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 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.
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
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.
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!
April 14, 2012 § Leave a comment
March 30, 2012 § 2 Comments
I found an easy sewing project for little owl stuffies. I pinned it here via efemera ink. This woodsy doll can be stitched in 30 min and is easy enough for a child. I liked the result, but don’t have a reason to make a bunch of them right now. Perhaps a future party favor? It is a great one to keep in the project toolbox and a fun use for scraps.
March 11, 2012 § Leave a comment
To hoard fabric? Fabric is incredibly beautiful and endlessly useful. These two large pieces cost $3 or less at the thrift store and join a carefully curated stash. I have plans to make at least the red one into re-usable gift wrap. How silly we are to waste all that pretty paper each year! The blue is thick and hearty and the red is vintage and a bit chenille with raised fuzzy bits. Thanks to the sofa for modeling.
A simple gift bag/wrap idea here.