December 14, 2013

Things Mary Made

Photos and hilarious comments from my friend Pam. Her mother is the incredibly talented Mary Bonnell. In the 60s and 70s, Mary was a full time costume designer, crafter, and mama of three little girls. You can see more of Mary's current projects here. Pam is happy to have new members. Enjoy!

Just whipped up this little Marimekko number 
for the neighborhood luau. 
Let me just put down my Tupperware 
of smokey links with pineapple!

This is one of my faves. My dad with the dark circles, 
Leslie doing some kind of Damien Omen thing...a classic.

If you thought "aren't they getting too old to wear 
matching Little House on The Prairie dresses?" 
Well, you would be wrong.

We were big on Easter.

Even grandma got in on the act.

Always dressed alike.

What's cuter than two little cowgirls? 
Three little cowgirls of course! 
But that would come in a few months...

As with many of Mary's projects, 
I distinctly remember this one starting with 
the six of us saying "hey mom, we should make a float 
on top of the wagon for the neighborhood parade!" 
And then, well, this happened.

Just your standard bearded Halloween clown.

We took a trip to Miami as kids 
and everyone was assigned a new tropical wardrobe. 
Including my dad (in the water).

Even more Easter.

The Pear Pocket Easter dress. 

I'm guessing this is a pre-Thanksgiving tea party.

I give you, the tomato nehru collar 
polyester jumpsuit.

"You had a baby? Sure we'll visit! 
Let us just throw something on and head over"

Just our everyday matching swing dress/pixie cut look.

December 4, 2013

Christmas Kitsch at Target

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

Miss Matryoshka Sale!

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 15, 2013

Fred Flare is Saying Goodbye

How can this be? This makes me sad. And I can't believe it has been 15 years! Really? That long. I have loved Fred Flare since I discovered this online gem when I worked at Sanrio. All the designers there loved this shop and we searched their site looking for the best new accessories. It always put a smile on our faces. They sell the cutest and funniest things. They are open a few more days. I will miss them. Here is a link to shop.

November 10, 2013

Paint Primer: Killz Latex vs. Behr All-in-One Sealer and Primer

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

Kawaii Fast Food Ornaments: Hamburger, Hot Dog, and French Fries

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..