Jam jamboree

March 31, 2012 § 1 Comment

Canning jars are one of the things I pick up thrifting. They are very inexpensive, 60-70 cents for me,¬† and just this week I put up my first batch of strawberry jam. I never thought I’d can. So much work! But my goals change with time and now I’d like less corn syrup, skills that are useful in less luxurious situations, integrity of ingredients, and ways to share things with my kids while teaching them to work and to appreciate their food.

Pinterest project- owl buddy

March 30, 2012 § 2 Comments

I found an easy sewing project for little owl stuffies. I pinned it here via efemera ink. This woodsy doll can be stitched in 30 min and is easy enough for a child. I liked the result, but don’t have a reason to make a bunch of them right now. Perhaps a future party favor? It is a great one to keep in the project toolbox and a fun use for scraps.

Life-sized frame

March 29, 2012 § 2 Comments

I showed you this frame earlier this week. Over four feet of solidly joined hardwood. I cleaned it and spray painted it blue. I think I’ve finally gotten the hang of spray painting properly.

And since I smashed one of my favorite possessions this week, a bust of David who was my traditional mantle dweller, the frame sits well up there. There is a gaping hole with wires on our mantle, where a flat screen TV can be mounted, and as we rent it stays a hole. The ceilings are two stories up so we need a little bit of a large scale. When we moved in I covered a 3’x5′ piece of insulating board with fabric to be the hole cover and a colorful focal point. I just added the frame this week.

AND the frame is already in use as a photo prop. It is big enough for multiple kids, multiple objects, a whole family! How neat is that?

Oh those siblings.

Hanky bunting stash

March 28, 2012 § 1 Comment

I once passed up a stack of vintage hankies and never again will that happen. These are the first two from which I hope to made bunting and a myriad of other project to come. Hankies at thrift store are rarely used. How could you blow your nose on such prettiness?

Purple plunder

March 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

More keens. You are probably tired of them, but I’m not. Affordable quality footwear for the kids! Size youth 2 for $6.

Frame findings

March 27, 2012 § 3 Comments

I’ve been looking for a huge frame, I thought I could tilt it against a wall and make a succulent garden in it with a backing, wire, and small ledges. Succulents don’t need much soil or water and are wonderful in their radiating symmetry. But I’ve used the huge frame for another purpose, so check back soon. 4 foot frame was $5, the tan kids Gap shorts were $2, and oak framed mirror was $4.

I have been looking for a frame for a print with an odd size, 4″x8″, and here it is! I sprayed the frame white and had a spare piece of glass cut to size, Michaels did it for free! Another addition to the “I love daddy wall.”

Mail monday-pinhole camera

March 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

Real mail is completely wonderful; a way to send someone tangible love without having to buy a plane ticket. It is very personal to send and heartwarming to receive. Go drop a postcard in the mail and make someone’s day!

A little while ago I found this packaged in my mailbox. Could it be? A paper camera?

We put it together…

And now to try it! How long does one expose film through a pinhole shutter? I’m excited.

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