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Oct 29, 2013
I started to think how neat it would be to put together a post of all the pictures of Eamon’s Halloween costumes though his life. I madly dug through every suitcase and picture file to find these. I’m missing a few but if I do find them, they can be added. This is my “Halloween memories of my kid” post and welcome to it.
This was in Miss Tara’s three year old’s day care class. Eamon’s the sullen looking spider on the left.
The next year, the Transformer Optimus Prime. He just called him Primus.
The next year, it was The other flavor Transformer, Bumblebee. He went trick or treating with Josh.
This next year is the year of the homemade mummy costume. We love to pose in front of our neighbor’s fence.
Trick or treating with our pal Graham and his little sister Ava. Recognize her costume?
Pottery barn kids money needed to be spread out a little more before I let it go.
The next year, he wanted to be a ghost. He was telling Butthead he couldn’t come trick or treating with us.
Butthead had his grand adventure in Easton a year before.
Every year, on our way to trick or treat, we stop at our neighbor Meme’s house. Every year, I take a picture of this event.
Having misplaced my camera, I had broken down and bought a new one that very day. Because I needed this shot.
Dias de la Meurta costume from 2012. He looked super cool. I did my face up too. The weekend of Frankenstorm.
How fun to see them all again in one place. I’m missing the one when he was 6 months dressed as a pumpkin and up on the Halloween dinner table. Traditionally we have tomato soup, grilled cheese, and chips. Until that became a bad thing. Trouble at the table part one.
And this year, back to the bought costume with a cool Ninja with blue accents and daggers.
Eamon will have come up with a super cool name, list of powers, and back-story by the end of the week.
Stay tuned for Mark and my costumes next.
Oct 21, 2013
I love brown paper stuff. It’s the paper version of burlap I suppose.
I’ve discovered that the brown paper flowers can be used in all sorts of applications. Centerpieces and wall decor and Christmas ornaments.
Paper bags weren’t in abundance at my house so
upcycling went extremist when I grabbed the cat litter bag and used it to craft flowers.
There are two layers of brown paper beyond the colored bag covering.
I cut out scalloped edged circles in varying sizes from the bag.
Then I take the circles and twist, crumple and ruffle them while pinching the stem area.
And after placing smaller inside larger flowers, I poke a wire through the whole deal and twist.
Hot gluing them together is advisable even with the wiring.
Tada, brown paper flowers.
Last year at Christmas, I used them on the tree. I even dipped some of the edges in glue and glitter.
But the best use of them was this wall piece I made from a baby gate. Sideways, it became a trellis and the ribbon a vine.
I ‘ve glued fabric rosettes between the “petals” and clustered them in purple plastic flower pots with mini sand bags inside as centerpieces for a fundraising event. And glued fall leaves I sprayed with polyeurothane for fall centerpieces in plastic pots too.
Dipping the paper flowers into plaster of paris or spray painting them may be other fun ways to manipulate them. But what I love the most is that they are a huge visual bang for no money. Love them. Even though they may smell like dusty clay cat litter.
Jul 23, 2013
I needed to go visit my dear friend Pama last week and let her hold my Fiona. I was never more impressed than when she held Eamon as a baby and lolled him and rocked him like the pro that she is. She is an Easton shop owner. And the newest Moonvine that I walked into last week was full of stuff and as beautiful as ever.
She was in the middle of the Plein Air competition week. And had an artist actually painting in the store for the last three days.
Many of you may not know but I used to be a shop owner. A story I will soon tell here.
Before I had my shop, I worked at an adorable little shop called Moonvine in Easton. Gifts and art and flowers and fairies. Lovely.
Oh so many years ago, 2000 AD, Moonvine was on Goldsborough Street, between the coffee shop and the ice cream place. My sister insisted that we wander in and we met the incredibly talented Pama. I asked her to do my wedding flowers and I later ended up being her employee before I left to do my own shop thing.
Pama moved her beloved Moonvine to Bethany Beach for a short while, took a hiatus, and now is back and reopened on Harrison Street where the consignment store Frugalicious used to be. There’s a bit of musical chairs going on with some businesses down in E-town. Anyways.
Pama’s style is eclectic and romantic and funky. She celebrates the artists of hand painted mermaids, of decoupaged furniture, and beautiful wire and bauble jewelry. There’s antique china, glassware, and floral arrangements in darling little containers. Add some smelly good stuff and cards and it’s Moonvine as always.
There is an item here for everyone. You may think it’s over the top because it is and so full of surprises (tarantula in a paper weight?)
But you just might disc0ver an original card, a plate exactly like your Grandmother used for special occasions, or a piece of jewelry perfect for you wacky aunt.
I rediscovered my friend Pama and her joy and talent for pretty making and holding babies. And for that, I am grateful.
As of March 2013, Moonvine is now located at 22 North Harrison Street in downtown Easton, Maryland in the USA.
Pama’s hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 -5pm. Telephone (410) 770-4451
Facebook page is here.
And an article from Attraction Magazine
Apr 16, 2013
As I do, I was randomly poking at my fiddle phone while killing time with baby having a snack, when Pinterest popped up with this page. O M G !!! There are other paper items equally as cool on this page but this is clearly a page devoted to a collection of paper dress pictures.
I try to check out the people are who repin my stuff on Pinterest. And in this case, it was really worth it. The Pinner’s name is Homer J. And this is an example of taking this form of social media to a whole new cool level. Ooh La la. Can’t make this stuff out of digital newspapers.
These are the advertisement pages. The ones I’m putting on the bottom of the catbox.
This appears to be an art installation taken by pinner Adunt possibly in London (from her Flicker photostream).
And how about these?
I just can’t stand how beautiful they are. Take a simple medium and let the creativity out of the cage. As with writing, the medium is just that. The talent screams through the medium. To those who would mock this Pinterest practice, Kathy, this is the stuff I get a jazzy jolt of creative craziness from. Visit my Pinterest page to see what other pretty stuff I’ve been oggling.
Mar 5, 2013
When we first moved to or house in the boonies, I discovered the Home and Garden Network on my new cable box/best friend. We were renovating the house on a “budget”, as in cheaply as possible without making any real progress that money would require. Channel 43 became my bestest friend outside of General Hospital which I maintained a relationship with far longer than is admittable here.
So HGTV housed all the tips, inspiration, and TV personalities I could handle. My favorite shows were ones where a room would be redone in half hour and included Design on a Dime andDecorating Cents. But my very favorite was the unforgettable Trading Spaces from TLC. Even before I was a was a Design Star fan, and it’s more upscale brother Bravo’s Top Design, I was devoted to Trading Spaces. It premiered 3 months after we moved. And had an impressive seven year run.
This was a reality show produced with the premise that two neighboring families would switch houses for 24 hours and completely redecorate one room in each others houses with the “help“ of a designer. It was crazy and fun. I recently found myself thinking about the show as I contemplated a gallon of Venetian plaster I have yet to use.
Venetian plaster was a favorite medium of designer Doug’s. Those poor homeowners up all night polishing, sanding, and waxing those Venetian plaster walls into the perfect sheen that Doug impressed himself with in his design. He was always right. Until that time he painted everything in the couples’ room white.
Doug and Hildy were known for designing for looks and not for comfort. Many a person walked into their “new” rooms and wondered how they’d be comfortable watching their TVs. Where was their TV anyway?
But the designers who cared about comfort, Vern and Genevieve specifically, ended up with their own shows. I loved Genevieve’s style. From papering the walls with pattern tissue pieces to drawing her own charcoal bull for artwork (did I mention the budgetary factor?), she always valued the artistic and the aesthetic and the comfort for the homeowners.
Design should be both visually pleasing and inhabitable. The most talented designers figure this out within the parameters of the homeowners tastes. And surpass their expectations. And I do so miss the drama that was Trading Spaces. I can not even watch HGTV anymore with all the house selling and buying shows.
Apartment Therapy did a pretty comprehensive retrospective and homage to the show back in 2011 that you can find at this location.