Sep 28, 2013

miniDIY: no-sew helvetica tee

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time : minutes
difficulty  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆  
hazards : you've got to whip out the iron
would i do it again? : yes!

Sep 26, 2013

a bit of rearranging

we did some front room furniture-shuffling over the weekend. and by we, i mean i directed and fish did all the heavy lifting. the new look was precipitated partly by nesting, but mostly because big figgy needs more sunlight. at least we think that's why he's been looking so glum.

when we initially brought the fig tree home, we placed him in the southeast corner of the room as so:

Sep 24, 2013

going back in time...again...

since i started blogging nearly two years ago (whoa), i've evolved and now...finally...feel like i have settled into my style. when i initially created crab+fish, i chose colors, fonts, and graphics without paying attention to what i love most about my favorite blogs: simplicity. 

and so, it's been a looong process updating old posts one by one: re-editing pictures, reformatting text, and clarifying instructions. you can see the initial batch here. this is the second installment. 

first up is one of my earliest diy projects -- before we even moved into our first house! these fabric scrap flowers are super simple to make and are definitely pretty to look at. 
i want to make more of these flowers, but use twigs for the stems...

Sep 21, 2013

DIY: home state art

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time : minutes
difficulty  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆   
hazards : sharp blade + squiggly lines!
would i do it again? : yes

Sep 18, 2013

mums, mats, and a mismatched fall wreath

for some reason, i was soo not into mums last year.
this year, i LOVE them.

even though the temperatures had yet to drop -- we were shopping in 90ºF weather! -- i couldn't resist picking up a few at the hardware store last weekend.

Sep 14, 2013

chili cookoff invites

when we bought our first house, we unknowingly moved in to the kind of neighborhood that has block parties and cookoffs -- did we luck out or what?? 

we were new to the neighborhood last year and i'm pretty sure our assignment was to bring plastic cups to the block party. necessary, but bo-ring!

this year, due to the save the date cards i made for a neighbor, i drew a much better assignment: make the invitations for a chili cookoff!

with pleasure!

Sep 12, 2013

a new dining table
(planning stages)

so. we need a dining table. this is our current situation: an eight-year-old dinette set from our apartment-living days.
click here for more info on the chandelier...

and of course i want fish to build the new dining table for us. he's quickly becoming known as the neighborhood handyman so he's got to keep his image up. ;)

Sep 7, 2013

DIY: origami numbers

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time : minutes
difficulty  ★ ☆ ☆ ☆   
hazards : paper cuts!
would i do it again? : yep

Sep 5, 2013

yarn-wrapped star

i've been spending my recent days cleaning out my craftspace -- and, in the process, discovering long-forgotten supplies...and projects i meant to do, but never quite got around to.

for example...

similar to the glistening HOs and the cheery red tree from last christmas, there's not much to this project.

Sep 3, 2013

august in review


we were way laid back during the dog days of summer. 
really, i barely lifted a finger -- except to pack for our family vacation.

read on for more vacation pics!