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I’m a book-reading, craft-making newlywed living outside Chicago. I love my husband, cooking dinner and especially eating desserts! We love to ride bikes all over town and read books at coffee shops. I also enjoy shopping at JoAnns, drinking wine on the patio and playing with my bunny rabbit Penelope. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. Please leave a comment- they really make my day! :)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Mo Willems Treats

It's no secret that I love Mo Willems (see here and here).  It is also no secret that I love to eat. Last Friday at school I combined my love of both of Mo and food to create a Mo Willems Themed Friday Treats!

Every Friday at school we take turns bringing treats for staff members.  We eat ridiculous things at 8:15 in the morning and then have onion breath for our students.  We complain about how we're fat, but everyone shows up on time and ready to eat on Friday morning.  It's a viscous cycle. 

The library aide and I had a really fun time with our theme!

Pigeon Egg Casserole

Edwina's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Piggies in a Blanket

Knuffle Bunny's Veggies
This next one was tricky... Naked Mole Rats?  Not exactly appetizing...  We went with unwrapped candy and hoped people would be distracted by the sugar.

Top your yogurt with some bird seed (granola)
The Pigeon wants Puppy Chow!

ThatGuy took a sudden interest in being in the kitchen with me while I was prepping and baking on Thursday night.  I gave him some cookies in exchange for coffee from the shop and we were both pretty happy with the deal.

Don't be a Leonardo the Terrible Monster.  Drink some coffee.

Coffee from Next Stop Coffee Shop!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Renegade Craft Fair

On Sunday afternoon I went with my friend Wailin to the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. These crafters are PROFESSIONAL and it was so much fun to look around.  Here were some stand outs.

The big purchase of the day- Wailin bought one for her little baby girl (due in December!).  These bonnets are reversible. 

The Little Bonnet Shop

These necktie necklaces are sophisticated and unique!

Lilian Asterfield

These gives a whole new meaning to carrier pigeons.....

16 Sparrows

Wailin is doing a girly robot themed nursery, so we were excited to see these cute pillows. 

Little Korboose

An alligator scarf!  I think my preschoolers would like this for a reptitle-themed storytime.

The Alligator Factory
This wooden pie box makes me want to bake a lot of pies and carry them around!

Cordial Kitten created a cute coloring book called Animals with Jobs featuring animals working.
Cordial Kitten
I also enjoyed a sausage from Big Fork, an Ginger Passion Fruit Italian soda from Honey+Milk Cafe and some graham cracker gelato from Black Dog.   It was a very fun day :)

Thursday, September 6, 2012

DIY Drum Shade

When I bought my condo, there were some things not up to my liking.  Something I didn't like from the beginning, but thought I could live with was the large gold, builder's grade chandelier in the entryway.


4th of July bunting

Fall Bunting

To make a DIY drum shade, you will need the following: 
2 23" embroidery hoops (inside hoop only
2 1/3 yard buckram (stiff fabric)
2 1/3 yard other fabric
2 1/3 ribbon (or 4 1/2 yard for top and bottom embellishment)
spray adhesive
hot glue
2 wooden dowels

First, make sure your outer fabric is wrinkle-free.  I ran a hot iron over my fabric to make sure it was flat.  Also, I did NOT wash my fabric, to make sure it was as stiff as possible.

Then I laid out the buckram over my black fabric. 

The next step is to attach the two fabrics together.  I used Kyron's East-Tack adhesive- the directions said to spray each surface and then attach after 1 minute. Then I let the whole thing dry for about 2 hours.

After the pieces were well-adhered, I trimmed down the black fabric, leaving about 2 inches around the buckram. 

Then cut slits in the outer fabric about every 2 inches.  This will help when gluing the fabric over the embroidery hoop. 

I had to take a break from my project to feed Penelope the rabbit some celery tops.  She is a healthy eater!  

Carefully glue the fabric to the inside of the embroidery hoop.  (The outer embroidery hoop is not used to make the shade.  Put it away for another craft project on another day.)

After hot gluing the fabric one embroidery hoop, glue it to the other hoop.  This part is the most tedious, as you want to make sure the fabric is taught and straight between the hoops. 

Then glue the tabs of the outer fabric onto on the inside of the hoop, creating a nice edge.  Repeat using the other hoop to create your drum shade.  I then topped off the shade with a black ribbon trim.

The following show the new shade, although the pictures aren't the greatest quality.  To attach the shade over the existing light, I just used 2 wooden dowels and criss-crossed them inside the shade and used their tension to hold it up.   

 Can you see the "x" the wooden dowels make inside the top of the shade? 


As you can tell from my festive Christmas wreath I did this project in January, but never got around to posting it!