Elyse Major

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Writer and self-proclaimed “tinkerer” ELYSE MAJOR, is the author TINKERED TREASURES (CICO Books). She also contributes to publications such as Romantic Homes and Romantic Country and is currently at work on a second book due for publication in spring 2014. Elyse lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two boys. Visit her at tinkeredtreasures.com.

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Meet a Parent: Meet Children’s Librarian Miss Babs

Meet a Parent: Meet Children’s Librarian Miss Babs

[ 3 ] March 8, 2011 |

Once I had children, the public library became the center of our social universe. My boys and I attended story time no matter what, made special trips out of choosing books and movies, and trekked to neighboring libraries to partake in a variety of events and projects. Along the way, the boys and I made […]

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You really can do it yourself: Revamp and relax with oilcloth

You really can do it yourself: Revamp and relax with oilcloth

[ 10 ] February 6, 2011 |

So what was going through my mind when I decided to buy a white table? It has a drawer on each end, so that was kind of practical, right? The thing is, in our small home, this is the table: our breakfast, lunch and dinner table, our homework table, our decorate-Easter-eggs table. Following meals I was either shaking out a tablecloth at the back steps or diligently scrubbing. Sometimes I would succumb and declare “What the heck!” and let scrapes and marks be. And then, I discovered oilcloth which is fabric treated with oil to make it waterproof.

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DIY Project: Valentine Crush Crackers

DIY Project: Valentine Crush Crackers

[ 7 ] January 19, 2011 |

Wondering what to do with leftover scraps of wrap and ribbon? How about crafting crackers with the kids? Crackers, which resemble over-sized wrapped candies, are part of Christmas celebrations in many parts of the world. I thought, why not make some for Valentine’s Day and give them a fun name? Voila! Valentine Crush Crackers. Traditionally […]

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Bored with your toys? Mix it up!

Bored with your toys? Mix it up!

[ 5 ] December 1, 2010 |

By Elyse Major Right or wrong, my children currently have more toys than I owned in my entire childhood. I guess this fact shouldn’t perplex me, given the fact that my husband collects action figures and I am a “regular” at my local craft store. That being admitted, somehow, some days my boys still can […]

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Playground Hopping

Playground Hopping

[ 6 ] May 12, 2010 |

By Elyse Major I always enjoy when very ordinary things are elevated with fancy or catchy names. For example, I still chuckle remembering how the caterer for my wedding included cucumber rounds topped with a salmon mousse among his lowest cost hors d’oeuvres menu offerings. Of course, the rounds were simply cucumber slices. Brilliant! On […]

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You Really Can Do-it-Yourself: Making One Space Work for Two

You Really Can Do-it-Yourself: Making One Space Work for Two

[ 12 ] April 25, 2010 |

By Elyse Major Growing up, I shared a bedroom with my older sister. I still think of those nights when we stayed up past bedtime to share “secret talks” among my most cherished memories. When my husband and I began house hunting for our family of four, a third bedroom never made my wish list. […]

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Get outside: Make a simple pine cone bird feeder

Get outside: Make a simple pine cone bird feeder

[ 14 ] November 14, 2009 |

By Elyse Major I have always liked pine cones. To me, they are like wooden roses in constant bloom. Because my backyard abuts a wooded area, it often looks very much like an autumnal wonderland. One would never know that just days ago, my family and I spent the day collecting fifteen bags of fallen […]

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Off-off-off Cape Daytrip to Seekonk, MA

Off-off-off Cape Daytrip to Seekonk, MA

[ 3 ] August 19, 2009 |

Does the August calendar page have you wondering “where did summer go?” Well, summer is still here and there is still time for carefree, memory-making fun. If a trip to Cape Cod isn’t in the schedule, consider Seekonk. Just over the Rhode Island border in Massachusetts, Route 6 (Fall River Avenue) in Seekonk offers many […]

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Rainy Day Art

Rainy Day Art

[ 3 ] July 8, 2009 |

By Elyse Major Is our Seattle-like forecast making you a little weary? Well, here is a fun activity to help you embrace (or at least not curse) our current weather conditions. Grab a cup of hot coffee for yourself and let’s begin. Supplies Paper (something sturdy like watercolor paper or Bristol), even coffee filters or […]

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The Greenery: a shop with soul

The Greenery: a shop with soul

[ 13 ] April 30, 2009 |

By Elyse Major I like to shop. Or rather, I like to go shopping. I’m not the kind of person who returns home with armfuls of large glossy shopping bags from the mall (although that happens); I’m more likely to be excited by a charming shop and leave with packages filled with prized miscellany. Recently, […]

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