Category Archives: Handcrafted

A whole punch of fun.


How many of you saw that edition of Ready Made where they had the Paint Chip Orbs as one of their craft projects? It really was a neat little project. Now, how many of you looked at that and thought to yourself – Wow. That’s amazing. Let me get on that, like, asap.



I thought so. Me either. 

Here’s the thing – my friend, Dolores? Well, she’s the one person I know that did see it, loved it, and made it – and she was nice and patient enough to show me how to make them, too. Once you figure out how to keep your fingers from sticking to the paper, or to each other, and your husband smartly suggests using clothespins to keep the whole dang thing together, creating your very own orb/snowflake/snowball will be incredibly easy. And to show you just how easy, I’ve created a tutorial for you right here.


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Be a Handmade Renegade at Renegade Handmade

Tricky wording, right? It’s called “attempt at humor”. It’s Wednesday afternoon, you shouldn’t expect too much at this point. 


This year, I’m excited to say that I’ll be attending the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco. Although it isn’t the first time that the RCF has been here, it’s the first time that I’ll have the chance to go. And if you can make it, you should. If you’re not completely sure you want to attend because – and this is a total possibility – you have no idea what I’m talking about…then take a look at their site here, or their blog here. Even if you don’t live here, or anywhere that the craft show is scheduled, you can shop their store online. A-mazing stuff. Amazing. No doubt about it.

Here are a few things I’m adding to my list (Special note to my Mama: Don’t even think about it. That’s right. You heard me.):

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The Millie.


Yes, another capelet. This time it’s for Millie, a friend’s niece. I’m pretty happy with it, except that the finishing isn’t finishing the way that I want it to (what I really mean to say is: it’s not perfectly perfect). So yesterday morning, long past the redo/ripping stitches stage of the Millie capelet, while I was on my run, I thought through the entire process of putting it together. And I think I’ve solved the problem. We’ll see. Another post to come.

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And a hush fell over the blog…while I finished this:

Well, for one thing, I finally finished the LSU quilt for my stepdad. Let’s not talk about how long it took me to complete that little project. It was my first try at a quilt, so there were a few snafus that I had to get a little creative with. I could only see the problems with it, but he really liked it, so that’s all that matters. No pictures below, because I completely forgot to take any. I’m headed home at the end of the month, so I’ll be sure to snap a few then and share.

Okay, the other project I was working on was my reversible capelet. There are a few things that I want to change, but overall I like the way it turned out. I like that it’s reversible, and I like that it can be worn for more than just a couple of months. Children grow so fast, and clothes are so expensive, it’s nice to make something that will be wearable for a little longer. You can also see below that I finally had my tags made: Pedal Pushers. I’m pretty excited about it.

So. Happy Sunday everyone. It’s a beautiful day here in the Bay Area – hope it’s the same wherever you are.




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Just plain edible.

Edible crayons. Yes, you heard me right. Crayons. Just when you thought it wasn’t safe for your kids to eat their art supplies, it is. Thanks to Luxirare for the beautiful photos above, and for inspiring something that seems so simple and smart. Although there isn’t an actual tutorial or recipe, you can see all of the ingredients are comprised of dried fruits, nuts, seeds (and some of them are bound with MARSHMALLOWS – hello!) ……..the list goes on. If you want to give it a whirl, you can purchase your very own crayon mold here.

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That old back-to-school feeling.

Every year, it never fails. I walk into Target, or Walgreens, or somewhere, and feel that nostalgic back-to-school feeling. Getting new school supplies was my favorite. Pencils, colors, notebooks – it was really important to get just the right color notebook – index cards (does anyone remember using all of those index cards we were forced to buy, because I don’t), rubber cement………the list – literally – went on and on. With Back to School gearing up (or for some of you, already in full swing), I thought I would pass along some sweet tutorials I found on some of my favorite sites, including a lunch bag, a binder pouch, and a reusable snack bag.


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Primp your kitchen.

So ReadyMade magazine is pretty much my favorite magazine these days. It’s jam-packed with lots of projects that, due to work or skill or plain laziness, I would never attempt, and a few small ones that I would. You can check out their blog here, which I did this morning. For those of you that know me well, you know I have a love for pretty little details, so I was excited to find a shout-out for Just Something I Made and these great little kitchen decals Cathe Holden’s got available on her blog. If you like fonts and stickers, her kitchen sticker stencils should be right up your alley.  Not only are they free, but she’s got a great how-to included for those of you who need a little extra visual aid when it comes to crafting (like me).

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Home is dewberry jelly. Or jam.


Last week, I went home to visit my parents. It was great. One of the things I did while I was there was go out to the Red River with my Mom and pick dewberries. You may not be familiar with dewberries, but the most important thing you need to know about them is that they’re the best thing ever, second only to okra and tomatoes. Less important to know is that they’re like a blackberry, only sweeter. So we picked and picked – and sweated like real ladies – and picked. Despite the heat, and the ants, – and did I mention the sweating? – it was nice. To make sure my berry picking didn’t go to waste, my Mom loaded up a container, wrapped some plastic wrap around it, and sent me home packing to the Bay Area with 4 pints of dewberries in my suitcase. How I didn’t end up with dewberries smeared all over my suitcase is a small miracle, but it was a chance I was willing to take so I could make my very first batch of dewberry jam. 

To see my not only my very first batch of dewberry jam, but my very first tutorial, click here. And enjoy.

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Fun little project: The Petal Pillow.

In my quest to make time for myself, I started by looking at some of my favorite craft blogs. It always gets me really excited to find free tutorials (I mean, really, that’s pretty awesome) or find inspiration in something that someone has made. Anyway, I found this pretty Petal Pillow, and I thought you might like it, too. This is from the Cluck.Cluck. Sew blog, which also has beautiful quilt tutorials. Check it out.

UPDATE: After posting this, I wondered how in the world I was going to make this. I mean, the circles. Thankfully, after a recent visit to Joann’s, I found this little wonder-of-wonders. Problem solved.

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Ponies and letters and dots…oh my!

So far, so good.

So far, so good.

I started a dress over the weekend, and I just wanted to share it with you. A co-worker gave me a little dress last week – I’d made a dress for her daughter – to see if I wanted to recreate it. She was just sharing – no expectations really – and since it was such a simple dress, she apparently had confidence in the fact that I could just whip-it-up. Not so much. I have no idea how to use a pattern – they’re confusing, they’re delicate (paper? really?), and the last time I opened one (Three Weekend Project? Anyone remember that?) it made me want to cry.  


 I decided to give it a try. Besides, I wasn’t really using a pattern – I was creating one. The result was that I kind of wowed myself (momentarily…until I started to try and figure out the straps – then things got kind of fidgety). I’ve only gotten so far as to cut everything out, so this weekend I’ll be putting it together, and will hopefully get those straps sewn in. 


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