hand made & DIY

keeping it light

So much has been going on in life right now. One kid with a broken arm, the other one (and me) getting the flu, and fighting with a stressed-out spouse have kept me close to home the past few weeks.

This season, my theme is lightness. Light in spirit, heavy on love. I remind myself daily to keep it easy. Don’t get worked up about shit. A slower pace allows more time to think. And make stuff!

An idea for a holiday table centerpiece has been percolating in my brain. It started with a painted white tail deer antler. The antler makes a sweet curve and I wanted to wrap it around something.

white tail deer antler painted gold

I added a candle and little doe and buck figures, and set it upon moss. I like the juxtaposition of the big antler and tiny deer couple.

deer installation

I felt the whole thing needed a base, so I found tree cross sections for the installations to sit on.

deer antler installation with owl and hare

I even made one for myself!

deer antler installation with elk buck and doe

When the season is over and it’s time for a change, the scene can be deconstructed and repurposed. The tree cross sections are great for serving hors d’oeuvres and also make a nice perch for a house plant. The moss looks pretty atop the soil of a potted plant, and the kids can play with the animal figures. The “flameless” candle is a perfect night light for a child’s room.

deer antler installation with elk buck and doe

May your holiday be light!


painted deer antlers

Recently I saw painted deer antlers at the Brooklyn Flea Market. I think they look fantastic! So during my Montana visit I decided to pick up a few antlers and try painting them myself. Male deer shed their antlers every year starting around January, and grow new antlers in the spring. The antlers start out fuzzy {READ MORE}

being 40

some say as you age you get older, wiser, and more elegant. of those things, I just feel older. one thing i do have now that i didn’t have as a young person is tact. but since that was missing entirely from my skill set in the past, it’s small consolation that i have a {READ MORE}

upcycled picture frames

i have been on a mission to find old wooden picture frames to restore. i hoped to frame some super cool art i found on etsy: amazingly cool animal artwork printed on dictionary pages from the 1800s. it’s well known that i’m a sucker for animal art. and when you combine type with animals—well, i {READ MORE}

white: the best non-color

living in nyc, i see a lot of black clothes. i’m not really one for black. i love color, and lots of it. plus, i don’t think i look good in black—it’s a little sad on me, not glamorous at all. i’m too blond, too california, too something for black. heading into summer i’m reminded of {READ MORE}

crowned princess

ever since my girls were small, my mom (aka “mana”) has been making paper crowns for their birthdays. she makes one each year for my niece, too. by now she has created a dozen or so different crowns and is something of an expert in paper crown making. it has become a tradition to receive and wear {READ MORE}

making for mom (part two)

i got on the plane at laguardia laden with a big, colorful wreath. heavy with anticipation. okay not really about the anticipation part. but i did lug the thing from nyc to carmel, ca to give to my mom during our visit. (read part one of making for mom here if you missed it.) i {READ MORE}

sticky fingers: decoupage easter eggs

this past week the girls and i traveled to visit the grandparents in carmel, ca for spring break (and brought with us the wreath). carmel is home to clint eastwood, whose former notoriety as town mayor has been overshadowed by his conversation with an empty chair. anyhow, we’ve spent our time soaking, frolicking in the green green {READ MORE}

making for mom (part one)

my mom has amazing taste. every place you look in her home you see interesting eye candy. she has a lot of treasures, this lady. i remember a three foot leather camel next to the fireplace growing up (weird but cool). she has little installations all over the house. i love it. here we are {READ MORE}

diy valentine’s day sweetheart wreath

i never thought of myself as a wreath person. but i just can’t resist exploring all those wreath ideas floating around, and now this blog is dangerously close to becoming a wreath making how-to. maybe i can make 13 wreaths in 2013. or 39 wreaths in my 39th year. ouch! that second one hurts a {READ MORE}