One of my earliest Easter memories is watching sharp pins being delicately pushed in the ends of an egg and then being shown how to carefully blow out the whites and yolk. We handled the fragile empty eggs with care as we dyed them. I recall we used wax and carefully, though not exactly skillfully, layered on the colours and designs. Well, the adults and older children mostly used the wax but I was able to help with the dipping....more
I have this whole theory about why I am a better cook than a baker. Baking involves following instructions and being exact. Cooking, much like crafting, can bend the rules. You can add a little of this and a little of that, and it might just make things better. Do that with baking, and your soufflé won't rise. I am a crafter. I love to cook and craft—baking, not so much.
So, the hubster and I finally nailed down our travel system choice. (We went with the Evenflo FlexLite System in Santa Fe Sunset by the way and we're stoked with it so far!)
I personally think the fabric design is kinda awesome on this stroller and car seat—brown and yellow faded chevron stripes—very light, neutral and contemporary! So when I came across the cotton material that I used to make our car seat canopy in Joann's Fabric, I just splurged and went for it!
While curtains are easy to make, for someone like me who is not great with a sewing machine, sewing my own seems a little intimidating. While I'm sure whatever I made would look fine, I would forever see any teeny-tiny imperfections I made on the seams. Perfectionist? Me? Sadly, yes. Then I started thinking -- if I can't make them, maybe I can hack them? I found some easy modifications that can take curtains from drab to fab.
Change Tab Top Curtains to Pocket Curtains...more
I crave colors when spring starts, which is why I love the Julian Orange Pillow from Crate and Barrel: A punch of orange and hot pink, it's perfect for a girl wanting to add a splash of color. Here's my take on an easy, homemade pillow inspired by this look!
Spring is finally officially here! Of course, that means it's time to change out your wreath. I had been thinking about something involving umbrellas ... but then I saw the garden hose wreath over on Create.Craft.Love, and I knew what I was going to make. ...more
Arm knitting is super simple, and produces a scarf in less than 30 minutes! It's DIY-accessible; you don't need any knitting needles; it's also really fun. And hey, what's fun for one person is a blast for a bunch, right? So grab some yarn and call your pals—it's time for a play date with a purpose. It's time, my friends, for an arm knitting party! Here's the scoop
It might be cold where you are, or spring might have sprung early (like it has at BlogHer's office in California), but mid-March is time to start thinking about getting your garden on. Whether you've got tons of backyard space or are more of a houseplant person; whether you're interested in veggies or decorative plants or a little of everything—we've found great garden blogs just for you.
ILONA'S GARDEN JOURNAL
I have wanted to try my hand at making paper beads for a very long time. I have seen them made from paint samples, newspaper, junk mail, and more. I decided that not only was I going to make my own beads, I was also going to use the colorful scrap paper I have left over from art journaling. I have so many beautiful pieces of this kind of paper that it was high time I showed them off.
I think I promised you back in June or July of last year, after we moved into our new home, that I would be decorating my new studio space and planned to post pics for you. Well life, school, being a mom, painting bedrooms -- basically putting the right priorities first -- bumped this project down a ways. In fact, I just did it in February. I used gift cards I received for Christmas and planned and designed my new office!