Archive for August, 2009

Mail Me A Letter

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

My mom and I used to pass each other notes – unexpected hellos to offer a little lift in the day. On a simple folded piece of paper, tucked away in a sack lunch or nestled between the pillows of a freshly made bed, held a written reminder that someone was thinking about me. Winter […]

DIY: Skinny Marinky ShrinkyDinks

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

If you grew up in the 80s, you’ve sat, poised in front of your oven, witnessing in amazement, the mystery of ShrinkyDinks. I did. I still do. Though I’ve graduated from coloring in pre-printed Shrinky Dink paper emblazoned with Disney characters, I’m still completely hooked. In fact, I spent an entire semester of college studying […]

DIY: Hand Carved Custom Stamps

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Atop the chopping block kitchen counter tops of my childhood home, I remember cutting large graphic patterns into the raw meat of halved potatoes. These block prints, though lacking in shelf life, printed beautiful bold designs. Continue this rooted tradition (yeah, TLC is full of this kind of charming wit) in its more permanent and […]

Of Course Not Honey, We Can Make It

Monday, August 10th, 2009

There’s a child in front of me in line and she’s tugging at her father’s pant leg, looking up with that helpless, hapless stare that can mean only one thing, “If you don’t buy this for me, I’ll die.” (Just ask the parents of Shel Silverstein’s Little Abigail.) As she sinks to the floor, I’m […]

Find Your Inspiration

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

How do you uncover your handmade craft ideas? For me, I need inspiration – and finding it is an experience in itself. Early on, I satiated this need searching our basement for discarded treasures and stories to be transformed into hand made crafts. Lying between mountains of laundry, outgrown clothes and an old Morris Minor […]

The Door’s Open, Would You Like To Come In?

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

The Lead Chandelier is pleased to open our doors to the online world with a blog dedicated to providing our readers with contemporary hand made crafts that keep creativity high and budgets low. We’re also eager to embrace the growing eco-friendly culture by offering crafts projects and ideas for green crafts that focus on using […]

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