Archive for November 2011

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Today’s etsy spotlight is a quick little gift idea. Each of the books and cards are handstamped with hand carved stamps. Subtleacts is an etsy store based out of Texas.

I think these would make the sweetest simple Christmas presents, paired with some pencils or a nice pen. I’m always on the hunt for a little Christmas gift that many different people would appreciate, and I think these are perfect!

 

 

 

 

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How cute are these posters? I loooove them! I’ve been obsessed with chairs since I can remember and I’ve also developed a recent obsession with eye charts (it’s so strange, but it’s also true). Aidan and I have a growing collection of chairs (it’s a little unhealthy, our obsession).

If you love these, like I do, they’re on sale on fab.com (if you’re a member) but regularly they are at Blue Art Studio

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a quick little phone dump to demonstrate our thanksgiving, our beautiful meal shared with family. every single dish was made with so much love and care and the taste proved it.

i hope you all had a wonderful thanksgiving!

 

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a turkey craft

Nov
2011
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We’ve been making preparations for Thanksgiving all day today. It’s not easy to do with a kid (at one point today, I had him on my back in the ergo, while I vacuumed and made beds, that was a workout).

I started to think of what I might do to keep him busy as he gets a little older. I found a few simple turkey related crafts for older kids to do to stay busy while mommies and daddies clean and cook. These crafts are easy enough to do during an afternoon and if your kids are especially motivated, you can even use any one of these crafts to make name cards for your dinner table!

The materials you’ll need for any of these will be easy to find in your own home, especially if you’ve got little ones.

Paper,  markers, pens, finger paints, glue, scissors, toilet paper rolls, construction paper, brown paper bags… Simple and sweet!

 

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Aidan started brining our turkey a couple of days ago. I.can’t.wait.to.eat.that.bird.

 

 

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I’m really excited about today’s tuesday etsy spotlight post. I learned about this artist when I went to the Patchwork – Indie Arts and Crafts Festival in Culver City and I saw these adorable little ceramics. I sadly didn’t buy any right there and then, but I was able to grab a card and low and behold, she had an etsy store!

Andrea Luna-Reece is a Southern Californian artist who works in ceramics and paintings. If you find yourself in Southern California this weekend, you should stop by at the Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts festival being held in Santa Ana. She will be there as well as other fantastic artists.

Her ceramics are so sweet and stylish and so perfect for a little gift for mommies, sisters, best friends. Her paintings are perfect for a nursery or even for your own living room.

See her blog here.

 

 

 

 

I’m really excited to announce that she is hosting a giveaway today for this sweet little owl ceramic piece (see below)!

To join the contest:

1. Leave a comment below

2. Like our facebook page, here if you haven’t already.

3. Like her facebook page, here.

Good luck! The winner will be announced on Friday on our facebook page!

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1. A new leaf. Who says the leaves don’t change color in Los Angeles? 2. A new Eames hang-it-all coatrack. It finally came in the mail! One of Aidan’s birthday presents for me was an Eames hang-it-all, one of my favorite pieces from that dynamic duo!

3. A first anniversary. Traditional gifts of a first wedding anniversary is paper, so I gave Aidan a photograph and he gave me this beautiful Noguchi paper lamp.

4. A stargazer lily blossom. One of my most favorite flowers is the stargazer lily. They’re so understated, so fragrant, so perfect!

5. A good time with my bestie. We did a photoshoot today, Michelle and me and our boys. THREE boys and TWO mommies can be quite chaotic, but it is RIDICULOUSLY fun and getting to share these moments with them oddly makes me miss them even more.

I hope you all have a weekend filled with quality spending time with those that you love the most.

 

 

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a few travel tips

Nov
2011
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image courtesy of Pretty Stuff by Patterson Maker

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is one week away? (Yikes!) And being that Thanksgiving is the busiest long-distance traveling weekend of the year, chances are you are going on a trip with your little ones next week. Stressed? Don’t be. With a little planning, towing your kids from one town to the next can be more manageable than you thought. Click below for some indispensable travel tips:

Flying with kids.

Road-tripping with kids.

Good luck and Godspeed!

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Noli Noli Handmade is a small company based in New York, inspired, like so many of us, by a new baby!

Each piece is truly a work of art, carved out of solid wood (a natural antibacterial material). The boat is made of mahogany, a naturally water resistant wood!

These beautiful little rattles come in wide eyed and sleepy eyed versions and each have beans in them for a pleasant sound!

 

 

The little scarf on the race car guys is just the sweetest little detail.

 

I particularly love toys like these because they are the kinds of toys that you should keep forever and hand down to grandchildren, you can’t really do that with a lot of toys. These would make a great gift this holiday season, don’t you think?

 

 

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I’m actually obsessed with book display. When Aidan asked me what I would want to do first in our “dream house,” I said I’d like wall to wall books with a ladder like an old library, or, let’s be honest, like Beauty and the Beast (Disney version).

I try to mix things up with our books. Sometimes they’re color coded, sometimes they lie horizontally rather than stand vertically, sometimes we put them on stools, sometimes they’re on mantels.. we get creative, because really, books on display can be like artwork and they can change a room completely.

Here are some ideas about how to mix things up with your own books!


I missed posting a tuesday etsy spotlight.. and I have no good excuse… but I have been working on some good etsy spotlights.. hopefully next week!

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I rarely share too much personal stuff on this blog, I rarely post pictures of our family or our babe (mostly because we have a tumblr blog that we update with pictures). But today, I wanted to do something a little different, because I love these pictures so much! My sister, mega talented photographer, took these pictures of me and Gabriel last week. There were more with lots more action, but I thought these shots were particularly sweet and subdued and I just wanted to share them!

 

Happy Monday everyone!

 

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