Leg lamp pillow from ‘A Christmas Story’

Leg lamp pillow from the moive "A Christmas Story."I spotted this craft creation yesterday over at a little gray where they made a leg lamp pillow based on the movie A Christmas Story.

First, I was excited to see that someone had made a craft involving the famous leg lamp from A Christmas Story.

Second, I was a little disappointed by it. It is probably just me, but I felt like a few things could have gone better on this.

To start with, I am not sure why they used black ball fringe for the lamp and to surround the pillow. The movie fan in me wanted to shout, “Hey, that’s not right!”

I understand taking a liberty with creativity, and I support that. I just also support representing an iconic item such as the leg lamp with a little more accuracy.

If you want to be closer to the movie version, I would recommend using black chainette fringe.

Also, the leg looked a little, well … stumpy to me.

The good news is that the templates are free to download. And if you are any good at hand drawing or photo editing programs, you can fix this issue by elongating the leg before it meets the shoe.

Again, these issues could just be my point of view. If you love it the way it is, I say go for it!

Happy – “It’s a major award!” – Crafting!


Chocolate-covered strawberry Christmas tree lights

Chocolate covered strawberry Christmas tree lights on serving platter.

I found this lovely Christmas treat idea over at Chica and Jo.

They show you how to make chocolate-covered strawberry Christmas tree lights for the holidays.

What you will need:

  • Whole strawberries
  • mini marshmallows
  • candy melts in various colors (green, red, blue, orange, etc.)
  • wax paper
  • piping bag with round tip

I love Christmas tree lights (as you can see, I added some to the Craft Away! header for the holiday season) and I love strawberries. So I am thinking this looks like a great project to try!

Happy Crafting!

DIY mint serving tray

Hello again, Crafters!

I hope that everyone had a fun and safe Thanksgiving week. But now it is time to get back to some craft ideas!

DIY mint serving tray displayI found this mint serving tray idea over at Tutto Bella Blog, and thought it was a unique project.

Essentially, you melt mints together to form a serving tray.

It is cheap, not very time consuming, and you get a really beautiful serving tray to use for the holidays.

However, you will have to be careful with it. Since all it is is reformed candy, it has the possibility of breaking easily if too much force is applied to it.

I did see one reader’s comment suggesting that when you are finished using the tray, break it up and put it in a bowl to snack on later.

Happy Holiday Crafting!

Reader appreciation

Hello there, Crafters!

I just wanted to take a moment to make a reader appreciation post.

I truly appreciate all of the site views, post likes, comments, and followers this blog has received so far because of you!

And just to shake things up a little bit and be silly, I looked for a “craft song” to post for you.

Well, I found one. It is a little odd, but I found myself laughing, and hopefully you will too!

Once again, thank YOU for being a part of this blog!


Gilded pumpkins with brass tacks

Guilded-Brass-Thumbtack-Covered-PumpkinsI found this idea at Madigan Made and thought it would make some great fall decor.

Maybe it is just because I like shiny things, but I thought these foam pumpkins decorated with brass thumbtacks look amazing.

I love the idea and wish I had the patience (and time) to make these.

Also, this project as a whole should be fairly cheap. All you need are the pumpkins, brass thumbtacks, and gold paint if you wish to cover the pumpkin with it beforehand.

Happy Crafting!

Thanksgiving burlap and corn husk table runner

Thanksgiving-burlap-and-corn-husk-table-runnerThanksgiving is coming soon (or just the fall season for those who do not celebrate the holiday) and I wanted to share a table runner idea that I found at Amanda’s Parties TO GO.

I do not think that I have ever seen one quite like this before, but I like the idea of using burlap and corn husks to make a decorative table runner.

This is a sewing project, but they also give alternative directions for those who do not wish to sew. Although I personally think that the finished product would look better sewn.

Happy Crafting!