myself a violin and took my first lesson on it on Friday.Ā I was worried about how the lesson would go but my teacher was great, and sent me home with some homework. I see her again in 2 weeks and I can’t wait! I’ve always loved violin/fiddle music and really wanted to learn to play but was afraid to try because all I kept hearing is how hard it is. But my time with my ukes has given me some confidence now that I can almost play a few songs and I decided to go for it. So if its “quiet” over here, its because I’m practicing!Read the rest…

ukulele gig bag

As some of you might know, I have two ukuleles. A tenor, and a concert. I have a soft sided gig bag that came with the tenor, but my concert has no such bag to protect her while travelling. I decided to knit and felt the Hana Hou! gig bag pattern and make my own. Unfortunately it didn’t go exactly to plan, and the bag fits my tenor better than my concert, but its super thick and padded and will probably protect either of them better than my other bag does. After 4 cycles in a hot water/heavy agitation wash, it wad down to this size and not getting any smaller. And finally, hanging out with my concert uke inside. Its a little big for it, but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I would definitely consider making this again, though I would have more fun with the colorwork. You can see details here.Read the rest…

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…

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 UndergroundĀ 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…