Saturday, January 26, 2008

Etsy Shop - More New Items

More items have been added to the shop.

Stop on over.

And have a G R E A T weekend.

...go make something!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Etsy Shop

I've added a few new items to the shop. There are several other projects in various stages of completion. They'll be added soon.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Craft Corner Update

We are making some serious progress. Here are the two electric outlets I've been talking about. Funny how we take utilities for granted, isn't it? Oh well. I'm a very happy crafter. A big shout out to my wife for coming home early to let the electrician in. Al, you did a fine, fine job!

This is a 'before' picture of the craft corner. The 'after' pics will be posted soon. Dad and I worked several hours on Sunday and got the project WELL on it's way. I now have counter tops installed and the pegboard is 80% complete.

Here's a photo my little guy took. Ah....electricity. It's a good thing.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Getting all High Tech and Stuff

Man oh man! There are so many programs out there to make our lives easier. I've come across two in the last few days that I wanted to mention:


You can capture part or all of a screen of information. Including images. An example is shown above. You can purchase the program for about $40.00 like I did and get a 30-day trial version. It's very easy to use.


This little gem gives you all sorts of clocks, timers, etc.

In craft news, the electrician is coming over tonite to give us a quote on some electrical outlets for the craft corner. Hopefully, he's less expensive than the company I called earlier in the week. They wanted $85.00/hour + materials.

Keeping my fingers crossed.

Updated at 7:39 p.m. See post below for update on the electrician's quote.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Google Docs and the Craft Corner Update

Okay.'s my first blog post using the Google document feature. Pretty cool stuff. I'm trying to think of how I can best use this tool.

I'll get back with you.

In other news, my dad came over yesterday and helped me get started on the 'craft corner' in our basement. I took some photos but haven't uploaded them yet. But...let me tell you, we made some GOOD progress. My wife and I moved tons of stuff out of the corner so we'd have room to work. [We installed new kitchen counter tops a couple years ago and we kept the old ones (for this project)].

After we moved all the stuff/junk out of the way, I laid out the counter tops on the floor to get an idea of what it would look when we are finished. It is going to be perfect. It's an L-shaped configuration that will give us a great surface to work on. We will be able to sew, stamp, sort through old photographs, etc., etc., It is going to be great.

I'm calling an electrician to see how much it will cost to have a couple lines brought in to the area. It's not that much distance from the breaker box to the corner, so hopefully it won't cost an arm and a leg. I'll keep you posted.

Have a great day!

UPDATE (01.17.08): The electrician gave me a very favorable quote on the work I want to have done. He'll be over tomorrow afternoon to install the new electric lines. Woo. Hoo. I am a happy camper!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Dad and his Stocking Cap

Dad and his stocking cap 2007
Originally uploaded by crafty dad
Yes! Another finished item for 2007.

I finished my dad's stocking cap in time to give it to him for Christmas. It was a close call, but it was done and in the gift bag several hours before he opened it on Christmas Day.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Towel and Tote Bag for Kelsey

Here' are two gifts I made for my cousin who is on the swim team. She wanted a hooded towel and a tote bag in her school colors.

I've made lots of hooded towels before, but this was my very first lined tote bag. It turned out really nice.

Is it just me, or does Christmas seem like it was several weeks ago? Where does time go?

Friday, January 04, 2008

Lazy Schmazy

One of my New Year's resolutions was going to be "post an entry to your blog every day". Ha! You can see that hasn't happened.'s early in the year and perhaps I can make good on my promise yet.

I still have tons of Christmas pics in the camera and need to get them to the PC so I can have some visual aids. (What's a post without a picture, right?)

Okay, back to work. Have a great weekend! ~Do something crafty.

Oh...I almost forgot! My wife and I went to Menard's a few days ago and bought all the lumber I need to get my corner of the basement set up for a craft spot. My dad is going to help me install some walls, counter tops and the like. I'm excited! We are in the process of sorting through LOTS of stuff in the basement (job #1). Once we're through all that, we'll be stirring up some sawdust. I'll be sure to take before and after shots. This should be good!