Wednesday, 04 April 2012
One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is to handcraft custom pieces for clients. It can involve breathing new life into a flea market find, embellishing a brand new store bought something, or making it from scratch if I can 't find the perfect one. Those pieces usually become the things that my clients love most because they're so special and one-of-a-kind. Grace's nursery was especially fun for me; Mama was open to all of my ideas and even had some of her own (spot the following in these photos: the lampshade border, the ribbon board, the shelves, and the bin for her tiny dirty clothes).
I have a long list of things like this for my own house, often left on the back burner (or never even making it to the stove), but, last weekend I finally knocked one out!
After getting a real filing cabinet, a wine box that was once containing my bf's stuff was available to re-purpose. The great thing about this box is it's depth and hinged lid. Mounted to the wall in the kitchen, it seemed it would be the perfect cabinet for tea and coffee, freeing up prime counter space beside the stove.
My starting point was this kitchen-y sheet of paper I found at Arch (it covers the inside of the lid/door). Using the color palette and the general loose, sketchy vibe of the paper, I painted the motifs for the front of the box. It was so fun to paint! It's been a while and was such a refreshing change from drawing on the Wacom tablet. Illustrator, I love you, but real paper and paint is nice too. So is all the extra new counter space.
Sunday, 01 April 2012
The last day of March and this first day of April have been beautifully sunny in San Francisco, so I guess you could say March went out like a lamb (although the wind has been kind of liony). To celebrate, here are some lamb goodies for your sweet babies and kiddos.
Oh, and I learned the difference between a sheep and a lamb: sheep are over one year of age and have usually produced offspring, while lambs are less than one year of age and have usually not produced offspring. Now, onto those goodies...
1. felted Spring Lambs by Sheep Creek Needlecraft
2. cute curly lambs soap by Holly's Creative Soaps
3. organic toddler bedding set by Colette Bream
4. hat by 2 Bad Monkies
5. teether by Little Sapling Toys
6. Lamb Girl by Kata Golda
7. organic baby blanket by Organic Quilt Company
8. My Little Lamb print by Sarah Jane Studios
9. poncho by Viola Studio
10. mobile by HingMade
11. dresser drawer knobs by Patrina's Place
12. hair clip by lilly bella bows
13. music box by Anne -Claire Petit
14. light at Lazybone
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
I was recently in Southern California for a couple of days, hanging solo at my friend's house in the hills of Altadena. It's like Shangri-La...sunshine and succulents, palm trees, camelias, orange blossom and jasmine in the air, and a million species of birds whistling about. I could do the Los Angeles thing if I lived there. I would probably never come down off the hill, though; I would become a hermit and a birdwatcher and forget how to drive.
I poached some succulent clippings to bring home to propagate. We'll see how they like my Northern California Victorian nest.
Tuesday, 06 March 2012
A couple of weeks ago, Daily Candy Kids shared my top tips for creating a non-toxic space for your baby. That was exciting! You can read that condensed version here. But for a more detailed and involved discussion, I'm hosting a workshop at Natural Resources in San Francisco on Friday, March 16th at 2pm.
Before investing in your nursery essentials, come to this workshop.
There are products that you're going to need for your baby: bottles, diapers, a crib, and more and more and more. Some of those things are made with pretty toxic substances that have been linked to cancers and asthma and development disruption. Not so good, especially when it comes to your amazing, tiny, new baby.
Thankfully, there are some of those things that aren't made with such yuck. In this workshop, I'll talk about them both. And I'll tell you about my favorite homemade household cleaners (I've gotta say, there's something about doing it with vinegar+water that makes cleaning the grimy shower tiles actually okay...eeew). I'll also provide a list of resources and recommendations.
I like what Jill Fehrenbacher the founder of Inhabitots, a weblog about sustainable and modern design for kids and babies, conveys on her site:
"We recognize that the birth of a child is a turning point in people's lives and the impetus for many people to 'go green' and really start researching the materials and production involved in all items that closely touch our lives."
That sums up why I like to talk about this stuff with mamas to be. If you would like to come to the workshop, you can sign up here. And in case you aren't familiar with Natural Resources, it is an excellent resource center providing classes, support, training, gear, products and community for pregnant and new moms. See you there!
Thursday, 01 March 2012
March has arrived in San Francisco amidst a much needed and longed for rainstorm. It's wet, windy and gray out there today. I guess that old in like a lion thing is true. So, Mr. Lion, in honor of your raaaar-ness, here are some great goods inspired by you:
1. pdf to print by the Ink Nest
2. Print by Ingela P. Arrhenius
3. backpack by Coq En Pate Editions
4. clock by Decoy Lab
5. I am Sewing, Hear Me Roar print by Wild Life Prints
6. Through the Looking Glass print by Wild Life Prints
7. Rupert the Lion knit pattern by Hand Made Awards
8. Lion Dream Ring mobile by BlaBla
9. Lion King wall decal by Little Lion Studio
10. Lion King print by Little Lion Studio
11. needlepoint pillow by Jonathan Adler
12. nightlight by Jonathan Adler
13. birthday party invitations by Shout Out
14. print by Vahalla Studios
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