I’ve spent most of my life in costal states. Even though I don’t really enjoy just sitting on the beach, being near the ocean is important to me and I definitely think of myself as a costal person. I happen to live in a warm costal place, but I know there are plenty of cold costal locations, too! That’s why I decided to make and share a sea shell Christmas tree topiary instead of making something more tropical or Hawaiian.
Even though my husband saw my finished project and immediately said “It’s a Christmas tree!” I’m hoping to keep it on display past Christmas. I think if you left the starfish off the top it would be great any time of year, particularly at a beach house. [click to continue…]
As weird as it seems to me, my birthday is this week. It’s actually pretty difficult for me to accept, mostly because it doesn’t feel like fall. Having a late November birthday means I’ve always associated fall with the day. It’s never on Thanksgiving, but always close – sometimes it was even close enough to get me a half day at school before Thanksgiving break! Living in Hawaii, it’s difficult to keep track of the seasons and, as a result, I don’t feel like my birthday is coming up soon. Adding to that feeling is knowing I already have my presents from my husband because he won’t be home on my birthday. Nevertheless, I don’t need much of an excuse to look for things I’d love to own on Etsy, so here’s my latest treasury: Birthday Wishes.
Pound for pound, guinea pigs have to be one of the most amusing pets out there.
I think the spookiest thing about Halloween is how quickly all the decorations and costumes are replaced by Christmas ornaments and lights! Because I personally don’t like to decorate anything for Christmas until well into the month of December, it feels a little odd to write a Christmas ornament tutorial in November, but I know that making handmade items takes time and you have to plan ahead. That’s why I’m sharing these cute felt ornaments today and not hanging on to the tutorial for a few more weeks! They’re cute, easy to customize, don’t require any stuffing, and are inexpensive to make. I also think they’d make a super cute garland, don’t you?
Papi Chulo apparently does not share my concerns about decorating too early – he seemed pretty excited that I was already making ornaments for our tree-to-be. Last year we just had a big bin of colorful balls and two or three other ornaments we picked up. Oh, and, of course, my upcycled book page ornaments. Hopefully this year our tree can have a little more character!
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In a continuing effort to share my work with others looking for lesson plans and activities, here is a DBQ for high school US History students dealing with the first executive. It has both primary source excerpts and charts that require analysis and interpretation. Feel free to use/modify it to suit your needs. For more on this period, please check out my post with a link to my PowerPoint on the Articles of Confederation and the Constitutional Convention!
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I’m such a wild and crazy person that I’m publishing my fourth tutorial on how to make something I sell in my Etsy shop! As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve received a couple snide remarks in the past about how a real professional wouldn’t “give away” knowledge, but I think that’s a bunch of nonsense. I think if someone wants to make something, they’re going to give it a try with or without my help! In that spirit, today’s tutorial is how to make an adjustable yoga mat carrier slip strap. That’s a lot of words, but I think it’s the most accurate description! Unlike a fitted carrier strap that I also make, this strap is totally adjustable, giving it a more universal fit.
You can use a wide variety of fabrics, but very lightweight quilting cottons won’t work unless your yoga mat is very light. I use medium/heavy cotton prints because they’re fun, but if you use canvas or duck, your mat sling can double as a yoga strap to help you with those poses that make your legs seem too long. [click to continue…]