Changing Spaces

August 21, 2013

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Didn’t mean for the blog to go dark for so long (almost an entire month, oops!). But within the last few weeks we learned that our landlord sold the house we’re renting so we’ve spent a considerable amount of time searching and finally securing a new place. If you want to drive your kids crazy, drive them all over Charlotte to view house after house after house. Then, milkshakes for dinner would be totally justified.

The house is slowly being overrun with boxes so I won’t be working on any new projects until after the move, but this DIY rocket we made earlier this month is now up at Hellobee!

Cardboard Rockets

Sparklers! and July Projects

July 7, 2013

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Since it’s too late to greet you with a happy 4th, I’ll wish you a happy July instead! The celebratory month that sees the birth of our nation and incidentally, the founding of Chipotle as I’ve just learned today.

Below are some early previews of projects I completed this weekend. I love working on children’s crafts. There’s a lot of latitude in how cutesy a project can get as long as it’s intended for kids.

And after years and years of wanting to do something with this vintage sideboard that I literally found on the side of the road, I rescued it from its sad state by giving it a makeover. I didn’t think to take a before picture with the doors and drawers, but I think you can easily tell it needed a good dose of TLC. We’re really happy with it and I’ve received lots of compliments from the kids on my painting skills.

sideboard makeover

DIY Decorative Wall Hooks

September 28, 2012

Some cute wall hooks I made for M’s room. Main ingredients: a wooden dowel and shrink film!
Full instructions are at my post for Dotcoms for Moms.

Cardboard Maniac

July 22, 2012

Crafting has been extra light as I’ve been working on not-as-exciting corporate design projects, but sometime in the next week or so, I’ll be sharing an even cooler version of the kids’ little cardboard house. (And the way I styled the house with lights above — definitely a big-kid thing, not for the baby as much as she’d love it and try to eat it.) I spotted Andrea’s houses on Pinterest and love the little neighborhood going on.

Speaking of cardboard, as we worked on cleaning out the garage this weekend, my affinity for boxes and corrugated was made even more obvious. It’s already looking like round two at Ikea will be needed to contain all my shiz. You know it’s problematic when your crafting stuff spans three rooms and two floors, but in a small way that makes me feel proud and legit.

(Ikea demands stamina. Not for the faint of heart.)

Working On…

June 7, 2012

Mara’s nursery is coming together at a snail’s pace. Maybe my lack of motivation is because I don’t have an overarching vision and I’m content enough when there aren’t toys and blocks underfoot. But, inspired by these photos from Plumetis Magazine, I made a hot pink star garland out of felt. That’s progress.

And that second pic — that’s the wannabe mid-century modern kitchenette I’ve been building for Dax. The sink is foam core, but the rest is all cardboard. I have a game plan for the burners, but still trying to think of a solution for the faucet. Dax’s great imagination has been tiding him over in the meantime. Full post to come…soon?

Speaking of projects, I shared a fun twist on the traditional paper airplane over at All for the Boys along with an easy tutorial for our favorite flyer.

Also, Liz of Marry Me and Fly Free did an interview with me about travel.

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