Archive for the 'design' Category

First Christmas gifts in the making

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The apple scrap vinegar I made using Jonathan apple scraps turned such a gorgeous color of fuschia pink – and smells so good and appley – that I couldn’t just keep it for myself. I have a dear friend that donates her fancy empty bottles, mason jars, and egg cartons to me – I always […]

Blast from the past

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Look what I found! My old pottery website from 2006, two years before I was even pregnant with Sofía. I didn’t realize I’d left it live, but I’m glad I did. (Um, PS: I do much, MUCH better pottery nowadays, thanks primarily to my classes with Mea Rhee. Don’t judge me.) Looks like the basic […]

Crafty cattails

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Our pond this year has been infiltrated by cattails. I’m not sure where they came from -their seeds drift in the wind, I suppose – and I’m not really sure whether or not I should destroy them or let them be. I don’t want them to entirely swallow our teeny little puddle of a pond, […]

What I’ve been working on

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

I mentioned a while back that I was thinking about starting to dabble in silver, didn’t I? Well, I’m going to go ahead and blame that new obsession of mine for keeping me from blogging. (That and, you know, the garden dying with the end of the year so there’s nothing outside to blog about […]

Etsy, round 2

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

I used to be pretty active on Etsy until I got busy doing some other stuff like, well, raising my first baby, moving to a new house, having a second baby, trying to wring a productive hobby farm from land that had been woods for 50 years or more, you know, the usual. Well, now that […]

Shirt makeover tutorial

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Sofía goes to this awesome preschool that does field trips all the time, to parks, the zoo, the library, that sort of thing. They all wear red shirts when they go out together. We looked around for a few days for solid red shirts for her, but all we could find was a Snow White […]

Buttercup dress

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Just whipped up another American Girl doll ball gown for a friend’s daughter’s birthday. It seems everyone around here has one of those dolls! I should mention that I am NOT a doll person. However, I remember all too well how much I used to enjoy them (their dresses, mostly) when I was a kid. […]

Sofía’s swim bag

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

Sofía’s started taking swim lessons at our local aquatic center. She loves them! But sharing a gym bag with her when she goes twice a week and I try to go at least 4x a week – which entailed a complete emptying and refilling of the bag’s contents each time – was becoming quite a […]

Bed time #2

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

I finished it just in time! Last night around midnight I sprayed on the last of the glitter, and this morning found me frantically waving the hair dryer over the shrink wrapping to get it ready for the party… but get it done I did! We used Sofía’s watermelon-colored room paint, a sticker from the […]

Allllllmost there – bathroom remodel

Saturday, May 26th, 2012

We’re getting so close! Today I finished patching over the old medicine cabinet hole , primed everything (there was oil paint), and then had time to paint both the wainscoting and walls. Luckily I’d remembered to measure and drill holes for all the accessories before painting (can’t count the number of times I barge ahead […]