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getting ready for easter

getting ready for easter

April 3, 2010 |  Category:   craft family holidays life

Last year we tried to get a little fancy with our easter eggs by trying pysanky (the Ukrainian art of decorating eggs). We didn’t have the right kind of wax so it didn’t work, but the dyes were so vibrant. This year we went simple and just bought the tablet kind of dye you can buy at the grocery store. The girls and I dyed eggs while Mark and his sister visited a few nursing homes in the area. We are all staying at Mark’s uncle’s house. I’m not quite sure why, but the girls were really subdued and quiet during egg-dyeing. The daunting task of taking care of a sick parent and trying to work with the system is… CONTINUE READING

snowflakes outside, snowflakes inside

snowflakes outside, snowflakes inside

December 22, 2009 |  Category:   craft the biz

First of all, can I just complain about how sore I am? I am presently laying down on the couch with back pain, shoulder pain and sciatic nerve pain in my legs after 2 days of pushing that stroller through the snow and hauling some gift boxes and marshmallows to the Gifted Market this morning (yeah, I know, but believe it or not, marshmallows are heavier than you think). With my bad back, I’m not really supposed to pick up and carry anything over 10 lbs because it will trigger back and sciatic nerve pain, but sometimes that can’t be avoided. So day 2 of the Gifted Market is complete. People, it’s not that I don’t love you, but I’m… CONTINUE READING

we didn’t go pumpkin picking, but…

we didn’t go pumpkin picking, but…

October 25, 2009 |  Category:   craft holidays nyc outings

…we didn’t need to. Old Navy sponsored an “urban” pumpkin patch and brought it to us. We didn’t end up going pumpkin picking this year due to various work things and inclement weather, so I was happy and curious to go to this event held in the cobblestoned streets of the Meat Packing District, right across the street from Pastis (and yes, I was jealous of every brunch goer there that morning). Held under huge tents because of the drizzle, the pumpkin patch was quirky and cheeky in an Old Navy way (lots of creepy store mannequins in the patch and a “petting zoo” of costumed mannequin dogs). With a $5 per family entrance fee with proceeds donated to the… CONTINUE READING

easter part 2, and the sugar nazi takes a vacation

easter part 2, and the sugar nazi takes a vacation

April 14, 2009 |  Category:   craft holidays life

So our pysanky (Ukrainian eggs decorating) didn’t really work out so well, mostly because the candle wax we used didn’t stick to the egg and kept coming off. If you do this, get the proper wax, not any old candle that’s laying around – in our case, a rose scented Yankee candle that we found at my mom’s house. Mark and his sister, Lara, who are part Russian, have childhood memories of these eggs around Easter. After the egg dyeing activities we went on an Easter egg hunt out in the yard, which compelled Mia to put on her bike helmet for the hunt. Maybe she had some premonition that she would get sick later that day. She’s totally convinced… CONTINUE READING

today in class

today in class

March 26, 2009 |  Category:   craft

Claudine’s been going to class at Mia’s school since September and despite the fact that she’s been going once a week for 7 months, she’s still shy in the classroom setting. I’ve seen some small progress, but sometimes it’s a bit frustrating because I know how brilliant she is (haha, doesn’t every parent say that?), but in class she is like a little lump. She really loves the painting portion of class, however, and she becomes really focused and serious about her painting. It may take more time and I’ve seen her exhibit rare instances when she comes out of her shell, but it would be great if one day people could actually see the awesomeness that is Claudine.… CONTINUE READING

just about wedding season time

just about wedding season time

March 4, 2009 |  Category:   craft the biz

And we dropped off these packages of cardamom marshmallows, rose hearts, and label samples to Martha Stewart Weddings today. Like most press inquiries, some things pan out and some things don’t, but it’d be really cool if our marshmallows did make it into the photoshoot. Most of our wedding favor clients have chosen to do their own labels, but I quickly made up some samples over the weekend for today’s delivery upon their request. They may end up becoming templates for labels that we can offer, in addition to the cookies and sweets that make nice wedding favors.… CONTINUE READING

still sick

still sick

February 17, 2009 |  Category:   craft life

And it’s completely thrown me for a loop. I can’t remember being this sick in a long time and it’s been 3 straight bed-ridden days with no signs of getting better. I’m grateful that work is a little slow right now, but when you’re in a sick fog of fever, chills and lots of coughing, your mind tends to wander to the strangest of places. When I was a kid, I used to hallucinate whenever I had high fevers – bodies emerging from walls, arms stretched and coming towards me in bed. Pleasant, huh? I still remember those hallucinations clearly (and I swear it stemmed from watching The Wiz with Michael Jackson. Wasn’t there a scene like that in the… CONTINUE READING

from banner to cupcake toppers and the last of the birthday fun

from banner to cupcake toppers and the last of the birthday fun

February 10, 2009 |  Category:   craft dining out family life

We had a great day yesterday. Seriously, it was the best birthday yet and I’m convinced more than ever that simple is just fine when it comes to birthdays. The birthday banner became cupcake toppers for the school party and I’m going to allow myself a little pat on the back with that one – I am really into the whole idea of cupcake toppers and it made the birthday spread that much more festive. As part of the celebration, the kids decorated chef hats and paper cups, and Mark brought the juicer and all kinds of fruits and vegetables for a live juicing demo where each kid got to pick their own juice combination. What’s cool about our juicer… CONTINUE READING

she’s 5!

she’s 5!

February 9, 2009 |  Category:   craft

Miss Mia is 5! She’s sassy and funny and so many things that Mark and I are not. I still don’t get how we made a kid that is as outgoing and sometimes hyper as she is, but we wouldn’t have her any other way. We had a very small and casual brunch over the weekend with Mia’s 2 best friends. We decided to keep it simple and small with brunch items and cake (lemon curd with lavender buttercream). There will be a little party for her at school today. Done. And she was very happy with all of it. As a little surprise I made this birthday banner for Mia late at night using some construction paper and decorative… CONTINUE READING

and one last thing for Valentine’s

and one last thing for Valentine’s

January 24, 2009 |  Category:   craft holidays the biz

This is an experiment for sure, but I made these printable pdf recipe cards, available only in our etsy shop. When purchased, you receive the digital file in pdf format and all you need is a color printer, paper, ruler & knife (or scissors) and a touch of glue to make as many Valentine’s Day greeting cards as you want. I’ve been looking at the popularity of DIY printable downloads with interest and with the encouragement of my Etsy/Twitter friends, particularly LittleBrownPen, who have a fantastically successful etsy store, decided to try out recipe greeting cards. I can see these as sets of thematic recipes introduced every month or so (or as much as my time allows). As mentioned in… CONTINUE READING

the christmas photoshoot

the christmas photoshoot

January 3, 2009 |  Category:   craft holidays home

After cleaning, organizing and decorating all week long, the photoshoot for the Japanese magazine took place this morning. I didn’t get to do as many Christmas crafts as I would have liked, but I did make garlands out of coffee filters after seeing it here, and made colorful felt garlands for Mia’s room. I also managed to sew a couple of throw pillows at the last minute from the fabric scraps I purchased at the holiday trunk show from Hable Construction. While the photoshoot ended up being a lot of fun, it was also a good excuse to clean the apartment from top to bottom and purge the place of baby toys and the changing table. I took a few… CONTINUE READING

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