Another year, another fort—and as always, bigger and better than the last year!...

As a notorious Halloween craft junkie, I’m always looking for new things to make to decorate my house with, come October. For some reason I decided that an octopus craft was in order—a creepy, albino, paper mache octopus, to be exact....

Another year, another fort! This time we themed it "Arabian Nights". First, the video! Epic Fort 2015 from Fort Builders on Vimeo. Now for some pics: The space before we started (well, after we made a mess): We made some treasure out of old thrift store junk, by spraying it...

For whatever reason, Chris and I decide to fill a giant blank wall in our house in Florence with a vegan-friendly set of paper mache deer antlers. And then I made a tutorial about it, just for kicks....

After a semi-failed attempt at making the toy duck from The Nightmare Before Christmas, I ended up with a ton of spare clay. Time for some Christmas crafts — a christmas gnome! ...

In September this year we moved to Florence (Italy) for a 6 month "sabbatical".  We spent the first week sweltering, temporarily renting a room from an angry/awkward man named Mario in a commercial area of town while we desperately searched for a more permanent (and nicer) solution.  Needless...

Donna asked me to create the succulent centerpieces for her wedding, and it was like she had given me the best gift ever—a reason to both go thrift storing like crazy, but also to go on succulent "acquisition" walks nonstop. Items required: 3-5 white thrift store bowls/pots, multiplied by...

We really enjoyed having Lisa Haagen and Lakin come and perform in our yard as the first stop of their west coast tour!  It aligned perfectly with our 4th Annual Fort, so guests could sit outside and listen to the tunes or come inside and...

It's our 4th year of forting fun—I can't believe it! This year, we decided to go with a more artsy vibe and came up with the idea of an Avatar theme (the fluorescent planet Pandora)....

Inspired by the work of Dr. Seuss and his fun whimsical taxidermied fake animals, I decided to create a bird-creature for the wall. Dr Seuss Craft : Taxidermy DIY Materials: Scrap paper Paste (made from flour and water) Super Sculpey Some sort of scraping-device Paint A mounting board (can be bought at Michael's art...

For the third year, we decided to head to Drink Eat Play's 80s Prom Party in Hollywood, and really go all out with the silliness of it. So!  We ordered a limo, got super awesome costumes together, and even built a photoshoot set in our house...

It's time for a paper mache dinosaur mask DIY! I absolutely love paper mache (or papier mache, however you want to spell it), and jump at any opportunity to do it.  This Christmas, my friends and I did a Secret Santa exchange with a theme of "What your...

I posted earlier this month about my Zombie Teddy DIY, so I thought it best to add some photos of my full Halloween zombie costume, teddy and all.  It was a pretty easy zombie costume —I used white contact lenses for my eyes, put some...

A tutorial on how to make a Terror Teddy from a regular cute old teddy bear. Be warned: there is slicing, dicing, and lots of gore....

On July 6th, 1942 in a murder mystery dinner extravaganza, 10 friends gathered to wine, dine, and determine the murderer and true cause of death of The Black Cat, France's greatest living mime artist.  It ended up being the best murder mystery dinner we've hosted. Want...

Another year—and our third annual fort building event!  This was a MUCH bigger fort than ever before, and took us two full days to create.  It involved slides, wooden platforms, secret rooms (the crystal cave), something called "The Universe Room", and length upon length of...

Tom expressed some interest in growing carrots, and we all jumped at this rare glimmer of enthusiasm for veggie gardening. Tom spent a whole hot day digging out a bed for the carrots, and we planted a ton of seeds.  And then we waited months....

An awesome treasure hunt that slowly (and to the hunter's surprise) devolved into a bloodthirsty Hunger Games style fight to the death....