A Porcupine came to lunch!

We were having lunch on the deck and I looked out and saw a big old porcupine hanging out in a tree in the backyard!

On closer inspection there was a little baby in the next tree over. They didnt seem to mind the many pairs of eyes spying on them from down below. They continued with their napping and munching. Sweet little critters!

I learned a bit more about porcupines here and here, old world and new world porcupines — who knew? And that baby porcupines are called ”porcupettes”!

I was surprised to see the little baby off in it’s very own tree but apparently porcupines are ready to go off on their own at a mere 2 months old. Like wow.

Animals are so cool.

 

August 20th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

My Tiny House

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.

 

 

August 18th, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

Ah…. SUMMER

Summer came on like a blaze and all we seem to manage is swimming everyday – ocean, lake or pool. We dont give a darn as long as it’s cool.

I keep telling myself I WILL get back to work, but, there’s plenty time for work come September. Big fun these Summer days – a  splish splashing cannon ball of fun

July 24th, 2012 by zoe No Comments

Kid Friendly Batik Scarf

We are zooming to the end of the school year. For my boys that means moving on from preschool, exciting and scary!

This week we worked hard to come up with a unique and special thank you gift for their teachers – made by them.

Inspired by this tutorial, join us for our experiment in kid friendly batik.

For this project we used -

*2 yards of white Kona cotton, we cut the fabric lengthwise into four scarves. Next we pulled the first few strings from all four of the cut scarf edges, washed and dried them on hot. Pulling the strings from the edges and washing leaves your edges frayed but “finished”.

*Elmer’s Washable Gel Glue (Blue or Clear)

*Cheap Acrylic Craft Paint

*Saran Wrap – for protecting our work space

*Blow Dryer – for speeding up the dry time!

*Paint Brushes and Glass Paint Jars

After our scarves were washed and dried we lay them out flat on a layer of Saran wrap and the boys decorated them with Elmer’s Gel glue —

After the fabric is sufficiently glooped with lots of glue patterns you must let the glue dry overnight. We found that the glue tended to spread a lot so if you are attempting to make images or letters make sure to make them thin and large.

Next we made our “Fabric Stain” by taking about 1 teaspoon of craft acrylic and mixed it with about 1/2 cup of water – mixing well so that no clumps of paint remained. Your stain should to so thin as to have the consistency of water. For darker colors you should use more paint but for making scarves we want to ensure our fabric didn’t get too crunchy!

Liberally paint your fabric with your “fabric stain”, allowing it to soak all the way through your fabric. Ideally paint the entire scarf with color!

We then used a hairdryer to speed up the drying process.

After the scarves had completely dried we soaked them in cold water for 15 minutes and scrubbed out the gel glue.

next we popped them into the line to dry.

We love how our fabric came out!

Not the best shots (in my bathroom mirror) but here are our

Kid Made Batik Scarves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

June 7th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment

Nature Magic

It was a special day with the very best of friends at our favorite river spot.

THEN… we found out the river banks were teeming with dragonfly shedding their nymph skins to metamorphosis as winged beauties. AMAZING!

I learned a lot about the whole process here . Finding out that it can take up to four years for a nymph to develop and metamorphosis into a full grown dragonfly made witnessing the transformation even more spectacular.

Nature really is MAGIC!

May 31st, 2012 by zoe 3 Comments

Sewing for the Walls

Remember this from awhile back?

It’s an old frame I found that gave me an idea for stitching up some fabric appliqué art for my boys wall.

I drew a picture and mapped out some fabric pieces and started to stitch my fox onto a utility fabric bought at Joann’s.

With this and this as inspiration here’s what I wound up with -

Meet my Mr. Fox.

He’s all machine stitched with felt, cotton, silk and cashmere fabric scraps. The kids are pretty floored by him but I dare say a bit scared too! I myself am pretty floored that after a year of thinking about this project I can now put it out of my head and onto the walls.

Also up on the wall my little Amy Butler banner, some tiny thrifted paintings and a silly Green monster I  made from a log slice. Perhaps one of these days I will get a better shot of how this newly done up kids room is coming together – someday..

May 28th, 2012 by zoe 1 Comment