Lots going on our end... a little baby boy is due this summer. Wow, typing that out almost makes it feel real. G's been working really hard on name ideas for him. Do you think he'd mind being called Curly Watermelons? I'm not sure why but finding the right boys name isn't easy. Got any suggestions for us?
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Hiya all, been missing this blog so much. My camera went kaput. I managed to salvage a few projects I will share with you. A very nice friend has lent me her camera to try out so I should be able to get back into the swing of things now.
This is a no-sew pillow inspired by the no-sew fleece blanket kits you find at craft stores. My neighbors daughter is so adorable and she loves to make stuff and draw pictures. She sketched out a pillow design one day and I decided to try and turn it into a craft project for her. The no-sew idea came about as a way to make it easier for her to put it together.
1 16" pillow square
2 yards of fleece for the pillow
1/2 yards of fleece for the initial
For the initial: I printed out a letter A on copy paper. I Cut it out of the paper and traced it onto the wrong side of the fabric with a sharpie. Be careful to flip the letter the wrong way around when you trace. I then cut out the initial from the fabric and sewed it to the center front face of the pillow.
For the Pillow: Cut the fabric in half and lay both sides together, right sides facing out, measure 17" for the pillow and add 7" around each side for the fringe making the total square to cut 24". Using a fabric pen I traced the center 17" for the pillow and cut fringe around the edges 7" long and 3/4" wide all the way around, cutting through both pieces at once. Separate the pieces and lay the pillow in between. Tie the fringe pieces together in a knot, pulling tight to close any gaps.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Pomegranate seeds are really yummy except for the crunch. Is it o.k. to admit I spit the seeds out? They burst in your mouth like caviar except without the disgusting salty fish taste (sorry caviar lovers). They are so pretty too like little edible rubys. c.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
We had a little outing to MCA over the weekend. I still maintain that if you can keep your child from touching the artwork (which can be hard, I realise), that modern art is kid friendly.
Kids get a kick out of rooms transformed into psychedelic inspired spaces, alien shapes planted in the center of nothing and piles of random stuff. Ok, well I mean, she did say her favorite part of the day was the cookie at lunch time but I know she got a kick out of the rest. There was smiling, laughing and running, the telltale signs of amusement. So we focused primarily on the Liam Gillick exhibit because 1. it was cool and 2. the main exhibit starts n-e-x-t weekend. Never mind, it was still great. Gillick uses architectural sculptures, plexiglass and color to transform spaces that are intended to reflect on the gap between utopia idealism and the real world and in my opinion feels like surreal world. What's not to love?
And our Halloween was super great. I wish I had photos to share but my camera is not working properly, which is part of the reason I've had some time off here. It was a cheap-o camera to start with. You know, you get what you pay for and for my camera, well it was free. c.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
We celebrated a few birthdays around here recently. G is now 4 and our dog turned a year older but she feels it's not ladylike to share her age with you. Dog years are not exactly fair.
I've been swamped with invitation work.
Some crafts to do in Spanish. They are the creative ideas of a woman who teaches Spanish through crafts and songs to little ones.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
So I have a really, really big weak spot for caramel apples with peanuts. Growing up my mom used to melt a bag of caramel squares, unwrapped in a double boiler with a splash of milk. We used popsicle sticks to dip the apples in. It really was so much fun. I might try a recipe from scratch over the weekend because g's not fond of the peanuts. I tried to explain to her from many different points of view what she was missing but she would not budge. c.
Monday, September 28, 2009
I really love Halloween. I have to admit I'm a little more into the cute than the creepy but a nice mix of both will do just fine. Sort of like these lumpy orange pumpkins and the moldy looking green ones. Don't you just love them? We didn't get any yet, can't bring myself to buy them until it's at least October.
Then there was some kite flying. In the world of a three-year-old this is beyond cool. c.
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
My favorite little annoying friend the opportunistic Rhinovirus has arrived uninvited. One, two, three we all have it and so does anyone we've been with in the last few weeks. Who knows who gave who what but it's still warm out and warm weather colds are the worst.
I wonder if they would ever consider just putting some solids on those tissue boxes? I'm kind of tired of the flowers and abstract pastels. c.
Monday, September 14, 2009
This weekend we went to the Renegade Craft Fair. What a delicious feast of wonderfully handmade objects. I seriously wanted to buy something from every single person there and I can assure you that I had a pretty intense inner dialogue going on between my will power and my spending power.
Luckily a compromise was reached and I picked up a few cards, one from Jill Bliss who was really lovely in person and one from Bubbles Binsburry. Really cute don't you think? Oh, and the stamps are from The Small Object. So fun. The necklace by Sofia Masri and I'm wishing now I'd bought at least one more.
Two prints, Red Bird Print is from Jaime Zollars and the pink biker, sadly, for some weird reason, we have no record of the shop.
There are two more Renegade Craft Fairs scheduled for this year. Holiday sales in Chicago & San Fran. I'll be at Chicago along with will power and a spending power who will no doubt pick up the same argument right where they left off!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Did you think we went m.i.a? Well we sort of did because we have been swamped with too much to do. Looks like things will slow down a bit now and we will have some stuff to share with you in the coming weeks.
I'm wondering how all of you are spending the last few days of summer?
Here are some of our days.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
My last post about NYC wouldn't be complete without a bit about the Museum of Arts and Design in Columbus Circle. I loved this museum it was really inspirational. It's not a big museum but it is full of really great design. There is a fantastic exhibit, Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics which was gorgeous. Again here's me with the three-year-old in tow looking at fine art, this time with porcelain laying all around. Not as relaxing as it could have been but mind blowing just the same. It's a collaboration between modern designers and some of the oldest porcelain manufactures in the world and the results are stunning. Old meets new here and something wonderful happens.
Then we made one last stop in Central Park which is just opposite MAD for a little walk, a run around the water park and a good long swing on the tire swing... 'cause Elmo lives in NYC don't you know and you never know where you might see him ;)
Friday, August 21, 2009
No surprise here but I loved SoHo. We took the subway out from Midtown where we were staying and walked around Greenwich Village, SoHo and a quick walk through Little Italy. Nice time, lovely little cafe lunch in SoHo and a much anticipated stop at Purl Patchwork which was really wonderful.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
I spent half a day at MOMA with a three-year-old in tow. Not exactly the best way to take it in but to her credit she did really well (and the bribe in the gift shop didn't hurt either).
I loved this exhibit by Roman Ondák, Measuring the Universe where viewers are collectively creating the art by measuring their height and marking it on the wall with their name. It was really satisfying to add g. to the wall. I've always loved performance based art.
These little metal frames hold an unknown photographer's photos. The photos are interesting to look at and so is the composition of the little frames. It might be fun to take inspiration from this and do a series of photos of one person in little vintage frames.
Song Dong's, Waste Not, displayed the contents of her mother's home that she amassed over 50 years during a time the Chinese promoted a concept of "waste not." Incredible to see it all laid out in one space. Hard to imagine what I would have after 50 years. Something to consider for sure.