Tuesday, March 30, 2010

More Napkins!

I made more napkins. Here are the ones I did previously. Four from each pattern. Blue is the dominant color, mostly because I heard blue is an appetite suppressant (well, at least I'm trying). They are also 12 x 12 inches. The cloth napkin thing has worked out really well, as long as I stay on top of the laundry. These have been washed a few times. They are just so cheery on the table, and go amazingly well with the boys' spiderman placemats! Who'd a thought?

Hiding the Loo

Here is a way I addressed letting light into our downstairs bath without giving the neighbors a view. I made a simple valance out of a bold print and covered the bottom of the window with clear contact paper. It is holding up very well, considering all the humidity in the bath. This bathroom is really small, like airplane bathroom small, but it's mine, all mine.

Monday, March 29, 2010


I put this on one day, and Monkey says, "Nice neckring, Mommy." I like making simple jewelry. This pairing of red-orange and turquoise is one of my favorites.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

boy (boi) n. a noise with dirt on it

Friday, March 12, 2010

Somewhere over the rainbow... they have jello

There are few things in life that I enjoy more than the look of surprised joy on the faces of my boys. Such was the reaction when I set these cups of rainbow jello in front of them for dessert. I topped them with whipped cream as "clouds" and vanilla wafers as "gold coins." I get pretty excited about St. Patrick's Day, so this seemed a fun way to celebrate.

Last year, I made rainbow jello in a trifle dish, but it just didn't look as pretty scooped out onto a plate. It also makes a terrible sucking sound when I used a metal spoon, like the sound of a rain boot being pulled out of a deep mud puddle.

I used 12 plastic cups and five packages of jello for this. It takes a couple of days to complete, since you have to wait for each layer to set before adding the next.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

St. Patrick's Day Window Decor

Here is a simple project for St. Patty's. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to make two shamrocks on foam sheets. Kids could help draw the outline or cut out the shapes. I punched holes in them and joined them with ribbon. I hung them on a suction cup hook on the window in my studio.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Monk's Bag

I found a great tutorial over at the Purl Bee on making a monk's bag. This seemed simple enough, and I've had an upholstery weight fabric I've been wanting to make into a bag. I'm not a great sewer, though I think I'm improving with each subsequent project. I made Halloween candy totes for the boys, but this was my first real bag.

I'm on my second OiOi diaper bag. I really like it, but the strap has started to tear away from the fabric, again. It's also pretty bulky. It has a nice wide strap, but it can get uncomfortable. Tote bags roll off my shoulder, so I needed something I could wear like a sling to keep my hands free. I found some functional options, but they all had a hiker look. I wanted something that was casual, but not utilitarian.

I widened the center panel about 4 inches and extended the strap 4 inches in length. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out.

I added pockets to the outside and inside. Must have pockets! I used a plain muslin for the lining. The outside pockets are nice for keys, cell phone, lotion, etc. The inside provides plenty of space for the boys' essentials and my wallet and planner.

Friday, March 5, 2010

I went to the craft store for a rotary cutter...

...and I got these foam firefighter hats, too. We've gone through a couple of the flimsy plastic firefighter hats, and these look like they'll hold up a little longer. I picked up a firefighter vest for Tater, since Monkey had a jacket from Halloween. The boys love pretend play, but I think I love watching them play more. Firefighters, construction workers, engineers, race car drivers, pirates - it's just too cool to see how easily they can take themselves into a different world.

That's what art-making and craft-making do for me. They take me to my right-sided brain to recharge and dream. A few bucks on a couple of hats can do the trick for them. Their enthusiasm and imaginations encourage me to always seek news ways of seeing and exploring... and, of course, appreciate the endless potential of cardboard boxes.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess!

My moms club put on a great birthday party for Dr. Suess. I drew a picture of The Cat In The Hat on poster board, and kids had their picture taken in front of it. We drew outlines of our feet and read The Foot Book. We had a whole pile of Suess favorites that moms read aloud. We ended it with celebratory cupcakes. The boys kept wondering where Dr. Suess was, because who misses their own birthday party?! Well, I told them he passed away, that he was in heaven. We've had a few elderly neighbors pass away, so we've had a few discussions about that. We had a great time, and it was a wonderful opportunity to encourage kids to read.