Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I visited my friend Corrinne and her kids at their new house a couple of Fridays ago and they made me these awesome cards. 

These sweet and funny kids always make me feel like a rock star when I am around them. I hope you are spending this day with someone (or a whole bunch of people!) who make you feel like a rock star too!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Apples and Pears

We just got home from the very last Farmers' Market (West Lafayette) of the season, where we stocked up on Melrose and Winesap apples, and a giant bag of Asian pears. Now we are back in the kitchen to resume our cooking frenzy. I am done with my pumpkin pies, ginger cookies, and wild rice stuffing, so it's Zach's turn to pickle beets and make some gobble-gobble meatballs!

We hope you have a great time tomorrow. Safe travels, everyone!

Christmas Ornaments for 2014

letter blocks say what

Our Christmas ornaments for 2014 are finally done! It was a long process of carving blocks, printing, embroidering, and sewing, but we're so glad we made them!

block print ornaments

Each one of these balls have a one of a kind embroidered design. The robots, well, are robots. So while they are not one of a kind, they are fun in multiples.

one of a kind christmas ornaments

robot ornaments

As you can see, we only have a limited number of ornaments. We are taking all of them to Artists' Own. If you live locally, do stop in to see them after Thanksgiving!

block print ornaments

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Homemade Healing Salves

I spent the evening making some salves using oils we've infused with our homegrown calendula. I also have a chamomile and lavender infused oil that I made using the organic dried flowers we put in our stuffed animals and "jars"!

The process is fairly simple. You infuse oils with flowers and herbs for at least 4-6 weeks. Strain, add some beeswax and stir into a consistency that works for you! I added some essential oils, but this step is totally optional. You can look at this website for more details. The hardest part is cleaning up your pot after you are done. I find the best way to do this is to rub some baking soda into your pot to lift the grease and wax.

All the homemade salve will come in handy this winter when my skin is dry and itchy. I like that I can use something that I made, with ingredients that I know. I let Zach design some labels for the bottles that I'm sending to our nephew and cousin, and this is what he came up with! Pretty funny, huh?

Monday, November 24, 2014

from the studio: 11.24.14

Small Spaces: Talk & Tour on WLFI

Here's WLFI's coverage of yesterday's Talk & Tour event. You can read the original article here. And if you are still following the Journal and Courier's coverage of Small Spaces (why?!!!), you can read their version here

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Thank You!

Zach and I would like to say the BIGGEST "thank you" to everyone who braved the rain to attend the Small Spaces: Lafayette Talk & Tour this afternoon. We not only got to hear the Mayor, Economic Development Director, Dennis Carson, and Zach speak about the project and the impact of it on our community, but there was also a lively Q&A session that went on afterwards.

For those who joined us on the downtown tour, we hope you had some fun in spite of the weather. If you took pictures and want to share them, you can do so on the Small Spaces Facebook page. Alternatively, you can also use the hashtag #smallspaceslafayette on whichever social media platform you prefer. We look forward to seeing your additions!

photos by Pete Brown, via Midwest Street Art
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