24 March 2015


When planning a party, after the space has been chosen, the first thing I do is see what that area has to offer. For a girlfriend's party, our chosen space comes with a lot of beautiful windows, light, exposed brick, white furniture, florescent yellow tables and an enormous globe in the entry. Those are some fantastic qualities to build from! 

Globes. Florescent Yellow. Light Wood. Plants. Sushi

We are getting sushi takeout from Takashi. Instead of just opening up the take out boxes and putting out paper plates, I've got some ideas. Here's what we'll need:

- Burlap Runner
- Globes (placed on top of the runner)
- White horizontal plates for sushi
- Wood horizontal boards for sushi
- Banner (String it in the front of the table or above - DIY)
- Cake with florescent yellow topper
- Wood forks for cake

- Burlap Runner
- Globes and Plants (wrapped in kraft paper and taped with florescent yellow washi tape)
- Wood plates
- Wood chopsticks (with painted ends florescent yellow - DIY)
- White napkins (with florescent yellow washi tape)
- Limonata Bottles at each place setting

- Pillows (world map, florescent yellow, white fur)
- Throws (white fur)
- Plants (on the side table with kraft paper and taped with florescent yellow washi tape)
- Party Favors (florescent yellow bead necklaces - DIY)

*This is a last minute party plan so I'm going to use as many things from home as possible. If I have a plant in a white planter, I'll use it, if I have a pillow with some bit of light blue, I'll add florescent yellow yarn pom poms or tassels. Keeping in mind that I need to transport all of these items so I'm keeping them as light and compact as possible.

17 March 2015


My dear friend, Nicole has wanted to start a children's clothing line for so long. Now that she's launched her kickstarter campaign, it's time to shout it out!

Nicole is so very talented in every way. Through the years she has made little dresses and tunics for my girls and I cherish every piece she's ever created. She uses adorable fabrics and is really a master at her craft. Please, please, please check out Hum Stitchery and pledge to help her get her dream off the ground.  Look for my little redhead in her video, she has even named a dress after her. That makes me smile so big.

Good luck Nicole!!

04 March 2015


I teach some young girls every other week about... well, there isn't a curriculum, but rather some values and such to touch upon. Along with some activities and treats. It's called Activity Days. It's a lot of fun. I had no idea what to expect when I started teaching but these girls are so fun and eager to learn new things. Yesterday we talked about OUR PLACE IN THIS WORLD. I wanted to get them thinking about how we treat others, our differences that go beyond what we eat and wear to how we can take care of one another.

I put together a little passport that we went through and they each got to put a star on the countries that are tied to their family heritage. It was a fun activity and it got them really excited about the unique things that each country is known for.

I've included the passport cover and pages and you can put your own booklet together. Be aware, this is me taking bits of information from the internet, I may have gotten a thing or two wrong ;)

Inside there's a pledge for them to sign. Also, they can draw a self portrait and fill in the information, name, birthdate, country of origin and where they'd love to go.

For these kids, it was really all about opening up their minds to a place beyond their neighborhood, city, state and country. To understand more about all of the fabulous people and places in our world.

After we did this, I taught them how to make mini weavings. One of them said, "I could do this all day." I can't help but smile at that. It's a fun little group.


Printer & paper
Xacto Knife
Ruler & Cutting Board
Bone Folder
Needle & thread
Awl (to poke holes in spine)
Rubber Cement
*I happen to have bookbinding tools, if you don't have these, something similar will suffice.

1. Print Cover and trim off the white border all around leaving all four panels of the front/back and inside.
2. Fold at the half point (short fold), then fold in half again.
3. Carefully glue the corners in place.
4. Print the pages so that pages 1-5 are on the front and 6-10 are on the backsides.
5. Trim off all the white borders and fold in half. Use your bone folder if you have one to get a good creese.
6. layer all the pages so that the cover is on the outside and the first page is Ireland (I did this mostly because it's St. Patrick's day soon). Put the Mary Blair illustration in the middle and make sure that United States is last, next to the child's passport information.
7. Open the booklet and poke a hole in the center of the creese. Then another a 1/2" from each end.
8. Thread your needle, no need to knot it.
9. From the inside go through the center hole, leaving about 3" of thread hanging.
10. Hold the tail in place and from the outside of the booklet go in from the top end hole. Now go back out through the bottom hole and back in through the center hole so that your back where you started with the tail.
11. Knot the two threads in the center inside of the booklet and trim.
12. You can trim the fringe of uneven pages from the outside if you'd like, but be aware that you could trim off the little flags on each corner of the pages.