Saturday, December 31, 2011
I mentioned a few weeks ago the storage bins are in our bedroom. I discovered a bin of my design projects today. Nostalgia hit hard...last night I photographed some printouts.
I'll be honest. I miss earning an income, organizing consumer research, seeing a product go to market. At the same time, I find staying home with Bryce and Kinsey very rewarding.
So I'm learning to integrate the best parts of design to our everyday life.
Lee and I just finished (or rather, refinished) a project. I'll share in a few days.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Where to buy
I bought the markers at Blicks. For the mugs I checked Goodwill first but most had a logo. I bought these at Dollar Tree. The boxes are photo archive containers from Target, they were the perfect depth.
Check the pens
My black + aqua markers worked great. I bought a 3rd color and after multiple returns tried markers in store with the manager. I ended up with gold porcelain paint-it was thicker but great as an accent color.
I was too impatient to trace anything first, but I drew quick pen sketches on the kid's construction paper. It was helpful in deciding which design would translate to the mug.
Wipe off the mistakes
If you make a mistake its easy to wipe off with a damp cloth. If its been a few days rub it off with some warm soapy water. It won't be permanent until you bake the mugs.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
And while I still really like the idea of wallpaper (more ideas here) the reality is we're renovating the basement + hoping to put in new flooring soon. So paint is the cheapest option. I've thrown together some images of my favorite blues + greens with wood accents.
Top left clockwise (links to pinterest) Elisabeth Dunker's Swedish Kitchen.
I really like aqua (even when I was little I loved blue mason jars) and I'm afraid of over-using it. My practical side says paint a neutral greige and decorate with color accents. What do you think?
Monday, December 26, 2011
We drive by Wescott's on 7th Street at least once a week with both kids in tow. But chasing two preschoolers in an antique store isn't exactly my idea of a fun time. So I enjoyed taking taking baby girl shopping with me--she behaved beautifully. I really wanted a soda crate for crafts like this or this but couldn't justify spending $30 on a coke crate.
So we headed to my favorite thrift store where antiques are undiscovered. I really liked the globe floor lamp but one of the bulbs won't tighten--is that fixable? I also found a Wolverine metal play kitchen. The condition was fair and at $15 a piece (3 pieces for $45, they resell for up to $75) I passed.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
We had a few flurries today, just enough to cover the ground. Its such a change from last December's snow.
And though I'm not one that loves cold + snow I really hope for a white Christmas this year.
But if the ground is free of snow it will feel a bit more like Christmases I grew up with in Georgia and South Carolina...a taste of home. Do you wish for a white Christmas?
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
We still plan to check out the Macy's display in Minneapolis. And I'm really looking forward to the Christmas Eve service Saturday night. Do you have any special activities planned before Christmas?
Monday, December 19, 2011
|kraft paper and leftover glitter paper from archivers|
|grabbed a piece of cardboard from the basement and a few lampshades to trace..|
|a box cutter for the cardboard.|
|ready to wrap|
|strips of kraft paper around the frame.|
|I didn't have a plan before I started. this star caught my eye decided to trace it.|
|a few basic cuts..|
|used some leftover felt (from last Christmas) for the ribbon. voila!|
our bedroom! Not ideal but its given me great access to sort and organize. Where do you store things? I grew up using attics, we have one here but its not very accessible!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Excited to share some photos from our photo shoot at the Walker last Saturday! First time we've used a photographer since our wedding 6 years ago. It was definitely a different experience this time- chasing a 4 and 2 1/2 year old and encouraging (read: bribing with cookies) them to sit still and smile.
|Our sweet Bryce. Playing angry birds of course...|
|Kinsey our little risk taker. Her hairband definitely didn't stay on her head..|
|Love this guy|
Our photographer, Jenny Rigney, did an awesome job. We took some outdoor shots and will see those in a few weeks. Perhaps a part 2 next month?
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Ta-da! Their beautiful trees. Hung with less-beautiful painters tape. Any ideas for hanging temporary artwork?
I also made a few cupcake-liner snowflakes.
Notice our snow melted!? my native-Georgia self loves seeing grass...
Then I brought out our Christmas tree (yep, its fake. i get a migrane from real trees)
Each branch is tagged with a color and letter. It was a great sorting lesson for the kid and they loved helping me...Excited to hang lights when Lee gets home!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
We have allergies. But I'd love the experience of buying a real tree.
Perhaps a mini one?
i (gasp) usually make cookies from a mix. Its much easier when you have
little helper hands. But I'd like to try these swirl cookies.
|a cardboard tree like this from Tinker Lab. we should have everything on hand.|
|an ice wreath. this can wait until January. we won't get above 30 next month so it|
should last a while...
Ever feel a little over-inspired? I have so many Christmas projects running through my head. And Christmas gatherings, presents to get ready for teachers, ect. Its a busy month. Love little reminders like this that help me keep perspective on the meaning of Christmas.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Meanwhile my husband decided to model our house. for the fun of it. finished in a few hours...
Love how accurate it is! Clearly some lego-giftedness going on. If you haven't been to our house before, you can see a front shot here or here.
How do you pass the time after dinner when its cold and dark outside?
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
A few days ago the kids pulled most of the ornaments off our plant and hung them on the stairs. I found it rather pretty + unexpected.