The Handmade Adventures of Captain Crafty crafts - tutorials - printables - coolness Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:46:03 +0000 en hourly 1 In Print! Mon, 10 Dec 2012 14:46:03 +0000 zoe Here is my Make Recycled Necklaces project in print!

I was contacted by Family Fun Magazine this summer – and low and behold here is my little project in the December issue of the magazine. I have a lot to learn about working with magazines and such…. next time I need to try to get credited in print!



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Hem Yer Pants! Mon, 12 Nov 2012 14:32:33 +0000 zoe The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind, today is the first day of mellow I have felt in months. The morning sun is filtering through the windows and everyone woke up happy and cheerful -!

I have been making lists and crossing things off — painting my stairs, fixing broken things, toy filtering (otherwise known as throwing crap away!) and.. hemming pants.

I simply hate hemming pants – yes, I do mean HATE.

Folks are always asking me to hem their pants, and I am always telling them I don’t even hem my own darn pants so I aint gonna hem yours!

This week I finally tried the new ” leave the original hem technique” and folks there has been a real happy dance going on over here.

I followed this tutorial but I bet there are loads out there.

Hemming is done!!!


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Simple Things Tue, 23 Oct 2012 13:04:11 +0000 zoe Sometimes it’s the simple things that go over big. I love that.

In the middle of a hike they found a rock to jump off…..over and and over again. I plopped down onto a bed of fallen leaves and took action shots.

Fall is hunting season here in New England – you must wear your neon in the woods!

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Make Hand Painted Tote Bags Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:02:26 +0000 zoe This quick project has big results! It would be the perfect craft project for a big girls birthday party.

Blank tote bags can be found very cheap at most major craft stores or HERE.

All you need is masking tape, acrylic craft paint, brushes and of course your blank bag.

Lay tape in stripes across the front of your bag. Laying tape at angles will add to your design.

With your hand smooth and press tape firmly onto fabric for best adhesion. Paint your stripes in the spaces between the masking tape alternating colors.

Try not to apply any more paint than necessary.

Allow to dry for a few minutes and then carefully peel off your masking tape,

Revealing your fabulous new Hand Painted Striped Tote Bag!

Now I know you are excited to fill your new fabulous bag with stuff but do make sure to allow the paint to fully dry before using it!!

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Fall Walk Sat, 13 Oct 2012 16:38:09 +0000 zoe One of the loveliest things to do in New England, take a walk down an old dirt road in the country.

The light filters through the leaves, the colors pop, everything feels kind of cozy. Half way home you start talking about the cozy wood fire back at the house and the warm coco you are going to make.

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Fall Craftyness Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:58:30 +0000 zoe I am a bit under the weather with a cold, out the window the leaves are popping red and orange. Here in the studio I am getting ready for craft fairs. Working out new patterns.

I always hope to make more than I possible can, my head is reeling with ideas. Alas there are only so many hours in a day and a girl with a cold must have a bit of rest (while stitching up little dolls like mad).

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Weekending with Boys Sun, 23 Sep 2012 01:33:08 +0000 zoe We are having one of those special cozy kind of week ends. We lit our first fire in the woodstove, mostly for the romance but it was the perfect nod to the first day of Fall. Cozy business having a crackling fire ablaze in the living room.

The boys snuggled up and I finished reading them Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl. Great book, simply great. But at the very end we found this –  I love the thought of authors imparting a special life message to kids at the end of a book.

Hum, sparky huh.

Next up – make your own pizza.

I make dough and cook up pizzas often but today I gave each boy his own dough and they made their own little pizza’s. It was so simple but they were floored by the whole thing. They kept complementing one another “Wow, Emmett you did such a good job on your  pizza”.

Next up a movie night, we watched and simply loved  The Black Stallion . I think I saw it as a child but I cant say enough about how beautiful and simple it is.

I guess it’s turning out to be a boy’s adventure story kind of weekend. Might have to throw some Pippy Long Stockings in there tomorrow to level the whole thing out!

Happy first day of Fall to all!






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School Picture Day! Fri, 21 Sep 2012 15:02:32 +0000 zoe Am I crazy, I stayed home from a weekend at the lake because I didnt want my boys to miss school picture day? Yup, crazy.

School pictures seem to turn out simply horrid. But, that is pretty much what makes them …AWESOME! I know without a doubt the fake smiles each of my boys will make. I know they will have a bit of dirt or food on their faces and that their hair will most likely stand on end.

Say it again, AWESOME. With a laser light background or… new this year, the planet earth background.

Around here the Mr. still has a bit of fun with my fifth grade class photo, he tapes it onto cutout fashion ads – hung on the fridge it pretty much cracks us up daily.

We could not miss school picture day!

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5 Minute Super Mom Fri, 21 Sep 2012 01:08:49 +0000 zoe

Do you have have any little tricks that make you feel like you accomplished a ton in a really short amount of time. You know the little things that made you feel all rock star with like zero effort? Dropping off 5 trash bags of clothes at the Salvation Army for instance makes me feel like doing a back flip and only takes a few minutes.

After a couple years of backlog I finally ordered REAL PRINTED photos!! As in tangible objects I can hold in my hands and flip through longingly perusing my children’s sticky fingered little moments. And man did it feel good! I felt like super mom looking through at all the 3.5 million photo’s.

Time spent, 15 minutes

Payback, HUGE - It felt like a truckload of love came to the freekin door.

Oh, and I actually rather like untraditional type photographs of families and children. Shots where you see more or less than the standard smiling show of perfection, maybe even just a mood. Sometimes I worry that with the ease of digital cameras we might loose the very pictures that in time would facinate us the most. The shot above was our last day of Summer swimming at the town beach, we thought all our friends would be there but instead it was pretty quiet, we kept talking about how it was a “good-bye to Summer day”. It really felt like the end of a great Summer.


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School & Flowers Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:11:09 +0000 zoe Fall has been getting off to a good start.

We harvested 20 plus pounds of potatoes from the garden, made a beach at the lake, swam till we could swim no more, and started “real school”.

The grown up folk did some major agonizing about what, where and when in the education department so hearing daily proclamations of “I LOVE my SCHOOL” and watching the littles skip to class through lush gardens with big ol’ smiles on their faces has been pretty epic. Cue Parents high fiving.

I have actually had a few days to work in my studio and started with a flurry of projects and hope to visit here with more gusto as my life hits some semblance of rhythm.

Ha! That is before everyone starts getting colds and the sprouts go and change their minds about the whole liking school thing!

In the mean time I am continuing with my latest house mission, I call it – DOWN WITH BROWN. That’s right brown, I have you in my sights and I am coming after you!

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