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Design

Adobe Capture and the Colors of Autumn

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

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How to Make Natural Soap: A Beginner’s Guide

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

House

Before and After: How to Refresh a Lamp Post

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

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A Very Merry UnBirthday Card!

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!

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Harry Potter

DIY: Clay Potion Bottle Soap Dispensers (Harry Potter-inspired)

We have been on a bit of a Harry Potter kick lately! We are planning to vend at Chestnut Hill's 2017 Harry Potter Festival and getting our wares ready early. Nothing is more mystical in the Wizarding World then potions. They bewitch the mind, ensnare the senses, slay the bacteria... At least they do when… Continue reading DIY: Clay Potion Bottle Soap Dispensers (Harry Potter-inspired)

Parties

The Magic of a Harry Potter Birthday Party

She gasped and gave an excited wiggle the first time she saw Hogwarts. She jumped up to cheer when Griffyndor won Quidditch. She's feeling all the feels when Harry sees his parents in the Mirror of Erised. Having escaped to the magical world often myself, I love sharing Harry Potter with my daughter. So when she wanted a… Continue reading The Magic of a Harry Potter Birthday Party