A Good Use for Leftover Paint

I hate wasting paint. I’m trying to get better about letting go of unnecessary things, but paint feels like such a luxury. Wasting it, even a drop of the cheap stuff, makes me nervous. To counter this problem,  I pair my leftover paint with my leftover shopping bags and presto-chango I am ready for gift […]

The Reluctant Princess Leia

Yesterday was weird. It was as though everyone I knew could only talk about the same two subjects; hurricanes and Star Wars.   Did you see that picture of the guy scuba diving in the subway? It will be weeks before my brother can get to work. What was George Lucas thinking? He sold the […]

But I’m praying just the same

I was going to post something about Halloween costumes today but that feels awfully irrelevant right now. As I sit here watching the news, gawking at the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, it occurs to me that there are other things to worry about than dressing up like Sexy Big Bird.  Color me humbled. So […]

Dear Turd Burglar

Dear Turd Burglar, Look at you.  More important, look at what you have become. You have elevated yourself to the rank of persons who steal craft goods. Not cash. Not guns. Not electronics. No TB, you went for the win and used your dark talents to snag a decorative autumnal wreath. I know what you […]

Matters of Bidness

Well looky here, Aunt Peaches got a facelift.  Is it weird to talk about yourself in the third person? Yeah. Probably. Okay. Well, the bandages are off, the stripes are gone, and a new blog look is here to stay!  Yes, I’ll say it again: the stripes are gone. Don’t be sad. I’ll miss them […]

Bramble Patch: October 2012

Here are some of my favorite distractions from over the last month. Who is up for an adventure? Sixteen cities you are not supposed to visit.  One of the best tutorials I have seen in a long time: Old box + $10 in plexi glass + masking tape = a whole new way to DIY […]

The Angry Meatball

As much as I love making costumes, it has come to my attention that I have a special knack for making Halloween gear that children do not want to wear. To put it bluntly: children hate my costumes. It doesn’t matter how comfortable I try to make the outfit or how close I stick to […]

10 Minute Marker Caddy

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I was using permanent markers to work on a project over the weekend (more on that later). Over the course of the afternoon I got so fed up with hunting for markers in various drawers and old coffee cups (you know the ones), that I halted the project for ten minutes to create a marker […]

Sequins Never Hurt Anybody

At the risk of sounding like a total scrooge, I am going to declare something controversial: I’m giving up on pumpkin carving. *Wave of festive horror goes here.* I know. Don’t be ticked. It’s not that I don’t appreciate a beautifully carved pumpkin, it’s just that I would rather leave it to the professionals. Sort […]

Cat Lady Friday

It’s Friday. Sometimes I hate Fridays because I spend the day dreading what will come tomorrow, Saturday, when I have to take Lola to the vet. Yes, I realize no cats really enjoy going to the vet but with Lola it is a particularly terrible undertaking. Even though it has been years since she lived […]