1. When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland. To that end, the National PTA and Connecticut PTSA are collecting unique, handcrafted snowflakes to decorate the school. The PTA encourages senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please send your snowflakes (and/or donations) to the following address by 1/12/13.
Connecticut PTSA 60 Connolly Parkway Building 12, Suite 103 Hamden, CT 06514
Snowflake instructions:
Martha Stewart: How to Make Paper Snowflakes
Video: Make Original Paper Snowflakes
PDF: Snowflake cut-out patterns

    When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland. To that end, the National PTA and Connecticut PTSA are collecting unique, handcrafted snowflakes to decorate the school. The PTA encourages senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please send your snowflakes (and/or donations) to the following address by 1/12/13.

    Connecticut PTSA
    60 Connolly Parkway
    Building 12, Suite 103 Hamden, CT 06514

    Snowflake instructions:

  2. togeprrrri said: hey girl! i know i'm like, a solid year late on this, but i LOVE your lakitu costume! i'm dressing up as him this year and was wondering- any protips, especially re: the shell and the cloud? thanks! <3

    Hey there, thanks! I made my entire Lakitu costume last year in a frenzy of hot glue and felt. The shell was the hardest part to make. I cut out a circle of cardboard, and pieced four green curved triangular shapes of felt together to create a sort of dome-like structure. I glued that to the circle of cardboard - remembering to attach my white felt straps at the same time - and stuffed it with batting. I glued black rings of felt to create Lakitu’s shell stripes. In retrospect, buying a little green pack like this and adding black rings would have been a LOT easier and could have doubled as a purse for the night.

    For my top, I found a yellow shirt and used black electrical tape from the dollar store to make the stripes. The bonus of using electrical tape is that the lines were perfectly straight, and it only took about 5 minutes.

    The cloud was the real pièce de résistance! The whole thing was a very wide belt that I made of white felt, with a cloud attached to the front and a mirroring cloud attached to the back.

    1. Draw a cloud on a large piece of paper to use as a pattern - I opened up a brown grocery bag to get a big enough piece of paper.

    2. Cut 4 cloud shapes out of white felt using your pattern.

    3. Glue 2 of the cloud shapes together, but leave an opening to stuff it full of batting, then glue the whole thing shut - I would have preferred to sew but I don’t have a sewing machine here. Bummer.

    4. Add black felt eyes and a mouth. This is the front of your cloud.

    5. Glue the other 2 cloud pieces together, this is the back of your cloud. I opted to leave it flat rather than stuffed so I could sit in a cab.

    6. To attach both pieces to your body, use white felt to create a very wide “belt”. Use velcro as fasteners for you make-shift belt. The velcro is key, because you’ll need to take the cloud off to go to the restroom!

    7. Glue the clouds to the front and back of your wide belt.

    Don’t forget your accessories! I used cardboard and felt in black, red, yellow, and green to make a little traffic light, and bought the cheapest toy fishing pole I could find. Lakitu wears racing goggles, but I just wore my regular glasses. Underneath my cloud, I wore black boy shorts and gray tights.

    Good luck, and please send me a picture if you make a Lakitu costume! :)

  3. fyeahhandmade:

DIY painted jars for a pretty vase! Instructions here

Pretty pretty pretty.

    fyeahhandmade:

    DIY painted jars for a pretty vase! Instructions here

    Pretty pretty pretty.


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  5. I&#8217;m becoming one of those terrarium weirdos. On Saturday I picked up a couple soil/charcoal/pebble kits and ferns from Linden Hill Gardens&#8217; stall at the Springle pop-up in Chelsea Market. There are a couple of empty flower vases sitting in my room that will hopefully transform into cute terrariums next weekend!
After that I have to find some globe-shaped bulbs so I can make these tiny light bulb terrariums.
I feel like this is an alternate path to my already certain future life as a cat lady. I&#8217;ll be the one with cat hair all over my sweater vest and weird plants growing in misty jars.

    I’m becoming one of those terrarium weirdos. On Saturday I picked up a couple soil/charcoal/pebble kits and ferns from Linden Hill Gardens’ stall at the Springle pop-up in Chelsea Market. There are a couple of empty flower vases sitting in my room that will hopefully transform into cute terrariums next weekend!

    After that I have to find some globe-shaped bulbs so I can make these tiny light bulb terrariums.

    I feel like this is an alternate path to my already certain future life as a cat lady. I’ll be the one with cat hair all over my sweater vest and weird plants growing in misty jars.

  6. DIY Wall Mini-Terrariums. What a fantastic idea, this is definitely on my to-do list. I had air plants in LA, and they&#8217;re SUPER easy to care for, you just have to mist them every few days. With a magnet on the back of these mini-terrariums, I can add greenery to unexpected places around the apartment, like our fridge. These would also make excellent gifts&#8230; I like the idea of surprising a friend during the winter blahs with a happy little plant ecosystem in a spice tin. :)
Click through to Ruffled for the full tutorial!
PS. I&#8217;m on Pinterest, which is where I&#8217;m keeping boards of crafty/DIY things, home decor ideas, and other fun stuff!

    DIY Wall Mini-Terrariums. What a fantastic idea, this is definitely on my to-do list. I had air plants in LA, and they’re SUPER easy to care for, you just have to mist them every few days. With a magnet on the back of these mini-terrariums, I can add greenery to unexpected places around the apartment, like our fridge. These would also make excellent gifts… I like the idea of surprising a friend during the winter blahs with a happy little plant ecosystem in a spice tin. :)

    Click through to Ruffled for the full tutorial!

    PS. I’m on Pinterest, which is where I’m keeping boards of crafty/DIY things, home decor ideas, and other fun stuff!

  7. Happy Halloween! This weekend, Superlounge dressed to a Mario Kart theme for Halloween. Rahul was Mario, Bobby was Luigi, Teresa was Princess Peach, and I was Lakitu!

    I spent all night green-lighting and red-lighting my friends’ actions. :D Yay DIY costumes! (This is a photoset, click the arrows to see 3 more pictures!)

    EDIT: There are 700+ notes on this post; I’m overwhelmed with the positive reception! So happy everyone liked it so much, thank you! <3

    EDIT 2: I wrote up directions for how I created my costume in a separate post.

  8. GPOYW: &#8220;Looking dubious about painting a ceiling&#8221; edition!
Painting a 9.5&#8217; ceiling is no fun, let me tell you that much. If I had enemies I needed to torture, I&#8217;d wish them each 100 ceilings to paint, with a stick that is roughly 6&#8221; too short to be comfortable. At least my room - therefore my ceiling - is small.
So&#8230; yes, nearly 7 months after moving in, I&#8217;m finally painting my room. \o/
More to come, stay tuned.

    GPOYW: “Looking dubious about painting a ceiling” edition!

    Painting a 9.5’ ceiling is no fun, let me tell you that much. If I had enemies I needed to torture, I’d wish them each 100 ceilings to paint, with a stick that is roughly 6” too short to be comfortable. At least my room - therefore my ceiling - is small.

    So… yes, nearly 7 months after moving in, I’m finally painting my room. \o/

    More to come, stay tuned.

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