At my house

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.

Frame and hangers

October 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Skirt hangers are very good for hanging papers and displaying artwork, under a dollar at the thrift store. I print most of my art from images online. Frames are one of the best thrift purchases. There is a huge selection, all different sizes, and very cheap. This shadow box was $3. It was already white but frames are one of the easiest things to paint.

Tin tin

October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

Lovely little tin, 99cents. One can never have too many tins, they hold buttons, beads and children treasures.

Pinterest project- Iron roses

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?

     

 

Three cheers for tractor paper

July 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

This is what we buy for the kids to draw on. They are prolific artists in this phase of life and go through many sheets each day. $3. Cheap and plentiful.

Treasure box

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

This gentleman is spacious and very sturdy. He was $10 at the thrift store.

One man’s trash

May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

One of my favorite finds in college. For some reason a friend and I were walking a rural road and saw a ramshackle shed. Which we explored to find all kinds of junk including a rusted lawnmower. I took this bit of it, a little lidded box with holes. I put a metal sheet in the bottom and sanded the rust off. And used a finishing spray. I’ve been using it for a jewelry box ever since.

Mail fun

April 26, 2012 § 1 Comment

Mail is my favorite. Sending is the best, but receiving is pretty great too. I love old fashioned letters and hand wrapped goodies and postcards made of cereal boxes. I love the process of getting the mail from the box and sorting it and putting each bit in its place. I even love our grumpy and slow post office.

I thought this was a box of breath mints. But it was this little old tin…

…full of lovely old buttons! What a perfect surprise, thank you friend!

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!

Box of beauty

March 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Found in a box from Italy today, love from a friend I cherish.  Such richness! That’s a quote from Little Women. It is awesomeness colored green and the biggest thing I’ve ever picked up from the post office.

And to give you some sense of scale:

Its called a damigiana or demijohn.

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