Creative Kid: Valentine Boxes

We didn’t reinvent the wheel this year. Or the valentine. We trotted out last year’s idea and produced in bulk. My third-grader and I used one of our six snow days here in Boston to assembly-line these valentine matchboxes. I glue-sticked and covered in red construction paper and Zeke heart-stamped. The boxes fit exactly 12 M&Ms each. We ate the extra. (I’m not sure what to do with the surplus matches.)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Make: Snow Day Embroidery

How many ways can I sew a quilt without actually sewing a quilt? My ingenuity at procrastinating finishing my quilt project (yeah, it’s been 2 years–why are you bugging me about it?) is impressive even to me. About a year ago I tried to trick you (who, really?) by making a dollhouse-sized quilt. 

This time I’m inspired by LUCKY JACKSON, an illustrator and artist who created & embroidered an art work every day for a year (see her fantastic 365 Project). This image of 2 pairs of feet sneaking out from under a quilt comes from her work. 

Lucky’s original is far more charming than my pale copy–I love how she uses vintage bed sheets and fabrics. Also, I’m noticing her stitches are lighter and sketchier. I outlined with a stem stitch, which, in retrospect, I realize is too heavy. I may have to try again with an original image or with one of Lucky’s patterns, but it was a good challenge and a small-enough project for a blizzard-bound snow day. Stay warm!

Mouse House!

Mouse Mansion reading

For those of you who share my love of little things, here is a mouse house that is deliciously diminutive, and, well, kind of big. The teetering tower of rooms, packed with tiny details, is the creation of Dutch artist Karina Schaapman.

Mouse Mansion

If you feel the need to scrutinize this warren of miniatures as I did, pick up the recently published U.S. edition of the Mouse Mansion. The book includes stories about two mice friends, Sam and Julia, but I can’t quite bother with words when I just want to look and look. In fact, I like the end papers best, with its view of ten of the rooms. I wouldn’t mind if the whole book were simply that: an inventory of the hundred little cubbies and the treasures they hold.

 

The Mouse Mansion cover

Renew: Two-Toned Painted Chair

First, the after photos:

After, the before photo:

painted chair by homemadecity.com

We’ve had this chair for a while–it’s one of the few in our house that is wobble-free, but I wasn’t a fan of the reproduction Colonial stenciling. I’ve been thinking of painting this chair in two tones or “dip-dyeing” it (as the pinners of Pinterest put it). I wasn’t sure if I should go with a light hue on top or bottom. I admire the switched logic of this chair posted on Mobel Pobel:

Mobel Pobel chair

In the end I went with the less-gravity-defying version: Ben Moore’s pale elephant pink on top, Moore’s italiano rose for the legs, and a light brush of poly. I’m pleased–it’s adding some color to my winter days!