Archive for the 'crafting' Category

dye eggs without dying

April 3rd, 2009

Great instructional video from Curbly on dying eggs using natural ingredients.

my two favorite things: cooking and stitching

March 26th, 2009

Somehow, the cosmos aligned bringing me all sorts of wonderful things on my birthday. Some of those things were presents – a gift certificate for Anthropologie, my favorite store now that thrift stores are inconvenient (kids); a starter sewing kit, which considering I’ve been sewing just about all my life seems like a funny thing […]

how to: darn that darn sofa

February 16th, 2009

Years ago the piping on one of my sofa cushions blew out. I’d long ago forgotten until the kid’s spilled something on that cushion at a time when I couldn’t just toss it into the wash, and so I turned it over, rediscovering the blow out. This is a sofa I’ve had since college, so […]

happy valentines day!

February 14th, 2009

From Will, to all his ladies. (That would be ALL of you reading this): For the school card exchange, we made stamps the old fashioned way – with potatoes we bought at the farmer’s market. [eye roll] Will helped me stamp the construction paper, and then hot glue hearts in place. Delusional, I thought he […]

the wine below (awesome wine storage)

January 23rd, 2009

I’m coveting the spiral wine cellar featured on SlashFood this week. I wonder if I can get my husband to drop one in below our dining room. And while he is at it, a hideaway for those nights the kids are crabby. Perhaps more efficient is for me to just stowaway in the cellar, drinking […]

holiday crafting and last minute gifts

December 16th, 2008

We’ve been busy elving, here, but then so has the entire internet. Some of the great ideas I’ve seen and have yet to attempt: Twig Snowflakes. I’d love to have a full tree of these handmade by the family. More pictures and instructions can be found at Pretty Ditty. On the gift front, we gave […]

more elvin’ around – last minute gifts

December 14th, 2008

The elves have been slaving away on handmade Christmas gifts all weekend. Inspired by Sugar City the kids and I made our neighborhood kids soap snowballs with secret centers (in most cases, rubber balls and animal figurines). This is the perfect activity for little helpers as they’ll enjoy running their hands through the soap, and […]

christmas quickies

December 7th, 2008

I made a round of ornaments to hand out to do-gooders this season – our friends who watched Sylvie the other morning so that I could go to an early meeting, another who invited us to her Christmas party… These were quick to whip up and as I dole them out, I’m wishing they weren’t […]

I have a posting disorder

December 1st, 2008

Making up for the quiet I expect on the site later this week, and the quiet over the past few weeks, yet another post tonight. Christmas stocking swaps are in the mail. A sampling of what I made: Pinwheels for the littles – These were quite a pain to pack. My fingers are crossed that […]

old pants, new skirt

December 1st, 2008

Inspired by the refashion spirit at the Bazaar Bizarre, yesterday, I repurposed an ill-fitting pair of pants and a worn pair into a new skirt. Working around the back crotch area that wanted to swing in as opposed to across, I added a kick pleat. Next up on the sewing machine will probably be a […]

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