Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hey Girl, I love your chalkboard crafts...

Certain crafts are super trendy. Chalkboard. Mason Jars. Pennants. Slap some chalkboard on a mason jar in the shape of pennants, and you've got a winner. The men in our lives aren't all crafters... so they're not all aware of these trends. In fact, some are completely oblivious. So it is nice when they give a salute to our craftiness.

I'm celebrating studs in crafting all week long. If this isn't the kind of crafting stud you had in mind, you can go check out the stud crafts on 30 Minute Crafts using metal-fastener type studs. You know, if that's more your speed. I won't judge. Out loud.

In case you're wondering, I don't know the guy in the photo, I bought the image from istock photo and added my own text. All rights to the original image belong to them and the photographer.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hey girl, I would love to run to the craft store...

Don't you hate it when you are working on a craft project and you go to reach for the glitter, or glue stick, or Mod Podge, or whatever... and... oops! You're all out. Which means a trip to the craft store. Not that I don't love a trip to the craft store. My bank statement clearly indicates my devotion. But there is a time and a place. Like when the kids are in school, and I have a latte in hand. Not when I'm in the middle of a project.

However, this guy might make the trip a little less painful. Because, you know, everything is less painful when you've got someone who is easy on the eyes. Or a latte. Or both.

I'm sharing some awesome studs over here this week... but if you want an excuse to head to the craft store, check out the stud crafts going on over at 30 Minute Crafts. Quick and easy stud crafts. Quickies with studs? Hmmm... yeah. Up to you!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Hey Girl, I Ripped my Pants

I just love a guy who wants to help out with my crafts. Like this guy. Ripping his pants, and then thinking that I might want to craft with them. Awesome. Because, seriously, there are tons of awesome crafts that can be made with old denim. Lots.

I'd name them, but um... I'm a little distracted by Mr. NC-17 up there. What? That isn't NC-17? Not even R? More like PG-13? Wow. That's what happens when your days are filled with glue sticks and Sesame Street. Either way, enjoy. More tomorrow.

However, I CAN tell you about making crafts with studs. Not the kind in the photo, but the kind that are pokey. Oh, wait... I mean the kind that are fun to craft with. Hmmm... the kind you can buy on Amazon? Well... head over to 30 Minute Crafts for a quick studded shirt craft, if you want to know what I'm talking about. Or, you can just hang around here for the eye candy.

In case you're wondering, I don't know the guy in the photo, I bought the image from istock photo and added my own text. All rights to the original image belong to them and the photographer.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

CraftSnark Definition of Easter

Last night, at about 11:00 as I was stumbling around the backyard trying to hide Easter Eggs in places they wouldn't get sprayed by the sprinklers this morning, I realized what Easter has become.

I have things that need doing, projects that need finishing, e-mails that need writing, but I also want my kids to have a good Easter. So after the kids go to bed, I create Easter baskets, fill plastic eggs, decorate the Easter table, and get my bunny on.

In the morning I'm greeted with "This is AWESOME!" and "I LOVE the Easter Bunny!" Which is fun. Until a few hours later, after the chocolate egg and jellybean-fueled race around the backyard is over. That's when I get the sugar-crashed kids who won't listen, won't nap, and spend the afternoon pestering each other.

My children will only be small for a short while, so I enjoy these opportunities to be part of the magic. It just feels like I'm getting the short end of the wand.

Friday, April 4, 2014

On Getting Caught Up

I love being busy, and I love what I do. Which is good, because things have been busy lately. Very busy. In the best ways. But it means a constant to-do list. And I'm not quite sure what to do about that. The constant feeling of not being caught up. Sure, maybe I'll get the dishes all done... but the laundry needs folding and the bathrooms need cleaning. Or maybe I'll finally mail off a bunch of cards and photos that have been sitting around for weeks... but I have two Christmas gifts that need to be sent out... and it is already April.

If there was a way to get it all done without feeling behind, would I really want that? I truly enjoy being busy, and constantly having things to do. Having a whole list of things that need doing lets me choose what my creative mind wants to do first.

Maybe being caught up is overrated?

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hamster or Second Sled Dog?

Hamster or the Second Dog on a Sled Team? This one is going to take a little explaining...

I was chatting online with a friend, and mentioned to her that I was feeling like a hamster on a wheel. I've got tons and tons of projects going on right now... but most of them are future things that I can't post, lots that I can't even Instagram. Because they're for contests or magazines. So they have to stay all G-14 Classified. Some of them are for future series, and I'm trying to get them done so I don't have to stress at the last minute. So I'm working like an even crazier than normal lady, but don't have a lot that I can show for it. Like a hamster on a wheel... I'm running, but the view isn't changing, and I'm getting off at the same point I got on.

Which later led me to think about the expression about being the second dog on a sled team. You know, not the lead dog, but the dog right behind the lead dog. You're running, running, running (or is it mushing, mushing, mushing?), and you're making progress... but the view doesn't change. In fact, the view for the second dog isn't so great at all.

And that's where the question comes up. Would I rather be a hamster with a great view of some kid's messy room, running and making no progress... or the second dog on a sled team making huge strides while staring at someone else's behind the whole time?

I'm thinking I'll pick option C, and just promote myself to first sled dog. Which means I need to get myself a set of directions. So maybe I'll be the hamster that bites my owner, gets dropped, and lives out my days fat and happy... until the family buys a cat.

It seems there is no winning in the worlds of dogs and hamsters.

Friday, January 3, 2014

What You Missed in 2013

Bloggers all over blogland are posting lists of their most popular posts for 2013. Which is great. They're giving their readers big ol' lists of stuff that their readers have already read. And we know they read it because the stats show that they clicked on it, pinned it, shared it, and so on. So, all these "Most Popular Posts of 2013" posts are really "Here is all the Crap you've already Seen".

To keep things fresh. Here are the LEAST popular posts on CraftSnark in 2013. Yup, I scoured my stats to see what you missed last year, so you can catch up on the CraftSnark my stats tell me you never saw.

You're welcome, internet.

Here they are, ending with the absolute least popular post of 2013:

10. Quilt Now Sleep Later

9. Craft Definition of Clean

8. CraftSnark Definition of Love

7. True Friends

6. How the CraftSnark Measures Success

5. Craft Definition of Errands

4. The Very Best Easter Ever

3. When Cleaning Really Happens

2. My Day is not Complete...
1. My To Do List...