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making good on promises

making good on promises

November 23, 2014 |  Category:   craft friends life

This year seems to be the year where I’m making good on some promises I made to myself early in the year. Some promises have come up empty when they don’t get fulfilled year after year, but for whatever reason, this one’s has been different. Maybe it’s some cosmic force at play that tries to balance the good with the bad โ€“ย isn’t that a nice thought? Or maybe things come into your life only when it’s the right time.   The ironic thing about having a job is that I feel like I have more “free” time. Ok, scratch that because things are always busy around here no matter what, but what I mean is that I feel like I… CONTINUE READING

Art is alive at Socrates Sculpture Park

Art is alive at Socrates Sculpture Park

August 13, 2013 |  Category:   art + design craft life nyc outings

There are days when plans just come together and midway through the day you realize that you’ve constructed one of those perfect NYC days. We had one of those days over the weekend. It ended with a sunset view of the Manhattan skyline that was so incredible, that it couldn’t have been scripted better.   We also explored a small corner of the city that we have never been to before. As big as the city is, we often tend to stick to places familiar to us. It was a good reminder that the city is big and there is so much out there we have yet to see. I had never been to Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island… CONTINUE READING

midsummer, heatwave, back to routines

midsummer, heatwave, back to routines

July 15, 2013 |  Category:   craft life

I’m alone in the house for the first time in almost 3 weeks. Feels a little strange, you know? But the girls have started camp today and it took a bit of effort to get back on some sort of routine, complete with earlier bedtimes. If you told me that my kids would be the sort of kids who sleep in till 9am, I would have thought you were crazy. This, after years of waking up at 5:30 am as babies and 6:30 – 7am as their usual wake up times. It’s not often that I’m up before they are and I found myself peeking into their rooms the last 2 mornings, wanting to poke them because I couldn’t believe… CONTINUE READING

Easter this year

Easter this year

April 1, 2013 |  Category:   craft family holidays life

I don’t know why I even have a “craft” category for the blog seeing as we seem to only accomplish 2 kinds of crafts each year – paper snowflakes and Easter egg dyeing (and if you click on crafts, that’s pretty much all you see post after post – so much so that it’s laughable). We haven’t even carved pumpkins in the last few years because the girls get too attached to their pumpkins and can’t bear the thought of stabbing them with knives and scooping out the guts. Oh! I tried to teach the girls how to make origami cranes last week, but that didn’t really go over so well because I forgot how to fold one myself and… CONTINUE READING

when our children inspire us

when our children inspire us

February 6, 2013 |  Category:   craft life remembering

My high school art teacher, who was the most awesome teacher to have during those formative teenage years, would often tell me that the one of the best parts of being a teacher was being inspired by his students. He once thanked me for making him a better artist. I never forgot that. Even back then I pondered what that statement meant, an adult who was nearly twice my age thanking me, a kid, for inspiring him to be a better artist.   I get that now though. I know what he meant.   Mia brought home this little weaving that she made at a birthday party held at the Textile Arts Center and it sort of blew me away.… CONTINUE READING

this year’s snowflakes

this year’s snowflakes

December 28, 2012 |  Category:   craft life

Thank god for New Year’s. It makes the blow of having Christmas over a little easier even though many of us have gone back to work and the doldrums of January loom near. Mia asked me when we were getting rid of the tree. I said after New Year’s Day. I know some people like to remove all traces of the holidays right after Christmas, but I find that too abrupt, too fast. I’d rather ease into January with some of the sparkle and lights leftover from the holiday.   The weekend before Christmas when Mark was at the Flea and the flurry of holiday orders were complete, the girls and I spent a few hours making snowflakes like we… CONTINUE READING

natural dye Easter eggs, part 2

natural dye Easter eggs, part 2

April 3, 2012 |  Category:   craft holidays recipes

Here’s how our batch of eggs turned out after leaving them in their natural dye baths overnight (see post and general recipes from part 1 here). I do think that’s key to getting some of the rich jewel tones, to leave them in overnight. Even though the eggs didn’t stay as saturated once dried as it did right after taking them out of their baths (particularly the red beet dye), I love the more subdued, mottled effect that it left.   After placing each egg back in the carton to dry off, I did buff them a bit to gently wipe off any excess coloring and powdered residue that was left on the egg, particularly the tumeric. The colors are… CONTINUE READING

natural dye eggs for easter, part 1

natural dye eggs for easter, part 1

April 2, 2012 |  Category:   craft holidays life recipes seasonal

This is something we’ve been wanting to do for years – dyeing Easter eggs using vegetables and spices. After seeing how beautiful my friend Jen Causey’s eggs turned out, we planned our yearly egg dyeing activity over the weekend. Here’s the basic method and recipe that we used for our four colors:   Blue: Simmer 4 cups of water with 1 small red cabbage (roughly chopped) for 15 minutes.   Red: Simmer 4 cups of water with 2 medium red beets (grated) for 15 minutes.   Yellow: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil and stir in 1/4 cup turmeric. Boil for 1 more minute.   Brown: Bring 4 cups of water to a boil with 1 cup ground… CONTINUE READING

almost like normal

almost like normal

December 18, 2011 |  Category:   craft family holidays life

well, hello. Last night I came home from working the table all day at the Brooklyn Flea and collapsed on the couch and pretty much went to sleep right then and there. I hadn’t gone to the bathroom or eaten anything all day, not even a coffee(!) because I didn’t want to run to the bathroom every 10 minutes which is what happens when I drink coffee on an empty stomach. I have no explanation for not eating except that I was sandwiched in between the donut people and the pork belly people all day, so I don’t know, I guess I wasn’t feeling it because I was smelling food all day. I suddenly had the chills when I got… CONTINUE READING

rockin out with this year’s snowflakes

rockin out with this year’s snowflakes

December 8, 2010 |  Category:   craft life remembering

I’m not a particularly crafty person for someone who designs and has to be creative for a living. Who knows…maybe that’s why. I sort of admire those moms who totally get their craft on and embark on huge art projects with their kids, but I’m not that mom. It kind of sucks for my kids since they’re all about the craft, but one thing I do like to do is cut out paper snowflakes every year. This year we made them out of the paper scraps that we use for our deluxe gift boxes. I’ve been saving these strips of paper without knowing what to do with them, but it’s perfect for snowflakes and this year’s batch might be my… CONTINUE READING

halloween pt 1, ’cause  you know it just drags on forever

halloween pt 1, ’cause you know it just drags on forever

October 31, 2010 |  Category:   craft holidays

I’m all Halloween’d out even before Halloween. This is what happens when Halloween lands on a Sunday. It’s non-stop Halloween and sugar and candy all weekend long. Saturday was back to back parties starting at 10:30 in the morning and going till 4:30 in the afternoon. That’s 6 HOURS of Halloween pumpkin painting, pizza eating, cookie decorating, ghost making, costume parading, and candy hoarding. And will you take a look at this cookie decorating party? My neighbor went all out. There were more kinds of frosting and sprinkles and candy here than I’ve ever seen on a single table. I think this is even out Martha-Stewarting Martha Stewart. Their whole house looked like Halloween. Aside from a few pumpkins here… CONTINUE READING

halloween season is officially on

halloween season is officially on

October 19, 2010 |  Category:   craft holidays life

You want to know the best thing about living in the city with so many urban parks nearby? You can literally roll out of bed and bounce to events like this annual fall festival that happens every year. No brainer for a way to spend a pretty sunday afternoon. Hit up the farmer’s market at the end of the block and you’ve taken care of groceries for that night’s dinner plus apples for a pie. Who needs a back yard? Ok, before you all start thinking we’re living the perfect urban life, I should say that the pony ride was a measly 1 lap around the grassy square, that bringing farm animals in for a temporary petting zoo feels a… CONTINUE READING

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