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Keys To My Heart – Mini Garland

One of my Christmas gifts from my husband was an envelope filled with old keys (he knows me so well).

I picked out the heart shaped keys and strung them on some string.

They fit in quite nicely with our Portland ‘Walking Sticks’.

A nice hint of Valentine’s Day without screaming it.  Subtle enough to leave up all the time.  XO

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Moonstruck! (Lunar Items for You & Your Home)

I’m really into the whole ‘moon trend’ that seems to be on the uprise.  Who doesn’t love the moon?

Now you can show off your Moon Love both night and day.

Give your finger a celestial feel with this Bronze Full Moon Ring by cells dividing .

Pretty sure I will soon be rocking this Moon Phases Tank available at Brandy Melville .

Super cool Trompe L’Oeil Lunar Floor Mat from Urban Outfitters .

I love this Aluminum Moon Phases Cuff by Neurons not included .

A giant moonlight wall decal?  Heck yes!  (from i3lab)

Speaking of giant moons on walls … Laura Gummerman did this AMAZING painted gold moon DIY for A Beautiful Mess and it is other worldly for sure.  I am in love.

It’s Moon Time!!!  Glowing Moon Wall Clock from Think Geek .

I thought this vintage moon print sweatshirt from The Salton Sea looked super comfy.

And I saved my favorite for last.  A screenprinted moon phases calendar from Little Lark.  It satisfies my obsession with the moon and with gold.  This will be mine … today.  Seriously, I’m adding it to my cart right after I finish this post!

Happy Moon Gazing, Everyone!  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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Macrame is Back!

I’m really excited to see macrame making a comeback.  When I was a kid we had a macrame owl with wooden bead eyes hanging in the living room.  I probably made fun of my mom for having it at some point and now I wish she still had it.  I recently spotted some really pretty and quite modern looking macrame pieces I thought I would share (I also included links to some simple knotting techniques.).  I think I know what DIY project I’m adding to my list!

White Owl via The Vintage Loop & Blue Wall Hanging via Warp & Weft

White & Neon Pink Plant Hanger via Pipni & Yellow Plant Hanger via The Vintage Loop

Natural Wall Hanging via Warp & Weft & Fringe Wall Hanging via Slow Down Productions (I heart fringe.)

Fringed Macrame Purse via True Rebel Clothing & Red Macrame Purse via Two Moxie (too cute!)

Macrame Dreamer (I LOVE THIS) via Ouch Flower (Check out their awesome tassels too!)

This macrame “curtain” is TO DIE FOR!  Image via The Brickhouse

And here are links to learn some macrame basics:

“How To Macrame” via Free People (This is the one I am going to try!!!)

“Macrame Lanyard Tutorial” by Jenny Doh

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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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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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Paper Bag Puppets

Yesterday I got out our giant craft box, handed Ava a bunch of supplies, and watched her create these ‘Ava & Pixie’ paper bag puppets.

I helped by cutting out a few things she requested [hair, ballet shoes, etc] and she did the rest herself.  I think they are pretty cute and wanted to see what kind of paper bag puppets other people were making.  I’d love to see some of your own creations too!

I love this pirate!  By Amanda Formaro on Kaboose

From ‘The Star Wars Craft Book‘ by Bonnie Burton, Admiral “Sackbar”! LOL [via boingboing]

Toothy Guys by Michelle M. of Isle Tri

Rrrribit!  Cute and Simple Froggie from Learning Ideas

I am crazy about this owl made by Denise Sharp.  I think I’m going to buy a pack of brown paper bags today!

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