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Bird Houses

0DF12932-013F-482A-AAA0-98291E08944E We started the evening by going to a paint your own pottery place, but once again it was unexpectedly closed. We wrote about that in a previous post ‘Call First.’ So pizza box in hand, we went back to Lucie’s house which is miraculously always ready to host a craft event and serve a crowd. Thanks, Lucie! And Susie had been safekeeping the birdhouses she bought almost 2 years ago, so we plan crafts but sometimes it takes a few years to get to them. Everyone hoards craft kits and art supplies, right? This is normal.

Tonight, we are returning to the paint your own pottery place because hope prevails that one day they will be open in the evening. To be continued…


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May 6, 2018 · 10:31 pm

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

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

Duck Tape Diva

Our newest Crappy Crafter is the Duck Tape Diva, aka Janet, who taught us how to make a coin purse and a flower-bedecked pen with duck tape last month. Fun was had by all and no injuries or unwanted stickiness transpired. The results speak for themselves, I think. Rather than explain the process, here is a link to the Duct Tape page that shows how to make things our of Duck Tape.


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August 12, 2014 · 10:36 pm

Classy Card Making Class

The Crappy Crafters took a class at the ‘Paper Source’ store and learned how to line envelopes, make a watermark and use embossing powder with a heat gun that heats to 500 degrees. The instructor was great, got through all the material in an hour and did not flinch at the thought of women who call themselves ‘Crappy’ handling that blow torch thingy. We came out unscathed and went off to dinner afterwords with our trove of very Classy looking cards. Could we become the Classy Crafters?

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August 12, 2014 · 9:51 pm

Woody & Buzz Photoboards

Woody & Buzz Photoboards

Giant foam board images of Woody and Buzz Light Year for a ‘Toy Story’ themed birthday party.

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November 21, 2013 · 7:02 pm