December 4, 2013
I love that Target has some fun, kitschy Christmas decor this year. The glittered and metallic reindeer do not come in enough color ways, in my opinion. I need a rainbow of deer. Flocked antlers would be awesome too. Next year? They are made for the table top, but I would love a life sized version. Perfect for lawn decorations in Southern California, and a nice accent to flank a fireplace, don't you think? Olive already adopted the blue and pink deer for her Barbie's to ride. The electric candles are my kids' favorite toys of the season. I found them in the dollar spot and you put in one battery and easily twist the candle top on and off. Jasper uses his as a sword and for a magic candle trick. Olive uses hers with her tea set to create elegant evening dining. And the woodsy cabin playing cards are a must have for any Moonrise Kingdom fan. I didn't find all of these things at one Target. I had to shop around. I might need just one more reindeer before they are gone!
December 1, 2013
There are only 5 matryoshka ornaments left in my Etsy shop. All of my readers can take 50% off the price! Really! Each one comes in a Midwest Maude gift box too. Perfectly packaged for the holidays. I won't be making any more of these because It is time to move on to some new crafting adventures! More to come...
Here is a link to the Matryoshka section of my shop. Etsy code: MATRYOSHKASALE2013
November 25, 2013
My clothes have been boring me lately, so I challenged myself to wear as many patterns as possible at the same time. Crazy? Probably. Plaid, stripes and a floral, plus I added my favorite boho meets granny knit scarf to boot.
The scarf is from Free People. A gift from my husband years ago. The leggings are from Target. The plaid blouse and vintage polyester tennis skirt are both from Goodwill. I am officially hooked on my local Goodwill store. I make weekly pilgrimages and I wish I had time to go more often.The booties are from Goodwill too. They were brand new but without a label. My daughter's teacher told me that they are Forever 21.
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November 15, 2013
November 10, 2013
I have been doing a lot of painting again. I finally accepted that our mid century modern house wants to be more modern and less vintage. This makes me a little sad, but our house just looks so much better that way. Now I am painting over most of our walls and coating them in bright white. Testing out paints and primers is time consuming but a good product can save a lot of time. Especially if you are painting an entire house! The best primer I have used for interior walls is Behr All-In-One Primer and Sealer from Home Depot. One coat of this is about the same as 2 coats of other primers. It saves so much time! Killz is a great product for other projects, it's just not the best choice in this case. (I did mention that Killz was the perfect primer for my chalkboard wall in this post)
Another thing I have discovered is that blue paint is very difficult to cover. Harder to cover than pink or green or red. I painted one room a light turquoise-seafoam green. After a thick coat of primer and 2 coats of white paint, I still see a few subtle areas of light blue glowing through the white. It is exhausting work.
November 5, 2013
I had so much fun making these!! You can really hang fast food ornaments with happy faces all year round, don't you think. This is another project I made for the Holiday issue of Kids Crafts 1-2-3. Olive decided to make a kawaii taco to go along with the gang. We might end up with a mini tree of fast food ornaments at this point. The possibilities are endless..sushi, cupcakes, pies, ice cream, donuts..
November 3, 2013
A Pilgrim Chic Bow Tie and Bib Necklace for the cute little pilgrims in your house! This is a Thanksgiving craft I made for Kids Crafts 1-2-3. So easy to make, especially if you use a glue gun. That is Jasper sporting the bow tie and Olive in the necklace. Jasper now thinks his photo will be in all magazines that arrives at our house. So sweet!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. This is my favorite season! I never want it to end.