Photo of the Day: Design on a Dime

Boo and I are redesigning the house and both studios. I already exhausted thinking about it…..but I’ve got a gazillion great projects planned.  The goal is to spend as little as possible but make it look incredible.  It will be a fun thing to document on the blog soon!

We measured all the existing furniture today to make floor plans:

Fall Pickings

We drove an hour to Riley’s Farm today.…in Oak Glen, CA. We left super early to get there when they opened:



The temperature is about 15 degrees cooler in Oak Glen than the desert so it was a nice change.


Gorgeous marigolds:


Boo found a small pumpkin she wanted to keep:


Mr. LBB helped her reach some pears at the top of a tree:


As close to Little House on the Prairie as we can get:


We didn’t pick much….just what we would eat this week:


I couldn’t resist an apple pie from the bakery too. I’m the only one that likes them in the house……so looks like it’s ALL mine:


I love fall.

Spice Markets

I love spice markets.
But my OCD wonders:
What if a strong wind comes along?
Or a toddler?
What if someone trips and falls?
Or sneezes?
Does it matter if they get mixed together?


Spices from GujaratPhoto via Flickr

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A Universal Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover (A Tutorial and Free Pattern Download)

A Universal Shopping Cart and High Chair Cover (A Tutorial and Free Pattern Download) via


I love these shopping cart covers…..and they also double as high chair covers! I never left home without mine when Boo was still riding in the front section of the cart. I just made one for my niece. You can download my free PDF pattern below… prints out onto twelve 8.5″ x 11 pages and you just have to tape them together at the guide points. It’s a large file so you’ll have to unzip it once downloaded.

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Boo Style: Save the Whales

Loving this little tote from Vineyard Vines.


The “Good Job” Jar (A Tutorial and Template)

The Good Job Jar via


So……I’ve tried to do job charts and job lists but I’m just not organized enough right now….and Boo can’t read so she can’t fill them out herself! So I came up with the “good job” jar until she gets old enough to track her chores on My Job Chart or on a checklist!


The Good Job (Chore Chart) Jar via

Here’s why I love it and it works:

1. We use marbles and pretty rocks as rewards when Boo finishes a chore or has extra good behavior. Each one is a different size so a huge special job can outweigh an simple chore:


The Good Job (Marble Rewards) Jar via


2. It’s personalized in her favorite color purple (and if you have multiple kids they can each have their own special jar:


The Good Job (Personalized Job Chart) Jar via

3. Each week a small, reasonable “prize” is selected, written down, and attached to the jar so there is a tangible goal in mind. Once the jar is full, the goal is reached, and emptied out for a fresh start.


The Good Job (The Reward) Jar via


4. There is incremental measures of success etched on the various rings.  A piece of candy or extra “juice dollar” can be earned for each ring reached throughout the week.


The Good Job (The Reward) Jar via


There is more than one way you can make your own….for example, you could just add rubber bands to the outside of an old jar if you don’t have the time to make a more detailed jar like I did.

I set up a template on my Silhouette software (click here to download my template…..all you have to do is change the personalized name in the software). The template fits an area 3″ high by 9″ around (a small condiment or cherry jar).


The Good Job (Silhouette Template) Jar via

I had the Silhouette machine cut out the template onto adhesive shelf paper and applied the strips to the jar as shown:


The Good Job (Vinyl) Jar via


I applied Armour Etch glass etching cream (available at most craft stores) to the jar and followed the directions.


After the etching cream is washed off here’s what the lines and wording look like:



I spray painted the lid of the jar white and used the second part of the template as a stencil to spray paint a personalization on the top:


Chore Chart Jar (Good Job Jar) via

Boo is pretty close to earning that Secretariat DVD!


Chore Chart Jar via


Click here to check out other projects I’ve made with my Silhouette Machine!

Photo of the Day: Morning Walk

It’s exactly one mile to the donut shop from my house…..if I walk there and back each morning it’s a “diet donut.”


A Citra Solv Transfer onto Fabric (A Tutorial)


Did you know that you can do a Citra Solv transfer onto fabric? And it won’t wash out? Citra Solv is a citrus solvent that is used as a natural, powerful degreaser but it great for art projects! You can find it at natural food stores….I found mine at Clark’s.

I used an old Johnny Cash drawing from one of my art journals and did a transfer onto  baseball raglan tee for Boo:


First I took some sprayed a light adhesive layer onto a piece of heavy cardboard (don’t use corrugated cardboard or you’ll have lines in your transfer) to use as an insert into my shirt:

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Photo of the Day: Roller Coaster

Me: What are those rings for?
Boo: I’m on a roller coaster…..eating my dinner.


Cleaning a Screen and Removing Emulsion (Screen Printing)

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