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DIY: Edible Christmas Crafts

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Every December, my twin sister, mom and I gather around the kitchen counter to create delicious edible Christmas crafts, most notably, Apple Santas, lovingly featured on The Estate of Things last December. Now in my own home, I do what I can to revisit these traditions with more modern materials and new ideas in order […]

DIY: Custom Photo Tree

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

This past year, my sister was married and I found myself happily at her side creating original decorations for every nuptial event. Remembering a simple grade school project, where a dot of ink grew into wonderful, delicate twisting branches, I developed the custom photo tree. This unique gift was the perfect way to capture my […]

DIY: Thanksgiving Leftovers Empanadas

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

This year, I hosted my very first Thanksgiving! Great company and recipes from friends and family new and old. I thrive on hectic – so this is my kind of holiday. Now, with the big day gone and a refrigerator full of leftovers, comes creativity. For me, this means Leftovers Empanadas. The idea struck me […]

Holiday in the City

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

In response to, LA Foodie, Drew’s dilemma, “how does a city-dweller forage?,” TLC got together to come up with some city wreaths. When nature is not at your door, there’s always food. Here are three ideas to help you stay festive in Tinsel Town. Forage your kitchen cupboards for coffee beans, pepper corns, star anise, […]

Imagination Required

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Here’s an email I received from my good friend, Nails. Not only is she beautiful, she also delivers one gem of an imagination booster – sidewalk chalk wonderlands. She connects with her daughter using this skill and they’ve come up with some fantastic worlds of imagination. Reading her note, I can’t help but be reminded […]

Thanksgiving Crafts Kick Off the Holidays

Monday, November 16th, 2009

My creative ambition is from both my parents. But, my unparalleled love for the holidays is from my mother, specifically. For her, the holiday season started with the first fall breeze and continued well into the new year. Please welcome TLC’s newest contributer and my ridiculously well-spoken mommy, Cindy Hubbard. If this doesn’t get you […]

DIY: Handmade Costume Jewelry Bracelet

Monday, September 21st, 2009

When I was little, I absolutely detested family photos. And, whenever I sensed the corralling of family members for a portrait, I’d take off. At my grandma’s house, this meant hiding in the depths of the dress up closet. Nestled between party dresses and satin heels, I’d sit quietly until the photo was over. And […]

Little Feet Dipped in Pewter

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

A friend of The Lead Chandelier, The Estate of Things, is planning a trip to New York. (In her honor, I’m writing this post with one of The Good Knight’s “Bronx” cocktails in hand – fantastic.) New York is amazing in the Fall and her post has me revisiting one particular experience. Aside from an […]

DIY: Ink Trees

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

During one very important Kindergarten art class, my teacher placed three items in front of me – a piece of paper, a tub of ink and a drinking straw. What grew from these seemingly insignificant objects was amazing. With no more than a dime-sized dab of ink near the bottom of the page and a […]

DIY: Skinny Marinky ShrinkyDinks

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

If you grew up in the 80s, you’ve sat, poised in front of your oven, witnessing in amazement, the mystery of ShrinkyDinks. I did. I still do. Though I’ve graduated from coloring in pre-printed Shrinky Dink paper emblazoned with Disney characters, I’m still completely hooked. In fact, I spent an entire semester of college studying […]

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