Rhino

December 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Remember I bought this guy?

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Painted this guy green:

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Stuck them together, and now he lives with his rhino friend.

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And they are very solemn together. I love it.

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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.

Birds

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.

 

Pinterest project- hang it all

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.

Pinterest project- sentiments

October 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Pinned this on my board:

Made this.

Pinned this on my board:

Made this.

Pinterest is awesome. People are amazing. So many ideas for the brightening of the day.

Left on the shelf- capiz chandelier

October 7, 2012 § 1 Comment

New, less than $10, but I did not buy it. Would you?

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?

     

 

Bunting in the round

August 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

I added color to the teepee over the weekend. These pole caps make me happy!

This was a trial error sewing project. I started with a bunting template, made it larger and sewed a sample. Adjusted and fitted until I like the look. I used fabrics I had.

A tip-top topper!

See the teepees here and here.

 

 

Pinterest project- teepee

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.

Pinterest project- places we love

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!

 

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