Dec 6, 2014

tiny yarn hat ornaments

note: this is cross-posted from my shop blog, meandering mari. :)

this is part two in our quest for a Crafty Colorful Christmas. you can see the clay gingerbread men ornaments we made last week here.

when thinking about what else we could add to our tree this year, i immediately knew i wanted to incorporate yarn somehow. partly because of the color and texture it would add -- but mostly, because i have a ton of it for my weavings.

what could be cuter and cozier than tiny yarn hats?? done!

Dec 2, 2014

clay gingerbread men ornaments

note: this is cross-posted from my shop blog, meandering mari.

i love a homemade christmas. i'm into the not-quite-perfectly-decorated tree. i like when it's obvious that my children helped make ornaments. we'll have plenty of opportunity this year: instead of the yellow and white christmas of years past, K and i decided to make 2014 the year of the Crafty Colorful Christmas. 
...starting with these gingerbread men ornaments.

Nov 17, 2014

she's aliiiiive!

hi, friends! i apologize for the nearly five-month break from blogging. truth be told, not much has been going on around here house-wise. fish has been working crazy hours...and i've been concentrating on art. ART.

now that K is in preschool four days a week and H is on a reliable napping schedule, i've been able to fit in a lot of creative time for myself. i've been oil painting, watercolor painting, drawing, practicing calligraphy, weaving...

...and in the midst of doing all that, i decided to open a shop to sell my art. if you're curious, you can check it out at www.mariorr.com. there are originals, prints, textile art, and more.

i also decided to start a blog, documenting my artistic endeavors: meandering mari. i plan to continue documenting our home decor and improvement projects here, at crab+fish, while keeping my painting and shop news over on meandering mari. 

as for our house projects, we completed the powder room and i LOVE it. i still need to take photos of the finished room -- once i do, i'll post them here. over the winter, we don't have anything major planned. we do have some small projects on our list, like replacing the coat closet door and turning the sunroom closet into a built-in desk area.

thanks so much for sticking with us! i'll be back soon, but in the meantime, you can find me on instagram (@meandering_mari) and Facebook (Mari Orr Art)!

* mari

Jun 26, 2014

update: front room

over the past four or five months, we've added a few new elements to the front room. nothing deserving of its own post, but here's an update on how the room is coming along overall.

i'm trying to get to a place of less is more. i do love me some tchotchkes -- but i hate the overall cluttered feeling that happens with too much displayed. the house gets messy enough with a preschooler on the roam! ;)

Jun 19, 2014

powder room reno:
the ceiling and light for under $50

sigh. it seems like i vow to get back on a regular posting schedule every week and then...life happens. it's so hard to get back in the groove, but i'm trying. thanks for sticking with us! :)

so far in our powder room reno, i've covered the floor and the walls. now, for a long overdue update on the last surface: the ceiling. we managed to diy a plank ceiling and vintage-looking light fixture for less than $50!

Jun 7, 2014

garbage-picked planter boxes

i was on my way to drop off K at camp when i saw a pile of treasures on the curb, ripe for the taking. sure, it was no more than five or seven houses down from ours, but i have no shame when it comes to garbage-picking. we use our family calendar constantly and K's dump truck is still going strong!

i spotted two of these wood planter boxes and snatched them up.

Jun 2, 2014

powder room reno:
the walls

i know: this is the slowest bathroom renovation EVER. fish has actually been working really hard on it, but since his real job claims 65-80 of his hours every week, there's just not much time left over for house projects.

the last time i talked about the powder room, i was fawning over the gooorgeous hex tile floor fish laid. next step: the walls!