Tutorial: Painting Birkenstocks with Shiva Paintstiks

The finished product

I still haven’t been doing any quilting, but I’ve been kept busy with a lot of other creative things! Last year, of course, I was busy collaborating with my daughter. She wrote a book called A Mommas Heart: Comfort for Loss Moms. It is a book for mothers who have lost an infant during a pregnancy or soon after. She also did a photograph for each page, and then I … Continue reading

Review of 2014

Introducing Hazel Rinoa

I can’t believe it is already the end of 2014! This has been a busy, eventful year for our family. Being “Mimi” means a lot of quilt making gets put on hold temporarily so I can focus completely on little Hazel, but I expect in the coming year things should start balancing out more. Here are a few of the bright spots for 2014. Click the caption for the full … Continue reading

Finally — curtains!

There are some things I get done very quickly. Other things…not so much. This is a project of the latter kind! I haven’t been doing much quilting lately, but I wanted to do some kind of sewing. Thursday I woke up and immediately thought, “I should sew curtains for my living room.” Why did that thought pop into my mind? I have no idea, but back in August 2011 I … Continue reading

Altered shoes

In 2011, I used Shiva Paintstiks to color my boring beige Birkenstocks a fabulous iridescent blue. I loved those sandals, but they were already four years old when I painted them the first time. Last summer I realized that I might need to eventually replace them. During the winter, I found a pair of deeply discounted Birkenstocks and I snatched them, even though they were sort of a dingy color … Continue reading

Tupperware in my studio: part 7

I saved this one for Valentine’s Day because I ❤ my Modular Mates! Let me just say up front that I think they are the best line Tupperware ever invented; followed closely by their Square Rounds. Sorry, there can be no debate. Modular Mates are the whole reason I started selling Tupperware to begin with. And yes, I’m still using most of the Tupperware that I bought way back then, … Continue reading

Tupperware in my studio: part 6

It’s a gimmick, I admit. These little gadgets are the kind of things your Tupperware representative gives away as prizes at Tupperware parties. These are little Tupperware pencil sharpeners, made to look like one of their line of tumblers. I could have found something similar at a local store, and it may have been cheaper, but this just shows how easy it is for me to convince myself to buy … Continue reading

Tupperware in my studio: part 5

When I bought this little piece of Tupperware, it was described as a business card holder. (I’ve also seen them described as recipe card holders, which makes more sense since Tupperware mostly makes food-related items.) Sadly, I was disappointed that, at 4″ wide, it is a little too big to properly hold a 3-1/2″ business card. The cards will always sit at an angle because of where the braces are … Continue reading

Tupperware in my studio: part 4

I have always been drawn to little boxes and bags; maybe it’s because I enjoy organizing things. In any case, I can always find lots of uses for these little Tupperware clamshell boxes. I’m not sure, but they may have been called “Packables.” I like that the lid is permanently attached so I can’t lose it. I have two different sizes, but I know there are other sizes and shapes. … Continue reading