December 17, 2012 § 2 Comments
I thrifted this vintage Christmas fabric last year. I made the bunting after Christmas in a week of motivation, go figure. And I have been waiting impatiently for the Christmas season all year to enjoy it! I’d say it is the focal point of the living room.
November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
This week we put away the hunting garb, freshly washed. No elk this year. But the boys are all still practicing their elk calls. Even the baby.
Christmas is coming. It all fits in one box for us. Mostly beloved books. I own 6 ornaments.
This is my favorite Christmas bit. I got this nativity in Kenya, Dec ’05. All the pieces fit in the beautiful banana leaf box.
The stack of scarves for gift wrap is growing. The presents are going to be so pretty! I’m going to sew ribbon on some of them. I’ll be thrilled to not have a bag of paper waste on Christmas!
I finished this crown and dress for a little birthday girl today. I do so hope they fit. It is my most favorite thing in the whole world to give good gifts. The postman is my constant conspirator.
November 24, 2012 § Leave a comment
Last week I did a short holiday craft show. I haven’t sold at one for a couple of years. I still had an overstock of hats to sell and I earned a little cash, which is always nice. My husband has encouraged my to market my birds more. I made a wall installation that we love. I didn’t have a way to hang branches at the show, but I’m trying for craigslist exposure now. My basket of birds.
Modern nursery decor.
November 22, 2012 § 1 Comment
Hello welcome holiday. Here are some things in the works. Our hostess gift for Thanksgiving dinner.
Last week we stopped by the Denver art museum to squash pennies and there happened to be a holiday sale going on. I bought this guy. Two layers of vellum and paper stitched together for this amazing rhino print.
I’m fixing up this frame for the rhino. He will hang near this rhino!
Some new kitchen herbs.
These lovely red rosettes are growing in the back garden, even in winter.
I’m working on reusable gift wraps. It is my plan that fabric ties and festive ribbons will be sewn on these hemmed squares and that they will be used for years to come. Less waste and prettier too.
November 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
Things in my house always look best in repeat. Many frames, many jars, many ties. A display of many similar items pulls things together and gives you big visual impact for your little objects. I love all the ceilings full of poufs or globes seen on pinterest. Have a collection of anything? Hang it from the ceiling. Instant art! I started with five objects. Several were thrifted and the big fish scale lamp I covered with dictionary pages over a year ago. This is our master bedroom. It is huge and empty. And I’ve come to realize that I’m going to need a lot more things to hang for this cluster to be filled out. But here is a start.
October 31, 2012 § Leave a comment
So much to do. So little time. Though with the homeschooling I am strangely more productive then when the kids were in school.
Birds for mobiles. I have a craft show in Nov.
Four baby chairs and 7 adult size to refinish.
This amazing pile of Afghani beaded discs. I can’t decide how to use them. The best wall garland ever? They smell like tea.
A cuckoo clock to gift, here is the primer stage.
October 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
October 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
I saw this on pinterest. Freeze small toys in a block of ice and let the children loose on them with hammer. This activity was a huge success and the kids liked to think they were freeing the prisoners. It is a good hand-eye coordination exercise, smashing things is always a blast, and edible shrapnel makes this a perfect summer treat. Allow 24 hours to freeze properly.
September 22, 2012 § 1 Comment
I also needed a pincushion. I do love desert plants. Symmetrical succulents and a visit to spikey Tucson also influenced the making of these little stuffies. Some pinterest inspiration here. I used thrifted bowls, scrap fabric, floral wire to shape, and playground gravel.
September 20, 2012 § 4 Comments
I have had this set of spigot handles pinned for a long time. From an etsy seller whose collections I really love. But I didn’t want to pay $54. Something about the colors, size and texture I love. So I found a set of 20 knobs on ebay. A few needed help with color, but most are originally chippy, roughed and delightfully heavy. I used shadow boxes from Joanne’s with the glass removed. I like being able to touch the shapes, as if they are installed on the wall. And I have 2 sets! I’m having trouble with where to hang them. Which set do you like better?