Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Holy Rainbow Unicorn, Batman!

Clearly Tayla is going to have the best birthday everrrrrrr this year.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Toomey A Favor: Hand Painted Sign

My friend Danielle can't draw.  I tell you this because, while she can't physically draw anything herself, it doesn't stop her from needing things drawn constantly.  Get Well signs, Birthday cards, kitchen name it.  And most of the time, when she needs one of these graduation/bar mitzvah/baby shower signs made she comes to me and says, "hey Mandee, do me a favor?" and after hearing that phrase over and over ad naseaum, she earned herself the nickname "Toomey a favor".  (Her last name being, of course, case you didn't get that.)

Her most recent request to "Toomey a Favor" was one of my favorite projects of the Summer so far.  Her family has a little lake house with a dock that needed replacing and when the old dock was torn up, Danielle, never one to miss out on a project, saved some of the weathered chunks of it and brought them to me.   And they are awesome!

They are perfect and raw and full of stories never told.  I wanted to keep the integrity of the wood but make it more weather-resistant so I whitewashed the front planks and secured them together with some twine to add to the just-off-the-boat, nautical look of it.   Then I painted a gigantic anchor on it, symbolizing the Toomey family's anchoring down and establishing roots, their name & wedding date and I'm really happy with the results. 

Now I just need to figure out the perfect thing to paint on my section of the dock.  Maybe something in a giant serpent lady with wings and an American flag halter top?  You know, something classy.  Ideas welcomed.  

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

"Oh my God you guys, the ocean is so major!"

"You guys, it's so spacious here.  I love it.  Couldn't you just die?"

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Dogs & Cats Christmas Window at Union Square Veterinary Clinic

Union Square Veterinary Clinic Christmas Window

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The Snowman Family window painting

Winter window in the EU at Beth Israel:
a snowman family celebrating the upcoming Winter Solstice!

We're celebrating the winter solstice in our house too 
because it's our baby snowgirl's first birthday on the 21st.

I can't believe it's already been a year and at the same time that it's ONLY been a year.  What a whirlwind!  

Happy Birthday little snowgirl!  Mama loves you!!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

First Christmas Window of the Season: Monkey Claus & the Missus

I did my first Christmas window of the Season yesterday at Two Little Monkeys in Union Square, Somerville, MA!!  

 The store is at the intersection of Somerville Ave & Bow Street.  Go check it out in person and get all Christmas-y.

Here's a link to the Christmas countdown clock in case you need to check it every 3-4 minutes like I do:
36 days 'til Santa comes!!!
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Friday, November 15, 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...CRAFTING!

It snowed the other morning.

For me that means it's Christmas time.

So even though it only snowed for 3 minutes and it was mixed with rain and none of it stuck to the still snowed. And now it's Christmas time!!!

More specifically, it's Christmas CRAFTING time!!  Here are some of my favorite Christmas crafts from years past to keep you busy while I stretch out my glitter coating, wreath making, snowflake cutting muscles. It's important to ease into these things lest you pull something and have to sit out the rest of the season.



I'd love to see any projects you make following my tutorials or any projects you've made on your own!  

Merry Christmas Crafting season!!
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sadie the Incredible Mermaid Girl: D.I.Y. Traveling Side Show Mermaid Baby Costume

This year was my baby girl's first halloween as a dress-up-able-human and it was imperative that she have the perfect first Halloween costume.  I had originally had my heart set on her being the bearded lady in a side show but when she wouldn't leave the beard on I decided to take advantage of the fact that she's not walking yet and put her in some sort of a sack costume which also meant that I would need to decorate her stroller...which naturally led me to make her the Incredible Mermaid Girl in a traveling side show!

I created her stroller cover using foam core as the fish tank frame; blue fabric, glitter tulle & clear plastic Christmas ornaments for the water; and foam core for the signage & held it all together using a glue gun.  I attached the whole contraption to the stroller (a Britax B-agile) using Velcro Garland Tie and all that was missing was a fat little mermaid to go inside.

Enter one fat little mermaid.  

I have a tutorial on how to make the shell top for the costume here 
& the mermaid tail tutorial is in the works!  

I'd love to see pictures of your home-made Halloween costumes.  Happy Be-lated Halloween!!

Christmas here we come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Look! Up in the sky! It's a's a!'s SUPER MIA!!!

A couple of weekends ago I did this super hero city on the wall of one of Cambridge's Finest SuperHero-esses: Miss Mia the Magnificent!  Little Miss Mia is quite the superhero aficionado and loves playing dress up in her many costumes BUT until now she had no where to showcase her beautiful outfits.  That has all changed now thanks to this wonderful idea from her awesome Mom.  (Good job Mom!)

Now Mia has her very own city to save from peril including her own spotlight with her name in it and in the lower left building a capital "M" in lights to make it just a little more special.

Thanks for keeping our city safe from bad guys Mia.  The world is a better place with your cute little face in it.

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Saturday, November 09, 2013

Nothing to see here, just a pickle turkey in Jordans.

You know, just your standard turkey with pickles feathers rockin' Ray Bans 
and some first edition Jordans.  

This guy has gotten the Humpty Dance stuck in my head AAAAALLLLLLLLL 
day long!  (Much to my husband's chagrin)

"My nose is big, nu-uh, I'm not ashamed, 
Big like a pickle, I'm still gettin' paid..."
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