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racheldenbow
One crafty mama.
Interests: I love old things.
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Just got to see the images from the Bing event last month. Full post with details on all the dazzling gals (and a few guys) that made it so wonderful coming soon. Aren't those flowers and that banner just about perfect for a summer soiree? We've been busier than usual... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Smile And Wave
Taylor, You can buy small copper rods at most large hardware stores as well as a pipe cutter (inexpensive) to cut them down to your preferred size. Good luck!
Toggle Commented Jul 10, 2014 on Weaving Class: The Basics at A Beautiful Mess
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What do you do when you buy twelve tubes of glow-in-the-dark bracelets from the Target dollar spot to use as birthday party favors and then forget to bring them to the party? You make a string of lights out of them, duh! I must give Ruby some credit for this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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Sebastian's birthdays have almost always been spent with my side of the family as we have been getting together for the 4th of July since I was a kid. This year we stayed home since we're getting together in California in a few weeks and traveling 10 hours in a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Smile And Wave
Sure! Yes, I used a rotary cutter and straight ruler to get sharp corners and make sure it was all even. The width was already perfect so I just had to cut the height on a few. Good luck!
Since this is my kids' shared room and they aren't quite tall enough to utilize a high book shelf, all of their books are in a floor shelf that isn't quite shown in this photo. ;)
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Son, you are already half way to driving a car by yourself, over a third of the way to being allowed to vote, and then there's all the moving out of the house and college, etc. in between. You were just born! And then you turned eight! This past year... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Smile And Wave
How fun! There's so much to learn and I can't wait to try it the traditional way. We did use rocks on both sides bound as tight as I could but I think clamps may have been a bit of a better clamping method. Just an excuse to try again!
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Shibori is the centuries-old Japanese technique of binding, wrapping, and dying fabric. Traditionally, it was done with indigo and I'm hoping to try that method some day but sometimes a mama needs a short cut, am I right? I decided I'd see if I could utilize shibori binding but with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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I've been taking advantage of every chance to get a photo strip from the old-fashioned booth nearby before we move back to a boothless town. Oh, the sadness! We did a strip of just Sebastian to go along with his teacher gift in May and I really loved seeing him... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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Two weeks ago was spent working on new weavings and experimenting with new patterns. I was so thrilled when Alison of The Alison Show invited me to co-host a Bing sponsored party with Melanie of You Are My Fave in Denver. It was part of her six party tour across... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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Get the full tutorial here. Need a cloth baby/toddler swing to go with your adult-sized hammock chair? Check out my tutorial here. -Rachel Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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There aren't enough cute baby/toddler swings in the world so I made one and shared how you can make one, too. I can't wait for Smith to be big enough to swing in this! Get the full tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess and enjoy! Dreaming of an adult-sized version?... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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It's been quiet over here, hasn't it! So, I meant to blog to let everyone know I wasn't going to be blogging for a few days but things really just got that busy and my sweet Smith started deciding not to go to sleep at night when I usually sit... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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Smith, I'm starting to see what a happy baby you really are. We're figuring out how to communicate together and even though my attention is now split between three children, I've never felt so in tune with reading your needs and knowing the subtle nuances in your cries that tell... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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I remember it was Valspar and something about Icy Mint, maybe? Good luck!
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2014 on Art Journaling: How to Get Unstuck at Smile And Wave
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There's nothing more frustrating that having the urge to make something and then sitting down to work and drawing a blank. These days my creative time is precious and I never know if I'll get a solid hour in while the baby naps and my older kids occupy themselves or... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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I'm incredibly proud to share with you the beautiful and inspiring work of my lovely friend, Rubyellen Bratcher. She's recently published Let's Sew Together: Simple Projects the Whole Family Can Make and it's perfect for any moms looking for a few projects to make their child's life more fun this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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Ruby is forever asking me to get her dresses down from the closet and then they end up on the floor with her next wardrobe change-whether they're dirty or not. I decided it was time to make it a little easier on the both of us and give her a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at Smile And Wave
Tara, I wouldn't suggest trying one for grown ups unless you made it rather narrow and used larger, thicker pipe. The weight of adult clothing and how many you'd hang on there to make it practical might buckle it or at least cause it to bend.
Toggle Commented Jun 5, 2014 on Kids Clothes Rack DIY at A Beautiful Mess
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I've got the second installment of our family photos with Heather Gray finally ready. There are literally 20 similar photos of me holding Smith that I love equally for the way each one shows a look he makes or how tiny his features were but I've picked out my favorites... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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These were from Hobby Lobby but i bet you can find a lot on Amazon.
oops! thank you...
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I've dusted off the contributor cobwebs and am sharing my first of three DIY's for A Beautiful Mess. This one was a labor of love over the Memorial Day weekend but I'm so happy with how it turned out. Get the full tutorial over there! Also, I mentioned using a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2014 at Smile And Wave
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The lucky winner of the Life.Love.Paper Giveaway is: Stephanie said... Love the "Let them be Little Print." It's something I think about daily with my little ones (almost 3 and 10 months.) Also love the Let it Go and Adventure posters. Thanks for sharing! Congratulations, Stephanie! I'll be in touch... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Smile And Wave