crafty

Double dang!

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I posted that mini update last week and then promptly forgot about it until just now. When I came back I was greeted by three glorious comments that weren't spam involving penis size. Well, that just warms my heart!

So I will abandon Instagram and Twitter and Facebook for now and try to string together a couple coherent thoughts. No promises.

  • We just watched Safety Not Guaranteed and I really enjoyed it and can't stop thinking about it. Apparently the newspaper ad referenced in the movie has a big history.
  • I made this and it was ridiculous. Some people would probably call a vegetarian Philly-style sandwich blasphemy, but I call it...delishphemy.
  • Work has slowed down a bit for me (finally), and I've been reading more and spending more time with the family (especially Greta), which has been really great. I can't bend my brain around the idea of working such crazy hours again after having this break. We shall see. I've gotten a lot of good reading in lately, but the book that has resonated with me the most recently is Eleanor and Park. It just took me back to high school and first loves and quirky friends and dysfunctional relationships.
  • I always think I'm not into [insert sport, game, or recreational activity]. but whenever I give it a try I seem to have fun. This past weekend I went to a craft night and I played a game and I had fun. I made a craft involving wine corks, which was sort of horrifying for me because everyone else there is either an artist or ubercrafter. I'm all shrinky dinks and construction paper they're all oil paints and clay. Anyway, after crafting we played Cards against Humanity (my first time) and I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. I must play it again posthaste.
  • On a more personal note, Pat is no longer at RIT, which is just weird. He likes his new job and I think it was a good move for him; I just miss being so connected to RIT. I have this grand plan that I will start working there in 5ish years. I am all talk, though, so we shall see. I will probably have to lay off the penis enlargement spam jokes first.
  • Greta is good. Man, I can't think of anything to say about Greta that doesn't sound annoying in my head....oh! Uhh, she slept in a box Saturday night. That was kind of funny. Pat had something shipped that came in basically a long, narrow Greta-shaped box. She asked if she could sleep in it some night and we said sure. It was a little too short so she had to scrunch her legs up a bit. Pat asked if she wanted him to rip off the end so she could stretch out and she thought about it for a while and then said, "No, because then I wouldn't be sleeping in a box; I'd just be sleeping on cardboard." Makes total sense!

OK my brain is oozing out of my ear at this point. Please take care, kind friends.

Fran

 

Craftmatic Adjustable Fran

File under: crafty

I don't consider myself very crafty as a general rule, but when I go to craft shows during the holidays I see cute, simple projects I feel compelled to try to re-create.

Last weekend I bought a paper star ornament for $6. The string on the ornament promptly fell off, and when I got it home I noticed it wasn't the best craftsmanship ever. I realized I could probably figure out how to make it.

I ended up finding the exact instructions I was looking for here.

I went to Greta's craft drawer (she's craftier than I am), and I actually happened to find the exact same pink chevron paper that the ornament I bought was made out of, which was kind of funny. It's just a loose 12 x 12 inch piece of paper we bought from a craft store, and I cut it into four 6-inch squares, two of which I used for this project.

I whipped up this reproduction in about 5 minutes.

I dare say mine (on the right) looks even better than the original, not that you can tell in the picture, and it cost less than $0.15 to make. Werd!

Fran

Book Desecration Swap

File under: crafty

As I mentioned back in January, Taryn used some pages that had fallen out of her original copy of Nine Stories to create an awesome table for me. I loved the idea of book craftiness, and so when I saw NPW's wreath made out of book pages (here's a more formal tutorial on Living with Lindsay for staunch rule followers, like me), I knew I had to make one for Taryn.

I had bought the supplies back in March and then they sat idle in a closet. A few weeks ago, I decided to hunker down with all of my supplies, a glass of wine, and the movie The Blind Side. As I pulled out the styrofoam ring I had bought, I thought, "Oh crap, that is big!" I ended up buying a 14" wreath, and when I consulted the Living with Lindsay site, I saw that she said to use a 10" wreath. What a difference 4 inches makes. I guessed I would need more wine and that I would be up a while. I ended up getting about halfway through when the end credits of The Blind Side were rolling and I ran out of book pages. Whoopsie. I ended up needing to buy another book the next day and finished everything up. Thankfully, unlike in NPW's case, no Franny digits were harmed in the making of the wreath.

The finished product is quite large and quite lovely! The picture really does not do the size justice. It's really big, people.

I'm really happy with the end product, and, more importantly, I finally got to give it to Taryn this past weekend, and she really seemed to love it. And everyone who saw it in passing seemed to love it as well. It's a great, inexpensive gift to make for a bibliophile...or for whatever is Latin for a person who hates books but loves wreaths.

Fran

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