Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Remodeling the Bathroom!

Stay tuned for a bunch of bathroom related projects! So far on the list; mosaic frame to surround mirror, ikea hack cabinets, decoupage inside of the cabinets and light switch plates, and more!

Mr. Craftapus had a blast with the demolition.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Holiday Link Round Up

The holiday death spiral is now in full swing so I'm not sure if I'll have much time for crafting, but if I do, you know I'll be posting about it here!

Here are a few holiday projects that have piqued my interest-

Stuff for Kids

Life Size Ginger Bread Playhouse
Snow Globes
Snow Globe Soap
Button Wreath Ornaments 
Rudolph Ornaments
Pom Pom Ball Ornaments
Sparkle Stars
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Coloring Page


Glitter Houses
Paper Evergreens
Stiffened Doilies
Peppermint Cupcake Tower
Felt Poinsettia Bloom
Candy Stick Vase
Christmas Wish Can
Holiday Handprint Pillow
Mod Podge Trees
Jingle On Printable
Hipster Nutcracker Papercraft
German Elves and Tree Papercraft Set

Advent Calendars

Matchbox Advent Calendar 
Quilted Advent Calendar
Little Birdie Advent Calendar 
25 Storybook Surprises
Paper Bag Advent Calendar 
Book Page Advent Calendar 
Countdown Blocks 
Christmas Countdown Subway Art 


Scrolled Paper Ornaments
Wire Snowflakes
Woven Star Ornaments from Old Book Pages

Handmade Gifts

For Grown Ups-
Travel Organizer
Sewing Caddy
Picnic Blanket Tote
Sun Jars

For Kids-
Art Bag
Monster Dolls
I Spy Bag
Rocket Man
Lunch Money Cuff
Hair Pretty Organizer
Felt Food
Shape Matching Game 

For Babies-
Fold Up & Snap Bib
Leg Warmers

Creative Gift Wrap

Felt Tree Bottle Cover
Holiday Cookie Mailing Tubes
5 Minute Bread Bag

Festive Food

Christmas Cake Pops
Christmas Morning Casserole
Homemade Cool Whip
Healthier Spinach Dip
Apple Cranberry Cider

Other Fun Things

Holiday Gift List
Christmas Planner

Hope my round up gives you some inspiration!

The Craftapus

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thanksgiving Crafts- Paper Turkeys and A Quick Link Round Up

A friend of mine posted about these on her facebook page and I just had to share them!

You can download the .pdf here and make your own!

Here are a few more fun projects that I've found around the interwebs, hope they inspire you!

Free Thanksgiving Party Printable Package
Give Thanks Banner
Paper Mayflower
Harvest Block Candle Holders
Gratitude Tree
Classic Turkey Hand Prints 
Fall Coloring Page
Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Syrup
Turkey Cheese Ball

  Happy Thanksgiving!

I also wanted to take a moment to plug one of my favorite charities, Farm Sanctuary and their Adopt-A-Turkey program. My family adopts a turkey every year and has for nearly a decade. So, if you care about animals, please take a look at their site for more info about having a compassionate thanksgiving.

The Craftapus

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Guest Blogger Post- Halloween Felt Book with the Thoughtful Mother!

 Heather Thalwitzer, author of the blog Thoughtful Mothering (currently on an unintended hiatus) would love to share her Halloween creation with Craftapus readers. Heather got inspired to make a felt Halloween book originally from a Facebook posting by Craftapus author, Sarah Boye. Heather is passionate about raising a compassionate & caring son, natural foods, Florida's habitats, & she loves all animals.

Tons of Eco-felt (bought at Joanne, etc..)
Hot glue (prefer it for crafting- very nontoxic for the littles.)
Some yarn (found a 99 cent bundle at Joannes)
A thick "yarn needle" - for binding the book
Good scissors
Pen, paper, ideas

I wanted to create an original (not mass produced), sugar-free Halloween treat for my son. When I saw the idea for this this book, I immediately came-up with a way that I could make it. I'm not really a sophisticated crafter, so warning to the elite- it requires lots of hot glue.

 First I came up with scene ideas for the pages. Then I drew out what I thought I couldn't free-hand cut from the felt. For example, the witch, the ghosts, the haunted house, the bats, the smaller jack o lantern, the largest spider, etc... were all drawn on paper first. I placed the paper on top of the felt and cut both at once with a really good pair of crafting Friskers scissors. 

Some of it I just cut- the largest jack o lantern, the small spiders, the fall leaves, eventually some bats, and some of the monsters.

Once I had a whole page cut out, I'd arrange it on a piece of felt and hot glue all the pieces once I was happy with the arrangement.

All scenes were original ideas, with some inspiration from google image searches for a few things (monster, haunted house, fall leaves.) 

I would love to add to the book next year or even make another. I wanted to make a skeleton in a graveyard scene with a spooky tree. My son loves guitars, so I was going to give all the skeletons guitars. Each time I tried drawing a skeleton on paper, however, I was not happy with the results. Too intimidating for now.

Have a safe & happy Halloween, happy crafting, & thanks for the opportunity to guest post.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Zombie Pumpkin Display


I've had this little shoebox full of awesome (those would be Attack of the Living Dead figures by the way) tucked away for a while now waiting for an equally awesome craft project and well, I finally got off my tuchas and did something with it!

I started with a funkin (that's a fake pumpkin for those of you not in the know) that I scored for an extra discount since it was damaged (yay pre-Halloween clearance!).

I drew where I wanted to cut (around the damage) my opening for my scene and carved away. It's times like this I had better knives...or at least a real pumpkin carving kit.

Once it was all cut up I had to do a lot of cleanup. Funkin dust EVERYWHERE!

At this point I painted it black with acrylic paint and let it dry. Since the inside of this funkin had a gloss to it, the paint didn't stick well and I got this really great crackled effect. Not what I was going for, but perfect none the less!

Once it was dry I put a layer of spanish moss in the bottom, placed my figures (with a bit of glue), added a couple battery operated tea lights for illumination and finished it off with a few fake maggots.

In the words of Mr. Craftapus;
"Mrs. Craftapus, your pumpkin is really freaking creepy. I hope you're happy."
 ...why yes, yes I am.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup

I ran out of my typical HFCS laden chocolate syrup and decided to make my own. So, far I'm very pleased with the results, though I sense I will be tweaking the next batch. I found this recipe to be a little too "dark" tasting and not quite as sweet as I'm used to. Those of you that are fans of dark chocolate would probably love this syrup though!

Homemade Chocolate Syrup 

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (stay tuned for a post on making that yourself next month!)
dash of salt

Combine the water, sugar, cocoa powder, and salt together in a saucepan over low heat; whisk constantly until the mixture thickens and begins to simmer. Remove from heat and stir the vanilla into the sauce. Serve warm or cover and refrigerate until serving. 

I stored mine in an old syrup squeeze bottle.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween Countdown Calender

This is the first year I'm really able to start holiday traditions in my family. Baby Craftapus is finally old enough to start participating and having our own home makes us proud to be able to decorate and totally get into the holidays. 

I picked up this Halloween countdown calender at Target a few years ago on super clearance and starting at the beginning of October, Baby Craftapus has been getting special treats every morning.

This particular countdown calender has tiny little doors to stash your treats, but you can buy or make a variety of different types. Here's a great tutorial for a Pottery Barn style hanging calender.

Baby Craftapus's countdown calender has lot of different types of treats as of course, I didn't want her to get bored! Most days have a cute Halloween themed sticker, a few days have candy (that I only give her a tiny taste of), there are little slips of paper with activities (story time at Barnes & Noble, pumpkin patch photo shoot, trick or treating, etc) and there are also Halloween dollars (I just printed these out) that she uses to buy various items from the "magic" hall closet. So far, she's bought a board book, her costume, a matching costume for her Build a Bear kitty, a witch My Little Pony (her first MLP *sniff sniff*) and her last dollar will be used to buy a pack a glow bracelets to wear while trick or treating.

Some might call this overkill, but seeing her face light up every morning when she wakes up, remembers the calender, runs to it pointing and saying "that that that" over and over again is just priceless to me. I plan to come up with something similar for December as well.

The Craftapus