V was baptized last weekend. The deacon explained that it's a type of exorcism (first time hearing that for both of us) and I think it may have worked -- she's ditched the 4 AM wake-ups for the week! I also got a 40-minute, not-on-me nap today. Glorious!...more
I have made a living as a crafter for close to 15 years. It has not always been easy. There were times I was poor, and there were times I felt rich. There were times without health insurance, and times when I was staying in hotels in Beverly Hills. The craft industry waxes and wanes like anything else. This, my friends, is why I always live by the motto that you need to have several financial irons in the fire at once.
I spotted this chair in the back of a Goodwill store. There were various misc items piled on top of it, and It involved quite a bit of work to break this chair free. I was attracted to the chair design ( The chair featured a fleur de lys) and I loved the detail. The chair seat was in very rough shape and it would require re-upholstering. The overall chair frame seemed like it was in ok shape, and I thought enough of this chair to assume the risk....more
I recently went on vacation and overall we planned rather well. We didn't end up bringing many things we didn't need and we only forgot to pack a couple of minor things. Part of that planning was figuring out how many books to bring, something that BlogHer's Facebook community helped me with. It was a screen-free vacation so I only packed paper books. As I settled into a lounge chair on the first day of our vacation I realized I had made an error. I had not packed a bookmark....more
While I was on my making things for me kick, I finally squared away an essential piece of my winter wardrobe. I have what can charitably be called quite a big head. I also have wavy hair that can tend towards huge and frizzy. Finally, I am always freezing. This means that a winter hat is necessary, but always risks making me look terrible and ruining my hair....more
This Christmas I made several gifts for the little ones in my family. One of the things I made was a felt dinosaur play mat. I kept track of the process so I could share some tips with you, and a PDF set of templates. There are multiple posts for dinosaur play mats out there, but most of the ones with templates are for little ones. I must say mine is nice and big, and the templates make it easy to crank it out. This is how I did my DIY dinosaur felt play mat.