May 2 photo-a-day 

May 2: no filter

Notecards made with paint, ink, spray ink, stencils, stickers, hope.

#MayCraftChallenge17 

#FMSPAD 

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A favorite xmas gift

My husband is the best.  Even when he’s being the worst, he’s the best.  We don’t really do Christmas gifts with each other — we’ve been together a long time, so there’s no need to go nuts, and we’d rather expend the energy, time and money on gifts for our friends and families. 

That said,  the guy is crafty and can still surprise me. I’ve been collecting silhouettes since we moved into the house,  and have a nice little wall collage going.  They’re not as easy to come across as you’d think! I haven’t added to the collection in a while. 

One of my most favorite things,  besides my new nephew,  is the ancient cat who has lived with us the past year and a half.  My dear friend couldn’t keep her,  we became her stewards.

I love this stupid cat so much it kind of makes me glad I never had children.  I think my heart would have burst a million times. 

Enter Creative Husband with an awesome silhouette of our awesome cat, and you had one giddy Larsen on Christmas!!

A photo, a piece of plywood, some craft paint… I  swoon.

Catching Up: Leaves, Pumpkins, and Oh, yeah, THAT happened ….

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So, getting rid of all those leaves was this past weekend’s chores.  Because, if you like watching paint dry, then you super-love hearing about OTHER people RAKING THEIR LAWNS.

A brief detour to the very overdue topic of Halloween ….

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And then also … this happened:

Yay, fall!  And omg so horrified by that raccoon!!!

Weekend Update: Going off-list …

I like making lists.  I like ordering things, categorizing them, creating impossible to-do lists with way too many items on them for me to ever get through in a day.  Or a work week.  Or a weekend.  This often leads to anxiety and stress  (the very thing the list-making helps in the first place!) because at some point in the life of each list I realize I will NEVER get through everything that’s on that list and I get mad at myself for either creating such an unrealistic list or for there not being more hours in the day.  I have about the same amount of control over those two things, too — I can’t stop making unrealistic lists just like I can’t add more hours to the day.  But the lists go on.  I can’t help it!

So I was as surprised as the next gal to find myself going completely off-list this weekend.  It all started when I noticed how dirty the floor on the upstairs porch was.  So I swept it.  Then I thought …  we are NEVER going to get to this room — well, not never, but let’s be honest– buying furniture for it and painting, fixing it up, etc. are pretty low on the list.  So I thought — why not make it look a little cuter in the mean time?  Because there was a little bit of mess on the floor (oops!) and a side table that is a nice little piece of furniture that was left in the house, but it was just (literally) gathering dust.  So I found an indoor/outdoor rug we were using downstairs when we were under construction down there, and I put it on the floor.

cute(ish), right?

cute(ish), right?

Then things got weird.

I was  suddenly and completely inspired to take that little table and fix it up for the guest bedroom.  Why have I not had a nightstand in the guest room?!?!  Our friends have all been too polite to comment on this stunning lack of hospitality, but it’s been driving me crazy.  And here I had a great nightstand the whole time!  So neither of these projects were on my very long weekend list, and yet off I went, sanding and painting….

I took the little table I’ve been using in the guest bedroom and decided to paint it silver — it will live on the porch upstairs.

Hi.  I'm a cute table but I never fit right in the guest room!

Hi. I’m a cute table but I never fit right in the guest room!

I sanded and painted the night stand (still using old quarts of sample paint!) and decoupaged some scrapbooking paper to the top and inside.  I silver-leafed the drawer pulls and ta-da!  Cuteness ensues!

What do you think??

Now, if we could just get that eyesore-front-porch scraped ….

I better make a list!

 

 

A Crafty Tale: a pillow present

Finally finished this pillow for one of my bff’s, my birthday twin… And only a little late.

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The top is an Urban Threads pattern that I embroidered and painted with some fabric paint. That… Fine, yes, ok… I mixed some glitter.

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The bottom half is Sublime Stitching’s Epic Alphabet pattern.

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I lots of floss to keep the lines chunky and colorful.  With this design, I didn’t want to be dainty!

 

And the back is from a store in PA where they had piles of great fabric (maybe old samples?) for $1 a piece…

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And though we shared a birthday in June, I finally got to give it to her today at a lovely lunch her mom hosted at a classic Italian joint in Stamford.  It was wedding party part two, and it was delicious and festive and full of love. Oh, and I might have eaten some of this:

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Woot!

A crafty tale: Unframed

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This is one of the sewing projects I currently have going. It’s a Sublime Stitching patten I have had for a long time and have always wanted to sew. For some unknown reason I have been saving it for a special, magical time and I never knew what I wanted to do with it. Well, that special, magical time is apparently now, and I’m going to hang it on a wall. You can see where this decision took a few years. I’ve got bare walls in the hallway upstairs and at the bottom of the stairs. I cannot stand these bare walls any longer, so I’m working on things to fill them up! Framed color photos downstairs, embroidery & misc things upstairs. I’m debating black & white old photos. We have some really good ones. Yeah, I think I’ll frame them, too…

Snowy weekend projects

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Finishing my sewing projects left and right may be the only upside to this weather…. I’ve been working on this pillow for a while and finally finished it in time for our wedding anniversary on Friday. It’s the date we moved into the house 🙂 The back of the pillow is the same green flowered fabric I made the teeny pillow out of (I like to try to use all the parts…) and just having a couple new, bright pillows in the couch is making me so excited for spring!! The lettering is the Sublime Stitching epic alphabet and I made up the numbers to try to match…

I also finally finished this:
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And it’s now hanging in the kitchen. Chris made the frame this morning out of scrap wood with his kreg jig, and in a happy accident, had to sand it a little where it got dripped on after it was painted, and the effect made it look distressed, a little old and perfectly matching the chalkboard in our kitchen. I love it!!