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gift giving, diy style.

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It is never too early to start thinking about the holidays! This year, I’m revisiting an earlier wordle art project for my kids’ classroom teachers.

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– Your child will pick words that describe their teacher (funny, helpful, nice, pretty, good singer). Your child can choose as many words as they want. Might also want to include the name of school, year, your child’s name and the names of other kids in the class.

– Have your kids decorate the frame (I prefer clear glass document frames) with markers, stickers, brushes. In the above example, I used two different spray paints and just layered them with short strokes.

– If you are so inclined, pair with a batch of your favorite holiday treats and you’ll be sure to have a happy teacher. Maybe even a bit weepy! Enjoy.

p.s. Don’t be surprised if you see your gift hanging in your child’s classroom.

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09/17/2010 at 4:33

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craft fair goodies

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Sharing a few pretty things I took home from this weekend’s Renegade Craft Fair.
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My first Renegade was in Sept. 2003 in Chicago and I was a participant back then – feels a bit like another lifetime. (p.s. Where did all my energy go?!) This year, my family and I attended as shoppers/fans and had ourselves a ball.
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posters available here.

And I came upon a modern trio of wood carvings from Dave Marcoullier ( so sweet + talented). You can see his work here and buy it here.

I’m thinking about going vertical on the side of the fireplace/room divider. Here’s a photoshop mock-up. Hanging these will require finding my masonry drill bit, but you get the idea. The proportions are pretty close too.

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08/02/2010 at 4:33

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reuse #2346777

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Because I cannot get enough of glass bottles and jars…introducing the Frame Jar.
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Works best with seated pictures, but jumping pictures might be fun too. And, if you are doing a b/w photo, how about filling the jar up with stones or candies for color?

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07/30/2010 at 4:33

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words are powerful.

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I picked these *easily removable* metallic alphabet stickers off a clearance end cap for $3 and transformed them into an important daily reminder.
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Sure, they are crooked, off-center and not very well-balanced, but who cares? They are already working 😉

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06/30/2010 at 4:33

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narcissistic? probably.

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We had these commissioned watercolors hanging above our bed for years. I’m trying something different.
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06/28/2010 at 4:33

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postcard in a jar

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Easy and pretty. Just tuck a postcard into a jar. I’m using one that came free with an order from Ink & Spindle and a Safeway jelly jar. Peeking out, you’ll see one of my etsy air plants.

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06/17/2010 at 4:33

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call me crazy (bottle lady)

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When I was a kid, my Mom and various aunts (I have many) routinely washed and reused containers for storing leftovers. Popular ones were yogurt, margarine and sour cream. It was always disappointing when I peeled back a familiar lid and did not find the thing I was looking for inside. Of course, their leftover food was perfectly fine; my childhood tastes just happened to be more grilled cheese & twinkies and less mug, dal, shaak or rotli.

Funny that now I’m the one who is the crazy bottle lady. I cannot bring myself to toss *any* glass bottle away – and I’m talking about into the recycle bin! As a result of this kooky habit, I’ve been using bottles (some painted, some not) all over the house for branches, plants, flowers or just displaying them bare. Needless to say, Goo Gone and I share quite an intimate relationship.

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06/04/2010 at 4:33

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