Last year, the twins were just three months old on Halloween; it was, of course, their first. I think I thought I was lucid, but upon reflection I now realize I was moving through life as a zombie impersonating a live human who knew WTF was actually going on. That’s why back then, I managed just enough brain power to buy Jordan an off-the-rack skeleton costume from Old Navy on approximately October 31. Inspired! (I was a bit more thoughtful, and emotional, when it came to Maya’s outfit.)
Well this year, I have my wits about me. When fall hit, the crafty spirit started swirling all around me — never mind the fact that it’s still 100 degrees where I live in Los Angeles — and I got in the mood for my first real DIY.
As a travel lover, I came up with the idea to dress my 15-month-old twins in pilot costumes. And, inspired by this blogger’s easy-to-recreate post, I would be their flight attendant. (The babes did have a travel-themed first birthday party, after all, so why not keep this motif going!)
I figured I could use cheap, navy blue onesies as the base for their “uniforms,” and it wouldn’t take much to make them official- and important-looking: just add some gold finishing touches.
I was nervous to say the least. But sure enough, with some buttons, a spool of ribbon, and a hot glue gun, I easily crafted costumes that make me so proud. I can’t wait to show them off! And with what I learned this time around, I might even become a DIY convert!
Here are a few takeaways from my first successful DIY project.
Last year, I was busily being more “motion” and less “homebody” for various reasons. First, I was pregnant and we were trying to get all possible travel in before babies (I was editing the original version of this post from a tropical lanai). And of course, we’d been booted out of our house while we remodeled in my second trimester. But it’s my very talented sister who was then — and always is, if I’m honest — the more gifted “homebody” anyway, when it comes to mind-blowing Pinterest-worthy DIYs, crafting, and making stuff in the kitchen.
So she took the reigns as guest blogger with this post about how to dye eggs naturally. And given it’s Easter season again, it’s time to bring this gorgeous post back for your DIY inspiration! (After Easter, this project is amaze for a baby shower or other springtime event, too.) Without further ado, check out the wizardry that is Elisabeth’s tutorial for how to dye eggs naturally:
“Last year when my son was in kindergarten, his teacher requested that parents send in some kitchen scraps for coloring boiled eggs using only nature’s bounty. Naturally, I thought, “Oh, this’ll be swell. I’ll send in my cabbage scraps for the kids to make their nature craft, and then run over to CVS to buy some Paas coloring kits for when we dye the pretty eggs at home…” Little did I realize that modern kindergarten teachers are nobody’s fools; one would never propose a craft project that wouldn’t produce a dramatic show to hold the interest of discerning five-year-olds. In this case, the spectacle lay in the power of simple foods to create effective egg dyes that not only cost very little but come out way, way better than Paas. This year, I decided to try my own hand at naturally-dyed eggs. (Enough friends asked me how I did it, so I was inspired to ask my sister to allow me to use this forum to share the joy…)Continue Reading
Here in Los Angeles, we don’t have many weather-related indications that summer is turning to fall, so we have to embrace the signs wherever we can find them — so basically, in Starbucks.
For me, the special sense that fall is creeping in comes with the annual flood of lifestyle writing assignments that turn my attention to the season’s decor, food, crafts, and all the other good stuff. These stories are like pumpkin spice lattes for my laptop. They make me kind of giddy. My job doesn’t suck.
Allow me to share the joy! Following is a little roundup of some of the stories I’ve written in the last couple of weeks, in which I rounded up some of the best ideas from around the Web for Thanksgiving decorations, food, crafts, flowers, tabletop, and plenty more to buy or DIY: Continue Reading
I’m not a crafty person, generally. I’m not trying to make a statement about being too busy to D.I.M. or anything. It’s more just that I’m selectively lazy, and also until now I lived in a very hodgepodge home. Our rented condo in Westwood was beautiful, but its inherent mid-century vibe combined with our hand-me-down-furniture from various eras, combined with our just-merged-two-households miscellany was just too random to motivate me to add any clever home-made holiday decor to the mix.
But! We’re homeowners as of this year — a fact we appreciate with an extremely dorky level of enthusiasm daily. And that enthusiasm (coupled with some inspiring story assignments about D.I.Y. holiday decor lately) has lit a crafty little fire under me.
And I do mean a little fire. While I loved the five jack-o-lanterns and minimal pre-fab Target decor we have out front, I felt we need a little extra je ne sais quoi — at 3 p.m. on Halloween. And I had about five minutes of attention span for it. Continue Reading