Mini Fairy House Tutorial

I posted a picture of some fairy houses that Vivi and I made last month, and a bunch of folks asked what we did, so I thought I'd share it here.

Bear with me, I'm doing this on my phone, because why not.

So, if you check out your local Michael's, they sell little wooden birdhouses for $1 each. I buy a few of these whenever I'm there, and keep them around for crafting in a pinch, they're really fun to pull out and paint or slap jewels & googly eyes on. I cut the hole out to make it into a door -and by "I", I mean "asked Vinny to do it because I'm a spaz."

Then we grabbed some of the Martha Stewart craft paints - around $2 a color $3 if you are fancy, and like glitter, as I, a very fancy lady, do.

I keep a box of pretty scrap paper laying around - when I find paper that I like- old wrapping paper, scrap paper, pictures from packages, old dust jacket covers, I throw it in there. Or, say I give a sheet of stickers to Vivs, and she sticks them on paper - I cut the paper up and put them in the box. Then if we are painting, we do some mixed media and stick the paper to the paint. We did that on Arrietty's & Tink's house - that's paper from a kitchen purchase, and the flowers on Tink's house are from a Duck & Goose dust jacket.

I'm constantly looking for things that can go in a fairy garden - the bird was $1.95 at a sewing store & the butterflies were .20 each at a party & notions store in DTLA. I occasionally stop into Goodwill and look for old teacups and teapots, and the sale table at anthropologie of all places has great cheap things to put in a garden - teacups & doorknobs & drawer pulls, among others. Fairy things are everywhere. So are things to put on a cake. You just have to shift your point of view.

The owl jingles - it's a Japanese cell phone charm. Japanese dollar store like Daiso are full of great things to hide in a yard, or put in a fairy house.

We painted them, then painted them again with glitter, then coated them with outdoor Mod Podge.

The nametags are Popsicle sticks, & I used letter stamps leftover from a baby shower. I'm sure it would be easy to use stencils. Or write it with a sharpie.

I have a board on Pinterest devoted to fairy gardens, and I'm sure you can find inspiration there too. (There's a Pinterest button in my sidebar) I'd love to see your creations, so please share.

Don't We Love It Now?

I lost count of how many times we listened to "This is Halloween" today - i guess somewhere around the 15th re-start. I'm still not sick of it. Especially since Vivi is doing her best impressions of all the characters.

I bought the soundtrack, but... well, I miss the olden days when you purchased a soundtrack & you got the actual audio from the film. Not select tracks. So, to that end, I used garage band to split off the audio of the entire film & burned it to a disc for our driving pleasure. "This is Halloween" is so much richer with Foley! Ah! The sounds of pumpkins smashing on spikes! Lush!

A rustling sound, then from the backseat, a little voice says, "Sally is picking plants!" The sounds of clinking, "Jack is doing science. He doesn't understand!"

It's endlessly fun.

People tell me princesses and pink are inevitable & around the corner. Well then, I won't waste time dreading it, or spend energy raging against the storm. I'll just enjoy this moment in time with my daughter & our misunderstood Pumpkin King & hit repeat again. And again. And again.

All Time Number One Superstar Mom!

So we took a class at the hospital yesterday called "Infant Care."  I was amazed at how many people seem to think they're giving birth at Seattle Grace. Good LORD people! Put down the television remote and pick up a book!

But despite that, I must say that nothing - NOTHING beats the woman in our Birthing class that was not only shocked and horrified to find out that there were muscles in the anus - but was indignant when it became apparent that the rest of the class was not having the same epiphany.  "You all act like you KNEW about this!!"

Now, I always go into any kind of *class* with a bad attitude -- and then come out all pleasantly surprised when I've gleaned interesting information and learned something. 

But I think those years and years of being a nanny in NYC give me an edge - plus, you know - my natural maternal instincts.

is this thing still on?


By the looks of things, the last time I wrote something in this here box, I was winging my way to Italy for a lovely vacation.

And what a vacation it was! So awesome that I went and got myself knocked up! Yeah! Brought back an fantastic souvenir from Florence - but I can't show it to you until sometime around the 9th of September.  Maybe earlier - maybe later.  We'll see.

Look! Here is a picture that proves it:


Jeremy's Dragon Corner Goes Horribly Wrong

Being pregnant is dangerous. Babies are worth a lot of money and people want to steal them from you!

I'm 32 weeks pregnant in this picture in case you're playing the home game.

If I complain about, say, a foot in my ribcage, my husband is fond of saying, "You ASKED for it!" and what I like to tell him is, "NO. What I SAID was: 'This wine is REALLY good! Let's get another bottle!'"