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creativity life

Dear Spring, Please Hurry!

We are expecting more snow here in Chicago this weekend.  I am seriously sick of it.  I have never anticipated the coming of a season so much in my whole life.  I need green and sun and flowers.  Especially flowers.

I have big plans for our sunken patio and back porch areas and it is sooooo frustrating that it’s way too cold to get started.

 I did go on a mini shopping spree yesterday and brought home three tiny succulents, two beautiful hanging plants, some potted ivy, and a bag of organic soil.  For now, they will have to be content fighting over the slivers of sunlight that make it through our windows.

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This morning I found myself scrolling through a search for “flowers” on pinterest and daydreaming about spring and sunshine and beautiful blooms.

blushpeoniesvia pinterst

landlse

via lifestyle & living

rannc

via padlocks & pearls

pinkombre

via wed society

Hurry Up, Spring!  XO!

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Snow Ice Cream & Real Snow Cones

The snow just keeps coming.  I couldn’t even get out of our garage to take Ava to school today (despite my hour of shoveling), so instead we put on our snow gear, had a little fun, and even managed to shovel a bit of the sidewalks.  All that hard work made us hungry (and really cold) so we headed inside for  a nice warm bowl of tomato soup served with toasted peanut butter sandwiches.  Then I remembered all of the posts I’ve been seeing about making ice cream and snow cones out of real snow and so we gave it a try!

This is our MAPLE VANILLA Snow Ice Cream (adapted from the recipe below).  We used vanilla extract, maple syrup, cinnamon, and lightly sweetened almond milk.  Instead of stirring it together, I used my milk frother (no idea if that helped anything or not, but I’m just really into frothy milk right now.).  Then we started mixing in the snow and voila – snow ice cream!

Check out some other good snow recipes below!!

CHOCOLATE Snow Ice Cream by Just a Girl

VANILLA MAPLE Snow Ice Cream by Mama Papa Bubba

SNOW Cones by Pastry Affair

MAPLE Snow TAFFY! by Family.com

XO

creativity life

Starting to Read Again

I miss reading.  I used to be able to curl up with a good book (sometimes for hours) and just let myself escape into the story.  The excuse is always that I don’t have the time, which is completely lame because I do have the time.  I might have to “sacrifice” a Facebook session or rousing game of Word Feud here and there, but there it is – the time.

For Christmas I received a good ol’ hardback copy of “The Shining Girls” by Lauren Beukes.

PLOT

“In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. He stalks them through their lives across different eras, leaving anachronistic clues on their bodies, until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and turns the hunt around.”

Time travel … murder … suspense … a twist … I cannot wait to read this book!  Every day.  And I’ll let you know what I thought of it when I reach the end.  XO

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DIY Wooden Stool Makeover

I found this plain wooden stool left behind in a closet when we moved into our new rental.  I figured that made it fair game for a little makeover.  I was inspired by a fur covered footstool I had seen in a magazine and thought to myself, “Hey, I could make something like that.”  And so I tried, and I’m pretty happy with the result!

First I sanded the bottoms of the legs to get them ready for painting.  Then I thought I would tape off the bottoms and dip them in white paint … which I did, but it didn’t turn out exactly as expected.  I forgot to take into consideration that they are slightly angled and the paint didn’t dry very evenly.  So, I sanded them down to look a little whitewashed/worn.  I also toyed around with the idea of wrapping the bottom portion with twine or rope, but so far I’ve just left them alone.  My husband suggested using leather or suede scraps, which might look cool if I can find the right shade.

Next, I cut out a foam circle (slightly larger than the seat itself), put some spray glue on the seat and stuck the circle to it.  I didn’t have any quilt batting on hand, but I did have a sheet of a fake snow blanket leftover from the holidays and figured that would do.  I laid it on the ground, put the stool on top and started tightly stapling all around (in doing this, I found that I really love using the staple gun – maybe a little too much).  Then I trimmed off any excess quilting.

For the cover, I used a faux sheepskin (Tejn from IKEA) that I had laying around.  I put it through the washer & dryer to get the shorter, curlier effect on the “fur”.  I then cut out my stool seat circle, leaving about 2 extra inches all around.  I attached it the same way I put the quilting on … pulling tight, lots of stapling, and trimming!

Voila!  New stool!  It makes for a super comfy seat at our counter & my daughter loves to pet it.  LOL

XO!

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Bohemian, Baby!

Our new place has a partially converted garage that I want to turn into a Bohemian inspired art & music space for little miss.  Ava wants everything pink and I want it to be cozy and fun … layered rugs, floor cushions, lots of colors – organized chaos.

I am totally in love with the teepee on the left & found an easy DIY for the one on the right.  Ava and I hit some resale shops and picked out some fabrics (mostly pink, of course) and plan to start “construction” next week!

(right:  via 79 ideas)  (left:  via a cup of joe)

I’m also loving all of the plant life and natural elements in this studio space (of artist Fia Cielen):

(via moon to moon)

More inspiration pieces:

(top left:  via jayson home)  (bottom left:  via gypsy river)

(top right:  via the family love tree)  (bottom right:  via eyes of india)

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Calling All Crafty People!

I should have posted this weeks ago (sorry, Nicole!), but a move to Portland and a broken foot got in the way.

IT’S CRAFTCATION TIME AGAIN!!

Four days filled with workshops, lectures, and craftastic events!

Where else can you strengthen your business acumen while learning how to pickle things, bind books, and crochet a scarf while sampling artisan beers?

Check out the press release to learn more about their stellar line up of presenters, How To’s, DIY’s, and more!

REGISTRATION CLOSES MARCH 1st, SO MAKE YOUR PLANS TODAY!

(Special thanks to Nicole & Delilah for letting me help get the word out again this year!)

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We Made A Fairy House!

My almost four year old is really into fairies.

Like totally mega obsessed.

She dreams about them, she sees them when we are driving through town,

she draws pictures of them, makes up stories about them obsessed.

So the natural thing to do was to build them a home!

We started with a plain rectangular wooden crate we found at the

craft store.  We also bought a variety bag of mosses.

Then we went for a walk around the neighborhood

to collect leaves, sticks, bark, etc.

I got out the hot glue gun and we started covering the crate in

moss, twigs, and bark. (And I only burned myself once!)

We used some old fabric for the floor and sheets

& cotton balls for pillows.

The furniture is made from folded & scotch taped cardboard scraps.

It was Ava’s idea to put a fire in oven

and make little paintings for the walls.

We had a great time making it together and now every night

she sets it all up for the fairies.

And every morning, the beds are mysteriously messed up

and things are moved around.

A child’s imagination is amazing and I will feed it forever. XO!

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Gettin’ Spooky

This is the first year I have decorated for Halloween.  With Ava being almost four, she is really super into it and I just had to oblige.  My memories of Halloween decor are those cardboard cut-outs of jack-o-lanterns & witches stuck to our kitchen cabinets and front door.  Not my style (sorry, mom).

Thankfully I came across Dana Willard’s amazing blog – MADE .  (She is one of those super crafty supermoms that  can make ANYTHING – including more time in the day!  How else could she get all of this done?!!)  She posted some Halloween crafts that even I could do and so I did.

Ava helped me make our spiderwebs and spiders and we were really happy with how they came out!

I started making bats too, but so far I only have about 10 so I’m not sure if they will make it into the house before the 31st.

(Check out Dana’s bats … and enviously clean house!)

And thanks to sites like MADE that give us inspiration!  Happy Halloween!

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DIY Chalkboard House

Ava says she wants to be a city bus driver when she grows up (or a paleontologist) and now I think we can add interior designer to the list.  She has a recent love for her design apps that let her pick out wall coverings and furniture for little dollhouses – maybe from watching me constantly arranging and re-arranging things around the house.

She also just learned to draw an outline of a house and loves filling in the rooms – see below.

(And yes, that is someone sitting on the toilet upstairs – she also thinks p-o-o-p is quite hilarious).

And me, I’ve been wanting to do something with washi tape (paper craft tape).

I was really inspired by this cute little creation I saw on petitevanou .

I cut out chalkboard contact paper in the shape of a house, stuck it on a closet door, outlined it with washi tape & voila!

(And it doesn’t have to be a house – what does your kid la la love?)

A little house for Ava to decorate over and over again!

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Get Your Craft On!

I have always wanted to be a crafty person.  I suppose if I actually took the time to learn some crafting skills, I could make some pretty rad stuff.  Right now, I’m on par with my three year old and I figure we will learn to be crafty together. [Although I am darn good at making things look cool with spray paint – post forthcoming.]  The rest of you DIY mavens should pack up your sewing kits, letterpress blocks, scissors, glue, and glitter and head to the Craftcation Conference in Ventura, CA from March 22-25th.

This three day event was put together by the talented duo of Nicole Stevenson [of Random Nicole] and Delilah Snell [of The Road Less Traveled] [both co-produce the Patchwork indie art festival as well].  It’s a smorgasbord of workshops and lectures geared to help you start, improve, and maintain your very own indie business.

Want to make felt flowers?  You can do it at Craftcation.

Want to learn to bind books?  They’ve got a workshop for it.

Want to find out how to finance your business?  They have it covered.

Bake pies, make jewelry, learn wordpress, expand your business, make jam, take better photos, conquer social marketing, and tons more … sounds like a good time.  Wish I could make it.

Thanks to Nicole for letting me be a part of spreading the word.

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