Well I finally got high tech and started a blog...I hope you will find it interesting, funny or at the very least, something to read while you are on hold on the phone. Mostly you will find ramblings about my crafting, my Etsy.com shop, my family or just about anything that comes to mind.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010


I have gone crazy with making mini Christmas Ornaments this year. I have Mini Stockings, Mini Ski Hats and Mini Basket ornaments.

The Mini Baskets can also have 'snow', berries, poinsettias, a pinecone and leaves in them:

You can find these items for sale at http://grannyscraftattic.etsy.com/

Now all I need is a Mini Christmas Tree (that's coming eventually).

Merry Christmas one and all!

Monday, November 22, 2010


My goodness, where has this year gone???? It's almost Thanksgiving already and I would like to share my most favorite Thanksgiving recipe with you. It's for a sweet potato kind of casserole. These funny pictures are the only ones I have, but if you use your imagination, you can figure out what they look like normally. I have named my pictures "My Sweet Potatoes" and "My Sweet Potatoes on Crack"


2 large cans of sweet potatoes in syrup

1/4 cup margarine

1/4 cup orange juice

1 small can of crushed pineapple

1 cup mini marshmallows

More marshmallows for decoration


Heat the sweet potatoes to boiling, drain and return the potatoes to the pot.

Mash in the margarine, add the orange juice and the pineapple WITH THE JUICE from the can.

Fold in the cup of marshmallows.

Put it all into a round casserole dish. Mound some potatoes in the middle, making a valley around it for the extra marshmallows later.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Remove from the oven and fill the 'valley' with marshmallows and return to oven for about 5 minutes or until the marshmallows are lightly brown.



Wednesday, November 3, 2010


If you don't know by now, I love out of the ordinary items. I've seen crochet patterns for ski hats and said to myself, "Self, why not make a mini ski hat as a Christmas ornament?"

So.......this is my latest posting in my Etsy Shop:

I used Red Heart Shimmer Yarn for them. Since I have TONS of yarn I will be making these in other colors as well.

What do you think of them?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010



I decided to change the batteries in the flashlight today. Simple enough, right? You unscrew the top from the bottom, take out the old batteries, put in the new batteries and voila! a working flashlight.

For most people, this works....but I'm not most people.

I couldn't unscrew the top from the bottom. I took it over to my neighbor and he couldn't open it either. Then I went to the apartment building office, looking for the maintenance man...he's strong, he can open it. Okay...so he opened the flashlight case.

The batteries were corroded.

Came back and looked on line to find out how to remove corrosion from a flashlight:

"Make a paste of 2 tablespoons baking soda with a little water, take a wire brush and rub the paste on the corrosion. Take a damp cloth, wipe it down and let it dry."
Sounds simple enough, right? You forget, it's me, the maintenance-challenged crafter we're talking about here.

The only brush I could find that I would even want to touch corrosion was an old toothbrush. I dipped it into the baking soda paste and scrubbed away at the corrosion. Now since the case that holds the batteries is smaller than my hand, there was no way I could get inside with a 'damp cloth' and wipe it down. I let a little water into the case and swished it around, and dumped it out really well.

The case is now standing upright air-drying. This might take a few days.

And all I wanted to do was change the batteries in my flashlight.......

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Last Day of August

I can't believe today is the last day of August, 2010. Where is this year going???

I have been tooling around with making crocheted Christmas Ornaments to sell in my Etsy shop....lots of ripping out. I am, however, so proud of myself because I actually created my own pattern for a mini Christmas stocking to hang on the tree:

The red one has a shorter cuff than the green one, and I think I like the larger cuff better.

I would love to have you leave comments on my creation!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


The making of these Christmas Lightbulb Hotpads/Pot Holders started with my good friend Cindy....I showed her the picture of them and she wanted 3 sets. She calls me her 'personal crocheter', she's my best customer, a wonderful friend and WE HAVE NEVER MET IN PERSON!! That's all going to change in October.
I digress.....here is a picture of the finished set:

I have decided to add these Christmas Lightbulb Hotpads/Pot Holders to my Etsy shop.
They can be made in other colors but the only colors with the metalic running through the yarn are red, green and white.
They work up really fast, so if you would like a set, please visit my Etsy shop: http://grannyscraftattic.etsy.com
And thank you !!!

Friday, July 30, 2010


I love give-away contests, and one of my favorite sites for free patterns, Fave Crafts, is giving away a VHS to DVD converter. If I blog about it, I get an extra entry, so blog blog blog I go.

Here is a picture of the prize I could win:

I must have at least a gazillion movies on VHS tapes and wouldn't I just love to convert them to DVD's! Since I sit in front of my computer while I craft items to sell in Granny's Craft Attic on Etsy.com, I would be in hog heaven.

I would keep my fingers crossed but then it would be rather difficult to crochet.....so you cross your fingers for me...thank you :)