August 17, 2012 § Leave a comment
Filling a boot tray with rocks seems rather silly, but it makes muddy boots infinitely more stylish. Or anything wet coming into the house. River rocks are least expensive at the Dollar Store. We have also found the rocks useful for other things like one memorable rock skipping contest. We also used them (scrubbed) as filler to bring a wine demijohn up to the proper lever. Handy things to have around.
Those purple and black shoes are Merrell Pace Gloves. Best shoes ever! They are minimalist runners and I use them daily and cannot say enough about how comfortable and durable and washable! they are.
One other little pinterest handy helper we have used is to get travel soap containers to corral card games. These work perfectly and are hardy for travel and kids.
August 6, 2012 § 1 Comment
August 2, 2012 § 1 Comment
A picture posted earlier this week showed a glimpse of a newly made project. The picture below is the first teepee completed this year. It took many months but I got a feel for the pattern and the kids really loved it and used it often. But I just couldn’t love the fabric. So I sold it and went to work on take two.
I reinforced some heavy wear areas, and used a neutral canvas cloth.
Now it seems like a blank piece of art and I’m working on adding the finishing touches of color. It is still a favorite with my children, and much more to my taste. I love it!
July 13, 2012 § 1 Comment
The drought friendly symmetry of succulents is very much in vogue this year. Lots of trendy home decor stores have stocked them and I can not get enough of their blossomy shape. On our recent spring/summer wandering, we spent 52 days and over 7000 miles enjoying new places and people. I brought along planted cups of succulents to leave with some of our gracious hosts. Pinterest shows many images of the beautiful plants. I ordered a box of 36 assorted succulents from Amazon here. Though it arrived badly bashed, the plants were packed pretty well, and most survived transplanting and thrived.
I used a glass bit to drill holes in thrifted pots and dishes, and got the colorful mugs from Marshalls. Succulents are planted in special soil which I got at my local nursery and seems to be crushed rock. They must drain well. I covered the soil with gravel, which makes it look pretty and professional.
I carried them in a crate in the car and they traveled beautifully. They can take the heat of a hot car and only need to be watered about once a week! Here you see them in our car contents on the right.
July 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Legos are one of my favorite toys, and our family spends hours playing with them. The lego mat is an easy way to keep them corralled. It is both storage and play surface and makes clean up easy. It prevent bruises from stepping on legos and keeps the baby from eating stray blocks. I have made two. The first one is made from vintage striped fabric and muslin and is about 54 inches wide, the width of the muslin. The drawstring is in a casing between the layers
This second one I made bigger, out of two thrifted sheets, and the drawcord just goes through grommets from back to front of the mat. If you are thinking of making one, I like the bigger grommets of the second mat, but the internal casing for the cord of the first mat.
May 19, 2012 § 1 Comment
May 11, 2012 § 4 Comments
This took me a few tries, a painted canvas hot sauce love note! I first saw this card and placed it on my pinterest “to make” board. I think it caught my eye because my husband consumes a lot of hot sauce and the Sriracha bottle is so iconic. My canvas is 8×10″ and as always I sketch very carefully to get shape and scale right. The lettering was tricky, I tried to mask my letters with painters tape, but it was so thin that the paint leaked under so I redid the letters witha toothpick. The long skinny letter are my favorite part I believe.
And now it hangs on the “I love daddy” wall.
May 8, 2012 § 3 Comments
There are so many cute teepee’s used in nurseries and children’s rooms and featured on blogs. You can view some of them here. I used Butterick pattern B4251 found at the fabric store. I really love the 6 sided shape and large size; it is five feet high inside. Lots of children can fit in this one. I got the outdoor canvas fabric at deep discount and along with the PVC poles, the cost of this project was somewhere around $50.This tent folds up really easily and tucks into a corner, and the kids can set it up themselves. I just don’t like the pattern though and am selling this one. A plain tea colored canvas one is in the works now, I like it lots better. Though the pictures are outside, we use it only indoors.
May 7, 2012 § 1 Comment
A large piece of lace, thrifted for $2. An old tablecloth perhaps? Such lace has been used so effectively for stenciling furniture lately, I did consider that. But the needs of our household run closer to imaginative play. I flipped a quarter of it back on itself, sewed a casing and gathered it on a headband. I added a comb to keep it on and viola, another girly addition to the ever expanding dress-up bin.
Apparently it is necessary for princesses to spin. A lot.
May 4, 2012 § 1 Comment
Hearts and maps go together so well, speaking wordlessly of the places you love or that have significance to you. There are tons of happy DIY projects with maps on pinterest. See here and here. So I got a US atlas and world atlas at Goodwill, about $2, cut out hearts of our places of birth and places we’ve lived, and put together a shadow box using one I’ve had stashed forever and a bit of blue painted artboard. It is personal and colorful and goes beautifully in a memory filled gallery.
It also makes a terrific gift!