Find all of these in store or online at Firefly
Find all of these in store or online at Firefly
We’ve been crafting fools at Firefly. Will you look at the amazing installation we just put in the window? I am truly so proud of this.
Ojo de Dios is Spanish for “Eye of God.” It is pronounced “oh-ho-day-dee-ohs” (which is really just fun to phonetically spell out if you ask me). God’s Eyes were discovered by Spaniards when they encountered the Huichol Indians in the Sierra Madre mountains in Mexico.
The Huichol Indians made these to be placed on altars so that their gods would protect and watch over those who prayed at the altars. The Ojo de Dios is a symbol of the power of seeing and understanding unseen things. The four points of the crossed sticks represent earth, air, water, and fire. Oftentimes, God’s Eyes were made for children expressing that they would be watched over. Each year another layer of yarn would be added until they reached the age of five.
To me, they are just something magical I remember from my own childhood during Arts and Crafts in the summertime – my favorite.
Do come by to see it in all its glory!
I always say if I could have any job (besides the one I currently love) and money didn’t matter, I would like to sit around and write cards to people all day. It brings me great joy, and I love to fancy up the envelope with personal doodles. I just saw ‘Sock n’ Sandal’ guy walking down Abbot Kinney. I wanted to rejoice that an old timer was strolling the boulevard, but also – Sock ‘n Sandal GUY! I love it.
1. The Older the Better by Sugar Paper | 2. Sock n’ Sandals by Dude and Chick | 3. Shake What Your Mamma Gave You by Breathless Paper | 4. Red Dot Washi Tape | Available at Firefly
Oh, man. We were so excited when the amazing folks at Yellow Owl Workshop came out with their Carve-A-Stamp Kit! We’ve been looking for an excuse to open one of these up and try it out for ourselves. Not only is it a cinch and so fun, but the results were exactly what we wanted. We wanted to do a little crafty signage for Firefly as so many customers were asking if we were on Instagram and such. We had some alphabet stamps to use for letters, but needed the icon buttons. I’m telling you. You simply transfer the image in a snap and carve away. We are addicted. Come in and get one for yourself today!
Carve-A-Stamp Kit by Yellow Owl Workshop | Available online at Firefly
I was searching through some old photos this morning desperate to find a picture of an owl costume I made for Mia when she was a wee five months old. I scrolled through thousands of unorganized photos but came up empty handed. You’d think a picture from October 31st would be easy enough to find, but I am clearly hopeless in the picture sorting department (SOS). I got nostalgic looking through all the photos and wanted to share so many projects, but like most of us out there, we are all swamped with daily tasks that keep us from posting all day long. Maybe I have time for just one little story…
Mia and Tim came home one day with a bundle of pine wood and a Home Depot receipt totaling $25.00. ”Whatcha doing?” I asked. As luck would have it, a picnic bench was in the making all in an afternoon. Or so we thought.
My husband was walking home from work and found a picnic bench for sale on Abbot Kinney for around $250.00 and considered it a personal challenge to whip one up for the fraction of the cost. Out came the measuring tape and it was go time.
Mia loves to do construction projects. She’s a girl after my own heart. I should probably panic, but instead I’m mostly just proud the way she carries the saw around the house so effortlessly. I have yet to let her touch a pair of scissors. Scissors seem somehow a lot more dangerous. It’s something about their accessibility. Worse yet, she’ll turn out like me needing at least a pair in every room of the house just in case an outfit needs to reinvented or a craft project spontaneously erupts while flipping through a magazine.
Things we measured. Right angles were cut. Hammers hammered and voila! The cutest picnic bench was created.
Of course it was so big Mia couldn’t reach the table, so pajamas were put on and we were all in for Round Two. Same picnic bench. Just smaller. Perfect Mia size.
So fun! And here’s a bonus shot back at the Depot again. Ready for action.
This past weekend whilst visiting our fabulous Aunt Patsy, Mia repeatedly reminded us that she wanted to fly a kite. We’ve been reading a lot of summertime stories lately and most seem to feature a kite. Naturally she wanted in on the action. Kites always seem impossible to find when you are looking for them on a whim, but that didn’t stop us from searching a 25 mile radius only to come up empty handed. My husband declared he would just make one. At first I was a naysayer, but remembered making kites in school as a child. Could they still be made? Were newspapers still in print?
Of course we all heckled our industrious crafter.
Soon the heckling turned to awe.
Look! Hurray for Daddy!
The kite was soaring. I loved it! It was a bit short lived but every bit worth it especially since I caught it all on film. The sun set and it was time to wash the sand from our feet, pack up our treasures and head on home. What a fun weekend we had.
For the rest of the United States, fall means leaves changing colors, breaking out sweaters and jeans, and heading to the store with school supply list in hand. Absolutely none of that applies to Southern California except for the latter, so our guide today will show you how to get your little ones stocked for school, and even excited for it to start so they can use all their cool new gadgets!
Starting a new year can be difficult, but what about starting an entirely new school? Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School is a good way to help show your little one that being new doesn’t have to be scary! Sometimes, too, keeping a journal of your thoughts and feelings can help – why not make it a cute composition book? Make sure everyone knows they’re yours if they get lost with this stamp kit. It’s stamp fun and a book plate all in one!
As every good little artist knows, part of being a good artist is having the right tools. Why not step up coloring hour a notch with these metallic pencils? Robots, fairies, and fish have never looked so good! Make sure they keep sharp with this combination bear eraser and pencil sharpener. Everyone else at the color table will be wowed by these cool toys – which you can make sure are kept safe in the perfect pencil case. After all, who doesn’t love recess?
No one likes to do homework…so why not make it fun? Your kids will never want to stop playing USA Bingo! If they’re working on another language, Spanish Flashcards are a great way to keep them interested – especially if they’re competitive and keeping score. They might not be in chemistry yet (or for another six years), but you can never start learning too early; start with these periodic building blocks!
Now that your kid is settled and ready for school, it’s time to close the door, run the bath, and throw in some bath salts or elixir…because you deserve it
I’ve been really itching to do a craft project lately. We just got these in at the shop, and I think they are just precious. Sometimes the smallest bursts of color bring me such tremendous joy.
With the recent rain, I keep imagining sitting by the fire with a cup of tea and whipping up a few strands listening the pitter pat against the tin roof. Mia would be by my side patiently watching in awe as I crafted a small mobile for the window and a couple of Mommy and me necklaces.
Of course, we don’t have a fireplace or a tin roof and Mia would probably be jumping on the bed wildly singing or begging for the iPad in lieu of special craft time but a girl can dream.
*You may have wondered where I have been? Working at Firefly of course. I have missed you.
When Mia was born, it became impossible to get in and out of our gate at home with the stroller. First we used an old newspaper tie we found in the trash to hold the gate open, then we upgraded to a dirty old shoelace. I don’t know how this solution became so permanent, but with how hectic things are, I realized I might need to get the shoelace an anniversary present. It’s one of those humiliating things that one feels the need to explain to new guests that arrive. You don’t want to sound completely neurotic making excuses before they’ve even stepped into your home, so you keep quiet and inwardly wonder what the available options are for chic gate safety with toddlers around. I wouldn’t dare say this to my husband, but I wanted to blurt out on several occasions, “Wouldn’t it be lovely to adorn the gate in something similar to what camels wear with all those colorful tassles? Maybe some bells?” If I were ever to find something suitable, I would have paid top dollar, but nothing crossed my path. While at the hardware store, I found myself pondering the possibilities in the “rope” section. Could I make a large sailor knot bracelet? For $5.99, I was going to give it a shot.
First I googled how to make one and found an excellent tutorial here. While the tutorial is totally awesome, directions are not my strong suit. I opted to let memory navigate since I practically got dizzy trying to follow the second diagram. After a few failed attempts at both understanding the tutorial and my eight year old memory, I somehow managed to make my way and voila!
I am not sure how great it is, but at least I can put my mind to rest until I am able to ask a camel, “Do tell where you got that fab get up?”
Are you like me? So many ideas, so little time? I started this project and about four hours in, I realized I vastly underestimated the time it was going to take me to finish. I intended to wrap the entire branch most of which is not shown in the photo. Eventually I let the project go. Let this be a reminder to all to be forgiving as we try with best of intentions to craft Halloween outfits, plan Thanksgiving dinners, shop for table decorations and quell the urge to reorganize the home for family that are coming to town. Most of all, keep your wits about you when once again, no matter how many times you told yourself this past July you would do things differently, you find yourself paying for rush shipping and wrapping presents in the wee hours of the night knowing that you have to be at Aunt Suzy’s house at 7am with coffee in hand.