The Bicycle – Part 1

My dad made me cry in front of everyone at Christmas.

I don’t think it was his intention….but he gave me a gift that just about tore my heart out.

A few years back, a friend gave me a bike he found on the side of the road…..well that’s what he told me anyway. The shape of it was really slick and I saw potential. My dad loves projects like this, so he came over one day and helped me tear it apart.

This guy right here.

And in this place it sat for nearly two years. Just waiting. I took the main pieces down to my buddy and tattoo artist, Kirk, who was going to paint them up and do some wicked pinstriping for me. Kirk passed away early in 2011 and I really hadn’t been able to make myself go down to his garage and dig around for them.

My dad went and found them.

Part 2 coming soon….

Sweeticles.

My high school students named these Sweeticles. I tend to call them Chocolate Pretzel Buttons, but the former does have a certain ring to it.

Finding these circular pretzels will probably be the biggest obstacle. I find them at the Amish Bulk Food store. Lay down some parchment paper to make life easier later.

Unwrapping these will be the second biggest obstacle. After that it gets really easy, I swear. I tend to steer clear of milk chocolate kisses….they don’t seem to melt the same way as hugs and dark chocolate.

Place your kisses on top of the rings. 225° for maybe six minutes.

Push your M&M (I prefer M side down) into the kiss. It will spread out into the pretzel ring.


People will swoon.

Punkin Carvin

This was our second punkin carving get together at my little sister’s house. We made sooo much food for not very many people. But fun nonetheless!

Our workspace.

My brother-in-law got this mug when he was backpacking through Europe. Best choice of hot chocolate vessel I can think of.

We tried bobbing for apples this year. Too bad we filled the bucket and then left it out in the 40 degree backyard. Brrrrrrrr….

My sis was a champ!

The man’s Game of Thrones inspired punkin.

And of course, my Pete punkin.

I love Halloween.

Mini LP Tutorial

I am so in love with these digital vinyl blank cds.

And I was putting together a couple of mixes for a friend, so I decided to go all out Mini LP.

I tore apart an old LP sleeve and cover to see how they were constructed. DON’T WORRY. It’s from my stash of unusable vinyl (AKA scratched, moldy, bent, my seventh copy of Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass) that I use for crafty fun.

The Materials:
-tracing paper
-cardstock
-pencil
-scissors
-paper trimmer
-glue
-an amazing mix
-some creativity in decorating

The measurements have been lost in the sauce. But I just used the cd as a guide and made the tracing paper about 1/4″ larger all around so it would slide in nicely.

There’s probably a nicer way to do this. Double-sided tape, perhaps? I was in the moment. Forgive me.

Snug as a bug!

On to the cover!

And there she is!

I used the colors of the cd’s as my inspiration, but go CA-RAZY.

If you ever want to swap mixes, let me know. I live for music.

The World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock*

*or so they say.

There once was a clock. The World’s Largest Cuckoo Clock (which doesn’t seem to be true, but oh well. It’s still really big). It was built in 1972 in Wilmot at the Alpine Alpa Restaurant. A millionaire in Sugarcreek bought it up and we are preparing to put it downtown. It sat alone for a long time. And it really showed. My Art Club kids were asked to restore the figures. After coming up with names and back stories for all of the band members, we got down to business.

This was taken with Holga, but it best shows the wear and tear.

Lookin snazzy!

In it’s previous state….can’t wait to see it in action again.

Record Store Day

What did you do for RSD? I scored this uhmazin 7″ from a 1978 Akron band and a couple other great finds. I also tried to get a design together for the Poster Design Contest on Etsy…missed the deadline due to some family sadness, but I still like the idea…I may try to do something with it for my summer business…