Upcycled Soda Bottle Planters

Seltzer bottle, cut in half, holes poked, fishing line attached. Place dirt and coleus directly in planter or place another pot inside the bottle. These have lasted from September to March and the plants are still thriving!image


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March 14, 2017 · 12:49 pm

Crappy Crafters Make Earrings

The Crappy Crafters convened with crates of beading supplies this week to make earrings. If you want to make earrings, start saving up all your broken beaded bracelets and ask your friends to bring beads, wire, earring wires and some needle-nose pliers and little wire cutters. As a group, we aim to not buy supplies, but to shop our closets. This usually works pretty well. Lucie brought and possibly bought some inexpensive bracelets which you can see in the square beaded earrings in the picture. Susie made the inspired twisty wire earrings. Everyone had a go at twisting wire around an oval glass bead and stuffing the wire ends back inside the bead which you can see on the bottom left. If you make one of those, make sure you don’t skimp on the length of wire. More is better and trimming is easier than adding to the length, I realized after having a bit of a craft fail with that earring style (my fail not shown.)

So that’s it for this month’s Crappy Craft. Happy Crafting to all and Happy Spring! 

Crappy Crafter Earrings

Earrings made with bent wire & beads salvaged from old bracelets.

Crappy Crafters Create Earrings

Susie models the not-so-Crappy earrings


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Seaside Memories

Seashells from the seashore preserved in a baby food jar, a glass ball, and strung on a wire in the window above my drafting table remind me of a warm week in Florida – a brief escape from this cold, snowy NJ winter. 

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C4 = Crappy Crafting Closet Clutter

Last night’s Crappy Crafter project was painting and decorating an assortment of little wooden things that Anne  vaguely remembers buying at a craft store or thrift shop, or salvaging from here and there, and squirreling away in a closet for possible future use. There is a thin line between hoarding and crafting, she realizes. So the crappy crafting closet clutter was displayed on a utility table along with bins of beads, baubles, and paints; jars of brushes; and a basket of glue and hot glue guns for the crafters to choose from. After a fortifying meal of appetizers provided pot-luck style by the group, we elbowed our way to the best wooden doodad and got to work, always mindful that the wineglass must be placed on a level spot near to hand, but not near enough to be confused for the brush-cleaning water glass. Arranging one’s tools properly is paramount to any craft woman. The results speak for themselves. This is no how-to craft blog. Surely anyone can grab a brush, dip it in acrylic paint, daub a doodad, afix some other things with glue and simultaneously converse and drink, right? We set the bar low for technique and high for hijinks in this group. I will say that if you plan to splatter paint, it would be better to stay far away from the person wearing good, black dress slacks. And check your beverage for splatters before consuming. In fact just Google or search Pinterest for splattering precautions. It will be advised to place object to be splattered in a cardboard box to protect from splatters gone astray. Anne felt bad about Susan’s now orange-speckled slacks and even worse about her paint-infused wine. Crafting casualties can happen to anyone.

Closet clutter

Craft supplies

Painted wood

Wood Clipboards, Peg Racks, Doll Cupboard


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Pink Flamingo in the Snow

Lucie photographed the private lives of her garden ornaments during last winter’s terrible New Jersey snowmageddon and posted the heartbreaking scenes on Facebook – to much commenting and acclaim. There is something very sad about a plastic pink flamingo with icicles dripping from his beak, gradually being consumed by snow drifts. But it gets worse in Lucie’s backyard drama; soon all the garden ornaments succumbed to the raging blizzard. Here is the Crappy Crafter Collage response to the latest adventures of Pinky, the Joisey Flamingo.


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January 22, 2015 · 3:52 pm

Valentine Cards

The Crappy Crafters brought all our card-making supplies – from fancy hole punches, washi tape and paper doily hearts to red, white and lavender card stock, dumped it all on the table after enjoying Susie’s delicious meal and got to work. Among the four of us, we had stamps, metallic ink pads, stickers, glitter glue and much, much, much more. ‘More is more’ could be our design motto. Funnily* enough, we had no glue other than two dried up glue sticks, but we soldiered on and the results were stunning.
*Funnily is not a word, I was told, but crapfters do not shy from creative wordplay, just as we embrace the glue-less or even clueless Valentine.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all and to all a crafty goodnight!

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January 22, 2015 · 3:35 pm

Glass Vases

The Crappy Crafters painted glass vases recently – you know those vases that lurk in every cabinet under the sink waiting like some plain Cinderella of the vase world for a bouquet? Well, we jazzed them up so much, they stand alone as objets d’art now.


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