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Wednesday, 18 December 2013


Crafting Your Own Casino - Playful Crafting Ideas

As the winter months arrive and the weather is too cold to venture outside, we start to look
at alternatives to keep ourselves entertained at home and options which allow us to share
good times with our friends and family. Most people love nothing more than a trip to the casino, so why not create your very own casino in the comfort of your own home? There are many affordable ways to craft your own casino and make it look and feel authentic, providing hours of fun and entertainment to share with loved ones.

Choose Your Games

There are plenty of casino games around, so the possibilities are endless when it comes to setting up your own casino. Poker is one of the obvious games which should definitely make an appearance and Black Jack is also a popular choice amongst those who like a flutter!

Prior to starting your casino and welcoming your guests, you should make sure you know the rules of the games inside out as this you will be expected to answer questions. A casino is not quite the same if no-one knows how to play and could result in a riot in your home if money is involved! Some people might say that they used to play Omaha with my dad, but cannot quite remember the rules, so it is worthwhile having the knowledge to be able to help them.

Create Tables

When you have decided on the most appropriate games to suit your audience, you will need to set up some tables. Your guests will want to be able to move around freely and make a choice on their preferred game, so you should have several games running at the same time. The authenticity of the casino is completely up to you, but the more realistic it is to the real thing, the more fun it will be. It is quite easy to mimic the tables of a real casino by buying casino-style coverings, which are made of green felt. A quick trip to the local craft store will provide all you need for your tables. You can also make your own cards if you want to put your creativity to good use, or these can be purchased at low costs from local games stores.

Managing Money

There is the option of playing without money but where’s the fun in that? A true casino should have proper chips, which you can make yourself with some plywood, glue and scissors. There are a number of computer programs which will allow you to design your chips so that they look like the real thing and then you can use your tools to create the finished article. You should be clear to your guests on the value of the chips and have someone to manage the money.

Where’s the Bar?

Casinos and alcohol often go hand in hand, so why not set up a bar where people can help themselves as they move around the tables. Of course this could end up costing you a lot of money so why not ask your guests to bring their own bottle.

It is relatively simple and affordable to set up your own casino, especially if you can be creative with your ideas.

Sunday, 8 December 2013


I love the Craft Exchange at Craftaholics Anonymous! I'm never disappointed with the results. Linda puts together one fab exchange. My hat goes off to her and all of her hard work making it happen.

This year, as I said in my previous post, I was paired up with a teenage girl from South Africa. We swapped a few emails back and forth and she filled me in on a bit of her and her life. The word "Hipster" stood out for me. Then I felt old. I didn't really know what that meant. The only thing that I could safely say that I could associate with the word was Instagram. She mentioned that she loved reading in her spare time.


handmade bookmark Instagram bookmark

I love the friendship bracelet using the Instagram colours :-) makes me happy. The "Find Joy in The Ordinary" quote is one of my favorites. I wanted to find a way to get it in there too. I think the Polaroid picture quote goes well with the camera.

This week, I received her gift to me.

The detail in the mosaic is so great. I cannot believe that it arrived safe and sound from South Africa like this!! You can't really tell from the picture but the clear parts are mirrors. She has done such a fantastic job and I could not be more pleased with the gift I received.

Once again, super pleased with the whole experience with the Craft Exchange and really looking forward to the summer exchange next year.