gifting time

It’s about this time of year that my list making goes into hyperdrive. Between the holiday markets I am doing for daisyeyes handmade, there is Christmas and before that my daughter’s birthday. My one and only goal this year with all the gift giving is to be insanely intentional and simple.

That said, my first gift purchase was for my daughter’s birthday. She is a tough one to buy for because her attention span is like nil. But, she does love animals and knowing and pondering the toys that she always tends to gravitate to helped me solidify this years major birthday investment. We are doing a woodland themed party and in the spirit of that theme I found the most amazing seller on etsy so I just had to share!

My girl loves to play with little animals, especially those by schleich. We have a fair amount of them floating around our house, but she didn’t really have anything to play with them on. I started researching some play mats and came across the shop SooSun on etsy.  She created the most amazing play mat and felted animals that I’ve ever seen!

Here is the mat and set in it’s entirety. It measures about 16×23 and honestly is the perfect size.

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We specifically asked for a family of badgers, some hedgehogs, a duo of foxes and owls for the tree. She gifted us with some little ducks for the pond. 🙂

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Then came something even better! My daughter and I recently finished up reading The Wind in the Willows. I realized that it would be so fun to have Mr. Toad, River Rat and Mr. Mole to play with her set. I couldn’t find a set anywhere, so I decided to go back to this shop and ask if she could make up a set for us. And she did! Aren’t they the cutest!

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Here’s hoping for many years of fun to come and an amazing gift to pass on from generation to the next. And check her out!

And as a teaser…check back in the weeks to come as I plan for this little woodland event!

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where I sew…now

Back a few years ago I linked up with a bunch of others who were sharing their sewing spaces. At that time, I was sewing in our newly refinished basement.

Where I sew 2012

Fast forward to January of this year. After nearly 8 inches of rain in less than three days our basement flooded and this was the result.

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We moved all my sewing supplies to virtually every spare space in the house and I set up shop in the kitchen/dining room. After much moving around, this was where I have been sewing for the last 7+ months.

Studio space before

When we realized that the basement wasn’t going to be refinished (again!) any time soon, I declared a trip to Ikea was in order. I had to get a better handle on all the supplies scattered all over the house and figure out how to make a space work for me to sew in and us to also live in (think dinner and homework!).

And here is the result:

new studio space 2013

new studio space 2013

I still have a few kinks to work out and need to hang up my white board, but I can already breathe easier! Funny how organization can wear you out but also make you so excited!

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before & after: a boy’s room

We spent this past weekend making a day run down to Georgia to visit the holy land of self-serve furniture…that is Ikea. We had two major rooms to tackle with this trip and first up was our son’s room.

 

Before and after boys room

It had become an absolute pit of despair. I hated going in there and honestly he tried to clean it up, but it had gotten so terrible that it was just overwhelming for all of us. The other problem was that his storage needs totally didn’t fit with the storage that was available to him. A few years go I had bought this little side table for his night stand, this wire shelf for a shelf and this desk on clearance at Target. It was our way of trying to give him some better storage on a super tight budget. We knew that the wire shelf wouldn’t be long term and would eventually find it’s way into our basement.

Before and after boys room

It all truly was a hod-podge of stuff that we had tried to make the best of…but the Legos, books and his other stuff was consuming his floor and everywhere else. Something had to be done. Enter Ikea.

 

After searching high and low for a nice, inexpensive desk and bookshelf option for him I realized that the best long term option for him (and our budget) was the Expedit system from Ikea. We opted to buy two of the double towers (versus one large system) and then the attaching desk. Our thought was that long term, these would provide greater flexibility for him when he goes off to wherever after high school and needs furniture!

Before and after boys room

We replaced his little side table from Target with a nicer nightstand. This one has a shelf for his radio and a drawer for all his table junk 🙂

Before and after boys room

Before and after boys room

All of us can breathe easier now that this is done and man it is so much more pleasant in his room! Now we just need to find some fun art to hang above his desk and I think we can call it done! A great bedroom for my newly turned double digit boy.

 

Project number two?

My studio space:

Studio space before

Last January I was flooded out of my basement space and had to move up to the kitchen. Realizing that this is probably going to be where I’m working for the next long while, we knew that I would need to redo my organization too. Stay tuned!!

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celebrating 10

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In our house, we flip-flop birthday party years. If it’s your off year for a party, then you have the choice of a special dinner in or out and/or a special family event. This year my son’s tenth birthday fell on an off year. I struggled with not giving him some sort of party for this big double digit birthday. In the end, we opted to celebrate his day by giving him a day of “tens.”

Here’s the way it went!

10 balloons:

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First we decided to decorate his door with a barrage of 10 balloons.

One through 9 scavenger hunt:

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Next up, he had to go through a few different rooms in the house to find the numbers one through nine posted on various photos around the house. The photos were my best to guess of his age in different family photos in the family room and our bedroom. He ended at number ten in front of his breakfast for me to take his ten picture.

Ten donuts on top:

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His special breakfast request was donuts, so we made him a do-nut tower 10 donuts tall. (and no, he didn’t eat all of them in one sitting!)

10 pencils hiding in a pocket:

When he got to school, he had a fun pack of these 10 crazy mechanical pencils I had found at Wal-Mart hiding in his planner. (alas, I forgot a photo of these!)

A lunch of ten:

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For lunch, he requested a hot thermos of soup and then I made a collection of ten things. Each little cup had ten of something in them. Ten mini reese’s cups, ten goldfish, ten pieces of cheese, ten animal crackers, ten pretzels and ten cracker halves.

We ended the day with a great dinner at The Cheesecake Factory and the biggest piece of cheesecake I’ve ever seen!

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stocking collection 2013

Introducing daisyeyes handmade’s

Christmas stocking collection for 2013.

 

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Each stocking is handcut using eco-fi recycled felt and adorned with a choice of mistletoe or holly leaves. Stockings have either beads or vintage buttons hand stitched on. Order before October 31, and receive a discounted price and free shipping!

Contact me for more information or questions!

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