10 Crafted Coffee Sleeves

Posted by on Dec 7, 2017 in Craft | 0 comments

A Zarf I learned the word zarf when I was writing about a coffee travel kit with a list of accessories that included “Two Felt Zarfs.” Looking it up, I found out it’s another word for something that goes around a coffee cup to keep you from burning your hands on it. Like a scarf for your coffee. They definitely could have said “coffee sleeve” or “cozy” instead. But zarf is kind of a cool word. Originally, it was a fancy metal thing used with glass tumblers. Now it’s a cardboard ring around...

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How to Get a Melted Candle Out of a Jar

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Craft | 0 comments

How to Get a Melted Candle Out of a Jar

I love the look of candles in glass jars – until they’re all melted and stuck to the sides. I’d read a tip about freezing them to make the melted candle stub easier to remove, but that only works some of the time. Phillip came up with an ingenious improvement: give the candle a handle! Here’s what to do to unstick melted candles from jars and other glass containers: Pour some water into the jar on top of the candle stub. Partly submerge an S-hook or something else sturdy enough to use as a handle.* Freeze. Once frozen,...

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Autumn and Indigo: A Color Story

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017 in Craft | 10 comments

Autumn and Indigo: A Color Story

We tend to think of fall colors in the family of rusts and browns, pumpkins and mustards. But you can also reach across the color wheel and pull in some cooler hues. Shades of indigo and slate are a perfect match for warm harvest tones, complementing them beautifully without taking away their autumn feeling. So here is some fall color palette inspiration – with a few projects and recipes along the way. 1. Roasted Carrot Salad via Brooklyn Supper. 2. Easy to Breathe plates via Jungalow. 3. Cheery vintage design for when all the leaves...

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DIY Pumpkins and Pie!

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Craft | 0 comments

DIY Pumpkins and Pie!

Here are 11 pumpkin-pie-inspired ideas you can bake or make! Eat+Drink Pumpkin Pie – First, a classic. You can make pumpkin puree for pies and other recipes from a sugar pumpkin or even a regular carving pumpkin. (Really! I did it!)   Holiday Spice Mix – Blend these ingredients for a versatile, cinnamony spice you can use as pumpkin pie spice or sprinkle into hot chocolate.   Spiced Pumpkin Pie Martini – A pumpkin pie garnish on your cocktail?! Why not? After all, it is the holidays.   Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread...

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Tucson Music Hall

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 0 comments

Tucson Music Hall

“There are still like 15 spots left.” We were a few cars back in a long line for a parking lot that attendants were debating whether to declare full. Fortunately, we made it in before they closed the lot. When Caitie from Arizona Opera had warned me to get there early, I thought maybe she was joking about my tardy arrival to the lunch hour concert. Turns out, Tucson Convention Center parking is no joke. Even though the world premiere of the Riders of the Purple Sage opera was a big event, it wasn’t the only thing backing...

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DIY Día de los Muertos

Posted by on Oct 13, 2017 in Craft | 0 comments

DIY Día de los Muertos

Decorating sugar skulls at CraftHack this time last year prompted me to learn more about Día de los Muertos and the handmade elements of this tradition. “Day of the Dead, or Día de los muertos, is a time for commemorating the dead, celebrating with family— both living and dead—and appreciating the cycle of life and death.” – National Museum of the American Indian When you lose someone you love, they don’t stop being part of your life. They remain in your heart and your memories. There’s something beautiful...

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The Southwest’s Indigenous Food and Films

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 2 comments

I don’t think I’ve shared this video of a cooking demonstration from Agave Heritage Festival in Tucson here yet. It seemed fitting to post this on Indigenous People’s Day (which I’m glad is gaining traction over Columbus Day!), since the recipe includes several local ingredients originally used by the Native American tribes in this area. Also, unrelated to the video, we went to an IPD screening of two documentaries by Diné (Navajo) filmmakers at the Heard Museum yesterday. Both films were really great! You may...

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Crafts You Carry

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in Craft | 6 comments

Crafts You Carry

Anytime you see me, there’s a good chance I have my watercolor kit with me. It’s also not unusual to have a roll or two of washi tape in my bag and/or a few ultra fine tip Sharpies. Maybe a partly finished scrapbook. You never know when you might need to craft on a moment’s notice! My friend Anne always has knitting with her. It has its own little bag. If she has to wait for someone or is in a conference session, she’s working on a scarf or a sweater or hat. Unlike my watercolors, she can knit without looking at her...

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Book Page Garland for a Graduation Party

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Craft | 0 comments

Book Page Garland for a Graduation Party

Phillip finished grad school, after seven years of working full time and taking classes part-time. So we needed to have a party. We ended up reserving space in a restaurant near where the commencement ceremony was, so friends and family could just go there directly afterward. I wanted to add some festive touches but knew I’d have little to no time to decorate before people got there. (It turned out to be the latter.) I kept it super simple with a few school-themed items that I could set up in a flash – all using things I had on...

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Solstice Cookies and Solar Cooking

Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Craft | 2 comments

The forecast high in Phoenix for the longest day of the year was 120F (49C). So it seemed like a great day to try baking outside. On the way home from the summer solstice celebration at Burton Barr Library last Tuesday, we picked up chocolate chip cookie dough. I chose that for my solar cooking experiment, because there’s no raw egg in it, and if it doesn’t cook all the way, you end up with doughy cookies – not a bad thing, in my opinion! I scooped spoonfuls of cookie dough into a reflective aluminum roasting pan, covered...

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