Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Blue Toile

I have been searching for some time (that was not a pun, but it was pretty good, huh?) I think I'll start over. For quite some time now I have been searching for the perfect clock for my upstairs bathroom. I have come to the conclusion that it doesn't exist. So,...I had to make one.

Super, super easy, inexpensive project. I bought a $3-ish dollar clock at Walmart. I rounded up some tissue that I already had, a paint brush, and my Mod Podge.

Mod Podged the tissue to the clock. When it dried I went over it with a very thin coat of clear lacquer so that it would not be tacky.

Here she is.............

all done...........

and blue............

and toile...................

and beautiful!!

Go make some time (he he he) to be crafty!!

I am going to link this to Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How Insightful.....

A dear friend recently gave me this wonderful book. "all cats have asperger syndrome" by Kathy Hoopmann. Two out of my four kids are borderline Aspergers. They are not actually on the spectrum, and they are very functional and enjoyable kids. But they are so close to the spectrum that they have many Aspergers specific personality traits. Our family has learned to embrace their unique and quite remarkable way of looking at the world, but sometimes when we are out and about their behavior raises a few eyebrows.

My friend happened upon this darling book and was so impressed with its simple, yet very real and to the point way of summing up Aspergers children for those who don't quite understand. I fell in love with this clever piece of literature just a few pages into the book. It compares cats and their behavior to that of kids with Aspergers. It was so spot on, and you know what,...I am now convinced that my cat does in fact have Aspergers also. :)

Just wanted to recommend this insightful and delightful book to....well.....everyone!!

Thank You Jen E. for thinking of me.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Snow White??

Yes I know,... Snow White technically has dark hair. But this baby has about the fairest skin that I have ever seen.

My lovely and wonderful sister Wendy came with her darling family to visit over spring break last week. Her husband happens to be a primo-photographer and took some pictures of my little Ella. She is featured this week on their photo blog ...Hyde Photography. If you get a chance,... pop on over and see her.

Thanks oodles Hydes!!!! I adore the pictures. Fire-dog, you are truly gifted!!

My remarkable sister....I already miss you guys.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Leaning towards neutral............

What is it about old black and white photos, and vintage feeling neutral decor that is so soothing. Is it that they hold a spirit of quieter times? A spirit of summer days sitting on the front porch swing,...or of reading a book in a room with the linen curtains being blown by a breeze from an open window? I don't know what it is about ivory,
antique white,
silvery grey,
and sailcloth white,...
but lately I am so drawn to these colors. Or maybe lack of colors.

I have been in an effort lately to make my decor more earth quake friendly. Partly inspired by that lively 7.2 shaker that we just experienced last week here in Southern Cali. I have been using lighter decor. Less glass, less ceramic, less heavy frames,...all the while coming to realize that I have also been using a lot less color.

It feels very refreshing.

Aren't these pictures of my parents classic?? No my parents were not born at the turn of the century. :) They are just very unique and one of their many a-typical hobbies is dressing in vintage clothes and driving vintage cars (that my dad restores) with car clubs compiled of equally unique individuals. :)

Function: adjective
2 : of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality : classic
classic:Function: adjective
1 a : serving as a standard of excellence : of recognized value, b : traditional, enduring 3 a : historically memorable, b: authentic

Maybe it is the essence of spring in the air or maybe it is just me, but I want to watercolor for hours on an old rickety sun porch and then sink into soft layers of white on white and take a carefree afternoon nap.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Last minute Easter basket stuffer............

This is a really inexpensive last -minute project to stuff Easter baskets with. These cute little felt eggs, (although mine look more like tulips), are supposed to take up just enough space in the Easter baskets that there will be less room for candy. ie....Less candy for my kids to eat. ;);)

I didn't have a pattern so I winged it. I cut out four tear-drop-ish shapes from felt and blanket stitched each side to the next. Don't forget to leave a bit of space to stuff it.

I cut out cute flower and leaf shapes to embellish it with, and also rounded up some buttons.

Put the embellishments wherever I wanted to with no rhyme or reason. Ever sticking to my motto "perfect is over rated." And,.....voila.....they are fancy little eggs aren't they? Go have some fun crafting!!

I am going to link this up to Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest.
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