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25 Mar

CAUGHT CRAFTING: SMPCraft’s Spotlight on NYC Crafting

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Thursday, Flatiron building. DIY Upcycler doing a “Blind Date with a Book” for Twitter! The wrapping paper is from an old Trader Joe’s paper bag, the ribbon from a ripped Victoria’s Secret bag, and the stickers are from her co-workers’s recent office re-org.

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What’s beneath the wrapping paper? Bet Me by NY Times best selling author Jennifer Crusie, which our Upcycler got at Free Book day and is one of her favorites!

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19 Jan

DIY Tissue Box Car Crafts!

Winter has officially arrived on the east coast. And with it sniffly drippy noses. On the bright side, those empty tissue boxes? Loads of crafting potential!

Grab those boxes, some scissors, and colored tape and Voila! Transform them into convertible race cars. The perfect craft to do on a snowy or cold day with the kids.

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Start with decorating the box with tape

Check out the finished convertible cars made by my niece (seven) and nephew (10) for direction and inspiration. They used colored tape for headlights, tail lights and the grill. For the windshield and wheels they used scrap paper and taped them on. My nephew, particularly crafty and artistic, also drew a paper man to sit in his new green convertible.

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Finished Tissue Box Cars by Sienna and Liam

The possibilities are endless! VROOM VROOM happy crafting!

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22 Apr

How-To Tuesday: Earth Day, Plastic Purge, and the Two-Liter Sea Creature Lamp!

Today we officially celebrate our lovely planet.

According to earthday.org, Earth Day grew out of this particular context: 1970, a time when “Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans,” and “industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press.” When “air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. ‘Environment’ was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.” Though mainstream America remained oblivious to environmental concerns, the publication in 1962 of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller Silent Spring had already set the stage and “represented a watershed moment for the modern environmental movement, selling more than 500,000 copies in 24 countries and, up until that moment, more than any other person, Ms. Carson raised public awareness and concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.”

Earth Day is one of my favorite national holidays. Though, admittedly, it often feels somewhat bittersweet to me. While I’m far from a treehugger, I’m conscious of my actions’ overall impact on the environment–what I consume, how I consume. So several years ago, I began limiting plastic in my life. Not an easy task. And I’ll likely forever be in process as plastic is ubiquitous. Check out ecologist Michael SanClemens’ recently released Plastic Purge: How to Use Less Plastic, Eat Better, Keep Toxins Out of Your Body, and Help Save the Sea Turtles!  if you’re curious about plastic’s impact not only on our environment but our overall health AND the sea turtles! PlasticPurge

To pay homage to Earth Day, I found this amazing How-To for you, for me, for everybody to try! Super simple and uses what everyone will at one point or another have lying around: a plastic two-liter container. So before tossing the bottles into the recycling bin, consider transforming them into this fabulous Sea Creature Lamp from The Big Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano. Lamp-finished

 

 

 

 

You’ll need:

Snap-in socket-and-cord set with switch and a candelabra base
15-watt chandelier bulb
2 emptied and cleaned 2-liter soda bottles
Craft knife
Scissors
*Glue remover (author suggests Goof off) – optional

Now, do the following for both bottles:

1. Prep the bottles first by removing the labels. Soaking in very hot water has always worked for me. In case it doesn’t, the author recommends using Goof off glue remover.
2. Next, using your craft knife (very sharp) cut the base off.
3. With your scissors, starting from the base, cut ¼ inch strips to the neck of the bottle.
4. Stack the bottles by inserting one bottle into the other so that one bottle neck is tucked inside the other.
5. Thread the light cord through the bottles so that the socket is surrounded by strips.
6. Finally, screw in the light bulb and hang the lamp from a hook. Ta da! You’re done!

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Happy Earth Day everyone!

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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!

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

PROJECT OF THE MONTH: JUNE DIY Father’s Day Gifts to MAKE NOW

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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