From the monthly archives:

January 2010

Making Stuff: Costume Capelets

by This is Carrie on January 29, 2010

Six capelets for the children’s theater performance of “Anything Goes.” I figure if I stay behind the sewing machine, it’ll keep me from becoming one of “those stage moms.”



Making Stuff: Another Love Scarf

by This is Carrie on January 28, 2010

The deadline for the LA Love Scarf Project is quickly approaching so I got another use out of my new favorite Moebius Cowl scarf pattern. This time I used two shades of grey thread instead of two strands of the same color as before, giving it a niced heathered look. If you would like to […]



Training Wheels are so 2000

by This is Carrie on January 27, 2010

Three neighborhood kids (including Pumpkin) have learned how to ride their “two-wheel” bikes in the last month no thanks to training wheels which, I now realize, actually hinder the “learning how to ride a bike” process. All the kids practiced their balance on the same homemade, pedal-less, “run bike” for about a week.  Then they […]



Making Stuff: Pleated Plaid Skirt Refashion

by This is Carrie on January 27, 2010

Before: A thrifted, plaid, wool skirt in the greatest colors, that happened to fit perfectly at the waist, but was an unfortunate length (especially for my 5′ 3″ frame. After: 12 inches shorter and lot more fun.



Shoes for Haiti

by This is Carrie on January 26, 2010

A few of the local schools held shoe drives over the weekend to help Soles for Souls reach their goal of providing over 1 MILLION pairs of shoes to aid in the recovery and rebuilding process in Haiti. We were able to gather together a bin full of gently used shoes from our neighbors, our […]



Art Smart: A Lesson in Color & Kandinsky

by This is Carrie on January 25, 2010

Kandinsky Art

Last week was art lesson number two for all the second graders at the elementary school.  I reintroduced the art element of “color” by reading My Many Color Days by Dr. Seuss. I introduced primary colors and secondary colors with a few glasses of water and red, yellow & blue food coloring.  They practiced blending […]



Snails are Pretty Cool

by This is Carrie on January 22, 2010

Waiting at the school with Baby Brother while Pumpkin is in Speech Therapy class has become a test of my wrangling skills and patience.  That boy is go, go, go all the time. But this last week, with the snails out in full force, nature gave me a break. We watched. We touched. We laughed. […]



My Top Ten Tips for Scoring at the Thrift Store

by This is Carrie on January 21, 2010

shirt can be found at Zazzle 1. You don’t have to be poor, on a budget, or live a grunge lifestyle to embrace thrift shopping.  There are many other reasons for buying second hand stuff – my #1 reason has been the idea of cutting down on the amount of things I consume, instead choosing […]



Hot Cocoa for Haiti

by This is Carrie on January 20, 2010

We didn’t let the torrential downpour on Monday keep us from our MLK Day of Service plan.  Who doesn’t want a cup of cocoa on a cold, rainy day? Thanks to supportive neighbors, fabulous friends, and a few “virtual cups of cocoa” sold, we were able to make $51 with our little stand to donate […]



Making Stuff: Hankie Baby Bonnet

by This is Carrie on January 19, 2010

I’m so glad my friend requested one for her daughter’s blessing. It’s one of my favorite things to do with vintage hankies.