Bean Arts and Crafts Transformed

Detail of bean gluing process.

Have you had children? Were you a child? Then you should probably have made bean or macaroni art at one point and you are probably a homosapien. Have been recently gifted with some lovely artwork from my son I wondered if you could transform the homely bean art into something adult and sophisticated. Why yes, yes you can. Enter the Chevron Bean Table Runner. Thank this is easy? Add a small child to the mix… Supplies Beans (various colors, split peas, rice, macaroni, whatever works) Thick Craft Paper (this is the kind you can put down to catch paint splatters) … Read more…

Fall Table Decor

fall table decor featuring a chevron bean table runner

Autumn seems like a time for relaxation. The cooler weather forces an end to the constant outdoor activity but it is before the bustle of Christmas. Fall is a time to just let it go. Therefore my table is simple, clean, and easy. The main show piece is a chevron table runner made from beans (click here for the tutorial). The centerpiece is an assortment of carved wooden fruit. My grandparents lived for a time in Thailand, and brought back and assortment of hand carved furnishings and decor. I managed to snag a double set of the fruit. So much … Read more…

Vases from Butternut Squash

Autumn vases created from butternut squash

If you haven’t read Monday’s post this is going to seem like a rather odd tutorial. I have a few of those from time to time. But I’ll shall forge ahead showing you one of my favorite ways to use vegetables and fruit: As decorative containers. Supplies (not shown because… well you read the list) Butternut Squash (or similar gourd-like vegetable) Knife Long Handled Spoon Floral Foam/Oasis or Test Tube Step 1: Get an adult who can actually use a knife properly ‘Knife Skills’ are not my specialty but I found using a sharp steak knife to saw at the … Read more…

Autumn Decoration

Autumn decorations made from butternut squash

The cool air at night just gets me all excited for Fall! It is my absolute favorite season (though followed closely by spring).  To celebrate the foreseen end to the humidity and heat of summer I added some autumn decor to the side table.   Why yes, I am so glad you asked, those ARE butternut squash vases.  I have had a glut of butternut and self seeded calendula.  Since it really isn’t time to bring out the ‘full on fall’ (though I really want to)  items I tried to keep the arrangement summery by using yellow calendula (I had … Read more…

Sea Shells & Lemonade = Table Decor?

Sea shell inspired table decor.

I initially had the idea for this table setting from some sea shells I found when scrounging through my mess of a basement.   I had saved a small bag of pink scallop shells and thought they would make a good basis to start my summer decor.  Though I live  in the mountains my second love is the beach.  I wish I was a lake girl, since so many lakes are so much closer, but the mud, the dark water, the…  Nope it is sand and surf for me.  However, any good mountaineer knows overdoing the surf theme just seems … Read more…