Friday, September 30, 2011

Shrink Ray Guns and Other Stuff

I haven't felt like posting on Fridays recently, but I thought I'd try something new.  I've been wanting to post some off-topic things, and I think I'll do it once in a while, on Fridays.  

I should have a button made, perhaps.  We'll see how this goes. 

By the way, we are looking for guest posts for the months of October and November.  Click on the label guest post to see the type of format that we prefer.  Any kind of craft, recipe or DIY project works.
I just wanted to share a conversation I had with Handy Boy (10) on the way to school today.  He says some of the most random things in the  car.  I'm constantly amazed about the stuff he thinks up.  

Today, he said: "When I grow up, I'm going to invent a shrink ray gun."

"Really?" I said.  "What else are you going to invent?"

I thought I'd hear a pause here, but he said:  "A time machine touch."

"A time machine wha?"

"A time machine touch.  Like an ipod touch.  It's a time machine, and it has a little control panel."

(Please don't sue me, Apple people.)

Then he said: "I'm also going to invent a tiny engine for Hot Wheels cars."


He sighed, exasperated.  "So people who have shrunk themselves with the shrink ray gun have something to ride around in."

Oh.  But of course!

I asked him to draw a picture of the shrink ray gun.  He knew exactly what he wanted it to look like.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #31

Time for Wicked Awesome Wednesday #31! 

One hundred and nine projects linked up last week.  (Had 109 last week too, how odd!) Here are some that caught my eye this week:

Love Sweet Love "upcycled" a window: 

Kristen from My Covered Bridge made some yummy looking Rosemary Red Potatoes:

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands did an amazing office makeover:

The Thrillz of Hillz made napkin rings from toilet paper tubes!  I couldn't resist featuring this project.  Beautiful photo, too:

Mel from The Crafty Scientist made a Rubik's cube out of paint chips!  Gotta love the 80s:

Creative in Chicago has a simple placemat tutorial:

Karilee from The Big Blue House did a renovation on her stairs.  We did a similar project, loads of work, but so worthwhile:

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Guest Post by Southern Lovely

Thanks so much to Lindsay from Southern Lovely for guest posting today.  Take it away, Lindsay:

Hello, I am so excited to be here today. I very much enjoy reading Handy Man, Crafty Woman; it's been one of my favorites for a while.

A little bit about me: I am Lindsay and I blog over at Southern Lovely. My blog has turned into my little break from reality. With three small children, keeping my house in order, preparing meals and *trying* to be a good wife, my crafting moments are sometimes hard to come by. It's usually 10 minutes here and there, and some late nights, but it truly is my creative outlet.
Having two little girls of my own, we can never have enough flowers & bows around here! Once I saw how to make these cute little satin flowers, I knew it was time to add more to our collection. 

Here's what you need to make them: satin, a glue gun, felt, embellishments, pins and/or alligator clips, and a lighter or candle.

I went ahead & bought satin in every color, because that's apparently how I do things around here.  I used 1/4 yard of each, to be exact. More variety, right?!  

Cut circles in all sizes; they don't have to be perfectly round. Carefully burn the edges so the satin curls up. And be careful NOT to burn your fingers, like I may have done. :) Stack them and place glue in between each layer. Place a strip of felt on the back so you can glue your pin or alligator clip to it. 

Add a cute embellishment in the center of the flower, and you're finished! 
Thanks again for letting me stop by! 

Feel free to check out some of my other tutorials sometime.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #30

Our Wicked Awesome Wednesday party has hit the big Three-Oh!  30! 

One hundred and nine projects linked up last week.  Here are some that caught my eye this week:

Kelli from The Turquoise Piano added a pretty chandelier to her daughter's room:

Megan from Miss Madison's Charmed Life made a tulle table:

Look at this little ribbon ramp made by Rachel at Loving Life:

Ashley at Domestic Imperfection put butcher block counters in her kitchen.  We are going to do this project...someday.  Until then, some inspiration photos.  Lots of work, but it's so nice!

The ladies at Modern Wivelyhood made this beautiful looking Disappearing Pork dish:

Mandy at The Project Queen made over a vintage table.  What a pretty display!

Nellene at Style Baggage repurposed an old barbecue into an herb garden. 

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Behind the Scenes Look at Our Wedding Day

Alternate Title: 
Proof That We Used to Be Skinny

I don't usually post on Tuesdays, but I thought it would be fun to show some photos of our wedding day, since today is our 14th anniversary. 

Now, these photos aren't the best, and here's why: the actual photos are great in person; but they live in a scrapbook I made.  I do have negatives, but...that's a lot of work and I'm feeling kinda lazy right now.  I did put the photos through Picnik so they'd look a little better. 

So, these are photos of photos.  If you want to see the real scrapbook, just ask next time you visit.  ;-)

After the ceremony.  This looks like your usual, "kiss the bride" photo, right?  Afterwards, I asked Rob why that kiss was so...weird.  He gave me this teeny, tiny, pursed-lips kiss that cracked me up.

He told me that just before the ceremony, the photographer warned him that when he kissed me, not to open his mouth even a teeny tiny bit, or it would look like he had "fish lips" in the photo.  He took her very seriously.  
The most chaste kiss you'll ever see outside of a Disney movie.

I love this one.  And no, he wasn't saying anything sweet and romantic.  I think he was telling me what he had for breakfast that day.
Those eggs I had this morning were great.

Another funny-lipped kiss.  I'd been warned by now, though. 
Can we eat now? I'm stahvin'!

Cake! Nom, nom, nom!

This next one cracks me up.  Our photographer was very careful not to get a pole, a tree, or anything bizarre sticking up out of the back of someone's head.  

But, she missed this one.  Oh yes, it's just a plant in the background.  But the leaves are making tiny little devil horns on the top of Handy Man's head.  Look closely, do you see that? Hee hee.
The cake was wicked yummy.

I don't really have a good explanation for this next photo.  She made Rob look at the camera, but had me stare off dreamily into the distance...

What can I say, it was the 90s... 
My face hurts from smiling.

This is a funny photo.  During the reception, we went outside for a few minutes to take some photos.  It had rained in the morning, and we were waiting for the grass to dry a bit. 

I wanted to put my train down.  It was held up by little, tiny buttons; and little, tiny threads that were very, very hard to unhook.  If you look closely, you can see my poor little Maid of Honor in between Rob's head and mine.  She struggled with it for a couple of minutes and finally said "I need help!" Rob to the rescue.  As usual. 

Is there anything that man can't fix?

This next one is interesting.  Of course, I had the usual everyone-stand-in-a-line, posed, formal photos.  But I also wanted the photographer to take some fun photos.  I saw a pose like this in a bridal magazine, and wanted to try it.   

Remember: 1997.

People have strong reactions to this photo.  Either they love it, or they hate it.  And the people who hate it love to tell me how much they hate itI had plenty of formal photos taken, I just wanted to try something fun.  So sue me!  I like it.  It really shows the lace detail on my dress, which is hard to see in some of the photos.

For fabric geeks, the dress material is peau de soie.  You pronounce it poh de swa.  Or, as we liked to call it, pooey de sooey.  I didn't know how to pronounce it, I just liked how it looked and felt.  I had the dress made, so I picked the material, the lace, etc, and designed it.  Yes I did!

Someone else sewed it.  Don't get any crazy ideas thinking I made it; I can't even sew on a button.  I'm crafty, but I'm not that crafty.

I know this next one is crooked, but I had to show the scrapbook caption:
Yes, I'm a smart aleck even in my scrapbooks.

Ah, weddings.  The only time in her life a girl can wear a veil and white gloves.

And pearls!  All at the same time!

This next one is a little blurry, but it's the typical "wave goodbye" photo.  A little cheesy, no?  Do they still do this at weddings?
Please.  Make it stop.
Yes, our "getaway car" was a pickup truck.  Very classy, huh?  In Rob's defense, it was pretty new at the time, and he gave it a good cleaning.  My car at the time was old and grody.  Believe me, this was the better choice.

A few more fun facts:
  • I had two Maids of Honor.  They were sisters.  The one mentioned above, Holly, was 17 at the time.  She was a senior in high school and had braces.  I like to call her my "Maidlet," since she was so young.
  • Holly and her hubby were also married on September 20th, in 2008.  So today is their  anniversary, too.  Happy Anniversary!
  • Holly's sister, Annie, was 23 at the time.  She was married in 2000, and she and her husband have two sweet little girls.  Annie had to leave the day after our wedding for a college semester abroad in England.  Now that's true Maidlet devotion! 
  • I was 25 at the time, and Rob had just turned 26. 
  • I was a Matron of Honor in both Holly and Annie's weddings.  Being called a Matron made me feel OLD. 
  • I was pregnant with Handy Boy at Annie's wedding, and the seamstress had to keep letting out my dress.  
  • What can I say? I like to eat.
If you want to read about Handy Man's true devotion to me, you can see the post I wrote last week about how he cleaned up a real yucky mess for me once.  Warning: There's talk of poo, and some swearing in that post.  

You can also read more about us on...our About Us page.

See you tomorrow for Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Red Vases

Handy Man and Handy Boy went to a yard sale recently, and bought these red glass vases.  For $3, Handy Man couldn't resist taking them home!

I know this isn't the best picture, but I wanted to show how I put them in my kitchen window.

It's hard to take photos of shiny things, but here are a few close ups.  I love this first one!

Yup, there are still some yard sales going on in our neck of the woods.  How about you, do you still see yard sales around this time of year?

Friday, September 16, 2011

Guest Post from DIY Home Staging

Barbara from DIY Home Staging Tips has a guest post for us today.  Take it away, Barbara...

Blogging is like talking. The topic of conversation at my blog is preparing a home to sell it. Since home sellers usually want to sell quickly, and for a price they like, my focus is on DIY home staging. 

Blogging gives me a chance to research, write, and fool around with just about everything that interests me – decorating, thrifting, DIY home improvement projects, sewing, gardening and painting. 

Blogging also gives me an excuse to connect with all kinds of interesting people – my readers, other bloggers, DIY folks, real estate agents, decorators, and home repair people. What more could I ask for? 

Handy Man, Crafty Woman is one of my favorite blogs. What I like about this site is that Laurie never wastes your time with nonessential chatter. She tells it like it is – just the fun stuff, the pretty stuff, and the helpful stuff.  I’m glad for the opportunity to be her guest today. Here are a few of what I think are my most helpful posts.

If you need advice about staging your home to sell, download my eBook, DIY Home Staging Tips to Sell Your Home Fast and For Top Dollar for only $5!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wicked Awesome Wednesday #29

Time for our 29th Wicked Awesome Wednesday party!  It's been an interesting week around here.  Handy Man is taking some vacation days, so our schedule has been different.   

One hundred and ten projects were linked up last week.  Wow!  Here are a few that I'd like to hilight:
SJ from Homemaker on a Dime made this wicked delicious looking lime slush:

Kim from A little bit of everything made over a little night stand she found for only $5!

Terri at A Creative Princess made the cutest back to school calendar:

Edible chocolate playdough?  Yes, please!  Margo at Joyful Homemaking has a recipe for you.

Sisters Sisters made a very simple, but pretty apron:

Michele from knot too shabby updated an old chair:

Redilocks from Swoon Worthy made over this dresser for DVD storage:

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