Pi Party

It’s Pi Day, everyone! I am posting today to tell you that Pi Day doesn’t have to only come once a century. Math geeks and pie lovers unite…pi partyThrow a Pi Party!

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Women of Yarnbomb

It started with one tree. I would just yarn bomb one tree. Just the trunk, in fact. While crocheting and listening to Aretha Franklin on Pandora, I decided to name that piece Aretha. As my plan evolved, I decided to also yarn bomb two more big trees and stuck with A for the first letter. Those became Amelia Earhart and Anna May Wong. (My sister-in-law knitted Amelia- one of the only knit pieces in the project.)

But then I just kept on going. I decided to also cover the smaller pear trees, the benches and the lampposts. To keep track of my work I continued to name each piece after a notable woman. And it became a way to honor women for National Women’s History Month, while creating yarn pieces that could become blankets for women living in shelters.

sally ride, women of yarnbomb

If I’ve learned anything in this process, it’s that there are many, many great women who have made history, many who are currently making history, and not nearly enough crap to cover in yarn.

My 7-year-old Pearl named several after women she’s studied in school. My process was a little random, and often about my personal history.

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Why I’m Yarn-bombing My Town

As a busy mom to little ones, I’ve been missing the days when I wasn’t responsible for anyone or anything. I’ve wanted to rebel. Spray painting graffiti feels a little too illegal, but covering a local park in soft, non-permanent yarn? THAT will be the perfect act of delinquency to satisfy my rebel heart.

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I’ll do it guerrilla style. Don’t ask for permission, just ask for forgiveness, right?   Continue Reading…

Butcher Block Coffee Table

You already know that I don’t like spending a lot of money. You also know that I like nice things. Naturally, I like my things to look expensive even when they’re homemade.

butcher block coffee table, DIY, home made mimiSo when I started thinking about a coffee table for our small living room area, I knew I wanted to make something unique, but would hold up to furniture found in fancy stores.

When this gorgeous vintage butcher block presented itself, I snapped it up.   Continue Reading…

Flower Girl Tutu

There is nothing more versatile than a classic tutu. It easily transitions onstage to off. Day to evening. Grocery store to sand box.

flower girl tutu, DIYThe tutu is appropriate in any setting in any season under any circumstance and is especially perfect if you are exactly three and three quarters years old.

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Spice Rack Bookshelves

My daughter’s bedroom recently got spiced up. Pun fully intended. I turned these IKEA spice racks into easy-to-reach bookshelves. Now, if any of you scream “Nice Rack!” to me when I see you in town, I won’t flip you the bird because I’ll know exactly what you’re talking about.

DIY, spice rack, bookshelves

Try it. I dare you.

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Win 6 Free Months of Storage with Clutter!

In Asian cultures, celebrating the new year includes getting organized and clearing out the clutter. In this multi-culti home we celebrate several new years, and each is a new opportunity to simplify our lives. I’m a firm believer in clear house/clear mind.

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So last week I finally dealt with all the baby stuff. Yes, the “factory is closed” but I’ve been hanging on to much of it till my best friend had her baby. Guess what? She had her baby! This crap is hers now!  Continue Reading…

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Photo of the Year Winner!

I was selected for VOTY/PhOTY 2015