home decor for the renter – removable wallpaper

Timothy Sue Removable Wallpapers - Cocino Sue
Timothy Sue Removable Wallpapers – Cocino Sue

My sister recently “installed” this gorgeous removable wallpaper from Timothy Sue in her Brooklyn rental. The “Cocino Sue- Desert Sun” abstract design is printed on a polyester fabric material with an adhesive backing that is both removable and repositionable. The paper covers just a small area of a kitchen nook, but it really adds charm and character. This got me thinking about removable wallpaper for our place.  There are SO many options out there– it’s a bit overwhelming.  To narrow down the search, I’ve decided to go with a plant theme. Presenting the finalists:

cactus removable wallpaper
cactus peel and stick wallpaper from Rocky Mountain Decal
removable pineapple wallpaper from CostaCover
removable pineapple wallpaper from CostaCover
Peonies floral removable wallpaper by Chasing Paper
Peonies removable wallpaper by Chasing Paper
Tropical Watercolor Leaves Pattern from Wall Flora Shop
Tropical Watercolor Leaves Pattern from Wall Flora Shop

And for a more dramatic look, I found a few darker designs.

floral dark removable wallpaper
floral dark removable wallpaper from DecoWorks
pineapple removable wallpaper from Hygge & West
pineapple removable wallpaper from Hygge & West
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Celebrating International Women’s Day


needle felted cat

I made this kitty for International Women’s Day on March 8th.  She was a bit of a needle felting challenge– I’m not great with “sculpting” facial expressions, and I really wanted her to look strong and#BeBoldForChange.  I’m really happy with how she turned out!  She sits right next to my computer, so we basically hang out all day long.

I also celebrated the day by attending a rally in Washington Square Park with a friend and our babies.  They were so zonked by all of the excitement and passed out on the train ride home.  I snapped this beauty shot 🙂

Wolfie & Dudley

And I recommend taking a minute to check out the Guardian’s International Women’s Day around the world – in pictures that shows celebrations, events and rallies around the world.

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Student work from QED Astoria

I recently taught two classes at QED in Astoria.  Check out the adorable little creations my students made during the 2.5 hour class.  And if you haven’t been to or heard of QED… in a nutshell, it’s an after-school space for grown-ups with beer and wine. They hold affordable workshops and events of all sorts: arts and crafts, stand-up comedy, tastings, game nights, walking tours, storytelling, gardening, improv, and the list goes on.

student needle felting work student needle felting work

Oh, and I had a surprise eight-year-old student (I usually do not teach kids this craft– the barbed needles are too sharp!) who made this kitten.  She had been watching needle felting videos on Youtube for months and begged her mom to find a needle felting class.

student needle felt work