Posts by Rachel Schultz

THINKING ABOUT THE SPRING OF 2020

April 27, 2020
Rachel Schultz

This post is part of a series I do to write important things I need to tell you about and a mix of homemaker stuff. And let’s be honest, sometimes popular culture because I’m probably going to always be someone who engages with “the arts” AND I HAVE THOUGHTS. I love doing things by the seasons, so I share one that often. There are some re-occuring categories such as: “netflix-ing,” “unpopular opinion,” “all is vanity,” “a follow,” “into it!,” “good at target,” and “I am not tech-y, but.” All of it is here!

into it!: I just got the cutest recipe card box and I am very happy about it. I think I have settled I’m more of a recipe card box person than a recipe binder person, but we will still see. The binder just feels so big! I used to look up favorite recipes and write them on a sticky note so many times I was like wait, this is the exact purpose and function of a recipe card box.

kitchen kitsch: are you a keep stuff on the kitchen counters or keep no stuff on the kitchen counters person. I am medium. If I had more counters and maybe a part with open shelves I’d keep my blender out permanently and this one is pretty enough to merit that much visibility.

i’m not tech-y but: we got a new sound speaker that is good looking and vintage feeling and timeless and great sound quality (not that i can actually tell) and i have CAPITAL “L” loved it. Using different tones of music at different times can give such shape to the day.

bookishI don’t normally put children’s books on my goodreads but I had to give Alligators and Music a five star because I loved it so much!

pretty utilitarian things: when you finally just purchase that thing (that really wasn’t that expensive) that improves the quality of a part of your life.

for the children: an a+ kids room.

just a little book recommend: the above recipe is a strawberry cake from the cookbook super simple – one of my favorites!

sourdough, i guess: after hearing this book recommended from several different sources as the one to get to learn sourdough (with minimal kneading), i purchased. maybe i’ll do sourdough. maybe i won’t right now. but i thought it’d be good to have at some point for me or my daughters. right now i feel satisfied with my life of baking with commercial yeast but i’ll hear her out.

a follow: the @arrowsandbow instagram account is sharing their home renovation right now and it feels productive and fast moving and i am living vicariously.

My New Cookbook


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This post is part of a series I do to write important things I need to tell you about and a mix of homemaker stuff. And let’s be honest, sometimes popular culture because I’m probably going to always be someone who engages with “the arts” AND I HAVE THOUGHTS. I love doing things by the seasons,

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A FAMILY PHOTOS GALLERY IDEA

April 13, 2020
Rachel Schultz

So, I obviously like displaying family photos for the warmth, love, and memory. What kind of monster doesn’t. But you guys know sometimes they can feel a bit “suburban.” When I wanted to put some family photos together I gave some thought to how to do them in a way that felt elevated and matched the rest of the style of our home’s furnishings. In other words, that the photos would be beautiful in how they were displayed, beyond just the positive feelings of the pictures themselves.

Yes, they are family photos, so I’m not going full haute such that it isn’t realistic for families living their real, beautiful, homemade dinners life. But I like things to be aesthetically nice, while still making every age feel welcome.

Alright I got too philosophical! But here’s the details and how to re-create if you’d like.

persian style rug | tan leather arm chairs | english roll arm sofa | white loveseat | colorful blocks (similar)blue basket (similar) |  floor lamp | floor lamp shade | modern coffee table | ocean waves print | gold clock | ceiling medallion | sputnik chandelier

I really really like a simple light natural wood frame, that is not too wide. IKEA has a killer one and the price is great ($13). It was exactly what I wanted for this project, but I didn’t feel like driving to ikea. So I searched and searched everywhere for the same thing, and it just does not exist within the scope of my search of retail I know of, but for five to six times the price.

DELIGHTED WAS I to go on ikea to check shipping options, because in recent years they have expanded their shipping and they would send me the ten frames I needed for only $10 more. ABSOLUTELY TAKE MY $10 to not have to drive. And now I have the gift of knowledge I can inexpensively order many things from ikea without having to drive. (Wheels turning.)

I did my inexpensive matting trick where I just buy big sheets at hobby lobby and have them cut them down, in this case to a 16 x 20 inch pieces. Then I adhere my photos over top.

To check for photo size, I tested several options – three, four, five, and six inch squares. Five inch was my favorite, that’s what I went with. I positioned them about three fourths of the way up in the frame. For square frames, totally centered would be cool too. Our living room has lots of traditional so this framing is the modern element I wanted for balance!

I will add, another one of the ways I like to do family photos is in just cute small decorative tabletop frames here and there. It feels charming and romantic. I think the frame being attractive or quality makes or breaks it, unless the composition of the photo is truly a work of art. There’s probably exceptions, I’d have to think about it.

Here’s the diy for the millwork we installed on the walls that I love having all over my house. Previously I thought I’d do a collection of different oil paintings around the room but that was just taking so long to curate and once I was starting to fill it out, the color and variety felt too overwhelming. This was much faster and affordable to put together and for a room of this size to handle ten repeating pieces of art, they need to feel visually light.

My New Cookbook


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So, I obviously like displaying family photos for the warmth, love, and memory. What kind of monster doesn’t. But you guys know sometimes they can feel a bit “suburban.” When I wanted to put some family photos together I gave some thought to how to do them in a way that felt elevated and matched the rest of the style of our home’s furnishings.

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RAINBOW CRAFT FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

April 6, 2020
Rachel Schultz

Our family just loves rainbows year round. But I like when rainbows get a little extra stage time around easter and in spring too. It is perfect for spring rain storms and how easter includes remembering God’s promises. This craft is a good one for a range of children’s ages, including very young. I found it fun and soothing even as an adult – concentric circles, orderly proceeding colors. The satisfaction of the final cut at the end to make the two rainbows!

We did the standard rainbow shades but other versions – like maybe a pastels one – would be so pretty!

Also it’s a great introductory craft for young children getting to start practicing with scissors.

MATERIALS

  1. Colorful paper
  2. Scissors
  3. Glue
  4. Pencil
  5. Seven bowls of different sizes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Trace around largest bowl on first color paper (perhaps red). Cut out with scissors.
  2. Repeat with remaining colors. We did seven for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
  3. Glue papers together, centered on each other.
  4. Cut circles in half to produce two rainbows!

These are decorating our house for spring, but I just love a good little rainbow. So I may keep one tucked in a children’s bedroom or the playroom year round.

You may also like this painted binoculars craft, how to actually do some art with children, and favorite kid art supplies that make it easy.

My New Cookbook


PRE-ORDER NOW:  AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Our family just loves rainbows year round. But I like when rainbows get a little extra stage time around easter and in spring too. It is perfect for spring rain storms and how easter includes remembering God’s promises. This craft is a good one for a range of children’s ages,

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