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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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2 Dec

Knitting and Gilmore Girls by Kelsey Albertson

This week’s SMP Craft guest blogger is prolific knitter, Kelsey Albertson, who works in Macmillan’s Premium and Corporate Sales department.

You know those weeks that just make you shout “Oy with the poodles already!”? We all have them, and they are not fun. My favorite way to deal with these weeks is both lazy and productive.  Gilmore Girls marathon and knitting.

gilmoreknittingLorelai Gilmore is my hero, and listening to her sage advice (she is who taught me not to throw my life away for a guy unless he has a motorcycle, after all) while mindlessly knitting a scarf or two, is the single most comforting way to spend a day.

gilmoreknitting2I know that when most people marathon a tv show, they stick with the prescribed order of watching, but that is not the Gilmore way. I decided to skip season 1 entirely, since I’ve seen that the most, and jumped around between seasons 2, 4, and 5.  This is so much easier to do now that I don’t have to fumble with the DVDs and can just jump around on Netflix.   Once I had everything set up, I grabbed my yarn and my giant knitting needles (I like to use a size 15), and set to work. 6 cups of coffee, 4 episodes, and 2 skeins of yarn later, I had a couple of scarves ready to go.

BooksandYarn2Cheers to the perfect, absent-minded, zombie crafting afternoon.

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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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