Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I forgot something...

I made a wreath for the door.  It's based off this tutorial and uses the Happy Halloween banner from this tutorial.

crow wreath
You can't see it in the night time photos, but it's lovely.  I tied strips of burlap around a wire form and then sewed a few to fill in spots.  I added some wide bird print ribbon for a hanger, pulled the feet off a fake crow, and distressed my printed banner.  I printed the banner on a textured grey card stock and then I did some stamping and painting to make it feel worn.  I added cork to the paper so it would have some dimension.  The original instructions are all in the first tutorial link and just do your thing from there.

Okay, now I think I'm done.

Halloween House Decorating Contest 2014

Hello, hello!
Last night was the house judging for the north portion of the neighborhood.  I went with an Alfred Hitchcock "The Birds" theme this year.  I also decided to go all out and make myself part of the display.  I covered myself in fake blood and dropped on the lawn; bird attacked woman of Bodega Bay.
 Oh, Blogger is having some formatting issues!
Anyway, happy haunting!
I hear the book is better than the movie, xoxo
Close up of the porch at night.
Me before I took my place in the yard.

Birds as high as I could reach.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Room with a View

(beautiful indulgence and the item I believe will make the room pop)
This rug right here, needs to get under my dining room table.  When it does, I'll have a view in the room.  I have it on hold at the store.  I'm counting down the hours until I can get it.  Then I'll clean up the room and replace the old rug.  EEEEpppp!!!!!
(more budget friendly option)
Oops, got a little excited; this rug is going to get under my dining table instead.  It should arrive next week.  Plenty of time to prep the room, pictures when it gets here.

As long as there are tassels... who cares?  Tassels!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Vanilla Bean Doughnuts

Photo from Cooking Classy
These doughnuts are baked and beautiful.  I've been wanting to make doughnuts, but I'm kind of afraid of frying.  I do have a doughnut pan though and no fear of baking.  So I tried this vanilla bean recipe from the blog Cooking Classy.  The only thing I changed was substituting soy milk for cow milk (which worked fine).  Dairy, even in baked goods, tends to hurt my stomach so I usually try to eliminate it when cooking.

White glaze
...and, pink glaze
This is how mine turned out; tasty.  There are some other recipes on Cooking Classy for baked flavors which I might try and I might even work up to frying.

nom nom,

Monday, July 14, 2014

Wowie Zowie

The time always gets away from me.  I've been busy though and life has been in transition.  I suppose it's always changing, but sometimes those changes happen like volcanoes erupting.  I finally had that Grey Gardens garden party and jumped on the white walls home trend.  The blogging world controls my design brain.
Rifle paper gift wrap
This paper is my new love.  This paper and the home of Dottie Angel are my current living room inspirations.  My volcanic eruptions led me to a need for a new look in my living space.  It's nice and it feels bright.  I am not quite done with the living room, but I am oh so close.

The old Ikea media cabinet, all dressed up.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Jewelry and Gems

Hello!  I've explained that I have tendinitis and I still do, but this is the first time in my life that I've ever had a brace.  I've never had a cast or a sling or anything.  The wearing of a brace seems to have made me very aware of the appearance of my hands.  So I started painting my nails again and for the first time, became interested in some finger jewelry (I hear this type of jewelry is commonly referred to as rings).

The first thing I normally do is go online and look at all the great stuff I could buy.  After that, I remember that I have a child and a small income and also that I like to make things.  Then I start thinking of all the jewelry I could make and that's when I realize I don't actually have the skill set needed to produce the things that I'm thinking of.  So yeah, then I either compromise to reach my vision or I start learning.

 This is the result of my recent finger decorating excitement; an assortment of purchased and DIY sparkly goods.


I've been saving my daughter's teeth ever since they started falling out because, what do you do with them?  You pull them out from under the pillow, stuff a few dollars in their place and stick them in a drawer, right?  Okay, but then what?  She got braces recently, but had to have 6 teeth removed before they could go on.  Not all of these were baby teeth.  Suddenly I had a wonderful selection of natural items to work with. Woo hoo!  Of course, I have no idea how to make a ring setting and teeth can be hard to work with.  Um, I tried.  I have not been successful yet.  So the ring above represents a compromise.  I found someone who makes ring setting that I like and I asked her to do a custom ring.  It's amazing.  Thank you Sarustar.

What else did I get??  Knuckle rings from Ollie Jays.  They don't appear to have more in stock right now, but these are nice and were very affordable.  They're really comfortable and that was a nice surprise

The other rings in the first photo are my DIY experiments.  I made a few rings using a tutorial from A Pair and A Spare and a few by cutting up clay. --More on all that later.