Yes, Virginia, there really is (was) a Madame Alexander. But she didn’t come into the world with that title or name. She was known as Bertha when she was born in Brooklyn in 1895, the same year her stepfather opened a doll hospital. As a teenager she had hoped to go to Paris to study sculpting, but her parents lost their savings when their bank went under. So she married and got a job as a bookkeeper at a hat […]
St. Patrick’s Day is almost here. I’ll be celebrating with Irish Shirley Temples made with green maraschino cherries from Oregon Cherry Growers; white carnations that I’ve been trying to turn green with food coloring (more than is actually shown in the photo above – not as easy as people make it seem, but the green water looks pretty anyway); giant chocolate coins from the Netherlands via Cost Plus World Market (safe for those with nut allergies!) and a lovely green […]
This was a fun project because it combined three things I love: hangers, color-blocking, and coming up with new ways to use the toilet paper roll knitter! I really do love hangers. Do any of you remember the Hold Everything catalog? They used to have collections of different cool hangers that I found so exciting (never underestimate the benefits of being easily amused). I’ve sewed padded hanger covers in the past (green and navy tartan), covered old wire hangers with […]
We celebrated an eleventh birthday this week. Birthdays provide such great opportunities for playing with paper. I made my own photo book (with charms!) … taped eleven tissue paper flowers to her door … and finally made a paper lantern for a flameless votive from the book, Silhouette Style by Nanetta Bananto. But it wasn’t all about paper – there was cake of course! I’ll share more about the how-to’s soon.
I’ve often walked by those sheets of plastic mesh in Michaels or JoAnn’s and wondered what on earth people do with them. Then I saw this (below) in the November/December 2014 issue of Marie Claire Idées (it’s French). Did you happen to see it? It was a particularly beautiful issue, but these plastic canvas tags alone made me want to buy it. They also inspired my purrfect kitty tag (shown on top of post pinned to a stretched piece of […]
I clipped this idea from the San Francisco Chronicle years ago. I think it was included in a list of things to do with lemons or something like that. I can’t put my hands on that clipping right now, but it doesn’t matter. This isn’t a recipe with specific amounts of ingredients. It’s more of a delicious guideline. What you do is toss some baby greens (they don’t all have to be hard-core kinds of greens; a spring mix will […]
As a party favor or gift filled with little bon-bons and wrapped with cellophane, as a toothbrush holder, a make-up brush holder, a vase, a small cloche, a vessel for your paint water, a home for wayward buttons … I found a 6-pack of these little glasses in a brown paper carton at Cost Plus (World Market) the other week. They seemed a little too small for drinking, but I loved them anyway. I didn’t buy them, however, until I […]
The thought of planting a life-sized garden overwhelms me. I am paralyzed by questions of what to plant and where and will we be able to water anything anyway in this drought-stricken area we live in. But a fairy garden costs so little in time, money, commitment, and water by comparison that there is just no good reason not to plant one. What really made me want to do it is this book: I’ve seen fairy gardens in pots before, […]