The Crafty Toads

Happy Accidents

Happy Accidents

There are times when something starts out as a problem and winds up as a beautiful solution. We call them Happy Accidents here at Toad Hollow.

Yesterday, a customer bought one of our pillows, in turquoise burlap with a cream anchor painted on it.

Unfortunately, we had run out of that color and our local fabric store does not stock it during the fall/winter. We could have ordered the burlap online but that would add at least a week's worth of...

The Adrenaline Is Pumping Today!!!

For some reason today I am feeling compelled to work with this fabric.

I don't know why, today of all days, I dug it out of the fabric stash.  Maybe it's because



Life In Pieces

Have you seen this show yet? It's one of the few new shows we've actually caught and we are loving it. The writing is smart and every episode so far has had us laughing out loud. Each week, the show is divided into four chapters - one for each of the three siblings and the fourth including the entire family. This week, the one about the tree felling had us crying we were laughing so hard. Do not miss it!

It's Mountain Day!

Mary Beth and I both went to Smith College in Northampton, MA and one of the best customs is Mountain Day.  

A Smith tradition since 1877, Mountain Day is a surprise break from classes. The president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces the holiday by ringing the college bells. A picnic lunch can be provided by the college to be carried to the students' various outdoor activities on campus or to nearby parks.

Don't you think, as adults, we should...

Yay - Fall!


Living in NJ, we have four distinct seasons. Usually by the end of one, I am ready to usher in the next, with the exception of winter - I really don't like the cold! For one reason or another, this year I am ripe for Fall. I want the smells, the tastes, the crisp clear days ( goodbye humidity - don't the let door hit you on the way out!) Is there anything better after a hot summer than wrapping yourself in a soft sweatshirt when the temperature starts to dip?