Thursday, December 21, 2017

Simple Fabric Wreath

Thanks to the addition of Luci-the-Wonder-Beagle (our daughter's sweet, energetic and rowdiness-inspiring pet) to our household, our usual Christmas decor is requiring a change in strategy.

Upstairs (and exposed) goes the kitsch tree with its felt and shatterproof Alaskan/matryoshka mix, while all of the fragile ornamental treasures AND presents go downstairs behind a baby gate.

Sorry Luci, but that's just how it has to be.  That goes for you too, Buck.

Yes, yes, both of you.

With the change in decor, it's time for a new wreath.  I started with two yards of four different colored fabrics and a green wire form:

Our eldest, already home for Christmas, used pinking shears to cut the fabric into strips about ten inches long and two inches wide:

And then it was time to tie, tie, tie.  The frame has four separate circles in graduated sizes, so I chose different combinations of the four fabrics to tie from the inner to outer wire, mixing it all up as I went along:

Door before:

Door after:

Simple and fun!

~Merry Christmas!~

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Greening Up

It's greening up in the greenhouse, which is the point, yes?


Forsythia starts:



Cherry tomatoes:



Thank you, lucky elephant!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Let's Talk About the Elephant...

... in the middle of my greenhouse.

Isn't he handsome?

He's wooden, and just the right size to bring me and my new green-thumb endeavor ~good luck.~

He greets me each morning, and provides twenty-four hour company to shelves, pots, buckets of soil, plant starts, watering cans, and even a Christmas tree.

Yes, an elephant and a Christmas tree CAN coexist in a greenhouse.

I asked Dear Husband to cut some gutters into gradually longer lengths so they could be arranged like so:

I even found a star for the tippy top:

I'm going to attempt to transplant strawberries from outdoor beds to the gutters to see if they'll take.  Strawberries would be beautiful ornaments, don't you think?

I added some other personal touches to this dream she-shed of mine:

... and even Buck came out to explore:

I hope to grow many more plants and edibles for my family in the years to come, and I'm certain other colorful characters and fun decorative elements will eventually find a home in the greenhouse too.

Here's what it looked like near completion:

Thank you, Dear Husband!


Friday, March 24, 2017

Change of Season: Spring Decor

With two days left of spring break, it was time to get out the spring and Easter decor. 

Bunnies, eggs...

A wreath full of happy pastels...

Some mock chocolate rabbits for the kitchen island...

... and prettily patterned metal eggs near a sunny window.

After sorting through a tub full of spring goodness, a sizeable amount will be taken to my classroom on Monday for my kindergartners to enjoy.

Oh yes, I decorate for them too.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bunny Collages in my Etsy Shop

This week's bunnies-on-the-brain symptoms aren't dissipating.  I went to bed two nights ago, not terribly thrilled with where I had left off with this fellow:

The torn paper at the top... yuck.

The next morning, I wondered why I couldn't make more tulle pom poms to soften the look of the paper.  Soft green, pink, white, fun little fluffy poms.  I switched out his tail too.

MUCH better!

Displaying him on the wall above my desk, I thought it would be fun to try a few more.

Canvas boards, acrylic paint, bubble wrap, scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, tulle, ribbon, buttons and twine filled my craft table, and three collages were born.  Traditional pastels...

... peachy coral and turquoise...

... and my favorite, rad plaid.

These are going to hippity-hop their way over to my Etsy shop, along with two spring paper buntings exactly like the one displayed across the chalkboard on my desk.

HOPPY Spring!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bunnies on the Brain

Day 3 of Spring Break, and I've got bunnies on the brain, which is probably appropriate as it's the first day of spring itself.... understandable, as I distract myself in order to avoid jinxing my forsythia... it might have survived the winter!  And well...

... they're just cute.

Yarn, paper, paint, ribbon, beads, floss, felt, felted balls, needles, scissors, thread, hot glue, all in a pile.  Disorganized inspiration for the afternoon.

Pompom bunnies first, a craft I've been wanting to try for several years. Yes, years.  I'm a kindergarten teacher, so I pin a lot of crafts to Pinterest, and promptly run out of time to try them.

But ~not~ on spring break.

White yarn, gray yarn.  Cute little pink pearl beads.

And ta-daaaaaaaaaaa!  A white chinchilla-looking fuzzball.

"Bunny" it is!

Then I tried some floppy ears.  I think I love them.

I told a friend that the pompom bunnies were cute, but weren't singing to me.  Time to move on to paper and paint.

I printed out a template of a rabbit shape that I liked, but couldn't decide between sheet music or black paper with white polka dots.

Why not play with paint while I decide, I thought.

I even tossed some light and dark gray on there and smeared it around.  Tearing some floral scrapbooking paper seemed like a good idea too, at which point I decided on the black and white polka dot bunny silhouette.

Here are the piles now, paint drying, coffee gone.

Just enough time to blog.