Several weeks ago, I was sent a link to an amazing set of potted gardens, which use broken pots to create tiered mini landscapes bursting with creativity. I was blown away by how beautiful these creations were and by they possibilities they posed for having a bit of a garden indoors or on balconies for those of us who live in cities. (more…)
Whittling Away December 10, 2014
‘Tis the season for giving, which in my world means it’s the season for crafts. I love being able to give someone something completely one of a kind that was made just for them. Boys make this particularly hard – they never seem to want earrings or scarves, but this year I decided to try my hand at customizing a knife. (Here’s a preview of how the project turned out, I’m really happy with it.)
I’m going to show you a set of personalized beer growlers, and beer mugs, that I designed and etched for my brother’s birthday/christmas. He’s in his early twenties and has been brewing beer with his roommate for a while now. I’ll admit, most of the family thought this was a fad, the first batch would be terrible, and he’d sort of give up on the process. Nope. The first batch apparently sucked fairly badly, but not enough to deter college kids who can’t afford to pay retail for alcohol and his brews have slowly gotten better over the last year or two. He’s started giving bottles away as gifts to family members.