Cam-o’-lanterns

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Cam-o-lanterns

How did we come up with this crazy idea? Well…when I took Alberto home to Arkansas for the first time, it was hunting season and everyone was wearing camouflage — even my sisters (although theirs was pink camo!) That was also the time my dad taught Alberto to shoot a rifle. He was terrified and ever since that time, Alberto has always been unnerved around people in camo.

Fast forward eight years later and we find ourselves walking around the fabric store looking for Halloween ideas. We didn’t like any of the seasonal fabrics they had, but on the way out we came across some remnant camo. It made Alberto squirm and that’s when I had the idea of making them into scary Cam-o’-laterns! If nothing else, it will make him cringe every time he sees them at home. PERFECT! Read more →

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Spicy Avocado Margarita

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We’re starting to put together our Halloween crafts this weekend and one of the things we considered doing was making gourds out of avocado skins. Guess what? It didn’t work…AT ALL. What worked was a new margarita recipe we’ve been wanting to put together for a while — a spicy avocado margarita! If it sounds and looks weird, don’t worry because it’s delicious. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Wooden Crate Shelf

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The summer is officially over and since our move from New Jersey a few months ago,  we find ourselves still working on our new apartment in the DC area. We’ve settled in for the most part, but I never realized how much stuff we have accumulated over the years…books, clothes, appliances, furniture, and an incredible amount of picture frames. Moving from a house to an apartment, storage has become a huge issue. Decorating our new smaller space is a challenge and trying to find an affordable organizing unit that we like can be quite a task.

Looking through many of our favorite craft and DIY blogs, I saw great ideas using leftover wooden crates. Since we seem to collect a lot of books (and I mean stacks and stacks of books), why not make a book shelf to hang on the wall? The project looked easy, so it seemed like the perfect project for this weekend. Alberto wasn’t completely sold on the crate idea because we are starting to go for more simple and clean lines in our furnishings. The crate was a little on the rustic side, but I convinced him that I could make it look very modern by making the shelves look like they’re floating. (Famous last words. Never kid a kidder…) Read more →

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Bourbon Gingerade

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We’re spending the weekend in Washington, DC and it’s been an amazing time. It’s not just a gorgeous city, but it’s also very walkable and there are tons to experience.  After spending a few hours walking around, we were ready for a refreshing drink and came up with this very delicious cocktail. It’s our version of a bourbon Mojito, I guess, but we actually like this one better! Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Teaspoon Shower Curtain Hangers

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We had some down time this weekend to do some late Spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is always a little nostalgic for us because I remember all of the things that we’ve done together. This weekend was no exception. As we were going through the closets and old boxes, we found some old teaspoons that we used when we were living in our apartment in Manhattan. (I’m not sure how they traveled with us all of this time, but I guess we need to go through our boxes more carefully the next time that we move!) Read more →

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Blueberry Gin and Tonic

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We’ve been spending most of the weekend cleaning the house and fixing things that needed our attention now that Spring is here. With so many things to do we didn’t have time to come up with a new drink. Instead, we just gave an old favorite a twist. We made a Blueberry Gin and Tonic using just a dash of tart blueberry juice. It turned out to be just the right cocktail for the busy weekend! Here is the recipe: Read more →

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Pisco Sour

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I’ve been on a Pisco kick lately. Remember the Pisco sangria we made last week? Well after seeing it, many of our friends clamored for a Pisco Sour recipe. The Pisco Sour is the most famous drink you’ve never heard of. It’s amazingly good. It’s a classic, right up there with the Martini, Margarita and Manhattan. And if you’re making Pisco Sours, you might as well make some Ceviche. We made two kinds this afternoon, scallop and halibut. It’s the perfect Peruvian afternoon, except that we’re in New Jersey. Here’s the recipe: Read more →

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Magnetic Chalkboard Door

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Like many families, our fridge has become the main pin board of the house. We keep family pictures, greeting cards, business cards, calendars, reminder notes, and tons of other random items on it. It’s been great to have everything in a central place because it’s so easily accessible. However, it’s also very messy and cluttered. So finally last weekend we decided to organize all that stuff into a new area…a door adjacent to the kitchen. We primed the door with magnetic paint (to still pin and not damage the wood) and then painted it over with chalkboard so that we could write our notes right on the door instead of having scraps of paper everywhere. It was a great idea, and so simple! Read more →

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Peruvian Pisco Sangria

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For a while now, we’ve been hoping to make a cocktail featuring Peruvian Pisco. Not many people in the U.S. know about this brandy made from grapes grown in the Pisco region of Peru. That’s all about to change. It’s now available in most large stores and it’s really delicious. Pisco is perfect for sours (the Pisco Sour is the Peruvian national cocktail) and sangrias. We’re making one of the latter ones this weekend, and it turned out to be amazing and simple. Here’s the recipe… Read more →

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Our Crafty Home Nominated for DIY Blog Award!

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We have very exciting news! Our Crafty Home has been nominated for The Homies, Apartment Therapy‘s DIY Blog awards! The list of competitors is impressive but we’re asking everyone to take a couple of minutes and vote for us, and all the other DIY blogs you know and are nominated.

Here’s a link to the voting page. Please vote soon! The deadline is Friday, March 2nd at 11:59PM!

Thank you!

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