We have finished our travels and returned safely home. Now we have nothing left to do but eat leftover cookies and play with new toys. Sounds terrible doesn't it? :) I will resume regular posting on Jan. 4th! Until then...hope you have a happy New Year.
I know this look isn't for everyone, but I quite like it. For Christmas I asked my dad to roll me a vine wreath and send me some antlers. I'm not sure what I'll do with them just yet, but I'm sure I'll come up with something. Growing up in an area that was as rural as it gets, the antlers remind me of combing the woods, finding shed antlers, the perfect hiking stick, and even an arrowhead or two. Gosh I miss those days.
We're not doing any more renos on our current house, but that doesn't mean I can't dream about the next one. I love bright kitchens, white cabinetry, open shelving, and cute little dishes that will motivate me to get in the kitchen and make something! I found the kitchen above from Notebook via DesiretoInspire. It's so simple and perfect. I'm just sure there's a window to the left that overlooks a vegetable garden and fresh laundry hung on a clothesline. Can you see it too?
I've found all the goodies to fit the space, now I just need the house. Anyone want to find that for me? :)
Where have I been? How come I've never heard about Joy the Baker? I was knee deep in a tasty treat search over at Flickr, when I discovered her blog. I've been drooling over her cookie section while dinner is in the oven. I can't wait to try some of her recipes!
I've never rode my bike in the snow, have you? I do know when we wind up with a blanket of white underfoot, sounds are muffled and everything looks so bright and beautiful. The traffic slows on uncleared side streets, and it's kind of nice to get out and enjoy the calmness that's a bit rare in the city. So, I'm thinking a bike ride could be on my winter to do list this year. What's your favorite way to enjoy the snow?
Fresh shops are opening up everyday over at Etsy! Am I sounding like an Etsy cheerleader yet? I hope so, because I'm a huge fan. These finds are from shops with less than 15 sales. It can take a while to be "discovered" amongst the hundreds of thousands of items over there, so encourage these sellers, and heart their shop if you like what you see.If you have a up and coming etsy shop feel free to post your link in the comment section :)
I whipped up these simple gift tags to go along with our packages this year. I printed them on white cardstock and used a 1.5 inch paper punch to add the decorative cut edge. You could cut them out as is, print them on sticker paper, string them up as garland, etc. Be creative! You can download them here. Personal use only please.
How was your weekend? Mine was very productive. Gingerbread house, done. A wee bit sloppy, but still, done. Presents wrapped. Snow boots, bought. New down coat + new favorite jeans, found. A Charlie Brown Christmas, watched. Orders, shipped. Prints, listed. Whew. Glad it's Monday. Also...
A couple of new prints in the shop today! "She Belongs There" started as a rustic ink drawing, then I digitally colored and manipulated it to fit a few different colorways and sizes. (Blush, Cloud, and Linen.) "Farmgirl" is also now in house as an 8 x10. And...for those of you who asked, there is a new larger, 11x14, version of The Alphabet Printnow in stock.
The weekend is almost here! What do you have planned? We're shopping for new winter boots and mittens. The snow is coming, slowly but surely. I think we also have a date with hot cocoa and Charlie Brown's Christmas. Hope you all have wonderfully cozy weekend :)
Photo via PostPurchase's photostream on Flickr.(Lots of beautiful shots in this set)
Another quickie craft. Keeps the kids busy. Little paper deer. I used sturdy watercolor paper, but I imagine you could use something else. Perhaps cardstock, cereal box, or a holiday greeting card. Anyway, it consists of four cut-out shapes. Two upside down "u" shapes for the legs, a body, and antlers. Cut notches into body and legs so they go together. Then notch the head so the antlers can slip in. If you don't have kids nearby nagging you to hurry up and finish drawing the pieces, maybe you can be extra nice and give your deer some ears and a tail. :) We just scribbled some coloring pencil on ours and called it done. Good luck.
I was flipping through my inspiration files last night looking for photos of art collections. I like to randomly hang mine in groups, nothing too precise. It takes too much effort on my part, and this way I can rotate pieces in and out, without throwing the whole look off. I really liked this particular dining room. (2nd photo) I love the bright happy rug, the pendant light, the expansive floating storage, and of course the art display. Then I moved onto my office files, and found another photo I was really drawn to. It looked so familiar. Then I realized, it's the same room! Just styled different. Ha! Stick with what you like I say.
Every year we make a few new ornaments for the tree. This year the girls and I made paper globes. All you need is strips of paper, all cut to the same length, a hole punch, and metal brads. Punch a hole in each end of the strip of paper. Layer paper over the brad, close, then repeat on the other end. Add a string, something decorative, (we used beads or buttons) and your done. My kids managed this all by theirselves, with the exception of tying the string. So it's perfect for little ones.
Playing around with the idea of scanning my drawings, then adding pattern through digital collage. The patterns come from photos I took in my backyard and around the house. This experiment furthers my love/hate relationship with Photoshop.
Hello peeps! It's Monday, it's frigid out, and we're expecting a few snow showers I hear. (eek, so excited about that!) I spent more time than I intended to working on shop stuff this weekend. It started with making little gift tags, then onto designing new business cards, then checking to see if I needed to order new mailers, or ink, or paper... worked on a new print, shipped out lots of packages...the list just kept growing. Date night was spent "filling up the sleigh", aka doing Santa's dirty work, aka shopping for the girls. It's d o n e. Now all that's left is the handmade stuff which is by far the most fun! Before I dive into that though, I'm thinking of doing a little creative something for myself. I really wanted to re-cover some of the throw pillows in our living room, just to switch things up a bit for the winter. (Currently, I'm at 1 down, 5 to go.) It's about the easiest and quickest way for me to give the room a face lift. I've been eyeing the cozy pillow in the pic above for a while now. I bookmarked it with the title "make a pillow from husband's shirt". Ha! Sorry about that dear. Now where's that flannel?
Look at this gorgeous piece by my kindergartener! She had the option to participate in an art exhibition through her school district. The theme of the artwork needs to be "beauty is...". She decided that sunsets are beautiful and made one from paper collage. She really has a way with a gluestick, no? She says she really hopes no one thinks I did it. She wants full credit for this one. So cute :)
I decorated our mantle this weekend! I wanted something simple, festive, and free. I left the 2 white vases in their places and swapped out everything else. First I grabbed some evergreen clippings and a couple of crab apple branches from around the neighborhood. Then I wrapped a couple of jam jars with collage papers, red twine, and vintage lace. The wreath was made by me and my 6 year old in about an hour. It was so simple to make, and I love it's texture. All you need is a wire hanger and some scrap fabric. I used remants of unbleached linen, khaki canvas, white cotton shirts, wool felt, and lace. Cut the fabric into strips, mine were about 1" x 8". Then bend your wire hanger into a circle. Next just tie your fabric strips in a knot around the hanger. Keep tying until it is the desired fullness. Easy peasy! Next on the agenda, we have a gingerbread house to assemble :)