Back to Basics

Follow my blog "Rub Some Dirt On It' at An easy, basic craft that eased the transition between dinner and bedtime.  A little filler that reminds us that there are animals out there in the winter wilderness who might like a little help getting through the last few weeks until spring.  Birdfeeder in the shape of a birdhouse.  In case they like our birdseed so much they want to move in and stay close....more

Cocktails & Crafts: Paint Popsicles!

Follow my blog and Cocktails and Crafts at!   Last night was the inauguration of my brainchild, my "big idea," my attempt at creating something worth doing and following.  Cocktails and Crafts!  Remember, if you want to host a Cocktails and Crafts event, here's how to do it.  The combination of some of my ...more

UFO Sighting

There’s a UFO in the dresser drawer in my guest room. Also, there is a UFO in a box in my office closet. I’m not talking about the kind of UFO that has little green men. I’m talking about the really mysterious and scary kind… Un Finished Objects. Do you have any UFOs? Join the UFO challenge:

Make A Purse from a T-Shirt: 5 YouTube Channels for DIY Arts and Crafts

Remember the artsy-crafty girl in high school who made her prom dress out of second-hand finds and came to school carrying bags she made out of recycled materials? I was always secretly jealous of her, being that I was the girl who was impressed with herself when she actually finished a whole friendship bracelet. But whether you’re the girl with the crafts or the girl with craft-envy, YouTube is laden with channels giving ideas on how to continue being handcrafted-chic and showing the creatively-challenged how to start. ...more

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Moderate Social Drinkers

We went to Omaha last weekend. The side effects of this trip often include fun and CRV dance parties.  Let me detail it for you, because, you know, that's what I'm here for. ...more

Home-and-Hand-Made Coasters

Learn to make your own coasters. Photos included :-) by Gawky Green @ twogirlsgogreen ...more


Ever feel void of feelings when Christmas rolls around? Usually I have lots of Christmas spirit but this year ... nothing. It doesn't feel like Christmas at all. I'm not depressed just blah. I haven't even gotten a tree yet and usually get my tree shortly after Thanksgiving! What is going on? We were thinking of getting a live tree so that after the Holidays we could plant it outside but no one is selling them around here. ...more

Memories Handmade with Love

After an extended trip visiting my in-laws overseas for the last couple of weeks, my family and I gratefully stumbled into our home this past weekend, ready to get back to our normal routine. Traveling is fun, but there's just something about slipping between the sheets of your own bed once you return, you know? Of course, we've returned to our home by running headlong into the start of the holiday season, and I have to admit, I've been sort of caught unawares. And now that my daughter Alex is 4-1/2, and has a strong understanding of the Christmas season, I find myself really focused on creating tradition this year. We've already put up our tree and taken our annual Family Portrait in a Christmas Ball (shown above), but this year, more than ever, I dream of filling the house with the smells of Christmas baking, making handmade ornaments and creating memories which will last Alex's lifetime ... ...more

I love that photo.  It's great!

I did an album for years, but it fell apart in the past ...more

Creating Soy Candles in Easy Steps

You can learn to create candles out of soy in just a few easy steps. It’s easy and, best of all, soy is a sustainable alternative to paraffin candles. Soy wax has a lower flash point and can be melted at a lower temperature. It also cleans up easily in soap and water. The elements required to create your soy candle are as follows: •    Soy wax - flaked soy wax is the easiest to use and I purchase mine from Kentucky Candle Wax Supply, Inc.•    A container - I use my own handmade pottery ...more

On Hatred of All Things Crafty

When the idea for a family gift exchange first came up this year, my initial response was, "Wait. I'm poor. I can't afford Christmas." And then I thought, "OOH! Unless we did a CRAFT exchange in which we gave homemade arts and crafts to each other." And then I laughed. I am NOT a crafty person. Nor am I a "do it yourself" sort of person. ...more

I get my "awesome" (or lack of) craft-skill from my mom.  I am with you, I would ...more