Tree Season

These little trees are all grown up and ready for the holidays.  These are the cuties I started in my Power tools = awesome post, and they have layers of character, literally.  We’re talking primer, gel medium, photo, mod podge, and lacquer. I used vintage Christmas photos for the images on the faces of theContinue reading “Tree Season”

Thanksgiving Lasagna

When your Mema tells you she wants lasagna for thanksgiving, you accommodate.  I make a pretty mean lasagna, and I’m sure Mema favors it being that it’s her recipe that she has handed down to me.  Whenever I get a chance to make it for my family it makes me happy, knowing that I canContinue reading “Thanksgiving Lasagna”

Is this everyone’s favorite craft store?

Pat Catan’s does it right.  If I talk to people about Pat Catan’s, usually the words “I love” precede its name.  Pat Catan’s was the local craft store where I grew up until it was taken over by Michaels.  It was hard to put my finger on it (cough cough higher prices, cough) but itContinue reading “Is this everyone’s favorite craft store?”

Earth friendly and Free – Recycled Bike Parts

Bikes are a green way to travel, so what better way to make bike inspired art than by using recycled bike parts?  I stopped by Thick Bikes and they were welcoming and willing to send me home with a greasy bag full of used cassettes and fly wheels.  If you’re in Pittsburgh and in needContinue reading “Earth friendly and Free – Recycled Bike Parts”

Power tools = awesome

Circular saw, oh circular saw.  I’m so glad we have become friends.  Bone folder, you have some competition.  I love crafting, but my project ideas require an additional power tool every now and then.  If I had an entire shop I would be thrilled.  Speaking of which, I took a tour to TechShop Pittsburgh andContinue reading “Power tools = awesome”

Concrete votives in the works

I really love industrial design.  I can’t get enough of the geometric trend.  Combine the two and I’m head over heels.  I’ve been working on these geometric concrete votive holders for a couple weeks now.  They are almost up to snuff but I have one more tweak that I’m hoping perfects the process. To make theseContinue reading “Concrete votives in the works”

Meet my best friend, Bone Folder

When it comes to crafting, everyone knows the go-to standards – scissors, ruler, compass if you want to get fancy.  But let me introduce you to my favorite tool of all, the bone folder.  The first time I made a crease with one I felt like it was filling a hole that had been emptyContinue reading “Meet my best friend, Bone Folder”

Journal making dry run

Handmade journals are in the works in my home studio.  I am planning on having journal making as a craft class at Pop Craft once I’m open.  I was doing prep work for a craft party I’m hosting with a few friends tomorrow.  Paper is cut, covers are trimmed, instructions noted, now I just needContinue reading “Journal making dry run”