Design + Decor: At Home with Shibumi Studio

by Cat on February 15, 2011

What’s your dream studio/workspace…do you have it mapped out down to the pencil cup on the desk?  I wanted to repost this “peek” into Designing Mom April’s beautiful and ecclectic studio/home from  A Handful of Salt.  She shares this with her husband (a sculptor) and the space seems to fit both their creative spirits to a tee…


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Friday Roundup: Coco Cake Cupcakes

by Cat on February 4, 2011

Before I wish all of you a Happy Friday and weekend:

• (above) Adorable little Ando belongs to Designing Mom April and looks pretty chill hanging out by the water with his dad.

• looking for a good sale?  for 3 days, Designing Mom Erika of Delphine will have stationery, journals and other goodies including 50% certificates available at One King’s Lane (click here to shop)!

• loving this handmade mod mobile worthy for both mom and baby

• in homage to our studio’s “Cupcake Fridays”…we are in serious worship over this silhouette cake and sugary plum cupcake from Coco Cake Cupcakes


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Make: Popcorn Hat

by Cat on June 28, 2010

by Designing Mom April of Shibumi Gallery

My boy doesn’t like baby blue. So being a discerning mom myself I decided to give them all away to someone who does. As the pile of clothes sat in my office I had this thought that I could dye some of the ones that I liked the cotton material of. So I did. I used good old Rit dye. I am sure there are more natural dyes but being a working mom with my three month old son. I opted for what I knew I could get quickly. My first batch was a blue that I like to call Indigo….and I dyed everything that I imagined would look good.

The hat and some of his onesies got special treatment. I used popping corn and small hair rubber bands to make small irregular circles.

1- Put popcorn under fabric and stretch tightly rubber band around each kernel
2- Make a pattern or just use a random pattern.
3- Bucket add hot boiling water to fill
4- Rit dye~ color of choice, Stir in dye
5- Let sit for a couple hours if dye is older might want to leave in overnight
6- Do a general rinsing by hose or sink
7- Wash in washing machine on hot, wash only the same color of clothing you just dyed
8- Remove rubber bands and corn
9- Dry in dryer
Below hat, t-shirt and overalls all dyed in the same bath. Then I sewed a patch over the overall logo!

Next is my chocolate brown batch……!


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Father’s Day Fotos: Daddy and Ando

by Cat on June 18, 2010

above: Designing Mom April’s beautiful father and son portrait photographed by Leon Borensztein


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Friday Fotos: Little Tiger Fish

by Cat on June 4, 2010

above: Some photos in my archive of
Designing Mom April’s little “Tiger Fish.”

Happy Friday and weekend everyone!
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