Other Arts'n'Crafts
Or, Decorative Tendancies Run Amuck.

I like figuring out ways to fancy up stuff. (Too bad most stuff looks better plain–think about the beauty of an ax handle, or a shaker box, or a Mission Style dresser. But those of us without the gift for simplifying have to rely upon other methods for trying to beautify our surroundings.)

Below I give examples of two crafts I adapted, or developed, which allow me to give ephemeral gifts. As I get older and older and have more and more stuff (or junk) my appreciation for fleeting gifts, in which truly the thought counts most, grows.

file updated 18apr06, stollen link added 05may06, childcraft 9apr08

20150923

Index post for beaded_embroidery pages. 23sep2015

 
20150913

New index page for pysanky, with instructions

 
20100513

This index collects my food & recipe related links.

 
20140124

These embroidered stockings are—surprise—in the Embroidery section of the site, but as they are a holiday craft as well, I've posted them here, too. Enjoy. Initial post 11feb05, last updated 23jan2014 24jan2014

 
20081203

Many years ago I decorated this box with costume jewelry components, going for a rich, encrusted look . Originally posted 03dec08. 03dec2008

 
20081113

With this cocoa tin, I've started on collages, what we now call mixed media, . Originally posted 13nov08. 13nov2008

 
20080409

the f2 generation's forays into the (visual) arts. Directory created 9apr08; first 2 posts of works from 2005 & 2006. 09apr2008

 
20080401

Decorative macrame board, by Kathleen Robinson (with more silk flowers added by sylvus tarn). Originally posted 1apr08. 01apr2008

 
20070220

Collects the various giftwrap sub-indices (i.e. this page:) 20feb2007

 
20120501

My old pysanky index page was created in 2006, with a bit of background of how I began making edible easter eggs. 01may2012

 
20060115

Inexpensive tassels substitute for the more traditional `whole house' holiday decorations. Collects holiday craft indices. 15jan2006

 
20040522

Detailed, chapter-by-chapter review of Jean G. Kropper's superb Handmade Books and Cards. 22may2004