It’s hard to believe that I’m already halfway through my pregnancy and that come early spring, this baby girl will round our family out from 3 to 4. Honestly, where has the time gone? And the last time Quincy made an appearance here, I was sharing his nursery with you. He was not yet walking and just shy of his first birthday. Slow your roll, time. Seriously. When Gap recently asked me to share how I like to celebrate the holidays, for Styld.By, the one thing that came to mind was family. The holidays are the reason why fall is my favorite season – but experiencing it through a child’s wholesome and ingenuous eyes makes it all that much more special. And now, with baby #2 on the way, I’m savoring every moment I’m able to have alone with Q. So on this day, we made grandma’s holiday specialty: spiced chocolate chip cookies. Together. Thanks to Quincy’s heavy hand, they turned out far too salty, a little dry and heavy on the vanilla . . . they were perfect.
Inez loves to dance, Flora has sass, Anya laughs at her own jokes, Binda is always blushing, Babette loves her drinks stiff and Selby and Poppy have been best friends for ages. Leslie Weaver‘s painted ladies radiate so much colorful personality, you can’t help but create fantastical stories about them!
After 5 years of conceptualizing jewelry, home decor and accessory tutorials on HonestlyWTF, I’m beyond thrilled to announce that I’m finally launching our first series of DIY kits with MakersKit. Today! Hooray!!! What took so long, you ask? I’m an absolute stickler when it comes to quality – which is why I search tirelessly to find you guys the right supplies so that you can create something that is beautiful, functional and long lasting. Crafty doesn’t equate with cheap in my book. So when the amazing masterminds behind MakersKit understood my biggest concern with packaging tutorials on a mass scale, I knew I found the right collaborators for this obvious, and exciting, next chapter!
After months of planning, testing, and sourcing, our year long collaboration with MakersKit launches today with this soap kit. That’s right, these beautiful gemstones and crystals are actually soaps! They are ridiculously fun to create and make for impressive gifts.
Each kit includes (makes a minimum of 2 soaps):
- 1/2lb each of vegetable based clear and opaque white soap bases
- red, yellow, green and blue food coloring
- 10 small, reusable mixing cups
- 2 soap molds
- a microwavable glass or measuring cup
- paring knife
- cutting board
- fragrance oil (optional)
Yes, you can wear cropped denim in winter!
So, I’ve taken up ceramics. It’s something I’ve always wanted to try – since high school, in fact – and was never able to make it past a wait list or find the time. And of course, just as I’m busier than I’ve ever been before, I’ve decided to immerse myself a series of courses at my local pottery studio. It is challenging on so many levels. It’s a true test of patience, calmness and tolerance . . . all things I very much crave in my life right now. Sitting at the wheel for 3 hours every week has been a most wonderful and much needed break from the technology that dominates my life. And after 8 weeks, I’m finally glazing my first piece. It’s a humbling process. Anyway, I’ve grown an immense respect for ceramic artists and dream that one day, I can come close to creating pieces as beautiful as those from Australian ceramicist Bridget Bodenham. I love her organic forms and th way she juxtaposes raw clay with accents of gold.