Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Here's to the Crafty, Costume-making Moms out there...

I got less than 2 hours of sleep last night, But it is totally worth it. My son is going to have the most amazing costume EVER. I've spent about 10 hours making his costume... and I'm not done yet.

He is going to be the talk of the neighborhood... for the 60 minutes he spends trick-or-treating.

Then the costume will go into storage. Where it might get pulled out again in a couple years on a whim, or for his little brother to wear. Or it might get dented and damaged as it is moved from closet to closet, and finally ends up in the garage, and eventually gets thrown in the trash.

Knowing all that, I'm still going to say: Totally WORTH IT.

Have a safe and moderately-spooky Halloween!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Snarky Printable Gift Tag for Handmade Gifts

I've talked about the value of handmade before. People claim to love handmade. And some genuinely do. The challenge with giving handmade gifts is that if the recipient doesn't like it... well... too bad. For everyone.

Too bad for the giver, because they spent hours or days on a project that will get shoved in a drawer, the back of a closet, or immediately go to Goodwill.

And too bad for the recipient, because they have to figure out how to feign appreciation for the unfortunate gift they were given, and then they have to find drawer space, closet space, or time to take the item to Goodwill. If they are an especially good friend, they now have the burden of remembering to take out the gifted item to display it whenever the giver comes to visit.

With all this complicatedness, (that's totally a word - but if it isn't, I want credit in Websters 2014) maybe we should just buy eachother gift cards! And, of course, give them in hand-made gift card holders.

If you're going to risk giving handmade this year, I'm helping you out with some fun and snarky gift tags for your handmade presents. Download the Snarky Printable Gift Tag for Handmade Gifts here. They print 4 to a sheet. Cut them out, punch a hole, and share the handmade love!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How the CraftSnark Measures Success

 Alternately titled: CraftSnark Weighs in on MarthaStewart or Kicking Puppies is Always a Bad Idea

I'm no expert... but I am a lot of things. Including a mom. And as a mom, I screw up all the time. I try really, really hard. But sometimes, with everything that is going on, I drop the ball. I say something I didn't mean, or in a way I didn't mean. And sometimes, I'm just plain mean. Ask my kids - they'll tell you. I'm not perfect. But man, I love my kids. No matter what.

Martha Stewart was a craft blogger before craft blogging existed. Her early work in crafting and home decor helped make this industry a "thing" (a "good thing" even!). She helped pave the way for the rest of us. So, she's kinda a mom to craft bloggers. And she screwed up. But we can love her anyway, right?

I know... you were thinking that when the CraftSnark weighed in on this whole Craftastrophy, that I would rip Ms. Stewart a new one. But I believe in Karma. And this is one puppy I'm not going to kick.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Craft Definition: Clean

What is clean, really? Right after the housecleaning service comes is clean, right? I'm too cheap to hire a housecleaner... paying $50 a week would seriously cut into my crafting budget. And the crafting budget is not to be toyed with. I figure, as long as there is enough room for me to set up my glue gun, then it is clean enough... right?

Monday, October 7, 2013

True Friends

Craftsnark: The definition of a true friend

This one isn't exactly craft-related, but this is my blog, so I get to be un-crafty when I want, don't you think? All kinds of events over the last weeks have had me thinking about friends, the meaning of friends, how you pick your friends, and more.

I'm very lucky to have some awesome friends. They know who they are. I love them to pieces. They are beautiful inside and out. And I would absolutely tell them if those jeans make their butt look big. Because they would do the same for me.