Easy DIY Halloween Decorating

I know I am a little late in posting Halloween related DIY’s as most of the world is done Halloween by now… but if you are looking for a quick and easy craft, I’ve got your back…

Save your coffee cups from Tim Hortons, Starbucks, whatever coffee shop you choose. Ice cream pints work well too.. 

Paint them black, or white, or orange… whatever you want.

Cut faces out

And voila, you are done.

Put battery operated candles (or glow sticks) in them and set them out to spook the trick or treaters.

You can keep these as basic or dress them up as much as you want.

You can also save them from year to year too.


Adventures in Nalbinding

Nalbinding, Nailbinding, Nalebinding, Nålbinding, Needlebinding.

Whatever you want to call it.. It is a precursor to knitting and crochet, and typically referred to as “Viking” but there have been examples of it found all over the world. I read somewhere that it is thought to be about 6500 years old. Don’t quote me on any of that. In fact, I will save you the time, and you can check out the Wikipedia page on it right here.

I should actually title this post “Frustrations in Nalbinding”

Because holy crap you guys is this confusing. Learning to knit was easy, I found some awesome YouTube tutorials and regained the memories of my grandma’s teaching me how to knit. I experimented with cables and knitting in the round, and it was all fun times, even when I screwed it up…

My viking blood is not helping me on this one though… loops and knots and counting those loops, and I just keep ending up with a pile of crap that is not save-able because its just a bunch of yarn knotted onto itself… After some initial frustration with finding a decent YouTube video showing how to do this ancient craft, I think I have found one that makes sense to my brain… But there is a serious lack of decent beginner tutorials on YouTube, so if you are a teacher-y charismatic nalbinder with good English, you should think about making some tutorial videos on YouTube.

I really want to figure this out, so I will hopefully keep on trying. This seems like a much more cat-owner friendly craft, since you need only short pieces of yarn.

I’m starting to see some pattern in my mess of knots, so I think I just need to persevere past this first little bump in the road and it will start to make sense. Figuring out the tension situation should help me…

I think this might be one of those things I decide to learn and make one thing and then be done with it… I hope not, but it seems to be heading down that road.

Okay, so after some beginning frustration, I have started to understand a little better. Key word being “started”… I’ll try to keep you posted on my progress. I may have to learn to crochet first. Most tutorials are based on the idea of you already knowing crochet…

Here is where I stand in my progress thus far:

Wish me luck on figuring this shit out…

Iceberg Empire! Etsy Shop


If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (or see the little sneak peak of each of the feed here on the side bar), then you will have seen some of the amazing things that my best friend and I have started to sell on Etsy.

Hand-carved Birch and Lilac Shawl Pin *SOLD*

We opened our shop, after YEARS of talking about opening an etsy shop. We finally took the plunge and listed some items. And we have so many more in the works.

Hand-carved river rock pendant

The shop is a little rough around the edges right now, but if we waited until we had everything just so, then we would never have taken the leap.

Choke-Cherry Buttons

I will be updating here when we add a handful of new things… The holidays are right around the corner, and handmade one of a kind gifts are always the best.

Poplar Branch Coasters (set of 4)

So please, head over there and check out our small, but growing, collection of things we have made. And if you are looking for something in particular, send us a message and we can work out some custom orders. If you wouldn’t mind checking the little heart next to some of the items, that would very much help us out.

(And I promise I will get some garden related content up again soon… I’ve just been creatively distracted with this new venture that I haven’t gotten around to posting here as often as I would like)

I have also created a page up in the top menu bar on this blog, for little updates on what is happening in our Etsy Shop…. So check there for any little updates or sneak peaks on the shop.

Side Grain Poplar Wood Cutting Board. I am in love with this one, and I think you will be too!

DIY Flower Collar (for your dog)

Including our dogs in our wedding is a given… Or at least a high priority in the planning of the whole thing. If I could easily include my horse too I would, but I don’t think that’s a great idea. 

So step one in including them in the wedding is making them stuff. Ava will be wearing a flower collar to dress up (and hopefully a bath to help control the hair she produces like crazy). Wilson will get a tie for his collar, so stay tuned.

I was going to try and make this into some kind of tutorial, but all I did was glue artificial flowers to a collar I got a while ago on a super discount. Just arrange them however looks the best. And trust your judgement. 

Ava isn’t in love with this, but she looks so pretty. There is nothing sticking into her neck, just a different feeling. Just a little something to make her more a part of the wedding.

Crafting Up a Storm

Remember when I said a couple posts back that I haven’t been doing much crafting considering this blogs name? Maybe I only said that in person to somebody, but either way it is true. I have dropped the craft ball here. Mostly because work and life is busy. Secondly because I get so wrapped up in whatever I am making that I don’t take any pictures. Thirdly, because typically I make things as gifts for people and I don’t want to ruin the surprise, and then I completely forget to post after it is safe.

But now, wedding fever has hit us a little hard around here, and my brain is just puking up craft ideas and projects all over the place. (Lets not talk about the garden right now though, I’ll get back out there when the rain stops.)

Second but… Since these are wedding crafts, I can’t REALLY share a lot of them fully. Well, I might get rebellious (since I tend to lean that way after I impose harsh restrictions on myself) and just share things anyway.

In the last couple weeks, I have used up 4 rolls of duct tape, a small bag of hot glue, a bunch of fiber fill (that was actually just some older pillows we had lying around that I ripped the guts out of), glass etching cream, a couple rolls of thread, a package of air dry clay, contact paper and some fuse able interfacing (and some other things I am probably forgetting).

So if I had remembered to take pictures of some of those projects, I would have content to post…

I did manage to get a quick post written, so stay tuned in the next couple days for info on one of my projects