SMP Craft
10 Nov

EDIBLE CRAFTS: Star Chocolate Covered Black Velvet Cookies… Brushed with Edible Gold!!!

YEAH BABY! as Austin Powers would say.


@moni_o_matic Black Velvet Star-shaped Cut-out Cookie recipe from The Sweetapolita Bake Shop

We’re over the moon and stars about our Editorial Director, Monique’s, passion and ridiculous talent for creating beautiful homemade handcrafted sinfully delicious baked treats.

I asked Monique (on instagram as @moni_o_matic) how she made the star cookies. She used the Black Velvet star-shaped cut-out recipe from The Sweetapolita Bake Shop by Rosie Alyea. I did some quick digging and discovered that Rosie has, in addition to her book, a shop on Etsy where you can purchase colorful edible decorations to fancy-up your edible creations! Monique, of course, being the artisan that she is, added her Moni_O_Matic Mojo to Rosie’s recipe, covering the cookies with modeling chocolate and then brushing them with 100% edible gold powder.

#NOMNOM Perfection.

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12 Oct

Halloween Crafts: Raven Wreath and Hitchcock’s Birds Costume

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,

Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore,

While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,

As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.’

Tis some visitor,’ I muttered, ‘tapping at my chamber door

Only this, and nothing more.’

–from The Raven, Edgar Allan Poe


The Birds: Alfred Hitchcock

I can’t help but recall Edgar Allen Poe and Alfred Hitchcock whenever I see ravens or crows. It can be day or night. They can be alone or in a flock. In flight, still, gathered… no matter. There’s always a little something chilling about them.

With Halloween and the Day of the Dead around the corner, I’m going to pay homage to these black winged creatures and use decorative ravens and crows to recreate Tippi Hedren’s character in The Birds and decorate my door with a Raven Wreath.


By the way, do you know how to tell the difference between ravens and crows?



A podcast via the Audubon Society provides some clues: ravens are larger than crows–“the size of a red-tailed hawk”– and tend to move along in pairs whereas crows are found in larger groups. Crows caw and ravens croak.

Raven Wreath

Raven Wreath via

Caw! Caw! Caw! Croak! Croak! Happy crafting!

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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…”

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26 Sep

DIY Mini Origami Animal Mobile


Origami Animals and Creatures: swan, rabbit, elephant, crain

When my friends gave birth recently to baby Vivienne, I gifted practical items from their registry like diapers, which babies go through by the boatload (I’ve been told). But diapers alone don’t cut it for me. Something specially handmade was missing. So I decided to make a hanging Mobile of Mini Origami Animals.

I purchased a metal clip photo mobile for under $15 and a packet of multi-colored origami paper at Michaels. I chose the mini clip mobile, intended for hanging photographs, for its versatility; it would allow my friends to change up the elements with different origami animals (I made extra origami animals with this in mind) or even hang sweet dream wishes and sure, even photos. The possibilities are endless!


Metal Clip Photo Mobile: $10 – $15

Despite being an origami beginner, I chose 2″ x 2″ colored origami paper–challenging to put it mildly. But my vision entailed mini animals and I stuck with my plan. Larger animals would likely be equally beautiful. A mix of sizes glorious.

I warmed up with the simple animals I already felt comfortable making, like this swan, owl, bunny rabbit, and dog face.


Origami Swan


Origami Owl


Origami Rabbit


Origami Dog Face

I followed a few YouTube tutorials to make a giraffe and, today, with Origami Zoo: An Amazing Collection of Folded Paper Animals by Robert J. Lang and Stephen Weiss, I’m going to grow my animal kingdom with other  animals like a praying mantis, goose, penguin, and even the mythical creature, Pegasus.

I hope to finish this weekend. But there’s something addicting in the cathartic process of folding origami–and find it hard to stop making just one more.


Mini Origami Animal Mobile

Fortunately, it’s beautiful in NYC, pushing me to put the finishing touches on this project as quickly as possible.

Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting!

Order Origami Zoo at your favorite bookseller


Barnes & Noble
Powell’s Books

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5 Aug

10 DIY Sharpies Projects: It’s So Easy to Be Crafty, Stylish, and Thrifty with Sharpies!

Money doesn’t grow on trees. Waste not, want not. Life is messy. Accidents happen. Time takes its toll. Reuse and recycle. Make beautiful things.

Whether you agree with any or all of these age-old adages and modern prescriptions, we heartily believe you’ll want to try one or all of these small, gratifyingly simple and stylish DIY fixes and tricks to save time, money, and even our lovely planet with the classic permanent marker: Sharpies!


1. DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins via Kirtsy

DIY project Sharpie Pen Ombre Napkins

DIY Sharpie Ombre Napkins

2. DIY Sharpie Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

DIY Projects with Sharpie Pens

DIY Ombre Bedding via HouseandHome

3. DIY Sharpie Shibori-inspired throw pillows via HotforHouses

DIY Sharpie Throw pillows Japanese

DIY Shibori-inspired Sharpie throw pillows via HotforHouses

4. Another option for a DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt


DIY Sharpie Pillow via Hometalk’s Sabine Schmidt

5. DIY Sharpie Tabletop via Hometalk’s Janel Hutton

Sharpie Table Top - IKEA hack

DIY Sharpie Table Top

6. DIY Sharpie Lampshade via ALittleGlassBox


DIY Sharpie Lampshade via aLittleGlassBox

7. No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog


No-Sew Pillow Covers decorated with Sharpies via JustaGirlandHerBlog


We’re huge fans of pampering ourselves–splurging once in a while makes for a balanced life. But sometimes we go a little overboard… or maybe we’re saving up for a big vacation. Or that wedding for which you’re a bridesmaid or maid of honor creeps up on you… Times like these, Sharpies to the rescue!

8. DIY Superfine Sharpie Nail Art via TheBeautyDepartment

DIY Sharpie nail designs and art

DIY Superfine Sharpie Manicure

9. DIY Sharpie Galaxy print canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

DIY Sharpie Galaxy canvas shoes via Timeforteabeads

10. And last but never least…. Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpies!!! Get inspired or commission the artist Vivian Xiao to deck out your instrument! via technabob


Lord of the Rings Guitar decorated with Sharpie permanent marker, artwork by Vivian Xiao


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CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

SMPCRAFT #CAUGHTCRAFTING Thursday morning, Astoria, Queens. Accessorizing with a lovely temporary floral tattoo she learned to make from DIY Temporary Tattoos: Draw It, Print It, Ink It by Pepper Baldwin!



Father's Day is less than three weeks away -- Sunday, June 19th in the U.S. -- just enough time to start prepping for what would make dear old pops feel loved....What dad, what MAN, wouldn't want to get a bright red tool box full of homemade BBQ, bacon, and chili flavored chocolate? Or a handmade Paracord hammock? Does he play golf?--hand dipped tees? Does he like to hike? Enjoy nature and the great outdoors? How about homemade beef jerky? Or does he enjoy watching sports--Remote Control Cookie? What about beer? One of the coolest new items coming out of Japan is a Frozen Beer Slushy Maker by Kirin Ichiban that perfectly pairs with the DIY black and tan soap! Scroll and click for more homemade DIY Father's Day gift ideas sure to make pappy happy! Hashtag #SMPCRAFT #DIYFATHERSDAY!

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