Too Cute Tuesday: 2009 In Review

Too Cute Tuesday is a weekly event on the Breaking Even blog that involves, friends, crafting, and cocktailing. Every week it’s a different and inexpensive craft to make and a different cocktail to keep things social. If you have an idea for a craft or otherwise want to participate, contact Nicole.

We now have a logo, which is really just the beginning of the Too Cute Tuesday empire. *evil laugh* Well, if evil is creative crafts and fun with friends...Actually sounds like a fun empire to us!

It’s been another exciting year of crafting and cocktailing every Tuesday night at Craft Central.

Too Cute Tuesday began in 2007 when Nicole was bored one night and said ‘Pfft! I can make that!’ Mostly a solo effort, Nicole moved to Bar Harbor at the end of 2008 and told Dorrie about TCT over a pint at O’Learys. Dorrie was sold. ‘We can do it at my house!’ And often, we do.

Salt dough ornaments inspired Jodi, our Facebook friend, to make them at home with her kids. Awesome!

The first part of TCT 2009 was with Nicole and Dorrie. Slowly the crafting circle grew as Sarah moved in with Dorrie. Sam started coming. Then Sarah brought Sue in, and then Christie. Now people bring friends, visitors, and even their moms. Making Too Cute Tuesday a weekly event people looked forward to was by far the coolest part of 2009.

Phil poses proudly with his pumpkin he made while visiting TCT... then went back to England to carve one he could keep and roast the seeds.Too Cute Tuesday also went more high tech in 2009. The Breaking Even blog moved to its new domain in May, a TCT logo was created, and a Facebook group was formed.

Nicole also met Joe, TCT’s cocktail consultant, at a dry wedding. (Could we even make this up?)

One of our most active TCT members Sarah, moved off to graduate school in Saint Louis in September… and moved a bit of Too Cute Tuesday with her. Since Tuesday nights don’t work for her group, Wicked Cute Wednesday was born.

Most Successful Crafts

Back in 2007, Nicole made a duct tape wallet for Too Cute Tuesday. We brought them back for a session in March after Too Cute Tuesday had become a truly group activity. Sue says they were ‘easy’ and Dorrie is still carrying hers around.

A very close second was the hula hoops we made. Multiple status updates on Facebook by various TCT members now involve hula hooping.

And our third most commented about craft was limoncello. One week was lemon squares and getting it started and two weeks later, we filtered and enjoyed.

Family Affairs

Nicole and her mom made grommeted pillows during a visit in July.

Sarah and Sue’s moms visited in July too and we brought back the no sew handbags just for them. They were Sam’s personal favorite.

The hula hoops were well loved and easy to make. They even continue to be used regularly by some of the TCT crew.

Too Cute Tuesday on Facebook

The no-sew bags were a favorite because they involved duct tape and some of our moms. Oh, and like most TCT crafts, they are quite functional.

Too Cute Tuesday Facebook fans also got in on the fun.

Phil returned to London after carving pumpkins as a Too Cute Tuesday guest and carved his own, sharing the photos on the TCT Facebook page.

Jodi, a fellow blogger and Mainer as well as TCT enthusiast, made salt dough ornaments with her kids.

Because Too Cute Tuesday isn’t about being Martha Stewart or rules. It’s about making something, having fun, and spending time with people you care about.

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Happy Crafting and here’s to an even more fun 2010!

Nicole runs Breaking Even Communications, an internet marketing company in Bar Harbor Maine. When she’s not online, she enjoys walking her short dog, cooking with bacon, and trying to be outdoorsy in Acadia National Park.