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On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Remember yesterday’s cute little mushroom?



by Nelly Pailloux

Both girls were drawn to this book the other day. But it was Falafel that really took to hand sewing! And more so, embroidery. This book breaks it down in easy step-by-step diagrams, which made it very user friendly for our 8 year old first-time sewer. And even better, she did it all by herself! She was super proud of her little mushroom girl.

What is on YOUR shelves today?


School is officially out now, and we are easing into Summer. Falafel has been drawing a ton.


At any given time of day, we can find her drawings on our whiteboards, or on little slips of paper, like the one above.

This one is entitled “The Fairy Queen is Back!!”.

Not sure where she went, but it is lovely to see her, and it is good to have her back.

I love seeing my young girl’s style slowly emerge. My goal for the Summer is to surround our home with both kids’ art.

What have your kids drawn today?

A thousand things to do, so why not add a major project?

The end of the school year is coming, and we had the eighth grade banquet, and I have a few sewing deadlines, so it was the perfect time to take all the bathroom cabinets off their hinges and repaint them, right?

*insert rolling eyes at self here*


It really could have waited a few weeks, but that is just not how I work, apparently.


I do love how it looks, though, now that it is all shiny and new.


The funny things is, I have shown this to several of my friends and they all responded with “It wasn’t white before?“.


What projects have you tackled this week?

Paper plate weaving

In my hopping around these here internets, I found this tutorial for paper plate weaving over at Scribbit.

paperloomm We only had a paper bowl, but it worked just fine! Falafel is really enjoying this very portable project. Brilliantly simple. That is my favorite kind, too.

What have YOU made today?

To Infinity and Beyond

Well, I made something but it has nothing to do with Buzz Lightyear (get it? The title?) . Every time I hear the word “infinity” as in infinity scarf, I automatically go to Toy Story. What’s wrong with me?

Anyhow, I jumped on the recycled t-shirt infinity scarf bandwagon.

scarvesm I made a few.

scarveCollage These are so much fun. I took old t-shirts and threw them in with some bleach to see what would happen. Then cut and tied.

scarves3m Then we had ourselves a nice little photo session.

scarvesfal6m Falafel thought this one went well with her shirt.

scarvesfal5m I have to agree.

scarvesfal4m I wouldn’t recommend these for little kids, but my 8 year old loves it.

scarvesfal3m OK just one more of her…

scarvesfal2m I gave one to The Bee as well.

scarvesbeem Very snazzy, no?

scarvesbee3m Of course, she gave me some goofy ones.

scarvesbee2m Needless to say, goofy or sweet, both girls love their new scarves.

scarvesbee6m I love how easy it was to make them!

Have you made these yet? Do you wear scarves?

Back to Paint

In another life, I painted. For a living and for fun and on a whim.

I used to paint clothing for a job for two different people, and then for myself in my early 20′s. And I was a Fine Arts major in college, so I painted for fun and education too. I painted murals for people. I even painted my car.

Then the children came. Over this next part of my life, painting has taken on a much more practical application. Usually in the form of walls.

The other day I found a few chairs on freecycle, and an idea hit me. I have always wanted to paint an “art” chair. So what was stopping me?

chairwholem I have begun.

chairback2m My inspiration for this one is an old favorite board book (Bear in a Square) from when The Bee was small. It had made such an impression on me that I can still see in my mind the bright colors and patterns the illustrator used, a whole 14 years later.

chairclosem It is not done, yet. I still have places to touch up and things to add, and the whole thing to seal, but I am on my way.

chairm I forgot all the things that I love about painting. Like picking it up whenever I have a spare moment or two. It is a very forgiving craft and fairly easy to leave and come back to. Very portable too. I did some of this on our kitchen counter while drinking coffee and eating a brownie. I did have to use a fork to eat, though, to avoid painting my food. Ha!

Have you painted before? Do you paint now?


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Christmas Valentines

We have lovely thoughtful friends that send us beautiful photo Christmas cards every year, so I leave them hanging until the end of January. Sometimes I save them until the next year to see how everyone has changed, and sometimes I don’t. But I can’t get past how much thought has gone into them, so I wanted to find a way to appreciate them a while longer.

heartm I cut out some hearts (I used construction paper and some of the Christmas cards to mount onto) and got out the ol’ glue stick. Simple as that.

heart2m I wrote loving words around them and hung them over our wood stove (where the Christmas cards were hanging).

heart3m Now we have a beautiful Valentine’s display of our loved ones.

What do you do with left over Christmas cards?

Dino Soap

I saw this fabulous idea over at Artchoo and just had to try it.

soap3m Toy Dino Soaps!

soap2m I always have some glycerin blocks in my craft stash (you know, in case I need to make a last minute bar of soap) and Falafel has a huge dino collection that needed weeding, and we always keep our used yogurt and applesauce containers for crafts. Perfect!

soap4m These couldn’t be simpler to make.

soap6 We just happen to be visiting with two little boys that we haven’t visited in a while. I hope they like these hand washing dinosaurs!

What have YOU made today?

I’ll never loose my marbles…now

I don’t think I have ever shared a shadow box with you that we have had hanging in our dining room for two years. It was filled with keys. I took it apart before I thought of snapping a photo, so I can just tell you there were a lot of keys. All from our junk drawer. You know what keys I am talking about, right? Everyone seems to have a bag of keys that they have no idea what they go to, but they don’t throw them out because one day they may need them.

Yup. Those.

Anyhow, I found a purpose for them.


Until I came across this bin of my husband’s antique marble collection (that we have been toting around for 22 years now). Marbles are pretty. Especially when all together. So I did a little New Year’s swapping out the keys for the marbles.

marblesm I love it. The sides are all taped shut with black electrical tape cause those glass marbles are heavy!

marble2m Sometimes it takes a very small change to make a big impact. BTW that glass tile was done by The Bee in her glass fusing class before I even did this! She gave it to me afterward and it looks like they were made for each other!

As for the keys, they are back in their drawer awaiting another project….someday.

What have you changed this year?

Bird House Pyrography

I had one final gift, for dear friends on New Years, to make. I came up with another wood burning project!

birdhouse8m I started with a small bird house blank that I picked up for $1.00. Then burned designs onto it,

birdhousem This is one of my favorite pieces so far!

birdhouse2m Side view, I kept it fairly simple, but could easily get carried away.

birdhouse4m If I were a tiny bird, I think I might want to live here.

So far, what I have learned about pyrography:

  1. Dots are very easy to do.
  2. Wood is uneven and burns at different rates in different places.
  3. Any knots in the wood are completely frustrating to go over because they do not take the marks very easily.
  4. I have to watch my pinky finger at all times cause it is a tricky little finger that likes to go near the hot part of the tool.
  5. And finally, slow and steady win the race.

What have you made this year?