kid crafts & parenting

making time (and floral party crowns)

Well hello there! It’s been a while… it took some time for the cycle of creativity to swing into my psyche again. I’m glad it did! I’ve been making things with my hands and even painting again for the first time in 20 years. I have my creative mojo back (for now).

As my girls get older, I am “creating” more for myself than them. They don’t really want to color Easter eggs or decorate cookies (with me). This shift has been profound and salty sweet. While they are finding their way, I regain my own sense of creative direction.

I started writing this post about gender bias. But I don’t really want to rant about that. Trying to stay positive in an increasingly sad time is difficult. My method has been staying close to home (literally and figuratively), loving my man, and trying to be kind to myself. That attitude has enabled me to enjoy small happinesses: playing disc golf with the dog, riding my bike, creating my art, and spending moments with good friends.

A while ago, I went to a house party with one of the afore-mentioned girlfriends in Nederland, Colorado. Nederland is just up the Canyon from Boulder, but a world away. It’s all mountains, tall trees and creative weirdos—my peeps!

Back to the party… there were two dance floors with DJs spinning sweet-sounding house tunes and a wrap-around deck with fire pit and views of the mountains. Plus adult treats for all. Basically, my kind of event. Two things happened at this party: #1, I really had fun; #2, I found some face paint and started painting all the people I could using the end of a glow-bracelet as a brush. It was inspiring to adorn these beautifully unique faces with glow-in-the-dark colors. (Since then, I’ve bought a set of face paints, glitter and brushes and hope to paint more faces in the not-too-distant future.)

I wanted to wear something fun and feminine—did I mention it was a white party? My mom has made paper crowns for my daughters’ birthdays. But I was looking for a bit more elegance. I decided to make floral crowns for my friend and I to wear. I don’t have much experience making headpieces, so I kept it simple, using only natural cotton stems and Stardust Gypsum—and fairy lights, of course!

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P.S. I’m not sure if I’ll continue blogging, but I hope to. Feel free to reach out!


unplugged

I recently returned from a trip back to New York. We arrived in Queens, amid the usual insane driving and traffic, loud noises and … well, it’s New York. I had just completed a big design project and needed some down time. But I couldn’t relax. I took work calls and dealt with client issues. I {READ MORE}


egg shell herb starts

While it has been a warm winter and early spring out west, in the northeast we’ve suffered a cold, long winter. But the sun is finally shining and the birds are singing their sweet songs. Hello, Spring! Now that temps are consistently above 40 degrees and the fear of frost is over, it’s time to {READ MORE}


easter egg tree

Happy Easter! I made glitter eggs in anticipation of the Easter holiday. I considered the best way to display these sparkly puppies… a cylindrical glass vase or a low-rimmed bowl would work. But I was inspired by a friend’s “egg tree” and decided that was definitely the way to go. If you’re hanging around feeling jittery after eating your kid’s {READ MORE}


glitter easter eggs

Our Easter tradition is to visit my family in California. Northern California is spectacular in the spring. The verdant hills glow with new growth and smell like luscious damp dew in the mornings. The temperature (low 70s) feels perfect. And I don’t have to cook anything while there except egg salad for Easter lunch. Yum! My girls and I haven’t {READ MORE}


nesting

“They want to eat pizza,” my man calls after a session at the batting cage with the girls. “They are begging me.” “Go ahead.” I tell him. “I’m totally nesting and shit.” What is it, this nesting? For me, it’s finding, collecting, creating and adding shiny and lovely things to my nest. Rearranging, and making everything neat and {READ MORE}


copper foiled watercolor easter eggs

When I began this Easter egg project I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Initially, I considered creating pattens with the copper leaf on the eggs by taping off a design and then removing the tape after foiling, thereby revealing the pattern in the white shell underneath. But applying metallic foil is delicate work, {READ MORE}


babying the big girls

While one of my children has never been seriously injured, the other one has been to the emergency room many times. We could talk about the iniquity of it all, but life is just like that: unfair. Our latest visit to the ER was for a nasty radius fracture—the result of a poorly-executed backbend walkover. {READ MORE}


homework help

Afternoons are homework time again. Listening to the woes of my friends with older kids reaffirms my own resolve not to take personal responsibility for my children’s school work. I know that I don’t want to battle with my kids over doing their homework. Or worse yet, do their homework for them. (Seriously, this happens—and {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}