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New Lights, and New Favorites

There are three existing lights in the hallway: the one that you can see below, hanging down (which is cute and has a round glass shade), and two others that don’t match. Now that the hall construction is complete and the walls have been painted, I want all three lights to be identical for continuity. I was looking for flush mount fixtures in brass to match the metal finishes throughout the Victorian, in a small scale, and in a classic style. I wanted something that looked good, but nothing that was too much of an in-your-face statement piece (hallways are utilitarian spaces — they don’t exactly need chandeliers!). I’ve been a fan of Schoolhouse Electric’s fixtures for ages, so when they offered to provide lighting, I chose three Newberry 4″ pendant fixtures in brass and these white glass shades. They arrived a couple of days ago, and they’re going to look fantastic.

The New Lighting for the Hallway

(Oof, that belly. Almost done!)

We’re rewiring the house soon and getting rid of the old BX, along with any hidden knob and tube that’s still active (oh, the joys of old houses!), so we’ll have new fixtures installed then. We’re also having all of the switches on the first and second floors changed out for new push-button switches at the same time. There are a few original ones left in the house, and I love them! I’m so excited that all of the switches are going to match.

OK, and I have to share the new collection that Schoolhouse Electric just released this week. We’d been emailing back and forth about the lights, and they gave me a sneak peek at everything… and whoa. Way more exciting than finishing up a hallway! First of all, this bedroom is perfection. You know I love a good Jenny Lind bed, and a good floral.

Schoolhouse Electric Bedroom, Fall 2014

My favorites from the new line are below. I want to put a room together around all of these pieces! Can’t you just see it? So awesome when a collection leaves you feeling inspired.

Favorites from Schoolhouse Electric, Fall 2014

  1. Brass Planters

  2. Flowering Confetti — His — Silhouette Framed Art

  3. Flowering Confetti — Hers — Silhouette Framed Art

  4. Wayne Pate Bouquet Framed Art

  5. Fuller Pendant — White Glass

  6. Charcoal Stripe Linen Duvet

  7. Ceramic Bud Vase

  8. Woodland Meadow Sheet Set

  9. Library Ladder

  10. Lenox Bench — Canyon Coral

Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014

Renegade Craft Fair took place in Chicago again the weekend before last. I think I first had a booth in the show for my stationery shop back in 2006, and it was a huge part of my business for years. Even after no longer exhibiting, Brandon and I have been back just about every year (we bring the kids with), and its interesting to see how it has changed and grown. Here are some of my favorites from the 2014 Chicago show!

• Wire art and prints by Tammy Smith
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Tammi Smith

• Awesome cards by The Detroit Card Co.
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: The Detroit Card Co.

• Handmade paper flowers by Moon Flora
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Moon Flora

• Wooden toys by A Summer Afternoon
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: A Summer Afternoon

• Brass and crystal jewelry by Lindsay Lewis
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Lindsay Lewis

• Sweet little bowls by Toast Ceramics
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Toast Ceramics

• Cute wooden art by Jodi Lynn Doodles
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Jodi Lynn Doodles

• Plush monsters by Mr. Sogs Creatures
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Mr. Sogs Creatures

• New paintings by Dolan Geiman
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Dolan Geiman

• Colorful felt faux-taxidermy by Horrible Adorables
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Horrible Adorables

• Bizarre collage mash-ups by Unusual Cards
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Unusual Cards

• Geometric brass jewelry by Son of a Sailor
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Son of a Sailor

• Customizable shoes by Mohop
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Mohop

• Pillows and tea towels by Yao Cheng
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Yao Cheng

• Lovely prints by The Bungaloo
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: The Bungaloo

• Dioramas by Red Belly
Renegade Craft Fair, Chicago 2014: Red Belly

Up to the Highest Heights

We do plenty of open-ended art projects around here. “Here are some watercolors; let’s paint!” Or “I brought home a big package of pipe cleaners. What should we make?” But the kids, Eleanor especially, really like having a project with step-by-step instructions to follow. I think they feel good about having made something themselves by following directions, so they love kits.

Kiwi Crate Craft Kit

I was given the opportunity to test out Kiwi Crate, a monthly subscription service, and I let E choose which craft we should try. They have different themes each month, like gardening, dinosaurs, and space, and Eleanor picked Fun with Flight because she wanted to make kites. Once she knew I’d ordered it, she asked “is it here yet?” every day until it arrived.

Eleanor and August

Each kit comes with all of the materials you need to make two or three projects (depending on which theme you choose), along with Kiwi Crate’s explore! magazine. Their monthly subscriptions start at $16.95/month with free shipping, and they also sell supplies like pipe cleaners, felt, and pom-poms, or party favors like capes, wands, and wings.

Making a Kiwi Crate Kite

Making a Kiwi Crate Kite

After finishing up her first kite, she and August both made rockets that launch with a rubber band. Kiwi Crate offers a “no fight” option with extra materials, so E and A were each able to make a happy-face kite and a grumpy one, and two different rockets. The both got the bonus paper flyers that were included and their own copies of the explore! magazine, too.

Making Kiwi Crate Rocket Ships

Kiwi Crate is offering a discount for my readers right now. Join their Time Traveler Series with projects to fall back in time! The promotional code excludes sibling add-ons, but you can save 25% on your first month subscription with code LOVELY25.

Making Kiwi Crate Rocket Ships

So cute. I love a good craft project that comes to my door, with all the guess-work and supply-shopping taken care of. And the kids loved making everything!

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