| Happy New Year!


Happy January! (Oxymoron?) We are finally settling back into routine after the holidays, which feel like they happen in fast forward every year! At some point during December, I audibly conceded we probably wouldn’t get holiday cards out this year. This horrified our chief elf (Ivy) who immediately took matters into her own hands. When I saw the amazing illustration she had started, I de-Scrooged and got on board, though clearly she did the lion’s share of the work here:  (Please click to make it bigger.)

This is a family treasure. Its pretty hard to pick a favorite element, but Jane’s Carousel , the “Stachue” of Liberty, and the hot dog stand are high on the list.

The team decided multi-colored enclosure cards, happy face stickers, and a sprinkle of confetti were ALL necessary. Some members were very helpful with the stuffing, and some preferred to crash our piles with lego spaceships. If we somehow missed you this year, please email me your address! (Even if we are only e-friends—I love a tradition that encourages off-screen connection!) Thank you to Rolling Press, a Brooklyn-based, eco-friendly printer (my new faves!) for the speedy printing.

P.S. Last year’s scratch off cards.

| Pegboard A-Z


Over the summer Brian helped me install an arts/crafts/office station, aka the wall of my dreams. Several friends have asked for a breakdown—here you go!

We picked up a giant sheet of pegboard at Home Depot for $30 and the fine gentlemen there helped me trim it for free. (Note: this project commenced on a whim as we drove by the hardware store—I did not measure ahead of time and by the grace of the pegboard gods magically eyeballed it to fit precisely between the molding. Almost makes up for the ten-thousand projects I have embarked upon under similar circumstances and had to start over).

I wanted it to be framed, so we also grabbed four lengths of thin, wood molding which I spray painted gold along with all of the hardware. (Unless otherwise mentioned, items are hung with hooks from these pegboard kits.  Brian screwed the pegboard to the molding from the back, then mounted it to the wall with spacers near each of the four corners. Here is what we used:

A. Leftover piece of wood we had lying around, painted green and mounted with brass brackets

B. Topiary (I think something green is nice in the mix)

C. Print by my amazing sister Jana

D. Spice jars filled with rhinestones and googly eyes

E. Mason jars with pom-poms and dyed macaroni

F. Clock (similar)

G. Spool of baker’s twine

H. Hole punch

I. Desktop organizer (similar) filled with stickers, stamps, and extra notebooks

J. Peggable wire baskets, spray painted gold to hold paints and palette

K. Print by my talented friend Keenan Cummings 

L. Wooden dowel hung with three hooks, holding assorted nylon twine and rolls of paper

M. Measuring tapes and random ribbons (we always seem to have special ones we can’t part with but can’t commit to using)

N. Label tags

O. 2 sets of 3 tins, filled with envelopes, pipe cleaners, craft sticks, paint brushes, pens, and pencils. (Brian drilled a hole in the back of each for me.)

P. Tiny scissors that are hardly functional but make me happy

Q. Double-sided tape

R. Wall magazine rack filled with construction paper

S. Single-sided tape (we like having both kinds handy)

T. Peggable wire baskets (filled with glues and colored pencils)

U. Scissors

V. Skeleton keys, good for make-believe dungeons

W. Stapler

X. Rail and hanging bins filled with colored pencils, crayons, and markers

Y. A little tray from the pegboard organizer kit filled with erasers, sticky notes, and usually a random treasure from Oliver

Z. Top Spiral Notebook, strung with twine so it can be hung up

I love this pegboard with my whole heart—it’s so nice having everything at my fingertips. Brian and the kids can easily find what they need (and put it back in its proper place!) and the vertical storage is a great space saver. I already made a mini one in the bathroom and am doing my best to refrain from hanging pegboard on every available surface.