DIY

Halloween vi·gnette

Pulling out the Halloween box this year has lost some of its anticipation, my boys appreciate the Halloween styled throughout the house, but they no longer get down and dirty decorating with me. Goldie is a different story, she had me take down the Halloween stuff two weeks ago!  We...

introducing the “Pom”

Today was a beautiful winter day… It actually looked & felt like Fall outside.  I know it doesn’t look like it, but Goldie stayed home from school because she was “sick”.  I don’t advocate playing hooky from school, but spending the day with her was so refreshing and creative having...

Backpacks are back!

Backpacks are back again big time at my house. This years summer travels are plastered all over them!  If you would like to learn more about our back to school tradition, you can scroll back in my blog posts to “Bringing backpacks to life”.  Here’s 2015-16 school years packs!   ...

red white & INDIGO…

Forth of July is not a holiday I usually celebrate, not because I’m anti-American, it’s because it’s my Birthday…  When I was a kid, the adults in my life always told me that all the fireworks & parties were just for me, “MY” Birthday celebration!!  I really believed that until...

DIY Dip Dye

I hand dye a lot of fabric and clothing for fivestiches and my fabric collage work. Because it’s such an involved process taking almost a full day, I usually wait to get a big lot of fabric and dye them together. Here’s a peek into the step-by-step process I use:...

Halloween Project

October is a month full of spiders! Last week in our first Off The Canvas project of the year, we made spider webs! The kids and I made a quick halloween project at home. I also recreated the front window (More spiders! Can’t wait to share that soon!). All you...

Running with scissors

scis·sors ˈsizərz/ noun an instrument used for cutting cloth, paper, and other thin material, consisting of two blades laid one on top of the other and fastened in the middle so as to allow them to be opened and closed by a thumb and finger inserted through rings on the...

Bottle Cap Butterfly Art

During the restoration of my 1937 Art Deco home in east Hollywood in the summer of 2011, we temporarily lived in Miami Shores in the family home I grew up in. School was out and we needed a project! And tons of leftover bottle caps proved to be the perfect...

Bring Backpacks to Life

I love for my kids to have unique things. So every year I embellish their backpacks using vintage patches or souvenirs we’ve collected from our summer travels. I started this tradition with my oldest son 10 years ago, and have continued with each of my kids since then. The boys’...

How to make an upcycled tie

I’ve been bringing men’s vintage ties back to life one by one for a while now. I see a plethora of ties at every thrift shop or garage sale I visit! It’s easy to recreate them into fun conversation pieces for “the dudes” to enjoy. Here’s what you’ll need: a...