Crafty McCrafterson

  • Crafty McCrafterson,  Lifestyle

    Driver Survival Gift Basket

    I’m bringing back an older post because I love this one so much – this “driver survival” gift basket kit combines practical with thoughtful and always goes over well, particularly with new drivers! “What do you want for Christmas?” I inquired. “Uh, I dunno – sweatpants?” he responded. I was the third person who had received this response, too. sighs I’m sure everyone has THAT person. The one who is impossible to shop for. And sure, I could purchase another gift card but I can hear my dad grousing that “It’s better anyway because they can pick out what they want” is the lazy way out (because they could just…

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    Easy DIY Holiday Wreath

    I’m bringing back an old post because, like me, you might need to update your Christmas or holiday wreath this year! Christmas is probably my favorite time of year, and I go a little overboard. Our Christmas lights are hung on the house already. We put up two trees, and I’m sure there would be a third upstairs if I had any help whatsoever taking it all down.  I won’t even tell you how many bins of Christmas decorations are cluttering up my garage, or that I will probably have to add another one this year. My mom even found a vintage sled and ice skates to decorate my front doorway…

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    DIY: Easy Christmas Countdown Chain

    Kids love to count down the days until Christmas! There are many ways to do it, too. Perhaps you have an advent calendar (for which I JUST bought goodies to fill ours – a few hours after it should have been opened, but hey, no judgment, right?).  I needed something the kids can keep up with – one that reflects the passage of time and got the kids excited to see the days getting closer – and one that they would do themselves because I have enough on my plate –  so I made a Christmas countdown chain, and it is so easy, it’s almost ridiculous. Each evening, your kids tear one…

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    Crafty McCrafterson,  Lifestyle,  Random Shit

    Gift Ideas for your Traveling Guy

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertisers. Product was provided for client review; however all opinions are mine alone. #WorldsSmartestToothbrush #PhilipsSonicare #OprahsFavoriteThings #CollectiveBias If your husband is like mine, he is notoriously difficult to buy for. I think his favorite gift I’ve ever got for him is when I paid for the annual fee on his Platinum American Express card! Because he travels so often, he doesn’t want a bunch of junk weighing him down. My guy is a bit of a minimalist: he isn’t one for the latest trends, and while he appreciates great technology, he is not a tech geek (like me). He…

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    How To: Refresh Your Patio Chairs with Spray Paint

    Late fall here is my favorite time to take my refresh and repaint projects outside or in the garage with the door open. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold, and perfect for letting paint set properly. The weather tends to be more dependable than in the spring when we’re getting a lot of rain and humidity, and the pollen and dust generally aren’t as bad. I recently bought some lovely new patio furniture in myrtle beach so I decided that my old outdoor chairs needed a revamp too. If you are like me, you are loath to replace something with life in it just because it’s looking…

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    (Practically) Crafty: An Easy Summer Flip-Flop Wreath

    I should start a series called (practically) crafty because I have a million ideas and minimal execution – but I like to think that when I do make time to craft, I do it right.  That said, my front door has been barren and sad-looking, complimented by the growing cracks that are developing, thanks to blistering Dallas heat on a inappropriately dark shade of stain for a west-facing door. This poor door was crying “make me pretty”. But I was feeling, well, thrifty. And then at the craft store I spotted flip-flops, and a plan came together. This time I didn’t want to spend a lot of money (famous last…