Monday, September 27, 2010

halloween craft-tacular

you can make this a hanging lantern simply by bringing some wire

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


This weeks craft :
Jessica's house @ 8pm Friday night!!

Okay ladies, so after much deliberation I have decided that I would like to make headbands at this weeks craft night!! I was out at San Marcos today @ the Icing and saw THE CUTEST feather headband and I yet again being cheap refused to pay 14 bucks for it! So although, I know we are all eager to start fall crafts I think that I'll leave that up to KT's craft next week! I really want to make some beautiful headbands to wear once school starts!

There are a TON of pictures on google of beautiful ones such as the one listed here!!

Supplies needed:
  • Headbands (walgreens has plan ones 2 packs of 3 for $6.00)
  • Feathers/buttons/anything else you'd like to put on there!!! Hob Lob has some really cute feathers. Plus if we all bring some i'm sure we'll have some to share , therefore allowing us each to make others without having a billion feathers left over!
  • Hot glue (as usual ladies please bring your guns)
  • Felt to match the color of your headband (guessing mostly black or white) for each headband you will need 1/2 a sheet of if you plan on making more than 2 headbands get numerous pieces of felt. The other option is felt on the bottom/paper (posterboard) on top...we'll have to play with it to see how it works..but I'm thinking 2 felt pieces will be the best.
  • beautiful smiles & attitudes!!
I have a back up idea too so if you really hate this as a craft (which i don't lol) then let me know b.c i also would like to make journals at some point!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Instructions for This Week's Craft

Crock pot candles!!!! I've wanted to try this for a long time, so I'm hoping it goes well.

Two tutorials on this projects are located at Apartment Therapy and Jen from the Block.

Necessary materials:
  • A glass or ceramic container; smaller is better
  • Wax, soy or regular is fine. I'll have some extra but if you want more than one candle, or you want a certain color, bring your own
  • A crock pot, I know ALL of you have one, so bring it!!
  • Candle wicks will be supplied by moi
  • Bring any dye or fragrances that please you

I'm not opposed to using a double boiler for this project, but I sort of assumed nobody would have one, and I wasn't about to buy one. If you've got one, though, feel free to bring it!

This week craft night has a special guest: Alexis Kubiak!! I guess she's sort of subbing for Rana, who is on another vacation! Can't wait to her back with us next week. :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

July Calendar

July 1st @ 8:00 - Mosaic Mirrors (or whatever) @ Jessica's. I will be supplying the grout , tile adhesive, and some colored glass. You will need to bring whatever it is that you will be mosaic"ing" :) . Also please bring some form of glass/ tiles to contribute. Anything will work, hobby lobby sells pre cut glass chunks for I believe 4.00 or so for like 16 little squares but to add DAMES uniqueness to the project I think old plates/ tiles/ glasses to be shattered on my porch with a hammer is much more appropriate.

Week through the 18th: Not observed, so bummed about this :(

Week through the 25th: DIY Trays @ Tyler's. Materials and instructions have already been posted.

July 29 @ 8:00 - Crockpot Candles in Teacups (or whatever small glass or ceramic vessel). Need extra crockpots, so bring 'em if you have 'em. Don't worry, we won't actually melt the wax directly in the pot, but inside the candle containers in the pot. You'll see!

Let's get the August calendar going!! The order is now Adriana, Jess, Tyler and Katie for that month. Pick your crafts now!  My craft will be either 3 tiered serving trays or knitting simple, thick cable scarves in honor of the upcoming fall months.

Crafty Roundup: Mason Jar Ideas

Just some things I picked up around the web. Instead of recycling, why not re-purpose? Any more ideas, ladies? Next post: wine bottles!

Mason Jar Organizers from Ohdeedoh and Martha Stewart

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser from Apartment Therapy

Cluster of Mason Jars Hanging Lamp from Design*Sponge

Single Outdoor Mason Jar Lantern from Apartment Therapy

Mason Jar Table Lanterns from Martha Stewart Weddings

Instructions for This Week's Craft

Poor Abandoned Blog!! It's been two weeks since we last updated this thing! Very sad. Even though it seems like everyone's a bit too distracted by summer to stick to the craft night schedule, I have a lot of hope that we'll get things back on track soon. In that spirit, I present y'all with the tray instructions; this craft is meant to be enjoyed at Ty Ty's lovely home, so I'll let her decide what day and time. Happy crafting!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

These are a few of my fav-or-ite siteeeees

These are the blogs and websites I visit every week to look for material and inspiration for my interwebs articles. I figured I'd post these here for y'all for future craft night inspiration. Happy crafting, lovelies!

Casa Sugar
Make Magazine
Craft Magazine
This Old House
Bob Vila
Thread Banger
Martha Stewart
Design Sponge
Ready Made
Apartment Therapy 
Home and Garden Television
Better Homes and Gardens
House Beautiful
Country Living

Sunday, July 4, 2010

This week's craft

Instructions for this week's craft: Mosaic Mirror Frame
Items needed:
Plates or tiles of various colors that you would like to use
Hot glue and gun
Apoxy glue (provided)
Flat surface to mosaic on - picture frame or current mirror
Mirror (hobby lobby) to fit your frame
Grout (provided).. I will be providing white grout..if you'd like any other color please let me know or bring it!! :)
Hammer (provided)
Pillow Case (provided)
A Good Time (PROVIDED)

I have found basic instructions on this weeks craft on various DIY websites but it's going to be up to ya'll to decided to what it is that you want to actually mosaic and colors to use. I just figured out the basic technique. I am planning on having ben cut me a basic frame out of some MDF at work and i will just tile on that and place a mirror behind it. (that is the goal..however, it may change). Feel free to bring any picture frames or various surfaces you'd like to tile. I have seen globes, frames, table tops, anything really! The fun will be in smashing the glass. Hob Lob sells precut tile squares but I think it will be more interesting to smash up some beautiful plates and colored glass. So save the bottles and pick the trash to find any glass with beautiful colors and/or designs. The instructions i found said that you can use hotglue to adhere the glass however, I think that if the glass is transparent then you'll be able to see the glue globs , that is why i will be getting apoxy glue, which dries clear as well. Please bring glue guns and glue!!! I think this will be a great craft to go glam!!! and get creative with the glitz!!! Another idea i had was to mix glitter in with the grout!! The possibilities are endless!!!!

Friday Night @ 8 - Jessica's House....

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Instructions for This Week's Craft: Mini-Art Switchplates, Coasters, and Make Up or Freestyle Crafting

Hello precious babies! We DAMES need a week of rest after some particularly difficult, albeit rewarding, crafts. This week we are tackling some simple projects which are ideal for showcasing well-loved images and personal artwork. I am planning on sketching up a storm tonight and spending some colored pencil quality time in preparation for some truly one of a kind switchplates, outlet covers and tile coasters. Since these are short crafts which mostly require strategic gluing, the rest of craft night is a "free night," a theme we DAMES are considering regularly incorporating. If you've missed a night, here's your chance to catch up on crafts you wanted to do but missed out on. Past craft nights included: lightboxes, fondant, prayer candles, flower broaches and hair clips and wreaths (that one was mine, because I'm a total old lady and love me some wreaths). Did I miss anything???

Switchplate Instructions (other instructions after the jump)

Friday, June 25, 2010

Variations on Tonight's Theme

Scrambling for your materials at the last minute, as always? ;) Consider this variation on tonight's project: the Flatware Chandelier. Perfect for a dining area! I found one of these at Apartment Therapy, with a link to a tutorial here, and the other at Anthropologie, with a $4800 price tag! WTF, I would only need to make like 10 a year! Anyway, chew on these, precious babies.

I found another couple!! These two are courtesy of Napa Style, and are particularly lovely.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fantasy Craft: Repurpose a Chair Into an Outdoor Swing

I really love this project, and it could be completed for under $20, especially if you find the chair on Freecycle and it doesn't need too much weatherproofing.

I found this project originally at Apartment Therapy, but the tutorial is at Peppertowne.

The Big Ass Book of Crafts

We here at DAMES are currently working our way through Mark Montano's amazing craft resource "The Big-Ass Book of Crafts." We will post photos of our projects while in progress and once completed, and we will add our own project modifications, tips and an overall review of the project.

We're also really interested in "The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor," but that's a project book for next year. :D Those and a couple of extra craft books listed below.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fantasy Craft

How cool is this? I want to build something like this NOW, but it'll have to go to the bottom of a long list of far more pressing projects. Thoughts, ladies?

Martha's Hidden Home Office

This is a project in a broader series featured on the Martha Stewart website called DIY Furniture. Other great ideas in the series include a vintage door headboard, a hanging shelf, and a DIY vanity.

Instructions for Tonight's Craft

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Random Craft Post: DIY Dinosaur Lamps

An eHow article I wrote on custom lamps. Don't like dinosaurs? Any hollow object will suffice.

DIY Dinosaur Lamps

Craft Night Calendar - June

June 11, 2010: Aluminum Wall Sconces; Tyler's place at 8 p.m. Materials needed: sturdy, thick work gloves, tin snips, 3-feet of aluminum flashing, a 5x7-inch piece of glass, a tea light candle, and decorating materials as desired. Bring extra if you want to make a matching pair of sconces.

June 18, 2010: Silverware Lamps or Chandeliers; Rana's place at 8 p.m. Materials needed: 20 s-hooks, drill with appropriate bit, strong glue, lamp ring, lamp base with harp, 25 watt bulb, 20 forks, and 20 spoons. Tyler suggests hitting up thrift stores for vintage tableware and cheap, de-constructable lamps; you will also find plenty of cheap silverware at the Dollar Tree, 3/$1.00 if I remember correctly.

June 25, 2010: Custom Coasters and Fixed-Up Switchplates; Katie's place at 8 p.m. Boring switchplates and outlet covers are boring. Plus, I need coasters. Whichever project you want to do, bring those materials. Switchplates/outlet cover materials: Switchplates or outlet covers, spray adhesive, nifty images. Coasters: Plain Jane 4x4 tiles, spray adhesive, images, felt. Both of these projects are great opportunities to use SPRAY PAINT!! Probably forgetting something, so check back for updates. Since these are short crafts, this is a free-craft night, meaning bring make-up crafts or other projects to work on after the initial project is complete.

Craft on, little precious babies. July calendar forthcoming, spots available for Jessica, Meredith and Jen as they submit their craft ideas.

Intro Post

D.A.M.E.S. is a San Antonio-based craft society made up of some pretty awesome broads as well as the occasional dude (usually one of boyfriends/husbands). We hold craft nights once weekly, and each craft night is hosted by a different group member. Interested in membership? Email us for a detailed, several pages long application and description of initiation rituals.