Pottery Barn Kids has this laser-cut wood safari mobile on sale for $20.
Monday, June 30, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
I really love this bedroom belonging to a little girl, Gigi, designed by her parents and featured in the July/August 2008 Elle Decor. Even the dot art was made by Gigi's sister. It looks like you could recreate the art by tracing a coin with markers and filling in the circles.
Artist Marian Bantjes created this lace doily clock for a onetime auction project. I think it is so charming, a nice blend of antique and modern. It would make a sweet project for a nursery. It looks like she starched and cut some embroidered fabric and stuck it onto clock parts. Love it. (via Apartment Therapy)
Monday, June 16, 2008
Swiss company momoll makes this beautiful wooden Ray Ray dollhouse (about $260), which can be packed flat for storage. This is a good idea. I know because I have a giant wooden dollhouse hogging up my closet, waiting for Bootboot to grow into the not-eating-dollhouse phase.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Lunch is served. Just today, I had to get creative to get some food into Sugarlump. For the past few days, she has been mopey without much appetite, but if I just float a little food in milk, the ensuing chase with the spoon is too much fun for her to resist. Maybe that is the same inspiration behind this sandwich art. Check out the other fantastic creations at JibJab.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
My Sweet Shaggy's hair looks ridonculous. For the last month, the plastic brush they gave her in the hospital when she was born has gone missing. I keep hoping it will turn up, but I fear the brush has left the building, probably thrown into the garbage bin by tiny hands. (Maybe my credit card went there too. I tried giving Baby another credit card to hide, and she put it in the slot in my laptop--but no, the other credit card wasn't there.) It might be time to buy a new brush, and this natural brush and comb set for $15.95 from EcoChoices looks nice. (But I don't think the boar missing his bristles thinks it is all that eco friendly.)
FOUND Magazine is an online collection of little notes and interesting tidbits found on the street. I think this hangman note is really sweet--sweet enough for framing. The phrase has just about every letter in it, so the person guessing didn't suffer any mistakes. The generosity of true love!
Saturday, June 7, 2008
I guess I forgot to order this a long time ago when I thought I ordered it. This wooden tree threading toy by Beleduc looks like too much fun to resist. I just hope Tooter is done with her wrapping-things-around-the-neck phase. The tree is made of wood with non-toxic finishes and is $29.99 at Oompa.
Sweet Baby managed to make it almost two years without needing a boo-boo bandaged, but yesterday we had an incident with a thumb and a pencil sharpener. Ow. It was a blood bath, and though it didn't seem to hurt her and she didn't cry, it took awhile for me to come down from the adrenaline. These bacon bandages crack me up.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Blabla, the maker of those cute knitted backpacks and mobiles, has now enchanted me with this sweet blue and white striped cloud cardigan sweater, $58. They also have really fun dolls with balls on their heads. All their products are knitted by fair trade artisans in Peru.
Oh, Etsy, I love you. Where else could I find such a cuckoo pillow cover? Melbourne artist AuntyCookie screen prints the fabric and sews the cushions herself. These pigtailed girls are so interesting to look at. Take them home for $35.
All those photos of Delicious Baby don't want to be trapped in your computer or suffocated in plastic photo albums. They want to be nestled in a gorgeous linen photo album from Aspinal of London. This one is 10 x 12 inches and is on sale for $61.20.
Summer also means time in the backyard and, for us, a Birthday Baby. For her party, I think I might try to create this tent from Domino magazine's photo gallery of outdoor rooms. Yes, it will require a bit of expense and sewing effort, but we could keep it around for a yearly birthday tradition and occasional princess fort. For $50, Ace Hardware has this pop-up canopy, which looks like a good starting point.
It is almost water weather, and it is time to get Baby Bootie ready for splashing outdoors. It was so hard to find a baby swimsuit that wasn't sexy or cartoonish, but my search is over. This simple blue ruffle suit from J. Crew is perfect, $34.50 in sizes 2-10. Now to find an adult swimsuit that hides a post-baby belly....
I've been on a mini blogging break while I've been absorbed in a few projects at home. One of those projects has been a dive into my family tree. My great-grandmother, Fannie, was a genealogist, and about ten years ago, I computerized all her old family charts. And just since the last decade, so much new information is available. Ancestry.com takes your family tree and automatically links up individuals with records that match. I was even able to see this census document of my ancestor Dorothea Nierath, born in Fahren, Germany, in 1842. Minutes of searching yielded amazing results: my father's name on a passenger list of a flight from Amsterdam to New York in 1956, when he was a college kid coming back from Paris. And now those minutes of research have turned into addictive hours. Family Tree Maker version 16 is the software to buy (I've heard that the newer version is less reliable), and mine came with a free 6-month subscription to the vast archives of ancestry.com.