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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving: Hand Turkey Pie Crust

November 23, 2010
Makes total sense from the title, right? No? How about a picture, then?

It’s a…you know…a hand turkey pie crust.

Inspired by my son’s day care art project a couple of years ago, I made this little fellow to adorn his Great-Grandpa’s gooseberry pie. No tutorial; just cut out and attach to your pie with a few dabs of water.  Voila: turkeyberry pie!

Thanksgiving: Decorating with Cranberries

November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving loveliness

It’s time to finalize your decorating plans for Thanksgiving. While you’re at the grocery store fighting over the last can of fried onions for the green bean casserole (you know you are), be sure to pick up a couple of cheap fall-colored bouquets, a couple of bags of fresh cranberries, a few oranges, and a bottle of whole cloves. We’re going to turn them into complete Fancy and Schmanciness for the turkey day table!
I have an addiction to canning and a son named Mason, so you can be sure there are always a ridiculous number of Mason jars around my kitchen. Last year I decided to put them (the jars, not the addiction, but definitely the son) to use as table decor. Use as many as you need for your table(s).
  1. Split the bouquets into several equal bunches of flowers, distributing them among the Mason jars.  Last year I put canning rings on the jars, but this year I think I’ll leave them off as they competed a bit with the flowers.
  2. Loosely arrange the flowers in each jar.
  3. Fill in around the stems with fresh cranberries, right to the top. Remember the cranberries will float, so it looks best if the jar is filled.
  4. Fill with water, and stand back and “ooh” and “ahh” like you’re watching fireworks.


Use different-sized jars for your various tables and to vary the look

Having a helper may speed up the process. Or bring it grinding to a halt.

Another lovely way to use cranberries and oranges is to make pomanders to scatter on tables here and there; they also add a lovely scent to the air.  Just poke the whole cloves into the oranges (or clementines, lemons, limes, or other citrus), and be careful – those suckers are sharp.  Set in a dish of cranberries and get dizzy off of the crazily seasonal smell.

Smells so lovely

So lovely, you may just want to put one here…

Freshenin' up the place.

Now that’s schmancy!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving traditions and guests; I hope your Thanksgiving is as filled with friends and family and good cheer as mine is shaping up to be!

Paper Craft: Hidden Bookends

November 19, 2010

Note: In a departure from my normal take on paper/book crafts, no books were harmed in the making of this tutorial.

A lovely selection of children’s books, but where are the bookends?

Make your own set of hidden bookends, no special crafty skills required. The tools: a set of unadorned metal bookends and two lovely books. It helps if the two books have loose spines, as that will help them hug the bookend without swinging open.

Slip the books over the bookends and…done! If your books keep swinging open, you can dab a bit of glue on the edge of the page between the cover and the flyleaf, creating a pocket to slip over the bookend. Here’s the full breakdown:

The best part is that the books are still readable; you aren’t losing any shelf space but you are gaining a unique decorative, set of bookends. Go forth and amaze your friends!

Looking for ideas on what to put between those bookends for your impressionable youth? Check out this week’s selections of children’s literature that change lives (for better or worse) on

Craft Finds: Woven Goodness

November 15, 2010

Flitting about the web the past few days, I’ve seen many ordinary items taken from merely fancy to the breathless realm of schmancy through one technique: weaving. Here’s a roundup of finds, all of which look like they’d be fun to make and give as gifts this holiday season:

Woven denim handbag

Miranda Chance woven denim bag


Found via CRAFT blog, I was immediately drawn to this woven denim bag by Miranda Chance. I’ve seen lots of lovely recycled denim bags, but this really takes the ordinary material and turns it into something more elegant and special. I could do without the leather, but I’m definitely going to have to try this technique sometime. Anyone willing to cut up all the denim strips for me? I’ll provide the jeans!

Woven paper art

Woven paper art from CAN'T STOP MAKING THINGS

Every time something new pops up on the blog CAN’T STOP MAKING THINGS, I want to drop everything and try it. This woven art piece is no exception. With a minimum of fuss, a rejected picture or interesting piece of unused paper can become frame-worthy. It also gets high marks for great use of a paper shredder in crafting!

Woven paint chip wallet

Mark Montano woven paint chip wallet

This wallet by Mark Montano looks SO fun, and easy to make with things you probably already have around the house or could come by easily. The possibilities for color combos is dizzying. Gonna have to hit the local hardware for some more paint chips…

It’s Quiet. Too Quiet.

October 1, 2010

Sorry about the break in the action, folks. Between work (Gotta support the Schmancy lifestyle!), travel, and the upcoming family nuptuals, there hasn’t been time for posting. But I’ll be back soon with more crafts, vintage goodies, and other fancy-schmancies. Enjoy your weekend!

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