Easy Painted Signs

The Mr. in these parts has dreamed of building a treehouse for MANY years.  This particular tree house book has been dog-eared and gazed upon with dreams for the future long before there were any tree house occupants in our lives.  One week last summer the DaDa in these parts got into his favorite sort of mischief and made his “fort in a tree” dreams come true. With a fair bit of reclaimed lumber and recycled windows he built a fabulously sturdy house 8 feet up, between the crook of two evergreens. Complete with a ladder swing, rope hoist, doors and gates. It is truly a treehouse palace!  This week the boys and I got to work on some of our ideas to make it extra special.  On a scrap of wood we used masking tape to spell out “kids only”. I gave them some paint with instructions to cover the wood all over.  We were impatient so we used a hair dryer to get the paint to tack up and when the paint was just a tiny bit dry we pulled off the tape to reveal our new sign.  Next the boys decided they needed to fly a pirate flag – with a bit of fabric scraps I sewed one up with simple zig zag stitching and embellished it with skull and cross-bone applique.  I’m thinking this tree house is looking mighty cool!

June 8th, 2011 by zoe 4 Comments


When left alone for any length of time I tend to get myself into some rather large projects.  I think it’s the mischief factor.  I guess you never really out grow mischief.  Both my boys are delightfully curious and can get themselves into mad amounts of trouble if given the inclination and opportunity. One child in particular is a world-class scholar in this area!  The mess below was accomplished by a child who was apparently NOT asleep in his bed. For some reason the larger the disaster the easier it is to laugh about it – the novelty of knowing I can tell the story for years to come seems to pull me out of the initial reaction of frustration. I always think if the man with the yellow hat can put up with Curious George then I should be able to handle this!  Oh and if you wanted to make this “stew” at home you would need 2 cups of talcum powder, shampoo, face cream, a heap of clothes and dash of Ugg boots.

These days the kind of mischief I seem to prefer are feats of strength and stamina – in other words, I redecorate the house into the wee hours of the morning and rearrange furniture that is ridiculously heavy and potentially dangerous.  In these endeavors I have a new partner in crime – ECCO PAINTS!!  It is crazy cool to be able to paint without the toxins and the smells, there are just so many more projects you can accomplish when you don’t have to worry about poisoning your sleeping family.

After an obsession with the green in Soulemama’s new library room I painted the rooms in my latest remodel project with Yolo Colorhouse Paints.  LOVE that green.

And just last night I repainted my bathroom a pale blue —  a rather good kind of late night mischief.There is a giant armoire that I have been eyeing with the hopes of moving across the house but  if I were trapped under a 500 pound hutch the children would most likely use what is left of my Dr. Hauschka eye cream to moisturizer the chickens!



June 7th, 2011 by zoe 6 Comments

Alabama Stitch Skirt & Market days

Lazy Saturdays are country market days. Romping with friends, choosing a pastry,  planning dinner with local ingredients, lounging on the hillside in the shade of a wild apple tree, melodies mixing with the breeze.  It really is this carefree and idyllic. So easy to chat the day away without a care for the chores awaiting you at home.  How I love the farmers who grow, harvest, pack up and haul their wares to town.  Yum!On a crafty note – this is a skirt I stitched as a gift for my sister from the Alabama Stitch Book by Natalie Chanin.  It’s two XXL t-shirts in grey for the top layer, and two black t-shirts for the bottom layer. All hand stitched with a rose stencil painted in black and then cut away to reveal the under layer.  The skirt and the stitching came out great but unfortunately I used too much spray adhesive in adhering the stencil and there is a bit of sticky goo left!!  Grrrr.  It has been washed to no avail so now I need to get more creative.  I thought perhaps to stick it in the freezer and try to scrape it off?! Idea’s welcome. Maybe just wearing it nonetheless would be the best option.  I can almost see it here on the hill with some flip-flops at the market.

June 6th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Make a Fun Coloring Card

The boys call this Peekaboo Surprise.  It’s  inspired by something my Mother made me when I was four or five, she sent it in the mail and arrived marked “from a secret admirer”!!  I remember there was a nickel taped behind one door, and a sun drawn under another.  Just about the coolest thing a kid could ever get in the mail!  These we are using for a Father’s Day card with our Happy Gift Coins tucked behind the doors.

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To make your Peekaboo Surprise Card cut out doors and glue a solid sheet of paper to back.  Cut and color images, glue behind each door.  We used a colored card stock but any paper will be fun fun fun!!

June 4th, 2011 by zoe No Comments


A tag sale find, dragged home and put straight in the water. Remembering that exploring in your own back yard can be the very best sort of weekending.

June 3rd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Make Father’s Day Gift Coins

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right gift, sometimes you just forgot, and sometimes favors are the very best thing!

For all those reasons and more I made these Father’s Day gift coins – I offered up a few of the favorites at our house, but you can add your own too.

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June 2nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments