Monday, March 29, 2010

Pretty Pictures

tim walker takes beautiful pictures. i'm sure you've seen them, but if not.... enjoy.



Thursday, March 25, 2010

Zo' Big!

has anyone seen my baby!? seriously, this child of mine is growing faster and faster everyday! i can't keep up. zoe will be 2 in less than two months and i am still trying to wrap my head around that. these first two years have gone by so quickly and she has changed into this little person, with a great sense of humor and a strong wilful spirit.

i realized that i started blogging around this time when i was pregnant with zoe and it's been almost 2 years since then. i started with the idea that i would keep a journal of her milestones and happenings in her life. it's like the modern day photo album. but after a while i started to include things that i like: sewing, other blogs, style, fashion, art, creative kid's things, and so on.

so, since i haven't focused on zoe much lately (in my blog that is...), i find no shame in the brag list i am about to write. and i think i will write it to zoe and maybe one day she'll read it...

dear zoe,

today you are 22 months old. you are able to do so many things. you are beyond extraordinary in my mind! you can do so many things and say so many words it blows my mind. you answer questions and can talk in sentences. you can feed yourself, run, jump, sing, and are even starting to ride your tricycle all by yourself. you love to read bedtime stories and have even memorized some of your favorites, like "Small Pig" and "Mouse Soup". Mouse Soup was one of my favorites too. you love elmo and could watch sesame street all day!

but believe me, you're no couch potato. if you could choose the outdoors over an elmo video, you'd be outside in a heartbeat! you love to be outside in the snow, in the sun, at the park, you name it! you even cry sometimes when we bring you in. you have your moments of crying and little tantrums. but they never last long. a true angel you are. with your sweet cherub lips and beautiful lashes. you are the most beautiful child i've ever seen!

my favorite time of day is bedtime, when we sit and read together. you love to hold your animals and soothe yourself by rubbing your ear with a tiny wisp of your own hair. i'm so happy in that moment and you are such a good sleeper (thank you!). i can't wait to watch you grow and grow. what a wonderful life we will have.

love,

mama


Friday, March 19, 2010

Summerville!

lucie summers is the creative genius behind Summersville. i am in love with her handmade textiles and the brilliant colors she uses to create them. she uses environmentally friendly water based inks and also features some organic products. she's based out of the UK and you can see more of her work here and here.

in her own words: "i'm a small town girl who likes to print on fabric and paper. i'm married to my childhood sweetheart and we've got two fabulous little boys. life is sweet."


so sweet!














Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Supercalifradigulous de expialidocious

ACK! this is why i LOVE this woman!! not only is she the mother of four (4!!) beautiful children, talented photographer, super-genius-crafty-extravagabonaza! she is also super kind, giving, and oh so generous with her time!

recently ashleyann asked her readers if they had etsy shops and if so to leave the address behind so that she could post about them. i honestly thought she'd choose the best ones and then post those, but NO! she posted ALL of them. and i was one of them! my etsy shop is a sad little site right now, but i really love making things and if it weren't for my pesky full-time job that pays the bills i would sit at home for hours of the day toiling away at creative endeavors.... but alas, tis not the way. and i've got a little mouth to feed and debts to pay... (ugh to the latter...)

anyhoo! i just learned how to do "snippets" or screen shots! so here's a picture of her website featuring my lonely little burp cloths....
a closer shot...




TA-DA!! there i am! Love Me Twice Today


head on over to her amazingly wonderful blog and check out all of the other beautiful etsy shops she has featured!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

12 linden

12 linden is my friend eliza's jewelry line. i've known eliza since middle school and although we lost touch for some time, the thing that made us friends when we were young is still there. and that is creativity! eliza is a truly gifted jewelry designer.


check out this pebble ring!
she has a successful etsy shop and a wonderful blog. we've both come a long way from the hemp macrame necklaces we used to make back in the day!! although my creative focus these days is primarily on sewing kid's stuff, i'm totally inspired and in awe of her handiwork with metal. regardless of our mediums, i think we both appreciate the time and dedication it takes to make something by hand. it's very fulfilling when you start with a square of fabric or piece of metal and end up with a dress or a beautiful necklace.

in a world of mass-produced fashion, it's refreshing to see individuals reviving a creative spirit. just think how happy someone would be to receive a truly unique hand-made gift! i know i would.
these earrings were inspired by shadows from branches!


this one is my favorite, inspired by fungi!
i actually saw one of these in bloom
when i lived in costa rica!

Friday, March 12, 2010

One For One

"TOMS shoes was founded on a simple premise: with every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One. using the purchasing power of individuals to benefit the greater good is what we're all about. the TOMS One for One business model transforms our customers into benefactors, which allows us to grow a truly sustainable business rather than depending on fundraising for support."

these are some of my favorite designs, i plan on getting a pair for spring!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

day dream...

last summer zoe would call to the birds.
"tweet tweet", she would say
and baron would hop down out of bed
and look for them with her.
i just love this picture...


dress: handmade with love, by her mama.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Forget spring, bring on summer!

i love polaroids. i could get all hipster-y and cliche on you and tell you the kind of cameras i have and the film i use, but honestly i don't know some of them. i know, i know i could do a quick search and find everything i need to know online! but i have an almost 2 year-old people! if you haven't noticed by now, it gets harder to manage everything as they get older... oh, and i'm about to go off on a tangent. wait i just did. nevermind... ANYWAY, i do know that i traded one of the best one's while i was travelling in Peru. the worst part, i can't even remember what i traded it for! ugh...

summertime, california. circa 2005

anyway, these people did not trade theirs in and are either scanning old photos or have a huge stockpile of polaroid film that i don't have access to. i mean, does anyone know where i can find some basic 600 film?? if so, gimme gimme! please. i have some great shots from our cross country road trip a few years ago and if i can find a scanner or get some decent shots of them i'll post them here. in the meantime, while i'm trying to figure that out, you can delight in these beautiful images! some from the beach and some from things that just make me think of summer. like giant sliding boards and fields of wild flowers... just me? oh, well. enjoy!




1. playing on the beach, 2. Untitled, 3. Polaroid Holiday *5, 4. Beaches 'N Sun, 5. Polaroid: Beach, 6. polaroid yellow flowers, 7. superslide polaroid, 8. Paul Frank Building