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 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
I saw these pumpkins and pinned the picture. We tried it at home. I’m not really into Jack-o-lanterns, but these are so friendly and warm. First we painted the lantern design. We used a small kitchen knife and a large bore drill bit to carve the windows. Much of the paint came off with carving so I repainted and spray with a fixative after the design was done. Delightful.
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?
September 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
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 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!