I just went down a little webby rabbit hole and found this great artist. The Chicken Fried Therapy blog today had a post about affordable art over at 20×20 Art. Because my walls are embarrassingly naked and I am cash challenged right now, I jumped on over there. Lots of fun stuff to buy. But, this one artist really caught my attention! He has an entire series called “More New Math” on his website and it’s just genius!
If you click on the random button, it will generate more in the series.
Image from http://morenewmath.com by Craig Damrauer – Click on the image to go directly to his website to view more.
Also, this same blog post is over at my home remodel blog, http://midmodredo.com because I know my Design Friends would love this.
My mom is the most difficult person to shop for. She pretty much buys herself any goodies she wants. She can also create, bake, sew, anything and everything. So, it takes a lot of creativity to surprise her.
I had an old leather jacket that I never quite liked. I loved the leather, but I didn’t like how it fit. And, the zipper always got stuck. So, I cut up that old leather jacket and tried to think like my mother. I used the tutorial for a handbag from my Freckled Nest Home-Ec online sewing class. I used the tutorial as a loose guideline, but just did my best to work within the constraints of my “found” material.
My mom had helped me re-upholster two little mid-century modern chairs with this great polka-dot fabric. It was stupid expensive, so I swore to use every last thread. I think it looked pretty great as the lining on this leather bag.
What do you think?
It’s been rather fun being back in the house this Christmas. We had to spend last Christmas in the apartment when our remodel went “slightly” over schedule. So, I may have gotten a little too excited with celebrating this year. However, I’ve never had much space or much Christmas decorating “stuff”. So, I’m only an amateur at this Christmas decorating business. And, by the way, I’m not much for the standard red and green decorations. You also can’t see it, but I made my silver tree skirt under the tree.
Note: I posted all of this over on my home remodel blog, http://midmodredo.com
Pic 1: My starburst wreath made from twigs. I saw where folks at “The Painted Hive” made it and posted it on their blog here.
Pic 2: Christmas tree made from cut out paper circles made from mod paper.
Pic 3: Ty dressed as a lumberjack in front of the Christmas tree.
Pic 4: View of the living room and Christmas tree—Ty about to open gifts on Christmas morning.
Pic 5 and 6: I finally got to sit a proper dining room table with my grandmother’s china. I think it’s from the 1960′s, but I love how it looks timeless.
There have been so many great gingerbread houses across the modern blogosphere the past few weeks. While I don’t have the artistic talent, I wanted in on the fun. A few families on my block got together for a little gingerbread making party. We had seven kids and three mommas. We set the kiddos up with graham crackers and all of the fixings, but we had the good homemade baked gingerbread fixings for the moms.
It was a little frantic with the frosting flying for seven kids between the ages of 20 months and 9 years old, but it was fun. Stacie and I both attempted to do gingerbread houses inspired by our own home designs. Stacie has great pictures of her own house on her own blog here. I made a few extra houses with basic butterfly roofs for the other two moms.
The kids had a blast!
Personally, I love this house the best. I baked the walls, but my architect/former engineer neighbor, Jo, totally rocked this butterfly roof house. I just loved it.
***Note: This blog post was posted on my home remodel blog at midmodredo.com, too.
I am slowly trying to get my sewing mojo back after a 30 year absence. My toddler son asked for a Buzz Lightyear costume. Yes, I could have bought one, but I am trying to reclaim my legacy in a long line of crafty make anything women. It’s not perfect, but he loved it. And, I re-learned a lot of things. Let’s just say that I really know how to use a ripper!
I wish it would have been as lovely as this Buzz Lightyear over at the blog, “Just Another Day in Paradise”, but I’m pretty proud of my first Halloween costume sewing project!
And, the happy faces are from the Saturday before Halloween…before my face got whacked by a ladder.