The Crafty Ginger • Handcrafted wooden wares (and wearables)

dyli {do you love it?}

I still ❤️ a good sticker

Cheryl txcraftyginger@gmail.com

Tags crafty, create, creating, diy, Facebook, handmade, life, love, make art, makers, pandemic, passion, passion projects, side hustle, small business, Texas

I still ❤️ a good sticker
...it seems my love for a good sticker is still engrained in my soul.

Patterns {or lack thereof}

Cheryl txcraftyginger@gmail.com

Tags pandemic, patterns, reclaimed wood, wood wall art

Patterns {or lack thereof}

I'm one who does very well with a schedule or agenda - really well. When I'm left in the wild, I do tend to roam aimlessly. My super sweet husband found this button once on a job and brought it home to give me. #truth As you might not know, I am a high school art teacher. I have been teaching at the secondary level (grades 7-12) for 21 years now. So, following a schedule is my thing. It's my job! Yes, after 21 years of following pre-set schedules, I do feel like I am numb to them and just going...


Create from a distance

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Tags art class, create, get creative, make art, sidewalk chalk

Create from a distance

My 8 year old niece has recently learned how to use Messenger Kids on her little iPad. She sends funny pictures, silly stickers and really short sentences. I love every single thing because I’m her “Auntie” and that’s what I do. Recently, she sent a video message to say she hopes I’m staying safe and healthy and that she misses me. It was the sweetest and I might have geared up a bit. But what really got me is the end of her video when she said she wishes she could do "art class" with me. {For those who may...


This bird...

Cheryl txcraftyginger@gmail.com

This bird...

I was asked to consider doing a live painting alongside an incredibly talented pianist in an intimate home concert. In all honesty, I wrestled with the idea for awhile. I love creating tangible pieces for others - I just don't want others to watch me do it. I mess up often, I make a huge mess, I second guess myself. The creative process for me is me in 100% flawed human behavior mode and that just isn't something I let everyone see! It isn't "Instagram worthy". But, nevertheless, I did the live painting. I shut up that inner critic and...


Side Hustlin' is a Passion

Cheryl txcraftyginger@gmail.com

Tags art, artists, crafts, creating, makers, passion, passion projects, side hustle, teachers

Side Hustlin' is a Passion

As you may or may not know (depending on if we have ever met and had this conversation), I am a full-time, high school art teacher. I have been teaching for 20.5 years now (I started when I was 10! Ha!!) And, according to the state of Texas and TRS, I am eligible for retirement in 2026! There have been times throughout my career, when I was single, where I worked a second part-time job. It was never a necessity but I had been known to have "champagne taste on a beer budget"! So, in 2015, after an intense recovery...