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Cats, Crappy Homemade Gifts™, Merry Thriftmas


I’m a big proponent of working with what you have. Did you buy a house with 1970s Harvest Gold appliances? I recommend a nice, autumnal paint palette. Sure, you could paint your appliances white and attempt to achieve the cottage chic kitchen of your dreams – but it’s going to be a huge pain in the butt and it’s probably going to look like crap. Painting furniture, in fact, is something that I’ve given up on altogether. Appliances can just screw right off.

In formulating my Thriftmas plans, I’m trying to apply the same philosophy. Anyone who has ever crafted knows how quickly the price of an item can skyrocket once you start buying equipment and materials. I can’t be doing that, especially this year.

The question I’ve been asking myself is – what do I have a lot of?

Right now the answer to that question is broken glass (there was a storm – it was a whole big thing). So, I guess I could make… Sand? Probably be murder on the food processor. Stained glass? Except I don’t have the equipment or skill. Mosaics? Maybe. I’ve got some jewelry-fu, so if I could get it into reasonably sized pieces there’s some potential there.

Here are the ideas I’m currently contemplating:

  • Etched glass pendant, something along the lines of this
  • Glass painting – final form to be determined
  • Making a clear glass mosaic over a thrift store print

I’m open to other ideas.

As an aside, Harvest Gold is back! I could not be more pleased.

I snapped up a very retro glass and tile cutter pliers at an estate sale this afternoon in preparation. It was a dollar.

I also snagged another cheap bulletin board at the shiny new Goodwill by my office. It can be difficult, however, to craft with cats around the house.



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