Exercise in Inconsistency: Top Ten Posts of 2012

There is this thing that craft bloggers do at the end of each year: The Top Ten List.  Wherein, I am supposed to go through my stats and recant whatever posts people read the most. I am sure you have seen a few. It’s a thing.  I had never been tempted to do one before […]

Feathered Party Hat

The nice thing about New Years Eve is that it is the only holiday that calls for an obligatory party hat. If you ask me, we should be wearing party hats for all holidays; Christmas, Valentines, Mother’s Day, Easter…OK, maybe not Easter. That’s morbid. But Thanksgiving? Why the Hell not. The only thing I don’t […]

Santa’s Little Helper

Shopping done? Family in town? A mountain of gifts to wrap? A fridge full of food that needs cooking? Thought so. What are you doing reading my blog? For anyone who needs a good cocktail to make it through the hustle and bustle, I suggest seeking the assistance of Santa’s Little Helper — a delicious […]

A New Beginning

Late last summer I started asking friends, colleagues, and readers to tell me about random acts of kindness. Tell me about a time a stranger turned around the course of a dismal day. Tell me about a time you reached out to help someone you didn’t even know. Tell me how that made you feel. […]

And You Thought Your Family Was Weird

One of my holiday goals this year was to integrate some new traditions from other cultures.  Poland – pajaki….check. Lithuania – himmeli…check.  Spain – pooping log ….what the? A Whole Lotta Poopin Going On. Link So I should back up.  Over a year ago I wrote a post about a golden pooping gnome. There was […]

Printable Vintage Wrapping Accents

Have you ever been to a pharmacy on Christmas Eve? Like a Walgreens or a Rite-Aid?  It’s pretty sad. Long lines full of anxious people buying nothing but second-run Justin Beiber holiday themed wrapping paper and plastic jugs of Russian vodka. Sure, there are a few folks buying diapers, prescriptions and snack cakes, but really, […]

$1 Tinsel Purse

I’m not big on dressing for the holidays. Unless it’s an ugly Christmas sweater with a cat on it, in which case, I am down. This last weekend, sadly, my kitty sweater was at the cleaners. I needed to dress up my usual uniform (black jersey and big earrings) with something festive. Something fun. Something […]

I Will Be Light

I had a great post today. It was creative and humorous and different. It featured a glittering rhinoceros and a knock knock joke with a rabbi. It was about Hanukah. It was about all of the fantastically rad lessons Judaism has taught me over the years —about myself, my family, and the world around me […]

Stay Classy, Double-Stick

There are people in this world who say, “Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.” I am not one of them.  If one of them should find themselves on my gift list this year, well, they’ll have to suck it up and get ready for a big ol’ smooch. I have a big glittery batch […]

Secret Wrapping Tool: Tapeless Tape

Confession: I hate transparent tape.  When I was 19 I had a 48 hour temp job wrapping gifts at Henri Bendel. I don’t know if it works the same now, but back then at Bendel’s the signature wrapping paper was a chocolate brown and white stripe, and the stripes always had to align seamlessly or […]