Now through Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, you can get 10 percent off items in my shop by using the coupon code “blackfriday10.”
Isn’t your neck a little chilly? Better get a fun scarf to wrap around it.
To get items by Christmas, please order by Dec. 18. And to get custom orders by Christmas, they must be finalized by Dec. 11.
And I am doing custom orders, such as my pillows. I’m hoping to add some ready-made pillows to the shop in the next couple of weeks. But keep in mind that I can put any design on a pillow.
Words of wisdom. Family crest. Caricatures of your goldfish. What have you.
You can see some of my recent custom orders in the previous post, and here are some others.
Thanksgiving it right around the corner, which means that Black Friday is just behind it.
So I’m trying to be as productive as possible and fully stock my Etsy shop in anticipation of the big shopping day.
I admit it’s a little bare at the moment, but that will change (I hope).
And I thought I would take this opportunity to share photos of some of the custom orders I’ve worked on over the last several months.
Some were slight variations on pillows that I already sell. For the pillows below my customer chose the fabric to go with these Kentucky prints.
I was asked to make lined pillowcases.
Another customer found similar pillows on Etsy and asked if I could add a fabric border.
It’s only November, and I am already over the cold.
I am over being chilled to the bone. I am over rushing from the car to the front door of my home.
I am over wearing scarves because I need to and not just because they complement my outfit.
And one thing that has soothed my shivers is hot chocolate.
So to help fuel my warm thoughts, I’ve culled this collection of hot cocoa recipes and options and additions, with the help of Pinterest.
Not all of these treats are in drink form — or even hot. But all will bring upon memories of cozy cable knit sweaters, chestnuts roasting, open fires and all of that.
Gray has a bad rap of being all about rainy days, sadness and weird books loved by women with Kindles and iPads.
But it can also be bright and comforting — as seen in my best friend, Andrea’s, gray nursery for her soon-to-be-born son.
This gray space is accented with cobalt blue and orange, and it’s not hard to imagine the memories that will be made in this room, such as rocking the baby to sleep or opening the door to hear him cooing after waking up from a nap.
It’s happy, lovely and warm — just like the infant who will soon occupy this space.
And I love how she and her husband handpicked the little items that dot the room, including the foxes and hot air balloons.
Fact: French macarons are expensive.
Fact: French macarons are pretty.
Like a knock-off Fendi purse, cheap macarons that are made pretty are pretty special.
So if you’d like to have macarons at your party — or even just on your table — but want them to match your color scheme and not break the bank, try painting macarons.
Usually macarons are about $2 each, so this pack is a hefty deal.
And while some may say that TJ’s macarons aren’t like the ones you will find in the finest of bakeries, I think they’re not too shabby. Look for them in the freezer section.
I was given free tickets from the Cincinnati Museum Center for me and my family for its latest exhibit, “Ultimate Dinosaurs: Giants from Gondwana,” and the OMNIMAX film, “Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia.” But these opinions are 100 percent my own. So read on!
It was five versus two — definitely not winning odds.
But my sister and I braved taking five kids along with us to the Cincinnati Museum Center recently, and happily we came out in one piece — or I guess seven pieces, since there were seven of us — on the other end.
“Pieces” actually was a theme for the whole experience, since we got to look at fossils and touch bits from the past as part of the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit.
(See what I did there? “Pieces”? I know — lame. But you get the gist.)
There were several parts of the exhibit to keep the kids happy and, I dare say, learning something.
The Cincinnati Museum Center has captivated me since I was a child.
The museum is housed in Union Terminal, and while the museum has taken over most of the space that once contained passengers awaiting their trains, Amtrak still operates out of the building.
It’s my hope to one day catch a train out of the large, art deco building.
You can see the museum from the interstate, and I and my family would sometimes visit around the holidays or to see special films in its towering OMNIMAX theater.
My siblings, cousins and I would also stand on either side of the large domed lobby, closest to the front doors and whisper to each other. The arch would carry our voices from one end to the other.
So it was a treat for my sister, Jessi, and I to share the museum with our two nieces, nephew and her two step daughters.
Sometimes a baby just needs a bowtie. Or at least I think so.
Baby bowties were among the DIY baby gifts that I gave to my best friend at her shower last month.
And I promise the rest of the gifts were a tad bit more useful.
Altogether, a selection of DIY baby gifts can make for a unique shower present, if I do say so myself.
I adapted these DIYs from other crafty gals on the interwebz, and in several of these projects, I was able to use bits of fabric I already had on hand.
I’m including the links to the original projects, photos of the items I made and any changes I made to the tutorials.
I hope these can help you avoid the whole mishmash of baby registry items that, at least in my case, I’ve given in the past at showers.
Today is my birthday, and it’s made me a little reminiscent of birthdays past.
And this includes the birthday four years ago when my younger brother, Dustin, came home from Afghanistan for the first time.
He’s since done another tour with the Marines in Afghanistan, and you can read about his second homecoming, where we staged a surprise for my parents.
Both homecomings were some of my happiest days, and since his first hasn’t seen the light of blog, I wanted to share it as a birthday present to myself.
So in 2009, my mother, sister and I drove up to Indianapolis — I believe — or maybe it was Dayton. All I know is the feeling when we saw him round the bend and come toward baggage claim, where we had been waiting.
And I apologize for the grainy photos. Cell phone cameras weren’t what they are today.
Just a week or two before, my dad had suffered a heart attack.
It got pretty bad. My sister, Jessi, had all but worked it out with the Marines to send Dustin home early. It looked like my dad wasn’t going to pull through.
There’s so much to buy when a new baby is on its way, hence the baby shower for my best friend last month.
But there are also several items that can be made, hence this DIY door jammer.
This door jammer wraps around the — you guessed it — door jamb, so that the door doesn’t click when it is closed, hopefully allowing sleeping babies to stay sleeping. It is also sometimes called a door bumper.
But whatever you want to call it, it was part of my DIY baby gift package, which I’ll write more about in a subsequent post.
Now to commence with this DIY.
7-inch-by-6-inch piece of cotton fabric. I used a cotton duck fabric, which is like canvas.
Also, if you want to make sure this DIY door jammer fits snugly, measure around the jamb from door knob to door knob. The 7-inch-by-6-inch piece takes into account a 1/4-inch seam allowance, and the piece of fabric will be folded in half. So with these measurements, the final piece will be 6.5 inches by 2.5 inches.
If your door jamb is wider or shorter than 6.5 inches, cut your piece accordingly.
6.25-inch-by-2.25-inch piece of batting. Similarly if you cut a different piece of cotton fabric than the one above, this piece also needs to be adjusted. The batting should be 1/4 inch smaller all the way around than the final size of the jammer.
4 10-inch pieces of thin ribbon
I’ve escaped the tribal trend in the past, but it has definitely got a hold on me now.
The whole chevron thing begat geometric patterns begat tribal.
And in particular, I’ve grown to appreciate modern kilim prints.
Kilim is a type of pattern that originated in the Middle East, from what I’ve read. It is characterized by medallion, diamond and triangle motifs.
The IKEA rug I recently bought might be considered kilim, and I feel like I’m seeing it everywhere now.
So like with a song that you can’t get out of your head, I’m facing it and delving further.
These are 18 of my top modern kilim finds, and I’m translating “kilim” loosely.
But you get the gist.
1. scarf from Ichcha on Shoppe + 2. pillow from Leif + 3. aerograms from The Hungry Workshop + 4. bracelet from Sharon Kaplan Jewelry on Shoppe + 5. quilt from Urban Outfitters + 6. sweater from Emma Stine Limited
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