Fabulous Fall Crafts

Fabulous Fall Crafts

It is chilly and has been raining softly off and on all day today. There is a little fall flavor in the air and it has me dreaming up all sorts of fall crafts and recipes.

I’ve been surfing the web in between writing assignments for the other websites I write for trying to get my work finished so I can go into the kitchen and fire up the oven for a batch of zucchini muffins.

Here are some fun projects from my favorite craft bloggers that I thought I would share with you.





Fabulous Fall Crafts




Anniversary Road Trip – Pittsburgh

Duquesne Incline

We are stoopid busy this summer. Thank goodness! Both of our businesses have been hopping and we are so thankful. The downside of that is that we haven’t had time for a proper vacation this summer. So for our anniversary (#15) last month we decided to sneak away to Pittsburgh for an overnight get away.

Duquesne Incline

One of the things we wanted to see was the Duquesne Incline. We are both big history buffs and Warren loves anything mechanical.



This is a video of the Duquesne Incline as we were riding back up the hillside.




We put in another couple of dollars and took the self guided tour of the machinery inside the building. It was fascinating to watch all of the wheels, gears and pulleys.

Contemporary Craft - Pittsburgh

We also paid a visit to Contemporary Craft.


Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor

Two of the exhibits I absolutely flipped for were the ones by Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor and Keith Lo Bue.

The exhibits investigates the complexities of the urban experience. Through found materials, fiber and ceramics, each artist presents a mash-up of contemporary life by remixing familiar figurative imagery.



Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor

I loved that they displayed the artists’ sources.


Keith Lo Bue

The exhibit by Keith Lo Bue was called ” A question of taste”. The jewelry was amazing. Many of the pieces hung along the wall – as they tend to do – and a mirror was included so you could see the back of the pieces (Top right of this collage).


Keith Lo Bue

And here are Keith Lo Bue’s sources.

These exhibits are only there until August 22 so if you want to see them be sure to get over to Contemporary Craft.


Where did you go on your last road trip? What kinds of things are MUST SEE things when you visit a new town?




Bead Fest Philadelphia – Photos

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I’m not gonna lie, I was anxious about driving to Philadelphia and attending Bead Fest all by my lonesome but once I got past the first night and hit Bead Fest for class on Wednesday morning all my anxiety went away in a puff of smoke.

It is amazing what happens when you fall in with your tribe. You just feel like you BELONG. It feel as if just about everything you do, the essence of WHO you are is A-OK.

I have several photos I took as I was walking around the Bead Fest Expo Friday afternoon and for a few minutes on Saturday morning that I have put into a slide show to save your scrolling finger. If you have any questions be sure to leave them in the comments and I’ll answer the best I can.

That last shot of the ceramic beads is probably my favorite photo I’ve taken all year. The colors, the shapes and the words are fantastic!





Bead Fest Philly Haul – with Video

I’m home from Bead Fest and somewhat rested. It was my first time going and I had a great time. I learned TONS and got to meet up and chat with some of my creative tribe. It was just what I needed to get me back in my studio creating jewelry!

Above is a haul video I created showing you the things I got in classes and the other ones I purchased. Just in case you have one of those inquiring minds. (Does anyone know what I’m referring to there?)
Bead Fest Philly Haul - with Video


Here are the beads from Humblebeads that I shared. I just love them and can’t wait to make some jewelry.

Bead Fest Philly Haul - with Video


This druzy is something awesome. It’s hard to share just how pretty it is on camera but it’s gorgeous and it’s HUGE. I’m not sure if it will be a ring or a pendant at this point but it has to be worn.

Bead Fest Philly Haul - with Video


And here are all of the little Buddhist charms I picked up. The frog in the lower right corner isn’t a bead and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it but I liked him too much to leave him behind.

Tomorrow I will share a post with photos of some of the things I saw but didn’t come home with. So much PRETTY! So much inspiration.




DIY Breakfast Bar

Breakfast Bar

Earlier this year I saw a photo of a buffet a young couple turned into a DIY breakfast bar and I absolutely LOVED it and wanted one of my very own. The only problem is that I searched months and months for a buffet that looked similar and found NOTHING.

It wasn’t until one day when I actually decided to measure the ONE WALL that would hold such a gem that I realized that a standard buffet wouldn’t fit in my kitchen. Too long!

So I had to let my vision morph into something similar but not EXACTLY like what I had in mind.  And that is when I found the beat up beauty you see above.

Breakfast Bar

And when I say beat up, I mean beat up. This is the first project I actually used Bondo on to try and smooth out nasty veneer.

Breakfast Bar

I also had to strip the finish off because it had become kind of “gummy”. I don’t even know what was on it before but it was pretty gross.

Breakfast Bar

And then it got a fresh coat of chalk paint and just a touch of wax. I don’t use chalk paint or wax very often at all but I thought it would hide some of the scratches and dings I couldn’t fix.

And it did!

Breakfast Bar

The big glass knobs are from Cost Plus World Market.

And now I have to paint the kitchen because I took the shelves down that were there and got a bunch of big holes. *sigh* Never ending.

Breakfast Bar

I added to my already extensive collection of Fiesta ware and got the coffee canister and cream and sugar set.

Because I ALWAYS need more Fiesta!

We have used it a couple of months now and really like having all of the things we need for breakfast in one place.

The doors hold my biggest cooking pots and frying pans and the drawers hold placemats, napkins and a tablecloth or two.

There were times when I thought this piece was a total loss but I managed to pull it off, I think.

Have you ever bought a beat up piece of furniture and thought you would never be able to finish it?