THE HIGHLIGHTS 6.6.16

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This week I revisited these outfit drawings that I had started a couple of years ago. I’d love to make a repeats of each of these for wrapping paper. I can also picture them on notebooks and sketchbooks. (Thanks for that idea Sara!) Each series of dresses were designed with a specific gal in mind. Vivian, (above) has a classy, vintage look and wears her hair piled up like Joan Holloway from Mad Men.  She’s quite sultry and she has a sneaky wit. She finds children to be loud and germy.

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These dresses were designed for Francine. She’s got a  Goldie Hawn, pixie hair cut (think the Laugh-in days) and pretty, small, rosebud lips. She’s a beautiful nerd who writes young adult novels about the trials of teenage love during the zombie apocalypse.

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These outfits were designed for Gemma. She is a hilarious, sailor mouthed,  skater/hippie girl. She has long, wild, almost ratty, yet gorgeous ombre hair.  Her pet goats are named Blanca and Hugh and her tortoise is named Serge. She has a pickled carrot booth at the Saturday farmer’s market.

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This week, I also revisited these bunny drawings. Lop eared bunnies are crazy cute. I’d love to see this group on a kid’s tee or maybe some jammies.

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Alpacas, nature’s marshmallows.  I think this might be a great blank card.

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Highlights lately with our little Eden include hours of fun with a dollar store magnifying glass. “Look at THAT!”

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She also loved attempting to scale “dirt mountain” at the park.

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Lastly in this week’s news, check out this leopard that I painted yesterday.  She’s my first leopard. I’m definitely going to need to make a repeat pattern of this lady.  I’ll get the fabric printed for dresses for me and Eden.  A can see a short-ish caftan for me and a little apron type dress for Eden. I can see it in my mind and I really like it!

 

 

 

 

PLAY KITCHEN REDO

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My daughter Eden turned two last December. Since last summer, I checked Craigslist daily to find an adorable wooden play kitchen for her birthday gift. The kitchen needed to be small in order to fit in this little nook in our kitchen and it had to be customizable. I also didn’t want it to be a difficult project. I just wanted something that had great bones that I could add paint to and make it that much better. I did not want to spend too much because I  wanted to buy her some fun wooden food toys, pots, pans and dishes too. As you know, these things can get really expensive if you aren’t careful.  I spotted this one on Amazon. It looked great and it was the right size, but I knew that I could do better price wise and I knew that I wanted to make something special for her.

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My neighbor Michele was also on the case for the perfect play kitchen for Eden. She spotted this one on Craigslist and alerted me right away. It was $30 and was the perfect size.

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When I got to the seller’s place for pick up it had lots of not-washable marker all over it. The woman knocked the price down to $25 because of the marker. I got it home and was too excited to try my magic eraser on the marker mess to take a picture first. The magic eraser worked and the whole kitchen looked pretty awesome. I adore that little stainless steel sink. The label on the back of the play kitchen reads that it is from Pottery Barn. I bet it originally cost a lot more than $25!

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I had a very specific green and orange in mind to spruce up the range.  Martha Stewart came through with the green but not with the orange. I used the Folk Art brand for the orange and I’ve gotta say it did not deliver as well as Martha Stewart’s craft paint. That stuff paints so smoothly on many types of surfaces. I struggled much more with the Folk Art brand to get it to look nice and smooth.

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I think it came out pretty nice! You can see the slightly streaky effect from the Folk Art paint on the orange sink knobs. I kept trying to smooth it out with more coats but the effort was not improving the look. Martha Stewart craft paints are the way to go. The vintage plates and cups are from an awesome Etsy store called Myatticstreasures. I felt that Eden needed a tiny sponge to wash dishes so I cut one of ours in half. She loves to “wash dishes” and “wash her hands” in her sink.

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Here are some more of the adorable vintage plates and a tea cup from Etsy store,  myatticstreasures. Man, I love these! They are so happy and bright.

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The food toys are from this Plan toys set. I love the simple graphics. My neighbor Michele scored the adorable pots and pans set at Home Goods.

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I added one of my Owl and Bird dishtowels (found in my store) so that her stove had a towel hung on it just like Mama’s stove. She loves to thread the towel through and make it look just right.

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Here’s what it usually looks like, total mayhem. The mini fruit prints are from my shop.

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I feel so pleased seeing this little kitchen in our kitchen! Sometimes when Eden is in bed for the night I sit here and organize her food into their food groups and fold her little kitchen towels. I love this stuff!

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This project was so worth the minimal effort! Eden plays with it every day and it will be a good size for her for a while. Here’s to fun, not expensive, not grueling projects! I hope this inspires you to go find a thrifty little kitchen to make just right for your kiddo.

 

GRATEFUL AND PRESENT, A FREE PRINTABLE

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I made this little painting last week.  I often struggle to keep focus on what truly matters in life. I get caught up in what I wish were happening right now, what I don’t have and where I want to be in the future. Grateful and present is my daily mantra. When I get lost, I say those words to myself and it brings me back to the moment that I’m living and it helps me to feel the joy of what I do have.  I did an exercise recently where,  with my feet planted on the floor, I envisioned my toxic thoughts and feelings escaping through my feet into the earth. Our earth is strong and loving and can absorb pain and provide strength. I assigned a color to the toxic thoughts and feelings; that color was a very yucky, puke-y green. To fill my being with love and peace, I envisioned the beautiful, salmon pink that you see above.  The pink color veiled over me like a light mist and helped me to feel light and calm and happy. This exercise is really effective if you are feeling heavy and loaded by the weight of modern living, or if you’re having a dark day where you just can’t get out of your own way. Print this out for free here. If you have enough ink in your printer, it should print bright and vibrant. If you’d like an archival print of this piece contact me to buy one that will look just like the original painting. Share this printable with your friends! I bet that you know someone that could need a lift.

THE HIGHLIGHTS 5.15

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Can you believe these Star Wars books? They are my husband, Jesse’s from when he was a kid. He still has all of his childhood books and his collection is so good. Each morning Eden asks for “Robot”. That means that she wants these books. Sitting up on pillows in the middle our bed, she gently checks out each pop up. “Look Mama, a taun taun.” “R2, wharyoo?” “Yuda, where’d you go?” She says “Yuda” instead of Yoda. (She also calls her octopus stuffed animal friend, “applesauce”. Please never get it right! ) We showed her The Force Awakens this week. She kept calling BB-8 “Baby Egg”. Jesse and I mouthed “Baby Egg!!” at each other in total delight. You can’t make this kind of gold up.

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Eden was Pee Wee Herman for Halloween last year. The other day I sent a Facebook message to Pee Wee asking for her photo to be submitted to his Costume Gallery. I messaged him like it was really him. He replied like it was really him. What a ridiculous thrill!

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It was him. Yes, I typo’d. He didn’t mind. He is my friend. We TALK.

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I recently  designed a new logo and my new stickers and tags arrived today.  I am very, very excited to use them for my tee shirt orders this week.

 

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We had a super fun family time at the park on Wednesday. Puddles were found! Skateboarding! Good stuff.

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The beach was really lovely today. These two were gazing at the ocean for quite some time.  This week was pretty great. Lots of work was done and we did a lot of playing.