Paper Pulp Seed Faces

A month or so ago I came across these crazy seed faces on one of my favorite websites, This is Colossal.  I was intrigued.  Puzzled.  Alarmed.  These are paper pulp seed bombs in the shape of human heads. Plop the little heads onto a pot full of damp soil, wait a few days and tasty little sprouts will grow.  Right out of the tiny eye sockets.  Out of the nostrils.  They’ll pop out of the ears.   I ordered 25 for the bargain price of $7.50.

seed artrecycled paper pulp seed bombssustainable artrecycled artKelsey Pike Sustainable PapercraftKelsey Pike Sustainable Papercraft EtsyNow, I’m not in the position to report on how well these grow.  When I saw these, I knew immediately that I had to give them to a particular friend.  She appreciates a little bit of quirkiness, and is the greenest gal I know.  What better gift than degradable human head seed bombs?

Check out Kelsey Pike’s Etsy shop to see all of her interesting papercraft.


P.S.  Now that Picnik is getting rained out, I am begrudgingly checking out other photo editing programs.  I used BeFunky today.  It’s fun, but not really suited for real editing.  I may have to face Photoshop one day soon.

Columbus Architectural Salvage

During a recent visit to Columbus, I noticed a small paper sign in a not so great part of town… It read, “Columbus Architectural Salvage“.  I was very curious for a number of reasons, so later that day when I had some time to kill, I followed the signs to an unassuming building on an industrial street.

Vintage antique homes

Columbus Architectural Salvage

Inside was a treasure trove.  During the next couple weeks, I’ll introduce you to some of the wonders I found.  I only hope that you are half as excited as I was.  I was really excited.

*One disclaimer:  All of my photos were shot without a flash, and with a 9 month old little one in my other arm.  I feel that my children should be exposed to beautiful things early and often. 🙂  And my husband was busy.

antiques and vintage

front room

Columbus Architectural Salvage

front room, detail

vintage home supplies


this old house


architectural salvage

dressmakers' dummy

vintage buddha sculpture


this old house

mom and li'l d

Believe me, there is much, much more where this came from.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

This Merry Week

Oh friends, I am so excited about the goodies I have for you this week!  They’re almost like little Christmas gifts…  Let’s think of them that way, shall we?

Christmas gift wrap labels

Christmas Labels by Paperjack, Etsy

Today, look for an amazing recipe for Salted Chocolate Nutella Drops with photos. Tomorrow, I’m off to shoot photos of the most beautiful Christmas cookies (ever!) at Great Lakes Bakery – I’ll share them with you on Wednesday.  But wait, there’s more!  I’ll share inspiration galore from Columbus Architectural Salvage where I wandered and daydreamed this weekend, and  finally (maybe finally?) photos of the lovely paper quilled creche I just received from Etsy.  Whew!  That’s a lot!

To satisfy you until then, I leave you with this strange but true scene I came upon while visiting Columbus this weekend…

Christmas Santa suits

Ho Ho Ho!!

It’s a Noonday Giveaway!


It’s our lucky, lucky day. 🙂  I can’t wait to share this giveaway with you – because you get to give right along with me!    All of these lovelies (and so many more!) come from the Noonday Collection – a wonderful assortment of artisan made accessories, decor and jewelry.

Handpainted Cups - India

Oh – what’s the giveaway?  It’s a $50 Noonday gift card!  (tingly feeling!)

blue necklace

Glass and Paper Necklace - Uganda

Noonday is special for a whole bunch of reasons…  The style is fab, fresh and modern; authentic and global.  All the goods are fair trade, and this boutique is rooted in concern for families and children…

“Noonday provides jobs that create a pathway out of poverty for women. A stable income means a family is less likely to abandon their child and are able to sustain their families.   Noonday also gives net proceeds towards orphan care and prevention.”

Rewind Clutch (made from recycled VHS tapes!) -New Delhi

“How do I enter?” you ask.  Well, it’s SO simple!
– All you have to do is subscribe to this blog, (tell me that you did 🙂 ) and then tell me what you like about Noonday in the comments below.

Ideas for unique Christmas Gifts

Star Arm Warmers - Peru

“Can I have another chance?” Of course, friends!
– Just “like” Mish Mash Make on Facebook, drop a comment, and you’ll be entered a second time. (how exciting!)

Ideas for handmade Christmas gifts

The giveaway ends Wednesday, November 22 at noon EST, so you’ve got time to tell a friend or two!  Best of luck!!!

Isaiah 58:10

“That’s Thrif-tastic!”

Today I’m introducing you to the first of “Heidi’s Greatest Thrift Store Steals”.  Why? Because I L-O-V-E getting a bargain, and I love to tell people how little I paid. (I know it’s obnoxious.  Sorry).  To be honest, I’d rather be thrifting, flea marketing or even trash-picking (my little table is trash picked!) than trolling same-old, same-old overpriced shops.

All the props in these pix are mine, and they were all either free or bought second hand.

Thrifty home decor

  • The mid-century Danish modern chair is a favorite.  I can’t believe I picked it up for $7.00! I’ve seen these for around $200.  Yay!
  • Love the crazing on this little green vase, and it’s just the right size for small bouquets.
  • I curb-side-rescued the little table, which I’m thinking of painting turquoise. The books are second hand, including a wonderful old Webster’s Dictionary for Boys and Girls.
  • I included the white picture frame because I have a bazillion frames that I’ve thrifted and used for my paintings.  Buying new “just right” frames is convenient but SO expensive!

Vintage gold chair

  • I have big dreams for this crazy hexagonal throne.  I’m not much for reupholstering, and I kind of like the gold velvet, so I think that will stay.  I’d like to paint the wood though…any suggestions?
  • Recently, I scored this lovely original print.  I did my best to track down info about the artist, but no luck.  I love original artwork, especially when I can afford it!
  • Oh, I have to mention the fabric that is covering my little table.  That came from one of about six big boxes of upholstery samples that I was given.  It’s my own little treasure trove (I do share, though – so if you live nearby, come and get some)!
  • Lastly, the silver candlesticks.  These are in pretty consistant rotation at the Goodwill. I’m slowly filling my mantel with all sorts of mis-matched silver.
Alright, there you have it – Heidi’s Thrift Store Steals for the day (believe me, there are more to come)!  What about you?  What are your favorite bargains?  – I know you have one or two…. Do tell!


Book Review and Giveaway!


Melissa Michaels, of The Inspired Room, is someone I want to meet, visit with in her home, have coffee with and listen to.   In an unassuming but authoritative way, she nails (or shall we say “pins”) the trouble we get into when our desire for just a little more/ nicer/ better/ newer becomes a current that pulls us away from the things that are actually most important to us.

In her new e-book, Not a DIY Diva – How to Create an Authentically Inspired Life in a Pinterest World, she neatly and warmly packages much of the sentiment she’s shared at her blog over the years.  It’s very interesting to me how she weaves together the ideas of creativity, contentment, function and beauty in our homes.

You’ll find lots of inspiration in this little fifty-some page book, but most of all you’ll find a much needed contrast to the pretty-shiny-image-obsessed culture we live in.  Melissa is not an ascetic.  This is not an “either/or” book.  It is, however, a look at living authentically, and with substance – not appearance – formost in mind.  She’s put together a thoughtful, engaging read.  I’m quite sure that lots of you will enjoy it!  The book is launched tomorrow, October 25, so head on over to The Inspired Room to secure a copy!


1.  This is my first giveaway on Mish Mash Make, and I’m SO excited!  I feel like a grown up blogger.  (Well, maybe an adolescent blogger…).

2.  I’m giving away not ONE, but TWO great e-reads!  First is Melissa’s e-book, Not a DIY Diva.  Secondly, I’m offering  Untitled: Thoughts on the Creative Process by Blaine Hogan.  (available on iTunes and Kindle)

3.  So how do you get your creative little hands on these goodies?  Just leave a comment on this post telling me why you’re interested!  It’s that easy.  I’ll announce the randomly selected winner on Thursday.

– If you’d like your name to be entered twice, just share the link about this giveaway with your friends on Facebook.  (Please let me know you’ve shared it, so I can make sure to get your name in again!)

Let the Giveaways Begin!!

Perfect Day in Ohio

There are some days when it’s just wrong to stay inside. You know what I mean?  We went for a walk, and saw such pretty colors… I think my creative inspiration tank was running low, and I’m so glad I slowed down to fill ‘er up!  (By the way, who can tell me what those yellow berries/ fruits are?)

red fall berries


fall colors


autumn colors yellow and orange


fall colors


fall leaves


fall colors orange leaves