Easter Egg Cups by Rob Ryan

March 31, 2011

I’m debating on doing the good-mother thing and dying eggs with Lucy (she’s 18 months) or skipping it until she’s older and demanding it. Yes, it sounds lazy but I don’t want to burn out on fun kid things while she’s too young to remember. Also, have you recently tried doing anything with an 18-month-old? It’s 10 times messier and louder than you’d think.

In any event, these new adorable egg cups by Rob Ryan are making me think the “good-mother” tradition could benefit me…

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March 29, 2011

I finally got myself over to Spool in Philadelphia to drool over some pretty fabrics. I had a few projects on my list so I picked up the Cloud 9 My Happy Nursery bundle for a sweet quilt for our soon-to-be nephew. I also grabbed this linen / cotton beauty from Etsuko Furuya’s Echino collection for an Easter dress for Lucy. I’m thinking of making a pretty three-quarter sleeve tunic she can wear with leggings in the spring. [We’ll see – might need to make a tank to accommodate her chub arms.]

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Philly Green Wall

March 28, 2011

I’m doing research for a class regarding improving upon an existing Philadelphia neighborhood and am wondering why Philly isn’t embracing green walls as much as green roofs? Sure, new taxes are driving horizontal surfaces to be green, but these luscious planted walls from Philly Green Wall would make even the grittiest neighborhoods beautiful. Puts a whole new spin on “urban jungle,” eh?

[Images via Philly Green Wall – Hutchinson Street, Phila]

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67 Paris

March 22, 2011

I forgot to mention what a success 67 Paris was last weekend! We had a great turnout and sold quite a few pieces. Check out the sweet press we got from Philly Broadcaster right here.

[Photo credit: Reuben Wilson]

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Spring is Here

March 17, 2011

My first blooms of the season are a-comin’! I actually forget what and where I planted last year so this spring and summer will be pleasant surprises.

I’ve also been crossing things off my home improvement list, including some shelves in the living room. My buddy Gavin spent the better part of this week helping out (ok, doing almost all of the work). I can’t wait to get the photos he shot, as well as the video of the reclaimed wood being sawn through. Today I’m painting the room – something that should have been done before, I know – and this weekend I’ll get to my favorite part – styling. I can’t wait to show you!

Oh, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Keep Calm: Art by Helen Lang

March 16, 2011

Another lovely limited edition print from Keep Calm Gallery – this time from a new artist:

Helen Lang is an illustrator living and working in South West London where she spends her time developing her decorative line work and typography. Powered by tea and bourbon biscuits and inspired by legends such as Charley Harper and Tony Hart!

Helen joins Keep Calm Gallery with this beautiful limited edition print of her animal alphabet illustration, Animalphabet. In this superb illustration Helen has drawn a whole host of handsome animals from Anteater to Zebra!

Screen printed in two colours on textured off-white fine art paper. Each print has been signed and numbered by the artist in a limited edition of just 100 prints. [via Keep Calm Gallery]

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Flower Homes

March 9, 2011

Pretty ikibanaMedulla vases have me anxiously awaiting spring flowers!

[Found via jocundist]

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Stella McCartney Spring/Summer 2011

March 7, 2011

I wish I was as concerned about my wardrobe as I was about my daughter’s. After all, she will outgrow her clothes in one season whereas my clothes will last years. However, browsing kids’ fashion has me re-thinking color and staples for myself. Stella McCartney’s spring/summer line is full of rich color and classic shapes, from bold-printed tunics to sweet pastel blouses. Sitting here in my layers of grey, perhaps a bit of color will propel me into spring!

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Eyes + Ears

March 4, 2011

SONG: The Kinks / “Well-Respected Man

ART: Angela Rossi / “Mr. Felid Portrait

A classic song for a sophisticated feline.

Have a great weekend!

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Bob’s Red Nutritious Muffins

March 3, 2011

Did you catch my tweet the other day about my glorious muffins? I’ve been in the habit of making scones and muffins every week to bring along for a snack – all healthy, of course. I wrap them up, throw them in the fridge or freezer, and have rarely had my husband complain that there’s nothing to eat. Try these “Nutritious Muffins” and other recipes at Bob’s Red Mill.

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