Easter Party Goodness

Easter 2017

I’m deep into prep for tomorrow’s Easter party, so that means it’s time to see what we did last year!  Our traditional Easter menu never changes, but I always mix it up with the cake…which was gorgeous last year!  Continue reading

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Easy Kid-Made Valentines!

IMG_6716I used to love making little Valentines for my classmates and I distinctly remember refusing to hand out store-bought ones several times.   My mom probably just didn’t want to spend money on all of the supplies I needed to make them (and who could blame her), but denying an art-loving child their opportunity to make something is a pointless battle!  Since I became a parent, I have tried to teach George, and someday Fred as well, that handmade gifts, handwritten cards or even just proper Thank You notes are important and valued.  What better way to show you care about someone than giving them something that took some thought or time?   That being said, asking a toddler with little to no fine motor skills to make something for Valentine’s Day is obviously not realistic.  Last year, I figured out something that we could make together for his classmates and he loved it!  Continue reading

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Mini Studio “Renovation”!

Whoa…I’ve been away for a bit!  The holidays are the busiest time of year for my work, so it’s hard to take the time to blog about everything I’m doing and during that time my studio fell into a complete state of disrepair.   It was finally time to deal with my work space and I’m so happy with the results!   This project was a long time coming and there were a lot of things to consider before diving in.   Continue reading

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(Sort of) Handmade Halloween…SPIDER!

While I’m more than willing to spend a lot of time and effort decorating my house for Christmas, for some reason I just can’t get it together for Halloween even though I love a good haunted house.  Usually we just throw a few pumpkins on the porch and then process them after the holiday for pies and soup, but this year I thought I’d try something a little more fun…as long as it was still easy, cheap and fast!   I bought a fairly ugly gigantic spider on Amazon and then basically just made it look a little better with glue and paint.  I love the ridiculous scale of it on the house!  After we hung it, we realized it needed a little something more, so we grabbed some cobwebs from the drugstore and abracadabra, our house is home to pretty creepy monster spider!  Continue reading

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(Sort of) Handmade Halloween

I can’t count how many times people have suggested that Halloween must be my favorite holiday because I have a degree in costume design or that my kids are so lucky to have a parent that can make their costume dreams come true every year.   Maybe it’s just me, but once something is your profession, even if you aren’t currently working, it’s not really something you seek to also do at home!  Around this time of year, I’m always already neck-deep in making Christmas ornaments for my store so Halloween always sneaks up on me!   Despite what people may assume, I am perfectly happy to just BUY a costume if it already looks great or is something I can alter or easily make into something better.   Continue reading

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A Train Car Birthday Party!

A train car at Travel Town Museum!

It wasn’t difficult to pick the theme or location for G’s 4th birthday party this year because he is SOOOO into trains right now!   He has to be holding some sort of toy train, train photo, train sticker or train book at all times and at the dinner table, they are allowed to sit and “watch” us eat from a short distance.   He even sleeps with them the way most children would sleep with a beloved stuffed animal.  It’s amazing. Continue reading

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A Quick Bathroom Makeover

When we closed escrow on our rental house, I wanted to make changes in each room to make it more “ours” without a lot of fuss or money.  Our bathroom was redone cheaply in the early 90’s and it is definitely on the top of our list for a major makeover, but we aren’t ready for that kind of expense quite yet, especially with a $10,000 fence somewhere on the horizon.   I decided to give it a quick makeover to tide us over until we could redo the whole thing with new flooring, tile, sinks and hardware.   Continue reading

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