Friday, December 31, 2010

Welcome, 2011!

In honor of the end of one year and the start of a new one...I offer a Metta ("loving kindness and compassion") meditation. From my heart to your heart...From the heart of the universe. You have arrived.

"May I be Happy.
May I be at Peace.
May I be Free
from Suffering."

"May You be Happy.
May You be at Peace.
May You be Free
from Suffering."

This is a wonderful to close one year and open a new year. I am looking forward to 2011 with great excitement and nervousness!  Here's to traveling light, staying creative, living, loving, and laughing!


Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Here's wishing you a holiday that is warm, cozy, and bright!
Take it light and safe travels,
XOXO,
Bekki

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Traditions (Re-visited)

(This is an edited re-post from Christmas Eve 2008)

The holidays always draw out memories of years past or of the Christmases of my childhood. This time of year I get all nostalgic not only for holiday's gone by, but of travels and homes once (and still) loved. I have several holiday traditions that I grew up with like baking cookies with my Grandmothers' recipes or putting toothbrushes in the family stockings, but since I got married I have created my own traditions that I thought I would share. I can't wait until our baby is born to begin new traditions as a mother!

First, every year my husband and I take a photo in front of our Christmas tree. Then, I stick that picture into my special "Christmas Album." This is a photo album in which I keep only pictures (and cards) from Holiday's past. Each year I take it out at Christmas time and we can reminisce about the gifts we got or where we lived; then I pack it away with the Christmas decorations and save it for next year.

Next, each year I make different ornaments to hang on my tree. Along with those ornaments hang trinkets and ornaments that I like to buy while traveling. I love that my Christmas tree has decorations that I got all over the world, from Delft shoes, to Kokeshi dolls, to Hawaiian quilt prints. I have found that sometimes I'd like to have a little reminder or souvenir from a place I've visited, but I don't want some obnoxious kitsch thing, so ornaments are excellent keepsakes. If I can't find locally made or traditional ornaments I have even used key chains (and removed the ring and added a nice hook) or little figures (to which you can attach a hook), pictures from our travels in tiny frames, and even paper luggage tags can be prettied up and hung on the tree.

This year, I made three ornaments by repurposing some metal cookie cutters I got while we lived in Germany. (And, it was those cookie cutters I used to make Christmas cookies for our first married Christmas). I realized they were getting rusty when I packed them up to move here to Mississippi a few months ago, so I stashed them away for a future project. All I did was simply add some glitter and some pretty ribbon and TA-DA! Cute ornaments--with a sentimental meaning.

So, I hope you have your own holiday traditions to enjoy! Have a wonderful Holiday Season and peace, creativity, and light in the New Year.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

How To: Birdie Plush (or, "Look what I made!")









Recently, I made this cute little stuffed bird for the baby. (This was actually the second birdie I made like this, but the first was the "prototype." Originally, I'd planned on making several birds for a mobile, (similar to the one at Spool Sewing) but came up with a different mobile idea (which I will post later). So, instead I stuffed this little buddy with poly-fill and some "crinkle" packaging stuff so he makes noises when he's squeezed. This adorable (and easy-peasy) pattern is free from Spool Sewing! How wonderful! Head over to Spool Sewing's blog for the pattern to make some cute birds for yourself!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Embroidery for Baby

I've been quite the busy bird over here lately...making lots of baby stuff. Yay! I recently dug out some of my old Sublime Stitching embroidery patterns by Jenny Hart and went to town creating this bib and hat for our little one (& pay no attention to the wrinkles!):


More pictures and tutorials to come soon!
Take it light,
Bekki

Friday, December 17, 2010

5 Things Friday: An Etsy Holiday

With about a week to to until Christmas, I thought I'd (try to) get back into my 5 Things Friday with a cute Holiday decor ideas edition from Etsy goodies!

  
Or, how about this tutorial from Etsy for making customized glass ornaments:

Here are some lovely, non-traditional wreathes from astrausa

These colorful, handmade ornaments are so cute!
They are by valche:
 Another felt item I love is this colorful felted garland. The color scheme is so modern (and could be used year round, really!) This handmade garland is from Made Mary's Etsy shop.

And, don't forget you can always check out my Etsy shop for vintage items and supplies!
Happy last-minute holiday shopping!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Amazon Mom....

Back in September when I got an email about Amazon.com's new program Amazon Mom, I signed up not totally knowing what the program was (I knew there were discounts involved and being a soon-to-be-mom figured that could be a good thing). Well, I've been using it a lot lately so I had to share...basically you get a free trial of their Amazon Prime program--which is free 2-day shipping! And, for every $25 you spend in their baby department you can extend your free 2-day shipping benefits. I did lots of holiday shopping on Amazon, and this whole free shipping thing is awesome! (And, unlike their free standard shipping with purchases over $25, with Amazon Mom there is no spending minimum to get the free 2-day shipping!)

With the holidays coming up and a baby on the way, I have taken full advantage of this, and if you're a mom or a care-taker of children, you can too! Just had to share! Enjoy!




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Thursday, December 09, 2010

Felt Winter Holiday Wreath How To: (A Tutorial)


 This year I finally made a wreath to hang on our front door! I am not a huge fan of the red and green combo so originally when I was thinking about making one I thought I'd go with a light green and pink--until I saw these pretty blues and had to go with them instead. Somewhat inspired by the lovely wreath here from Smile and Wave I made my own version.

First, I bought a medium sized foam wreath at the local craft supply store. I also bought 2 sheets of felt in all 3 colors I used (2 shades of teal blue and white) along with some sparkly blue snowflake ribbon. I also bought 2 cute glittery bird Christmas tree picks (I removed the stick/pick part to glue them to the wreath).


Next, I cut the felt in a scalloped shape, designed my pattern and glued each strip of felt to the wreath. Some parts of the felt--though somewhat stretchy--didn't quite meet at the back, but that's OK. (It is the back, after all).


Once the glue was dry, I added my little silver birds (I glued a little pink bow on the "lady bird"). I removed the sticks/picks from the birds and used my trusty hot glue gun to glue them in place. I happened to have the little nest (though I'm sure you can pick one up at a craft store). And, the little blue egg is just a bead I had on hand. I used hot glue to adhere the nest and egg as well.


When I first tried to hang the wreath on our door (using an inexpensive over-the-door wreath hook) the hanger wouldn't hold it. So, I had to use a small piece of wire--stapled in place on the back to create a way for the wreath to hang. (Sorry, no pictures of the back of the wreath).

Then, TA-DA! Done! A cheery and cute winter holiday wreath that I can have up all winter! Yay!

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Baby Gear on Etsy; (Part 1)

Since being pregnant I've been slowly buying cute, handmade baby items from Etsy. Here are only a few of my latest purchases:

First, I bought 2 of these sweet wooden teethers (which some people seemed really surprised about; which surprised me, "What about splinters?" "The baby will chew on wood?" they asked. But, I'd rather have my baby teething on wood than who-knows-what's-in-it-plastic). I actually got 2 "state teethers" (one to represent the 2 different states where the guy and I grew up). These are from the popular Little Sapling Toys (they have 2 blocks sets I can't wait to purchase as well!)
 
I also got this adorable reversible quilted bib from Brooklyn Bib Shop: It held up nicely in the wash and seems really well made and so soft! I can't wait for the baby to use it! (And, yes, I know, the baby will only be spitting up on it and getting it all dirty, but so what? A baby can still look good while making messes!)


I love the prints by Freya at Freya Art; I had to get this cute little one to hang in the baby's room:

So, that's a small round-up of some handmade goodness I've picked up for the baby. I'll share more great finds soon!

Until next time,
Take it light,
Bekki

Monday, November 29, 2010

Etsy:

Recently I've been adding new items to my Etsy shop and have more to come. Here's a peek:


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Now I Get It...

So, if you saw yesterday's post you will now understand why I had been so under the weather. I'm actually well into the second trimester now so I'm feeling much better. I have had lots of energy for making cute baby things (which I hope to post soon) and for buying cute handmade baby things from Etsy (which may have to be included in a "Five Things Friday" if I can ever get back on track with the blogging).

So, yup. I'm gonna be somebody's Mama; The Guy and I are really excited (and nervous, I'll admit). I know our little baby will be here before we know it so I'm trying to get as much crafting and cleaning and organizing done now before she/he arrives. And, now, you know what's really been going on with us aside from moving to a new place in a new region...we're getting brand new lives. Fun.

Until next time, (which I hope to be sooner rather than later)
xoxo, Bekki

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Picture Speaks (a Thousand Words)....

(Edited January 2014, I have since removed this photo of us announcing our pregnancy)

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Southern Girl...

Hello from the dirty/deep south! Yes, I am still here. Yes, I am still creating. And, yes, we've moved. Though I do miss the East Coast, we have taken up residence someplace very different--the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. (Never thought I'd live here!) The cost of living here is less than in the DC area which is great--and here we live in a cute artsy downtown within walking distance to the beach. This has been one of the longest, craziest moves to date...and I have so much to write about. But, for now, I just wanted to let you know, dear reader, that I am still alive and well an have lots to tell you but that will come later!

Take it light,
Bekki

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

I'm trying....

Oh.My.Gosh. Seriously, I haven't been here in over a month....and I'm so sorry...but I have good reasons (excuses?) as to why I was gone...I've been very very busy. Here's a run down of my fabulous summer so far:

-I am currently working on creating the biggest (semi-) secret project I have ever made. There will be more details soon, but it's still staying a semi-secret for now.

- We are moving soon to a new part of the country; to a place I have visited but never lived. I'm still a little unsure about this move so I won't mention much more right now. I will discuss it later when I'm ready.

-We've hit up quite a few shows this summer (like Phish, Jack Johnson, Green Day, STS9, and Lotus) which has been pretty fun.

-Spent a great weekend in Philadelphia last weekend. Yay! I love that city!

-I have actually been quite sick this summer so when I'm not busy I'm laying around or napping.

- I haven't gotten to very many of the projects I had planned for the summer. But, that's OK, there's always Fall for projects.

I'm sure there's much, much more that I am missing and I'm not sure when I will be back (perhaps when I am ready to reveal secret projects and the soon-to-be new place called home). Until then, know that I'm thinking of you...and I'm out doing great things and you should be too! ;)
xoxo, Bekki

Friday, July 16, 2010

5 Things Friday: St. Martin/St. Maarten

We spent the guy's 30th birthday (and 4th of July) on the island of St. Martin. We stayed at the Grand Case Beach Club on the French side (and spent most of our time on the French side; though we did go to Anguilla, Tintamarre Island, and Pinel Island and Philipsburg on the Dutch side). Here is a sneak preview of our trip. These are 5 pictures from our trip taken with my iPhone:

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Where have I been??

Enjoying "Summer of Awesomer" (the sequel to last year's "Summer of Awesome") that's where. Yay! A few weeks ago we went to a Washington National's Game (they played the Chicago White Sox). We sat in the President's Club section and sat right behind home plate--which meant we were those people you see behind the players when you watch the game on TV. I texted my sister in Illinois that we were on TV so she shot some pictures with her phone of her TV and us on it! Here are those pictures and some others from game day:

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Anniversary Cards...

For our 8 year wedding anniversary yesterday, I bought the guy these two cards--because I couldn't pick a favorite! Both are from FreyaArt on Etsy and both are absolutely lovely:


Monday, July 12, 2010

We are 8!

Today we are celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary! What an amazing adventure...here's to many more!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

OMG! You're 30!

My wonderful husband turns 30 today! And we are celebrating in the best possible way...(tell ya later!)

Happy Birthday!


Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I'm about to....

mail a couple of old toothbrushes (don't worry, I ran them through the dishwasher) to this artist who is creating a "Welcome Mat Smile" for the American Visionary Museum's upcoming What Makes Us Smile? exhibition — made from  hundreds of recycled toothbrushes! You can have your old toothbrush become a work of art too by mailing your toothbrush to the artist. Here is the info. Smile!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

5 Things Friday: Oops!

Sorry...I was doing so well, but will be the first to admit that I got lazy/busy and skipped a day. ( I'll be busy seeing Phish this weekend....and other secret projects!) More later....

Monday, June 21, 2010

Kitchen Tray: A Tutorial (How To)...

For quite some time, I had been looking for something to decoupage for my kitchen. I was thinking tiles or trivets when one day I found a plain wooden tray at a thrift store. So, home with me it came. (Inspired by these coasters from Prudent Baby to find this cute paper at Paper Source--and later this tray, and this tray: I didn't follow either of these specific tutorials,  but they seem to be super detailed and could be helpful if you've never done this sort of thing yourself).

I began by painting the tray with several coats of light blue craft paint (with drying time in between coats). Then, after measuring the inside of the tray I cut my paper to size. Next, I used the regular Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the tray. )Paint the Mod Podge on with a small sponge brush in even coats). After about 30 minutes I put one coat of Mod Podge over the paper.

After this dried, I covered the entire tray with Hard Coat Mod Podge which I'd never used before (it's supposed to be better for highly used items/furniture or something, which seemed fitting for a kitchen where it might have coffee spilled on it). Then, after this dried it wasn't as smooth and glossy as I wanted so I sprayed it with a few coats of clear coat (in a well ventilated area). Even after all of this, the part of the tray with the paper still wasn't to my liking when the guy mentioned something about sealing it with resin or varnish--then I remembered I bought some EnviroTex Lite years ago that I'd never used. Following the instructions in the package, I coated the paper with the resin--and I love it! It sealed it glossy and smooth and it looks so professional. (Don't be surprised if I begin coating everything in resin!) For this really simple tray and some experimenting, this project did take a few days, primarily due to drying or setting times.Overall, I'm ridiculously happy about how it turned out and can't wait to do some more projects like this.

Until next time, happy crafting and take it light!
XOXO, Bekki

Friday, June 18, 2010

5 Things Friday: 5 Things I Made this Week:

I have a very busy, crafty girl lately! Here are 5 projects I've done this week (or at least finished this week)...most will have tutorials forthcoming...


Travel Patch Pillow (Blogged about here)


Wrapping paper decoupaged tray--sealed with resin 
(this was my first major attempt with resin, and it's awesome! Tutorial coming later...)


Paper circle garland.This was another experiment in punching circles and machine sewing them together. it's super cute and this picture needs to be re-shot!

I made many resin sealed bottle cap magnets and things...

Painted wooden clothes pin with a resin-sealed bottle cap
(with vintage mail sticker inside).

So, as you can see I have been quite busy. And, now that these projects are out of the way (and after some yummy ice cream in Annapolis tonight) perhaps I can move on to blogging about the projects themselves! Until then, be inspired and create a wonderful weekend!