Just another guy with a photoblog.
Feel free to follow along as I work on various hobbies and projects around the house.
My family makes Christmas gifts for one another. We still buy the latest toys for the kids, but the adults simply don’t need or want a lot of stuff. These are some of the gifts that the wife and I have made.
Most of these projects require some basic tools (the most specialized being a table saw), but all of them are cheap and easy to make. If you’re thinking about making your gifts this holiday season, you’re welcome to copy any of these ideas.
DIY Wood Block Tea Candle Votives
DIY Teacup Candles
DIY Wine Bottle Holders
DIY Book Safe
DIY Hanging Chalkboards
DIY Barbecue Spice Rub Jars
DIY NC-Style Barbecue Sauce
DIY Stuffed Animals... read more at Chad Chandler's Blog Posted 1 week 1 day ago.
Head over to her website to learn all about her experience, the project she demonstrated, and when and where the episode will air... read more at Chad Chandler's Blog Posted 7 weeks 5 days ago.
I haven’t posted in a while. As you may or may not know, I sold my house a couple of months ago. The wife and I are living in an apartment while we look for a new place. Most of our stuff is in storage for the time-being, so the kinds of hobbies and projects that I usually share on this website have been limited lately.
I’ve actually drafted a few recipe posts, but I don’t have any pictures to show the steps involved. I’ll post those when I have a real kitchen with decent lighting once again.
You can bet that once we get into a new place, I’ll have a million pictures, stories, and projects to share... read more at Chad Chandler's Blog Posted 7 weeks 6 days ago.
As you may or may not know, the wife has been dabbling in sewing, crafts, and pottery for about as long as I’ve known her. She’s been teaching lessons out of our home and in conjunction with Furman University and Greenville Parks & Rec. She’s had a lot of success so far, but that success has been limited by the amount of time she has available to teach. In order to grow her business, she left her full-time job to pursue teaching at her own studio.
Here’s a picture of her new studio space, but you’ll need to click over to her website to learn more.
The Elizabeth Chandler Designs Sewing & Craft Studio... read more at Chad Chandler's Blog Posted 16 weeks 2 days ago.
I grew up in a home where Italian food was on the table several nights per week. There was a big pot of red sauce on the stove most weekends, and our holiday menus featured enough sausage, eggplant, shells/ziti/lasagna, and stuffed artichokes to feed a small army (I have 26 first cousins).
When I started cooking for myself, I learned how to make a lot of the traditional Italian dishes that incorporate wine/stock/cream sauces. I experimented with piccata, marsala, saltimbocca, puttanesca, carbonara, and so many browned butter/nut/herb sauces. When done properly, these dishes are not complicated. They involve a minimal number of ingredients and are usually ready in 25 minutes or less. And almost none of these dishes are sweet... read more at Chad Chandler's Blog Posted 21 weeks 1 day ago.
The wife was teaching sewing lessons out of the house today, so I decided to drop by the monthly Hagood Mill singer/songwriter showcase event. Hagood Mill is a great slice of Americana:
One of the finest regional examples of nineteenth century technology can be found just three miles north of Pickens, SC. Located just off Highway 178, at 138 Hagood Mill Road, this 1845 gristmill served many generations of rural farm families until its closing in the mid-1960s.
Farmers only got paid once a year and that was when, and if, their cash crop was sold. Gristmill’s like the Hagood Mill made farm life possible by taking a “toll” of the corn ground instead of charging money... read more at Chad Chandler's Blog Posted 25 weeks 4 days ago.