Crafting lately: alphabet blocks

Boy, does it seem like a challenge to get simple alphabet blocks these days. I’d love to have my vintage set – unless it’s a fake memory that I had one – but it’s long gone, handed to family friends with kids or something. You can get real vintage sets from Etsy/Ebay but I don’t…

Crafting lately: clothing/closet dividers

Four years ago, I was in constant discomfort due to pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). I don’t quite remember if it started as early as 20 weeks and lasted until the very end, starting with just one hand and then the other. That period coincided with my discovery of Perler crafts and when I did…

Crafting lately: A mini house!

Timeline of events: Late December: purchased and received the Cuisinart Combo Steam Plus Convection Oven on Boxing Day sales Early April: finally opened the open and set up the oven Early May: sold the convection oven that this one replaced Late July: blogging about crafting the mini-house back in early April! Once I opened the…

Crafting lately: Rainbow wooden rocking chair

I checked back in my finances tracking spreadsheet and realized I purchased this plain pine kids rocking chair from Michael’s back in March 2017. I paid $37 (taxes in) and justified it against the $40 pricetag of the IKEA Sundvik that I could personalize it…. Fast forward over a year >>>> A few months ago,…

Crafting lately: hacked the Ikea LÄTT

As with so many things I didn’t craft this particularly lately. The Instagram post below is from over six months ago! We didn’t get a bed from Ikea this past weekend – here’s hoping for next weekend! – but it was high time I did something about E’s play table and chairs that has been…

It’s…. Advent Calendar season again!

Better late than never …! **** For the kid I went store-bought. In the middle of September, I spied this gem at Chapters –  Playmobil Christmas on the Farm edition. So, by the end of September, I had ordered this. E will have fun opening the compartment every day – except when we are away for…

Crafting lately: Halloween 2017

In a quick look back on E’s first two Halloweens: In 2015, I made three-month old E a lion costume. In 2016, I bought a Carter’s panda hoodie and made a science/medical officer long-sleeve top that matched my science/medical officer sheath. It felt redundant and infantile to get another Carter’s hoodie costume. E could fit…

Crafting Lately: Halloween again

So I seem to be into Halloween these days (years). In 2014, I repurposed a red sheath dress my sister made for me for Halloween 2011 where I was Lt. Uhura, made a pillbox hat, cut fabric to tie like a scarf, wore white kid gloves, fishnet stockings and black pumps and brought a carry-on…

How I started using my dishwasher and Crafting Lately

In what is always just a whirlwind, my sister came to visit me (and E) and then left a week later. The great thing is how she made time to spend two nights at my place. On the second evening, as I endlessly washed dishes, she broached the topic again that I should use my…

Crafting lately: E’s 1st Birthday celebration

Born 10 weeks before Little E, Little D had his birthday celebration nine weeks earlier and his parents OE held the celebration in the multipurpose room in our condo. I was happy to help brainstorm and create party materials, decorate, set-up and help tear down. There was a little bit of self-interest because then I…