Category Archives: Crafts & DIY

A Peek Inside My Office


My goal for January was to finish my office. When we moved into our new condo in October, I immediately painted three of the green walls light grey and the final wall with chalkboard paint. And there it sat for a few months. But I finally got around to finishing the decorating including building my own bookshelf.



Most of the art hanging on the walls is from Etsy and Society 6. You can find the direct links on my office Pinterest board. The photographs are from my own travels. If you like the camera images you can print them here for free. The hanging terrariums in my window are from West Elm and CB2. The air plants are from Sprout Home here in Chicago.



The chalkboard wall took about three coats of paint but it was well worth it. My desk faces this wall and it’s great for writing to-do lists and for the week’s deadlines. To really clean off the chalk, you have to use a damp sponge — not just an eraser. And can I mention how hard it is to find an chalkboard eraser in a world of dry erase boards?

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I was eying the CB2 3.14 bookcase but at $500 (and it’s not even really wood!) I had to pass. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who had this thought. I found a bunch of tutorials online — including this one at Apartment Therapy¬†— detailing how to build one yourself for about $80. Seven pieces of wood, a pint of paint and primer, and a couple afternoons later, my bookshelf was finished.

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Find Me in American Girl’s Special Holiday Issue!

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I developed the Warm & Fuzzy craft feature for American Girl’s special 2012 Holiday Issue. It includes 15 crafts made from felt, fur, and fleece. I actually created these ideas last summer — we’re always working on winter when it’s summer and summer when it’s winter! Besides being totally adorable and filled with winter fun, the special issue comes with a mini 2013 color-in calendar (modeled after the always-popular color-in posters illustrated by Carol Yoshizumi) and a special insert sneak peek of the book Scribble, Squiggle, and Sketch,¬†written and illustrated by my amazingly talented former boss Kristi Thom.

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