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Psych – Quatro Queso Dos Fritos

Quatro Queso Dos Fritos

the wife and i made these as we prepped for the season premiere of Psych. the sheer awesomeness inspired me to make a logo & poster.
recipe and photos from


Mender of bad soles

Been on a big make things / crafting kick. Decided to make my own shoes.

I wanted minimalism. Fewer seams means less work & less friction. Basically, I wanted a sock I could wear outside.

I’ll walk you through it.

One piece of leather for each shoe.
1 strip of stitching around the shoe.
Not too shabby, eh?


As a 2nd little one has joined our family, i have taken the time to pray for her, hold her and just watch her. I’ve found projects help keep me focused. Especially while praying. Something to keep my hands busy and channel my thoughts.

As i sat and stitched, i wondered who will this little lady grow up to be? What will these beautiful blue eyes see? As i prayed for her future, i fell deeper in love with my little girl.

Today i spent the day workin on what our family has lovingly named “hoot”.

Just like with “wala,” i wanted to have an already loved feel to it. Character that can form over time. I didn’t want the cutest stuffed animal…just one that could be loved for being.

The other day i heard ace say, “wala, i love you just because you’re mine.” it’s a quote from a kids book and that is the message i want my children to understand.


For now sleep well little one, hoot and daddy will be here when you wake.

Build number next

We don’t really have any “grown up” furniture. And what we do have is whatever hand me downs were available at the time. For our anniversary, i built a headboard for the mrs.


Haven’t decided if we’ll stain it or paint it yet.


Coffee table

The next round of Do It Yourself is a coffee table. Wanted one, but had no budget…back to the pallets.



something that holds books

after returning to the states, we finally settled down. this means purging the storage unit. it was a lot like christmas…only it was regifted stuff back to ourselves.

this presented a small problem. it actually became a large problem in our family. z is bookish. before we left she sold a LOT of books to 1/2 price books. i won’t tell you how much she made…but, if you’ve ever sold them books, your jaw would drop.

so, we have the remainder books. the ones that made the cut.

our little problem

now we need a place to store display these. budget $0. i was given a deadline and the instructions “something that holds books.”

when you are poor, everything seems so much more valuable. when the guy down the street leaves an old rusty toolbox out for the trash, you ask him if you can have it. when you drive past a house that is remodeling, you look at the old doors and say, “wow, those are nice!”

trash can be very impressive.

at work we had hundreds of pallets we couldn’t get rid of.

so, one evening i borrowed my sister-in-law’s truck and claimed a couple.

that green toolbox, yup, that's the one i rescued from the trash

after some planning, a bit of sweat and some sanding…
i turned my $0 budget into “something that holds books.”

front view

side view

well, i’m pretty stoked with how they turned out!

there are 3 for now .i might make a couple more…we’ll see.

lemme know what you think!

shelves for ace

i’ve been feelin crafty lately. i’ve been keeping a list of projects to tackle when the mood hit.

ace has followed his mama into a deep love of books. we needed a way for him to get to some of the books (thicker pages & board books) AND be able to put them away himself while keeping others out of his reach. i wanted him to be able to see the front of the books so he could choose what he wanted to read without emptying the shelf.

Budget = $0

well, i had a pallet from behind the building at work. after searching the web i got some ideas. i made some alterations to fit our project.

1 pallet = 2 shelves and some scraps.

  1. make a couple cuts
  2. pry off 2 boards
  3. sand
  4. attach board to bottom of shelf
  5. find studs & mount on wall.
well, let me know what you think…