Crafts, Family, Parties

Madeline Birthday Party

Today my baby turned 5. We celebrated with a Madeline birthday party for which I made too many things with too much hot glue. Maybe I put so much energy into birthdays to avoid thinking about them getting older. It’s a nice distraction. It’s selfish really, with the added benefit that they enjoy these shindigs. I miss holding them close to me in overly-complicated baby wraps. I miss co-sleeping. I miss tiny fingers and toes. But they grow. They get longer. They get stronger. They get smarter. And then one day they run away from you and tell you your hair is stupid and you’re a terrible mother. Sigh.

Madeline party, madeline, kids party, parties Today she did not run away from me. And I guess my hair was fine. She didn’t mention it.  Continue Reading…

Charity, Crafts, Events

Yarnbomb 2016

Calling all Crocheters!

Join me at the (old) Oak Room this Saturday February 6th from 10-2 for good old fashioned sit and stitch. Bring your hooks!

The yarn bomb is in honor of National Women’s History Month and will go up Saturday March 5th. Each tree is named after a different woman in American history.

Help is need to create the yarn pieces that go on the trees, installing the project, and dismantling. We will also need help turning those yarn pieces into blankets for women transitioning out of homelessness.

We’d love to see you, or contact me if you’d like to contribute from afar! xo

Want to know why I started Yarnbombing my town? Read all about it here.

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To learn how to crochet click here!

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Crafts, Family, Parenting

Make a DIY Felt Book!

Look at this adorable DIY felt book I made with my supersmart friend, sleep-scientist Heather Turgeon!

DIY felt book, felt book, crafts, kids, babies, toddlers, crib, bedWe wanted to make something that would help kids sleep better AND something that was crafty and interactive. Our skill sets collided and… POOF! Regard the DIY Crib-to-Bed Transition Book.   Continue Reading…

Charity

#ShowYourGold for St. Jude

#ShowYourGold for St. Jude

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. It seems like it’s always some kinda month, right? But this one is about kids with cancer… which shouldn’t even be a thing. And the only way to make it go away is to get involved. Since 1962 St. Jude has been keeping kids alive. The survival rate for pediatric cancer was 20% when it opened. Today it’s at 80%, thanks to the research and technologies invented at St. Jude. Isn’t that amazing?! This month #showyourgold for the little warriors fighting this big battle by tagging your pics on social media. You can also change your Facebook profile pic and add fun gold props by visiting St. Jude here. Watch my video and find out what happened to that childhood cancer collection box my daughter brought home three years ago! (hint: the DONATE button works much better for me.) xo

Don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel so you won’t miss a video! Have a great month, everyone!

Build, House, Videos

Home Made Mimi on YouTube!

Happy Summer, Everyone!

After DIY blogging for a couple years, I’ve received many requests for video tutorials. Well, folks, the day is finally here: check out Home Made Mimi on YouTube— (soon to be) chock full of valuable home improvement DIY videos! And silliness. Always silliness. For my first video, my friend Candie requested I do a tutorial on how to hang a flat screen TV. Excellent idea, Candie… but first we gotta find the studs! Please enjoy, share and subscribe!

And don’t forget to check me out on TLC’s What She Said airing this fall!

Crafts, Family

Princess Leia Buns

Today I offer you: DIY Princess Leia buns! But before you get the wrong idea, let me be clear: these buns are not just for young children. I know this to be true because I made them. And I happen to be wearing them right now.

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The force (and a little yarn and glue) is with me. Let me show you the way young Jedi… Continue Reading…

House

Piano Players

I really want a piano. If my kids love playing it, great, but if they don’t, I don’t want to be stuck with an ugly piano that no one plays. I would at least prefer to be stuck with a pretty piano that no one plays.

Piano2_acrosonicLike this one. 

I’d been researching pianos for a while and the only one I wanted was the Baldwin Acrosonic circa 1964. It’s gorgeous— a smaller spinet piano, mid-century modern cabinet, and it would look great in the room of our house we call “the lobby”. But these cost upwards of $1000. Then, in a quiet corner of eBay when no one else was watching, I found one. For $350 bucks! No major damage, all keys working. It was all the way across the country in Illinois, but I could afford to have it shipped since the price was so cheap. Within hours, I had won the auction. So easy! Continue Reading…

Crafts, Play

Giant Bubble Solution

Over the years I’ve been to a few birthday parties where the parents hire “The Bubble Man” or some such persona, a professional bubble maker who entertains the kids with bubble tricks– including the one where the kid steps into the center of a kiddie pool and gets enveloped by a giant bubble. It’s always seemed magical to me, and I’ve wanted to do it at home but didn’t have a recipe.bubblesolution

Well, folks. I have been busy experimenting. The lab is splattered with suds. And today I share my fantastic giant bubble solution with you.  Continue Reading…