If Sunny could talk she’d pretty much beg me to get her this play dress. I’m not kidding. Maria over at kid*a*collective has in stock some of THE most adorable and comfortable looking dresses I have seen. I think the color combinations, the center stripes of fabric, the soft linen, the puckered neckline and sleeves….are all so beautiful. I wish she had them in big-girl sizes. Then Miss Sunshine and I could be all matchy-matchy.
You know how when you have a party you do all kinds of cleaning to get ready? Maybe you tackle a couple of projects around the house that you’ve been putting off, just so things look super nice when your guests arrive? That’s what we were doing through the end of last week — cleaning, sprucing up the yard, putting things away. Yesterday we had a little BBQ with my husband’s family to celebrate a couple of birthdays. It was small and lovely and just the motivation we needed to pull the house together. As I walk around this morning, I find myself motivated by how nice and tidy everything looks; I would really love to keep the house Party Ready for as long as possible.
It’s kind of turning into Awesome Item Every Other Day, huh? A crawling baby and life and the summer have completely taken over, so please forgive the more sporadic nature of my posts. That said — on to today’s great piece.
Angie Warren of The Creative Mama (awesome blog, by the way) has a great little shop over at etsy, Angie Warren Designs, where she sells the sweetest Mommy/Playdate cards. Through an awesome giveaway she hosted I was able to get my hands on a set and they are truly fabulous. It was very timely, too, as earlier in the week I had met a new mom and her baby — I would have loved to have had one of these on hand. Instead I had to find a receipt at the bottom of my bag to scribble my number on. Next time, though, I am armed with one of these little beauties.
Miss Sunshine has mixed feelings about wearing hats these days. If she forgets that it’s on her head, everything is fine. If, though, she realizes that it’s there her first instinct is to take it off. I am going to have to work with her on that, particularly now that I am totally swooning over this urban baby bonnet from ub2. I mean….I’m kind of at a loss for words with this one. Head over to her shop, browse through some A.MA.ZING pieces of art/fashion, and you’ll understand why I am so coo-coo for cocopuffs about it all.
Now that I’ve updated you on my whereabouts, it’s time to share some goodies. I thought I’d open up this week with a super lovely little watercolor and ink piece over at Free and Beyond. It’s so bright and a beautiful representation of morning. I love that it’s fairly small and can be put in a sweet frame and displayed in a charming spot. I can imagine this being a perfect anniversary gift.
If you’re one of my legions of followers, you might have noticed that I’ve been pretty absent lately. Here’s why:
First, I traveled to California over the Fourth of July to spend the holiday with my family.
Once I got back from that…well….I simply lost some focus. That quickly turned in to planning for the next little trip, which was up north with Miss Sunshine to spend a few totally radical days with my BFF and her little girl.
THEN, once we were back from that, I became involved in Camping Prep Craziness, 2009. This past Friday my little family unit went up to Little Pond in the Catskills to rough it for a few nights. It was pretty fabulous, save having to set up camp in a torrential downpour and having the baby adopt some pretty wonky sleeping behaviors both nights.
On top of it all I have been trying to fit in some sewing and stocking of the shop.
Now I’m back, feeling recharged, facing a few quiet weeks before my next trip back to CA. I hope to find for you some pretty Awesome Items in the coming days. Stay tuned.
You all know how it is — sometimes you like something just because. You can’t quite put your finger on what exactly it is about an item that catches your eye or makes it just so perfect for you and your tastes. So it is with this beautiful leather pendant over at Flight Path – I am totally digging the shape, the skyline, the colors. Oh the fabulous colors. And the technique she uses sounds fascinating: “similar to a ‘tattoo’ process, where the leather completely absorbs the ink.” Totally awesome sounding, right?
The quickest path to my heart might have to be through the beach. Anything beach. I love being there, thinking about it, listening to beach sounds, breathing in beach air. Every summer since I can remember my family has spent a week at Newport beach, where all we do is sit by the water, play Smashball, eat yummy food and ride our bikes down to the pier. I love it. I had to miss the trip last year because I was so pregnant at the time, and I swear a little piece of my soul went missing that August. This year, though, I am so. geared. up. for the annual Newport trip – I can hardly take the anticipation. PLUS, Miss Sunshine will be there, for the very first time, eating sand and putting her toes in the Pacific. Can’t wait.
All of that said, it’s no wonder I was drawn to today’s Awesome Item. Candace over at Shanti Shanty has produced such a beautiful mixed-media watercolor painting showing a dramatic tree on the shores of the sea. I love how the colors and lines of the tree pop out, the way she uses water splotches to define what could be clouds, waves, and the grasses at the base of the tree. In the description she writes, “if I were a tree, I’d like to live by the sea.” To that I reply, “yes. Me too.”
I am back in NY after a super fabulous trip out west. It was so great getting to spend such quality time with my parents, my brothers, and good friends. It is hard living so far away from all of them, especially now with Miss Sunshine in the picture — so it always means a lot when we can get together with the grandparents and aunts and uncles.
Now that I’m back it is time to share with you all another fantastic little find. This brooch over at Ulaa’s Bazaar encompasses everything that I love – felt in bright colors, sweet stitching, natural elements (a leaf!), and just an overall thoughtfulness that is so hard to pass up. Her shop is incredibly fun to browse around, so be sure to swing by.
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Sorry for the lack of Awesome Items these past couple of days! I am in California with my parents and my brothers and am focusing on family. We travel back to NY on Monday, so watch out for the next goodie on Tuesday. Until then, have a fabulous holiday weekend!
I love birds-on-wire silhouettes. I’m not sure why — maybe because it reminds me of summer, or California, or community. One of my favorite sets of notecards are these from HeatherJeany (one of the all time most awesome etsy shops, by the way.) And just this morning I was psyched to stumble upon this super sweet birds-on-wire baby-tee from Jessie over at Bubby‘s – everything she does is one-of-a-kind, hand-dyed, so simple yet meticulous. I can imagine her sitting down at her table thinking, “hmmm…what design do I want to work on today? What fabrics and colors am I feeling inspired by this morning?” — much like the conversation I have with myself when making my pouches. One reason, surely, why I’m so taken with her work.