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“super” raffle posters

I haven’t been to bed before midnight in a week, and I’ve promised myself to be there by ten tonight. That’s in eleven minutes, so I’m typing at breakneck speed – I’ll do a quick edit in the morning and then post this. I’m just so excited to have a camera again, and so I’ve been playing around with it some this weekend. I shot some of these photos early this morning, and I was pretty rushed to get out the door to set up for the annual soiree at the girls’ elementary school. I’m glad I took the time to take the photographs though, I love to look back on these each year. There are a few process shots thrown in as well.


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This year’s theme was Super Soulard Soiree – it had a pop art / comic book / super hero kind of vibe to it. I decided to take this really bold, graphic approach with paper as my medium, which gave the posters a really nice handcrafted feel. The top poster above was the crowd favorite, and the last one that I completed. E punched green paper with a hole punch for an hour while I glued the dots on in a grid to form the planet. Then I used two shades of gray to make the buildings, assembling them around the globe. I wove curved rainbow streamers through the building, and this poster was called “Save the World”. It featured lots of civic and good citizen minded prizes, plus a large gift certificate to Peacemaker Lobster & Crab just around the corner from us.

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I loved this second poster – “Kryptonite”. The description asked “What’s your kryponite?” – carbs, beer, working out, etc. I drew inspiration for the background from Lichentstein’s Still Life with Crystal Bowl, and cut dozens of black strips of paper. Then I made dimensional green kryptonite exploding in the center. I love the way it turned out. A bird pooped on it at the end of the event, so maybe pigeon poop is your kryptonite!

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The idea I got most excited about was for this third poster, “What’s Your Super Power?” The prize was full of experiences – music, art, fitness – so many different things to try out and explore. I decided to take inspiration from Warhol’s Campbell’s soup cans, and opened three of them, with some comic book bubbles asking the questions Could I? Should I? Maybe I Will. At one point I entertained the idea of doing the Campbell’s logo, but even I have my limits. I actually like the simplicity here.

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The last poster was “Lightning Power for a Rainy Day” – it had so many awesome things to do in the summer when it’s raining outside. I had plenty of inspiration for this one last week. The BAM! in the center is dimensional with gold and red sticking out, and I love how the white dot pattern – stretched out into raindrops – turned out. Lots of measuring and marking on these four posters to get them to turn out right.

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The afternoon was perfect – sunny, 70, with a light breeze. The decorations were so much fun – my friend Becky orchestrated all of that, and there was a great crew there Sunday morning setting everything up.

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I’ve heard rumors it was the most successful soiree to date – which is really exciting to hear after all the hard work from everyone.


I “borrowed” a few of the centerpieces, and tucked them around the house. I was seriously worn out by dinner time, but rallied to do a few more things before bed. My goal this week is to be in bed by 10pm each night – we’ll see how that works out! It was nice to celebrate and visit with friends on such a beautiful afternoon.

holiday wrappings


I’m never really sure where I’m going to end up each Christmas when I start putting packages together. This year I found myself gravitating towards these ‘peacock’ colored envelopes for my cards, and so I ended up picking up some wrapping paper in the same color. I had some gold twine on hand, and some coppery paper scraps that I thought might look good with it, so I decided to fully embrace the metallics and picked up a long (and slightly tacky) garland that I cut into smaller pieces. I think they sort of resemble feathers.


They work well for traveling – they stack easily and don’t get smashed in the process. I went looking for boxes for baking items, and found these shiny peacock colored ones – only they photograph as bright blue because of their shininess, so they don’t look so matchy in these photos.


We packaged up a dozen of our ginger-apricot-chocolate cookies with some Naughty Vicar from The London Tea Room for friends’ gifts, and I delivered most of those last night before heading over to watch the rest of the family, and E’s youth group, ice skating in Forest Park.


I have the teacher gifts put together as well – I’ll probably send those with E tomorrow, even though school’s not out for another week. These are good sizes for middle school teachers – it gets a little trickier when the kids have eight teachers, but we still like to so something sweet for them for the holidays. We made a holiday assembly line on Tuesday night and knocked out all the string tying and box assembling and labeling, and yesterday afternoon was a marathon baking session at the house. We had girls scouts making six dozen cookies for a local charity, and then I also made the majority of our baked gifts. Just a couple more making items for next weekend, and we’re wrapped up.


master bathroom progress

We’re plugging along on the bathroom project. At first I thought I’d just post photos when the whole thing was finished, but then I remembered that I used to be one of those cool blogs that documented the progress, so this is my attempt at being cool again. (Just lie to me, I can’t handle the truth.)

Here’s a link to the Sketchup model that we’re using to work from. I messed around with a dozen different layouts for the wainscoting, and contemplated another dozen peg ideas, but once we finally settled on something, we got to work. We looked at many different options for additional trim pieces that we needed (the vertical battens and the ledge / cap at the top of the wainscoting), and after puzzling through all of them, M came up with an even better (and less expensive) option. We purchased two sheets of MDF, and he and E got to work in our basement cutting those beastly sheets into perfect strips.

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You’ve likely never seen photos of our basement before – it’s nothing fancy, but it works okay for projects like this. (And for surviving the frequent tornado warnings.) M and E worked on this project for a few hours, and then they assembled the corner pieces for the room and cut the shelf pieces.

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M started installing the trim whenever he could find an hour or two to work. It took several tries before he found furniture slides that would work under the bathroom cabinet – this piece is a beast, and has to be manhandled into the stair hall each time he works in there.
2016-04-17_1460914545I drew up sketches with measurements for each wall based on the model, slowly but surely, each piece was attached.

The nail holes were filled and sanded, the drywall was patched and sanded where we removed shelves, hooks, toilet paper holder, etc., the pilot holes were drilled for each peg, and the priming began.2016-04-24_1461525624Next up is a whole lot of caulking, and then we can start painting in earnest. I have one final (hopefully perfect) shade of blue to test out for the wainscoting, and then the bottom will go blue and the walls and ceiling will be bright white. We’ve got a couple of pegs in temporarily to hold our towels, and those will get some sort of oiled finish / clear coat, before they are installed for real.

I cannot overemphasize how sturdy and fantastic the pegs are – and the thought of having them all around the room makes me really happy. It seems like such a little thing, but I think it’s a great detail, and it’s so, so practical as well. Having the ability to hang up an outfit for the next day, or just being able to hang up an article of clothing that doesn’t need to hit the floor or the laundry bin quite yet is going to be great. When we are getting ready to travel, we can hang up our toiletry bags and fill them as we get ready, and then hang them back up temporarily when we get home, before putting everything back where it belongs – I just love when the intersection of form and function works out so nicely.