A couple more cushions made from wool sweaters which were felted. It's fun to felt wool: hot water, soap and agitation will shrink and entwine the wool fibers to make a very soft, dense fabric. Alternatively, give a sweater to your husband or S.O. (of male persuasion) if he does the laundry... guaranteed to return to you felted! They are in my Etsy shop which is now open - and the Etsy mini to the right now displays items in my store. I hope you like what you see!
Beautiful color for your morning (via Designsponge.) Today I am trying to figure out how to take better photos for my Etsy store and blog. I can't even figure out how to disable the flash, the scourge of good photographs, apparently. I bet if I handed it to Junior he could disable it.
I really need your help. Junior was introduced to "Stripping for fitness" while in Ireland over Christmas. Now, he slides down every lamp he sees, and we've gone through 3 lamps since then. The easy solution is a stripper pole placed in the corner of our living room so he can launch himself from couch to pole screaming, "I FIREMANNNNNNNN!"
But Husband thinks this is outrageous - who buys a stripper pole for their 2 year old? (me)
See that lamp in the corner? a JOKE. I really think a subtle stripper pole in the corner could be stately, unobstrusive, even tasteful.
And this? Gone in 10 seconds. Jeez, I hope Junior doesn't see these photos...talk about porn for two year old firemen!
No chance whatsoever.
Please help me out by leaving a comment, preferably in support of getting the pole since I'm the one who gets stuck picking up the child as he lies pitifully on the floor, his leg trapped under the latest cheap Ikea lamp I've purchased for his, er, habit. Maybe Husband will listen to you!
Hey, look! Carmen Elektra even has one for sale.
$2.25 got me 4 vintage illustrations (prints) mounted in chipped metal frames. It's like being a mom who can see how beautiful her scrawny, fugly kid really is: I knew they would dresss up well with a bit of love!
It was mounted on foamboard. Hmmmm....
I went to myRibba frame stash and now look at it! I placed it in my stove nook, a very bare area with a dangling wire instead of a light. Yes, it appears I'm still Curing my kitchen while everyone else has graduated to their cars but it's something! I think I'll put the remaining three prints (each different) in my Etsy store when I get it up and running.
I made this embroidered pillow out of a felted sweater and am also going to put it in my Etsy store. But the photography component is so, so difficult for me. Flash or no flash? Plus, usually I have Junior with chocolate covered hands at the other end of my leg to prevent him from grabbing item to be photographed or the camera More often than not I trip over a (you choose): bike, stray antler, cowboy hat, Thomas engine, candle holder with jelly beans Scotched taped to it (don't ask) and yell, MOTHER F%$$#R!!! It's embarrassing because moms should yell this in front of their children. I know this. I get this. And this is probably terrible customer relations. Would you visit an Etsy Store run by someone with a potty mouth?
Finally, while we're on the topic of God being a thrifting freak (not that we were, but we are now), look what was thrown my way in Newport, RI today. I think this is how God says, "Pink, life is going to be ok." While perusing a junk shop for my Etsy store, there was a BRAND NEW BLYTHE MINI DOLL. $1.59, my friends. She has the coolest pink eyes and I know she was sent from on high just for moi. Here she is in blue. I think my pink one might be the only one in the world!!!
I managed to just squeeze Junior's hanging train table between the radiator and dresser. Living in an apartment makes a proper train table nearly impossible. Having a two year old makes a train table almost necessary! So, I went to the Ikea bargain basement - you know all those random discarded countertops and bits of wood that are already smooth? I bought one for $7, primed and painted it, glued the tracks down and left room for him to build some of his own tracks. I then mounted a heavy picture hanging kit onto the back and here it is!
I need to find some good storage for the trains/trees/stoplights etc. I think .a nice bright bucket underneath might be just the thing.
While mounting the hanging hooks on the back I accidentally went all the way through. Thus, the funny circle of tracks which covers it up. It also lets him launch the trains off of the table which of course causes lots more noise and chaos (i.e. a true success.)