Craft & Make

Kraft paper gift-wrapping and edible holiday gifts

There is no Season for Giving. I give whenever I feel like it, and I am very lucky to live in a country where only children expect gifts for Christmas. But when I do give, I like to give something I made myself. It's usually inexpensive edible holiday gifts, but they are still meaningful. So as ...

Inexpensive Decoration for Your Walls - Decorate your home without breaking the bank.

My tastes in decoration may not be  very conventional. I prefer clean spaces, uncluttered. I dislike overdone furniture, tight spaces, excess knickknackery. I also love unique things, things that reflect our life and family. This doesn't necessarily mean expensive things, just things we have a connection to. Attractive home decor is not for the rich only, ...

A giant Spring greeting card

I've mentioned it before: it's always summer here. That doesn't matter, in paper, at least, it's spring already. Nadia's classroom door gets different decorations depending on the season or holiday of the moment. A child-parent team gets to pick their favorite time of the year and decorate the classroom door with that motif. Nadia and I ...

Cute lamps made from marmalade jars (how to)

Just as I mentioned in a previous post, I made some more lanterns from marmalade jars to show you the how-to process. They turned out beautifully! You can see the detailed step-by-step in this post. There are just a couple of differences between this and the previous ones. I originally made this with the intention of ...

Ballerina tote

What do you give the little ballerina who has it all? How about an overdose of girlie and cute in the form of a tote to carry her ballet slippers and other ballet accoutrement? I got some panels for quilts a couple of years back, along with some fabric with glittery slippers that wen't perfectly with it, ...

Re-covered hairband

Nadia found an old hair band in her toy trunk. It had seen better days, it was really dirty and beat up. Instead of putting it in the garbage, where it belonged, we decided to re-use the plastic part and re-cover it. My hair band-loving kid approves of the result. This is what we did: I striped the plastic ...

Knitting for little feet

I've always liked knitting and crocheting, which is amazing for someone with the patience of a two year old. The problem is that knitting is not exactly a Tropical-friendly craft, so I have moved on to other crafty things, even if once-in-a-while I dig up my needles and yarn. These slippers were made a couple of years ...

Local craftiness

One of the few things I miss from living in a large city is the ease with which I could buy my craft supplies. If I wanted to find fabric, notions, paper and such, I lived a 5-minute drive from the largest craft and notions stores in the city. Of course driving was so cumbersome ...

More handmade jewelry

The greatest thing about blogging is that it is a two-way street. I love your comments and suggestions, and sometimes you show me things I would not have thought of on my own, at least not without considerable gray cell death. I asked if you had any ideas on combining crochet and beads to make jewelry ...

Green, leafy top

After I thought I was done with my jersey stash, I found some old jersey knits that I forgot I had. Yay! I'll get to sew some more of the tops I usually wear here. That's the kind of winter we have. This knit is pretty heavy, it's they type used for polos. It doesn't drape ...

Crochet brooch

Few accessories are so versatile as brooches. You can pin them on a blouse for a more formal look, you can dress up a bag with them, pin them on a hair band, or a wrist band. I am sure there are more uses to brooches than I can think of. This is a super-easy to ...

Tropical splendor

When I started blogging a few months back I got an email from somebody who also lives in PuntaCana. She's a jewelry designer, her name is Iliana Prado, and her work left me breathless. I am not much of jewelry person, not in the traditional sense. I don't like diamonds, nor most precious metals. I have ...

Paper ornaments

I have to confess to having been a Grinch most of my life. It's not that I hated Christmas, it was the consumerism, ridiculous decorations and never-ending carols. Especially the carols, they still drive me nuts. But as Nadia grows older, I've learned to appreciate the spirit of togetherness and family that inspire people at this ...

Crocheted cord for jewelry

I have several jars full of beads. These are all beads coming from estate sales, and sold by the lot. Few of them are remarkable, or valuable at all, but they come in handy some times. Sometimes I make simple jewelry with them, but it's mostly Nadia who uses them. These are a few of the ...

Pink and flowers?

A few weeks back I showed you a top I sewed with some old gray jersey knit I had for a long time. As it turns out I liked it so much that I wanted to make another similar top. Since I have used almost all my jersey knit, I grabbed the last piece of it: ...

Finishing handmade gifts

When you make a handmade gift, you want that person to remember that it was made with love, and that you would rather have spent the time making something special than just buy them a Snuggie online. The simplest way to add a "tag" to your handmade items is to just write your name on it. ...

Hair tamers

Last week I crocheted a new bun-cover for Nadia's ballet class. Her old one was was pretty beat up. As with many things I make for Nadia, I have to also make one for Laura, her best friend (or as I call her, Nadia's  twin sister born into another family). Laura has shorter hair, the bun ...

LaLa! shoes

I haven't posted about somebody else's work in a while, it's just something I do when I come across something that genuinely excites me. When I found Daria's work I was... "mesmerized" must be the word. I had to share it with you Daria is a former Industrial Designer (as am I), who decided to quit her ...

Gadget bag (with instructions)

A couple of weeks ago was Ilana's birthday. Since she had recently bought a Kindle I decided to make a bag for her to carry it. But with the surgery and the trips to Santo Domingo looming over me, in the end I wasn't so happy with the result. So when Ilana lent me her ...

I've written about the "hairy situation" at the Ks before: Nadia has a lot of hair, it is thick and unruly, and very long on top of that. There is no convincing her to let us cut it, after years of keeping her hair tightly cropped.We used to spend a pretty penny on hair accessories when ...

Have you noticed how women's bags are always full to the brim with stuff. Or is it only mine?The worst part is when you have to get something out of your bag and something indiscreet suddenly pops up to our utter embarrassment. Or is it only me, again?After yet another episode of Open Handbag, Something Embarrassing ...

Kindle pouch

It was Ilana's birthday last week. So what to give to the woman who has it all. Ok, so she really doesn't have it all, but she is a champion of frugal lifestyle, and I assume she'd appreciate that I didn't give her the Maserati I had in mind. Books and travel are her thing, and ...

Sewing: More gray? - Easy Jersey Knit V-neck Top

As I promised you, I finally made pictures of the other top I made with the remaining rib knit fabric. This time I made it a sleeveless, easy jersey knit v-neck top with flowers and leaves made from the same fabric and wooden beads. If you own a serger, this is a great idea for some fresh, ...

V-neck Jersey Knit Top with Flowers

The "I have nothing to wear!" war cry sounds again. I have been so busy painting and doing things around the apartment that my very frugal wardrobe has all but disintegrated. I have a lot of fabric that I have set aside for myself, but haven't found the time to do anything about it. This  v-neck jersey ...

Crafty gift-wrapping

How about a pretty post today? These are some simple ideas for gift-wrapping presents using things crafty people always have around. It's a tad different from your usual paper and ribbon, and they have solved some last-minute gift problems for me. This is a milk carton made with scrapbooking paper. Instead of a ribbon I used ...

Supermarket fridge memo book

Of all the things I could have inherited from my parents - like their work ethics, uncompromising honesty and talent for money-management - I went ahead and got my dad's family stature (I am 5' 2" on a good day),  and both my parent's lousy memory. Thank you mom and dad! My spotty memory is something I ...

Curtain call

Almost every afternoon we get treated to one of nature's most spectacular shows.  It's a show that we never tire of watching, and every afternoon we are eager to see the curtain rising. Or rather, curtains. Because our apartment faces west there is a lot of sun coming our way in the afternoon. At some point, when ...

Hello, gorgeous!

Have you met Bertha? Bertha is my alter ego, and she just got a makeover. Alright, alright, Bertha would not be my alter ego if I had an ounce of grace in my body. I am more of a drill-and-hammer gal than a string-of-pearls one, but at least I have a good head over my shoulders. But ...

The world

I have mentioned before how I can come up with things faster than my attention span can cope with. After all, I am the person that finished this year a top for my daughter that I started more than two decades before she was conceived. I am the Queen of Procrastination! Nadia turned  6  5 two months ago ...

Crocheted hair clips

There's no school today. Hurrah (?) I am of the opinion that parents should be graded too, after all, the success of a child's first years of schooling depends in most part on the parents' performance. Have you ever tried to get a 5 year old to get up on their own and make their own ...

Easy, reversible bibs (free pattern)

One of the reasons I mainly stick to food photography is because, although food can be a temperamental model, it does not move. At least it should not. Try that with kids. I shot about two dozen photos for this post, and there was only one where my handsome model wasn't covering his face with his arms, ...

Wall boxes

Nothing I am showing you here is my invention. These exact things are available from a number of online and mortar and brick shops. I have also seen them with covered backs in various blogs and magazines. Where I took a turn in Albuquerque was in deciding I would build them myself. These wall boxes were built with some ...

Sealife shadowboxes

You've caught peeks of these a couple of times, they have been moved around and I've made some changes to them, but let me show you one of my favorite, cheapest wall decoration. When I moved to PuntaCana I had most of the things we brought with us stored for more than a year and a ...