We were lucky enough to receive my grandfather's old Cedar Chest last year. It looked like this: While I love the capacity for storing stuffed animals and the cedar lining and, of course, the fact that it's a family piece, I just didn't find the oblong holes and yellow tone and decorative grooves to be...… Continue reading From mid-century pine to calm and uplifting
I just created a set of Adobe color swatches for autumn, and they are MUCH brighter than I thought they would be. Fall colors are bold, yes, but I certainly thought the Sesame Street/Crayola/preschool hues assigned to autumn were cliche. Surely nature is more muted and sophisticated? Surely I would be surprised at how many… Continue reading Adobe Capture and the Colors of Autumn
For years, I've been asked for a guide like this, and finally, here it is! If you want to try your hand at soapmaking, this is an excellent 101 guide (if I do say so myself) to creating your first batch. (The first tutorial video inside stars Kaili (aka Shea); the rest are just my… Continue reading How to Make Natural Soap: A Beginner’s Guide
Don't mind if I do. Happy spring!
With blue skies breaking through the clouds and crocuses suddenly flourishing, it is time for one of my most-anticipated and most-dreaded times of year... Spring cleaning! The perfect excuse to shove everything aside and really scrub those baseboards. And a perfectly uncomfortable amount of internal pressure to shove everything aside and scrub those baseboards. (So… Continue reading Before and After: How to Refresh a Lamp Post
I'll own it. I'm bad at getting birthday cards out on time. My stepmother graciously celebrates 'birthday month,' insisting that I'm always on time, but I know better. And I just have to own it. So I do, with this card I designed. I just had a streak of orders for it come through on… Continue reading A Very Merry UnBirthday Card!