Monday, July 21, 2014
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
This is the summer of the craft (popsicle) stick! It began a few weeks ago... my daughter discovered several instructional videos on youtube for diy stables. Her growing toy horse collection definitely needs proper housing. Initially there was a lot of white glue involved, snipping sticks with scissors, and frustration for both of us. She needed a lot of help, and the directions all seemed to be very specific and over involved. Then I introduced my girl to the wonders of a hot glue gun! And the building adventure truly began... independently. I gave her tons of safety rules and tips. But while I sit beside her doing my own work, she creates without any assistance. A great feeling for everyone! What we both love about the process of glue and sticks is the unlimited possibilities. She creates her own rules and learns as she makes. Collaborations with friends were inevitable, so stable making is now a part of every playdate as well as solo time! Below are the most recent horse homes. My daughter's in on the left, her "building associate's" on the right. They both used duct tape for hinges and rainbow loom chains... for chains.
Some supplies for stable making:
- craft sticks
- glue sticks
- glue gun
- white glue
- duct tape
Tips and thoughts on kids and glue guns:
- Teaching children to use real tools gives them a sense of pride and fosters independence.
- Know your child's abilities and working style. My daughter is a very careful and responsible 91/2 year old... perfect time for this tool.
- Use a small low temperature glue gun if possible. The size is just right for smaller hands, and the glue is never too hot.
- Explain the dangers of hot glue, nonetheless, and remind them over and over about not touching the tip.
- If a little glue touches skin, show them how to run it under cold water. With a low temp gun, this hasn't been necessary, but still a good thing to know.
- Teach them to ALWAYS unplug when not in use.
Monday, July 14, 2014
this post? Well, they've just been waiting for some fun. Suspending them under the living room track lights was just the party they've been waiting for!
Friday, July 11, 2014
1. Picking wildflowers. Who needs a florist when you can go in your own backyard (or country ditches, as is the case for the lovely bouquet above).
2. Creative pursuits with supplies on hand. I'll share more on popsicle stick stable/barn making soon. It's our summer rage.
3. Foraging for berries in the woods. Blackcaps are having a wonderful year!
4. Freshening spaces by using old favorites in new and unexpected ways. Full post coming on how my mom suspended her parasol collection from the ceiling yesterday.
Have a wonderful weekend filled with priceless moments!
Posted by mayaluna at 8:20 AM
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
step 1: find the perfect stool
step 2: cut a piece of masonite to size and screw to bottom
Step 3: place mold on top of stool
Note the fabulous cup holders and perfect base for a lamp!
Step 4: Set up a lamp with interesting lighting components like a cage light and an old metal basket.
Leave it to my mom!
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Nothing quite like a warm summer evening and refreshing drink on my mom's deck. I don't drink many cocktails and by no means am an expert at mixing them- however this was a winner. And has been on repeat mode. It seems to spell J*U*L*Y*!
It's hard to go wrong with cucumbers, mint and lime!
I used this recipe with simple syrup instead of sugar, but stirred (vigorously) instead of using a shaker...
Monday, June 30, 2014
June was filled with my children's very full event schedule... busy and wonderful! But even before the calendar page is turned, I feel the sweetness that comes with my favorite month of the year. July is all about slow and easy. This particular summer still holds a lot of plans... but the molasses moments (you know the ones!) are already seeping in. We're drawing in the quiet stillness of evening light, we're eating food picked with our own hands (or Grandma's as it may be!), we're not jumping to get up... but letting ourselves sit. Really sit. Telling stories. Laughing. Until we cry. Eating outside. For every meal. We're wearing big sunglasses. And walking around with wet "just went swimming" hair. We're watching things grow. And bloom.
Farewell June. Hello dog days...
Posted by mayaluna at 10:12 AM
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
My mom has arrived for the summer, and we're reveling in the magic she brings to our days. "Grandma's barn" has come to life once again with good food, fun projects, constant art and old fashioned play… all of our favorites.
When she realized that there was still time to plant vegetables, my resourceful mama rounded up repurposed planters to create a container garden on the deck... hoping to evade the deer that forage in the woods out back. An oversized antique funnel (great drainage!) in an umbrella stand houses basil…
A vintage washtub holds a tomato, a cucumber and a zucchini plant…
This old mailbox turned on its side is the perfect deep spot for potatoes!
Chicken feeders, that flank each deck post, now grow herbs and nasturtiums.
No need to go to a nursery and buy expensive planters... there are lots of possibilities at flea markets and tag sales if you're willing to rescue and reuse.
Friday, June 20, 2014
And the living is easy!
The longest day of the year is tomorrow and the sun is shining, the bullfrogs are croaking and my kids' vacation is about to start! School-break is bittersweet when you are fortunate enough to attend one as glorious as my daughter's Montessori school. Pond, bridge, teahouse, labyrinth are all surrounded by woods perfect for building forts. She and her buddies soaked it up this last week, and we'll bring some of that magic home with us.
I hope you also enjoy this beginning... as we step into another season!
Happy Summer Solstice!
Posted by mayaluna at 12:45 PM
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Mabel arrived yesterday! I don't think I've ever been so excited for a magazine delivery... and I've been fortunate enough to be featured in quite a few. Mabel is different. It was founded and created by two women I admire greatly and know well, Stef and Liz. This first issue is impressive for so many reasons. The layout is simple and beautiful. Thoughtful design decisions can be recognized in the details. But it's the content that is striking. The focus and premise of Mabel is to feature artists and creative entrepreneurs in a new light. So often these days we read success stories that are glossy and void of the reality that every single one of us leads real lives that are much more raw than is often depicted on line or in the lovely spreads of art mags. Don't get me wrong... that kind of inspiration has a place... one that I enjoy and appreciate. Mabel presents real people, living real lives in all of its beauty and imperfections. It's a window into the soul of exciting new projects and business models. It's a forum for transparency... and takes some of the mystery out of the dance that is evolving for the modern artist. It's a field guide to living fully while embracing the
chaos challenges that often adorns self employment and creative pursuits.
The line-up of featured artists and entrepreneurs is stellar and I'm honored to be included. I do happen to know so many of these wonderful women that it's hard not to feel an intimate connection with each story... but really I believe the articles translate beautifully for anyone.
This first issue's theme is... beginnings.
I wrote an article titled Push Restart about jumpstarting your career when life throws you a curveball... essentially how to restart your creative business.
And answered four interesting question along with three other women I love...
To order a copy or read more click here.
Friday, June 13, 2014
When I created the Printed Pouch workshop, I hoped to create a class that would invite hand-sewing out on the docks or on back porches of cabins. The pristine setting of this retreat beckons you outside. Over the years most of my classes have focused on machine sewing. The sound of 15 engines is exciting... but I wanted to offer a slower, quieter opportunity for folks.
Weather was our friend for the last two days, and I got my wish! Sure, we spent a bit of time in our beautiful classroom with windows looking out onto the lake... carving and printing.
But there was lots of stitching lakeside!
And more gorgeous pouches were created! Here are just some of them!
Look at these lovely women! Their printing and stitching were pretty spectacular too!