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Make Hand Painted Tote Bags

October 22nd, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

This quick project has big results! It would be the perfect craft project for a big girls birthday party.

Blank tote bags can be found very cheap at most major craft stores or HERE.

All you need is masking tape, acrylic craft paint, brushes and of course your blank bag.

Lay tape in stripes across the front of your bag. Laying tape at angles will add to your design.

With your hand smooth and press tape firmly onto fabric for best adhesion. Paint your stripes in the spaces between the masking tape alternating colors.

Try not to apply any more paint than necessary.

Allow to dry for a few minutes and then carefully peel off your masking tape,

Revealing your fabulous new Hand Painted Striped Tote Bag!

Now I know you are excited to fill your new fabulous bag with stuff but do make sure to allow the paint to fully dry before using it!!

Fall Walk

October 13th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

One of the loveliest things to do in New England, take a walk down an old dirt road in the country.

The light filters through the leaves, the colors pop, everything feels kind of cozy. Half way home you start talking about the cozy wood fire back at the house and the warm coco you are going to make.

School Picture Day!

September 21st, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Am I crazy, I stayed home from a weekend at the lake because I didnt want my boys to miss school picture day? Yup, crazy.

School pictures seem to turn out simply horrid. But, that is pretty much what makes them …AWESOME! I know without a doubt the fake smiles each of my boys will make. I know they will have a bit of dirt or food on their faces and that their hair will most likely stand on end.

Say it again, AWESOME. With a laser light background or… new this year, the planet earth background.

Around here the Mr. still has a bit of fun with my fifth grade class photo, he tapes it onto cutout fashion ads – hung on the fridge it pretty much cracks us up daily.

We could not miss school picture day!

School & Flowers

September 18th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Fall has been getting off to a good start.

We harvested 20 plus pounds of potatoes from the garden, made a beach at the lake, swam till we could swim no more, and started “real school”.

The grown up folk did some major agonizing about what, where and when in the education department so hearing daily proclamations of “I LOVE my SCHOOL” and watching the littles skip to class through lush gardens with big ol’ smiles on their faces has been pretty epic. Cue Parents high fiving.

I have actually had a few days to work in my studio and started with a flurry of projects and hope to visit here with more gusto as my life hits some semblance of rhythm.

Ha! That is before everyone starts getting colds and the sprouts go and change their minds about the whole liking school thing!

In the mean time I am continuing with my latest house mission, I call it – DOWN WITH BROWN. That’s right brown, I have you in my sights and I am coming after you!

Building Wall Storage

September 1st, 2012 by zoe 2 Comments

The nights have a long sleeve sort of chill, the lake seems optional not essential as it did in the blaze of Summer.

Things are starting to shift to Fall. I feel like a frantic squirrel gathering nuts for winter. Yeah, I just said WINTER and it’s only September. But, whoosh, it will be here before you know it! Or least the mittens and jackets and boots that plauge my tiny house will. Truth be told it’s not just the seasons guiding my need to whip things into shape around here…

Something about sending my boys off the “real” school for the first time is throwing me into a cleaning and organizing furry that even sleeping will not stop. I am dreaming of sorting through clothes and reorganizing!! I have scrubbed nooks and crannies with a tooth brush. Can you say, “anxiety cleaning”. I feel like the whole Summer has been building towards this moment —- Kindergarten!

So how do I deal with my somewhat mixed emotions of my twin boys going off to Kindergarten, growing up, going to school.

Apparently I go out to the barn and build the rustic wall storage bins I saw on Pinterest.

So, here is my new mitten, hat and boot station for my big school boys. Here’s to hoping they can find all that winter detritus by themselves – hahaha.

 

Things I like about this project -

I love the weathered grey stain made with black tea and vinegar. Tutorial here. Non toxic so the kids could help me apply it. Very cool.

I love that I could use a lot of recycled wood making the project cheaper. I even used some wood from an old pallet.

It took me quite a few tries to decipher how to map out the measurements out the angled cuts. In the end it was super easy to do,  critical seeing as I don’t really know how to build furniture.

Now, on the hunt for a coat hook for hanging backpacks, crushing on this one.

Oh and wishing I had a wide angle lens for my camera because these are pretty much horrendous photos, but how does one take pictures of the nooks and crannies of their houses…. it’s HARD!

 

 

My Tiny House

August 18th, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

Have you seen all the tiny house inspiration going on out there?

All Spring I found myself ogling at projects like this and this.

You see, our very own tiny  guest house was in need of a major redo. There was much work to do, which requires inspiration, HELLO  pinterest.

Visual eye candy can literally spring me from the couch into action – tearing down paneling and insulation with lots-a mouse poop in the heat of July kind of action!

Of course having my Dad schedule a three-week visit provided a certain amount of um….. motivation too.

Our house at 1,500 square feet works for the four of us but with guests it can get tight. Plus, guests like to sleep late and take naps. The children are usually so excited to have guests they wake in the wee hours of the morning to jump on sleeping visitors faces with pure love (far too much love for 5 am, love)!

The solution for us, turn garden shed into Tiny Guest House.

I am so tickled with how the project turned out!

I love reading to the boys out there in the afternoons. Something about being in a little Summer Garden House makes me feel so relaxed and peaceful.

And it’s cool to have my painted upholstered chair out there too.