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9 Oct

CAUGHT CRAFTING: Spotlight on NYC Commuters Crafting


Thursday, Brooklyn, B62 Bus to Long Island City, Queens: Crocheter.  She’s crocheting a baby blanket.


Tagged with: baby blankets, crochet
8 Oct

Simple Sustainable Kitchen Crafts: Make a Wine Cork Trivet and a Monogrammed Kitchen Towel

There’s nothing like a legitimate reason, i.e., excuse, for the healthy number of bottles of wine passing through my apartment these past months: My mother’s birthday is in November. I’ve been doing this for her. For the trivet I’m making out of wine corks and a hose clamp to protect her tabletop from scalding pots and pans!

My mother’s a big recycler. She’ll appreciate both the gesture and the rationale behind the gift: saving money, making instead of buying, reuse, repurpose, and don’t waste.

9-inch Wine Cork Trivet: First, collect 50 to 60 natural wine bottle corks. Make sure to avoid synthetic corks; they’re not heat resistant. Purchase a stainless steel hose clamp from the hardware store or online. Hose clamps are adjustable and come in varying sizes–a pair of 12-inch diameter hose clamps can be purchased for under $15. Next, with a flathead screwdriver and a ruler, adjust your clamp to a 9-inch diameter.

Hose Clamp Wine Corks

Tridon Hose Clamp and Natural Wine Bottle Corks

Next, with the hose clamp laying flat, place the corks, starting from the outer rim and working your way in toward the center. You’ll need to use some elbow grease when arranging the corks so that they fit snuggly. Use a book to flatten the corks. Tighten the clamp further. And finally, cut the excess metal.

wine cork hot pot trivet

Natural wine corks and a hose clamp = Wine Cork Trivet!

To make the monogrammed kitchen towel + gift wrapper, I used scrap white cotton cloth and two iron-ons–a simple flower and my mother’s initial “A” from the book SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs. Alternatively, you can also handwrite an initial or hand draw a flower or design on the towel using a colored Sharpie Pen!

suki iron ons

SUKI Iron-Ons by Darrell Gibbs and Julia Gibbs


Iron-On Flower from SUKI

TA-DA!  Here’s the Wine Cork Trivet all wrapped up in a reusable monogrammed kitchen towel wrapper and ready to go!

Iron-on kitchen napkin - SUKI

Iron-on Monogrammed Kitchen Towel Gift Wrapper


Tagged with: DIY gifts, wine corks
6 Oct

Happy Pub Day!

True confession: once there’s even the slightest chill in the air, I go into PANIC mode! But I’m also a huge fan of fall colors and anything pumpkin related, so you can imagine the maelstrom of conflicting emotions I experience around this time of year. Which is why I am SO pumped about these two brand-new coloring books on sale today!

Telephone_KeepHappyColorOn Bear_KeepCalmColorOn


The newest additions to our popular Zendoodle Coloring series, these coloring books are designed to help you relax while creating works of art! Color away the stress with these stunning books of intricate designs that offer a therapeutic retreat into a world of beauty, inner peace, and relaxation. Each exquisite page allows you to fall deep into the calming experience of coloring, providing tranquility and ease that we so often miss in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Perfect for framing and gift-giving, these designs bloom from creative sanctuary to modern works of art.

Buy your copies today!


Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books


Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books

Tagged with: adult coloring book, books, coloring, Colorwork, zendoodle
5 Oct

Edible Crafts: How to Make Chocolate Bowls and Cups

Imagine an espresso cup or dessert bowl made from white or dark chocolate… or BOTH! Well, no need to imagine it. Check out these two video tutorials.

I can’t wait to make white chocolate dessert cups–minus the colored beads–and fill them with coffee gelato!


WATCH: How to Make White Chocolate Dessert Cups (via Gretchen’s Bakery)

This process lends itself to a group activity!

DIY Homemade ChocolateBowls

WATCH: How to Make Chocolate Bowls (via JustEatRealFood)

Happy edible crafting!

Tagged with: chocolate balloon bowls, chocolate cups, edible bowls. chocolate, edible crafts, how to make, paula deen, recipe
4 Oct

Shower Curtain Blues: A Crafty DIY Solution


Listen to Blue Skies – Willie Nelson

The mind never ceases to amaze. While staring up at the clear blue sky littered with white cotton ball cumulus clouds, I found the solution to my bathroom annoyance. 


Cotton Clothesline Rope

In my fantasy world, my bathroom would be a walk-in bath house with no curtains or doors. But in my reality, a rented NYC apartment with a small simple bathroom that houses a shower-tub combination, I (and I’m certainly not alone) do what I can with the space that I do have.

For some time, mimicking the open space of a bath house, I left the tub open and without a shower curtain. But even with a handheld shower head, water splattered everywhere. And so I bought a shower curtain and over time several others in different shades and patterns. But while I didn’t lose sleep over this, there was simply something about those shower curtains that I didn’t like. Maybe because they tended to block the light? Who knows.

What I do know is that when the solution came to me recently–a clear shower liner hung with clothesline rope as the ties!!!–I needed to execute it immediately.


Clothesline Rope Knots

I think it turned out pretty darn cool. It feels right–probably because it’s the closest thing to nothing I could come to.


Clear Bathroom Shower Curtain Liner Hung with Cotton Clothesline Rope Ties

Moreover, now my bathroom looks and feels more spacious!

“Blue skies smiling at me, nothing but blue skies, do I see…”

Tagged with: bathroom design, craft, crafters, crafty, DIY, homemakers, hometalk, how to, interior design, maximize space, shower curtain, small space decor, space, style, urban living

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Commuters Crafting

#CAUGHTCRAFTING: Thursday, Brooklyn, B62 Bus to Long Island City, Queens: Crocheter. She’s crocheting a baby blanket.

doilies and coasters

Your little monster will be the envy of the bus stop with this Project of the Month: a little lamb hat and neck ruff with matching legwarmers and mittens from More Monster Knits for Little Monsters 20 Super-Cute Animal-Themed Hat and Mitten Sets to Knit.In a stylish cream color (not as white as snow) people will be asking, Mary who?

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