My Brilliant Idea

I’m Getting Crafty

I don’t often talk about my crafty side (because this is a DIY blog and the world doesn’t need yet another freaking craft blog…), but I am a woman of many talents. In addition to all of the badass DIY stuff I do, I can also sew, knit, crochet, and I even needlepoint on occasion. Check out this purse I made for my wedding (which is less than two months away!!!)…

Crocheted drawstring wedding purse

I know, right? Sooo talented, am I.

It’s been nearly eight months since I went pro with this whole blog thing and I gotta tell ya… it ain’t easy! I’ve been working harder than I ever have in my life and, so far, I’ve earned about thirteen dollars… And sixty four cents. (That works out to about .007 cents an hour, if you’re curious.) Now, I know these things take time, but I thought I could make a living from this endeavor faster if I came up with a product idea that I could sell.

Guys… I think I’ve finally got it!

Tea mug with crocheted cozy

I made these tea cup cozies as gifts for my friends for the holidays and they were a big hit. (No, not koozie. Cozy. Ask your Grandma.) Since everyone loved them so much, I started thinking there had to be a way to do something similar with a DIY twist that would appeal to my readers…

I’m so excited to introduce… Tool Cozies!

Hammer with crocheted cozy

Cute, right? Tool handles are so hard and cold. Tool Cozies make working on your DIY projects way more comfortable!

Pliers with crocheted cozy on handles

Pry bar with crocheted cozy

And Tool Cozies can even keep your power tools from freezing in the winter so they don’t malfunction.

Drill impact driver with crocheted cozy

I can make them in any color and I’ll even sell the patterns if you’re a DIY crafter too. Tool Cozies will be available soon on Etsy. Click here to preview my store!

Tape measure with crocheted cozy

I can’t tell you how excited I am about this idea! Are you excited for me? Excited enough to click that link above to see my Etsy store?

Because, if you did…

Then you know…

That this idea…

A bunch of tools all with crocheted cozies

Is freaking ridiculous!

Woman holding tools with crocheted cozies


Did I get you? Did I?

My last April Fool post was so fun (and successful!) I thought I’d give it another go. Let me know in the comments if I fooled you… And I’ll see you next week with a (relatively) normal post.

Tool Cozies… I crack myself up!

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  • Em

    You GOT me!

    In my head I was thinking both, “uh oh” and “it’s crazy enough that it just might work.”

    Then I recalled that we briefly discussed the woman who made sweaters for her chickens…and I thought, “oh, my gosh, that wasn’t a suggestion!”

    But I’m a friend, and I’m here to support you because I think you’re the real deal…

    And they were pretty cute. And then I got to the end, and yeah, incredulous as it was, you had me: crochet hook, line and sinker…bravo! ??

    Also, that bag you made! GORGEOUS…a lovely heirloom.

    • My Crappy House

      Haha I had to make them look convincing or no one would’ve believed me. I may keep the one on my hammer… This was so fun to do. I’m glad you liked it. And thanks for the props on my purse! A girl can’t be without her phone on her wedding day. Sad, I know…

  • Katherine Davies

    You almost got me, but I’m beginning to know you better and so I realized you were joshing about halfway in! Your commitment to the joke with all the crocheting you had to do to pull it off is pretty impressive, though. In France they call April Fool’s day Poisson d’Avril and the tradition is to – wait for it – cut out paper fish and secretly stick them on people’s backs. When they discover them they’re supposed to shout Poisson d’Avril! Oh, how those drole French then laugh!

    That little purse you’ve made for your wedding is exquisite. It’s perfection – so beautifully sewn -and the crochet is just gorgeous. My French Canadian grandmother used to do that delicate crochet – it was called “tatting”. She made doilies and tablecloths. I’m very much showing my age….

    Can’t wait to see your wedding photos – if you’re going to share them – oh, please, please do! Happy April Fool’s!

    • My Crappy House

      Schmoopy is SO getting a fish stuck on his back today! That’s so silly. Thank you for sharing! I had to Google how to pronounce the French and I came upon a little video explaining how it came about. You probably know this already, but for those reading that don’t, April 1st used to be the first day of the year before the Gregorian calendar was adopted. You were an April fool if you forgot when the new year started. The video didn’t explain the fish, but I kind of like the mystery in that…

      Thank you for the compliments on my purse. I was really happy with how it turned out. I didn’t have a pattern for the crochet, so I was kind of winging it. Though my blog is a DIY blog, I will absolutely be sharing photos and details of my wedding day. I spared everyone from all of the planning, but I definitely want to show it all off for you guys. We’re doing a 1920s theme in a real speakeasy. It’s going to be the bees knees!

    • Tammy

      Hahahaha- omg- I have to admit I had a whopping feeling of suspense here – a bit of dread- a bit of interest – a bit of awe (because the drill and tape measure ones are hilarious!). So glad you haven’t totally lost it. Great post!

    • My Crappy House

      Haha dread! Those two were the most challenging. The tape measure actually took the longest to do!

  • Barbara H.

    Well, you totally succeeded. I laughed out loud at the first tool cozy picture and each following picture led me down your garden path to fooldom. I caught a glimpse of the final truth just before the reveal, but I count it as a totally successful journey. And your new bag is beautiful. No joke.

    • My Crappy House

      Haha I’m glad it worked! It’s tough to ride that line between believable and ridiculous. Thank you for complimenting my purse

  • Marilyn

    That was a GREAT AWESOME FUN POST! Thank you for brightening my morning down here in rainy FL! You are so talented and creative and your wedding purse is so so beautiful. Love you!

    • My Crappy House

      Haha thank you! I will have to show people my crocheted cat butts on the Facebook page. I may have given them all away, but I’m sure I have a picture somewhere. Love you too

    • Darlene

      I love your blog and look forward every Monday to seeing it!
      You have imaginative views and dressing tools up might really catch on with a certain set of consumers (right?)
      I was in disbelief until keeping the hammer warm was mentioned. Then I relaxed and enjoyed the rest of the post.
      See you next Monday!

    • My Crappy House

      A little bit of “wait…what?” is all I wanted. I’m very happy to hear you had the moment. I was thinking of changing my post day to Tuesdays. I hear that more people open their mail on Thursday. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but… you’ll still read me on Thursdays, right?

  • Linda Vitale

    You almost got me. The only reason you didn’t is because I had just messaged my sister with an April Fools joke.
    The purse you made is gorgeous!!

    • My Crappy House

      I’ll take almost! It’s tough to “get” anyone on this day. The internet makes it hard to forget what date it is… Thank you for my purse props

  • Joan

    I knew it was a joke as soon as i saw the first tool one. Got me laughing immediately, so does that count? And, I have to say, the tool cozies look really well made, joke or not! Also, LOVE your purse!

    • My Crappy House

      It counts! I had a lot of fun trying to make them look legit. The tape measure was the hardest one. Thanks for the purse love

  • Mom

    You totally got me. I liked the tea cozy and was hurt I didn’t get one for Christmas. But as I went further I started to worry about you. You do like to go outside the box so I wasn’t going to knock it and they were really well made. But I couldn’t think who would buy them. Good laugh.

    • My Crappy House

      I made you a tea cozy! You must have forgotten…

      Just kidding. I didn’t. Your memory is fine. April Fool!

  • FrancesQR

    I caught on right away, but was truly awed by your ability to make a cozy for each tool. Now that’s talent. AND you can use them all. That’s skill!!

    Love that purse!

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