Check it out: Handmade Hour & Crafty Saturday

Cedar Bee Handmade infinity scarves for kids

Every Wednesday I take part in #HandmadeHour and #HandmadeHourUSA (7 to 8 pm ET) on Twitter. There, I share items I’ve made most recently for my Cedar Bee shop, and retweet my favourite items others have shared with the same hashtag. (See, hashtags bring people together!) The amount of talent and unique items people share is awe-inspiring and the community is wonderful. If you’re someone who makes stuff, I strongly recommend both #HandmadeHour and #HandmadeHourUSA. You’ll have a good time, get some extra views, and maybe … Continue reading

39 weeks: Here’s the nursery!

I honestly didn’t think we would get this far into the pregnancy. Boy is estimated to be 8lbs as of last week (though I know that could easily vary… I’m a house now, so I believe it’s that much or heavier). It’s possible he might be late. This kid hates our wintry spring as much as I do. Today is milder, so there might be hope. Here are some pictures of our nursery. My niece came over with some cute outfits and other baby-related stuff … Continue reading

New Art: Dirty Window Paintings

Here are two of the three (or was it four?) Dirty Window paintings (acrylic on canvas) I did at the start of the summer. Hoping to get back to painting soon. Whenever I paint something — no matter how ridiculous — it makes me feel pretty good, even if I was previously a crab or a wreck. Apparently acrylic is safer than oils for pregnant women, but I’m still not willing to take any chances just yet. What have you created lately? Link me to … Continue reading

Ooh, Foxy Lakey

Did I ever show you this? I can’t remember! Finished it a few months ago. It’s up on Etsy if you feel like having some foxy art in your home. Share the post “Ooh, Foxy Lakey” FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestStumbleUponE-mail

Framed Print – Pop Art Pups

The other day I felt a bit creative and coloured in some of the puppy photos I took.  I got some unexpectedly nice reactions to the one and had it framed.  Since I love how it turned out, I put it up on Etsy. Immediately, someone bought one (not through the site, unfortunately for my Etsy rankings, but in person — still extremely encouraging). Going to try more stuff like this one, including customizing people’s own pet portraits. Let me know what you think! Share the … Continue reading

Vintage Finds, AKA Old Crap

A little late on this one, but here is some of the stuff we found the other day. You’ll be pleased to know I spend an afternoon cleaning and sanitizing all these things, so the record player no longer looks like a dirty heap of garbage, and the dresser looks slightly better. A tip about cleaning with vinegar + water solution: It’s great because there are no chemicals, but whatever it reacted with (my guess is decades of cigarette smoke) sent me into intermittent coughing … Continue reading

Vintage Score

The other night we were driving to meet up with someone when we spotted a curb full of tossed-aside furniture, books, and framed items.  I’m not normally the type to yell “STOP THE CAR” but I did this time (or some variation of it), and I’m glad. We ended up with: An old dresser An old nightstand (these two will be DIY projects on here come springtime) A giant, framed original landscape oil painting signed “Eldon” Smaller framed painting Framed print of a native girl … Continue reading

Art for Sale, Only a Dollar!

That headline might have been true 100 years ago.  But since I like eating, drinking (mostly coffee and water) and breathing in a warm home, I have to charge a little.  I opened an Etsy shop today. It was bound to happen. I’ve been painting crazy things for about a year now, since I remembered I like to paint.  Some of them (the wolf) are nuts, and others are slightly less nuts.  Take a look if you like that kind of thing, and especially if … Continue reading

How to Fix Dog-Eared Canvas on Foam Core

I was digging for wrapping paper in our junk room (i.e., our need to throw out a lot of stuff soon before I go crazy room) when I found four of Miklos‘s old canvas prints mounted on foam core.  They’re very nice and I would love to hang them up, but it turns out the fact that we never framed them left them open to the elements.  The corners were dog-eared and sad looking. They’d been like this a while. I’d never known how to fix … Continue reading