Archive for April, 2009

beautiful living

April 28, 2009
via Rosenow Floral Designs

via Rosenow Floral Designs

via Rosenow Floral Design

via Rosenow Floral Design

I took yesterday off and went on a tour of the Flower Market.  The area is much smaller then it use to be, only about two blocks long, BUT there was so much to see within that small area. In some ways it was a complete and total tease since I wanted pretty much everything I saw. I ended up not purchasing any flowers since I still have my arrangment from this weekends floral class. Instead I got some supplies like vases and such. And somehow I still managed to spend a pretty penny. Opps!

However it was about 90 degrees out there. Way too hot for my liking. Still, so happy I went. I took some photos so I’ll share some when I have a bit more time. I also spent two hours in Central Park with my son. Honestly, it was a perfet day off (heat and all).

florals

April 26, 2009

Why, hello pretty!

low and lush floral arrangment

low and lush floral arrangment

Here’s my floral arrangment from yesterday’s flower class. I’ve had so much fun doing this. It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed my Saturday nights this much.

things i’m lovin’

April 24, 2009

I’ve been a bit absent this week but I have found myself consumed with a few things so I thought I would share.

 

via Land of Nod, polka dot chalk

via Land of Nod, polka dot chalk

I was looking for some summer toys this week and came across polka dot chalk on the Land of Nod website. O-kay, how flipping cute it that! The set also includes marbleized and striped chalk but I’m going gah-gah over the polka dot chalk. Way too adorable.

 

via Land of Nod, summer leg warmers

via Land of Nod, summer leg warmers

My mom and husband aren’t really feelin’ this one but I’m completely smitten over these baby leg warmers. Now baby leg warmers are nothing new but what’s new to me is the pastel polka dot design. Love them! And I know it’s summer but they seem practical to me so I got Graycen a pair.

Folks, lets put on our Diva Mommy Sombreros and think outside the box. Summer is hot but sometimes you’re out all day and then it’s night and bam, it’s chilly out and your kid is wearing daisy dukes. Well Graycen’s a boy so no daisy dukes but you get what I’m saying. So that’s when you whip out the cute summer leg warmers. Or how about the subway cars that can be supper chilly and you’re on the subway for an hour cause you’re going to Coney Island. Whip out the leg warmers. See, he does need these. Needless, I love ‘em and if it means I’m wearing ‘em then so be it.

 

Viva Paper Towels

Viva Paper Towels

This is going to sound a bit out there but I am seriously loving this product, Viva Paper Towels. They are soft and have a super nice touch to them. I thought it was just me but then a houseguest commented on them and asked for the brand name. Then my husband even said something about them. Now he insists we only use Viva Paper Towels. I’ve never paid attention but I’m guessing they might cost a bit more… but it’s worth it. Plus, they don’t break up when you clean so you can actually clean more with one sheet. Seriously, try them!

fate

April 23, 2009

Ok, maybe using the word fate would be taking things a bit far but this is a true story. I think I’ve mentioned before that I can be a bit obsessive about paper products and such. I also get this way with things I deem “pretty.” It’s a random and bad bad habit but that’s me. It just is what it is, you know?

Well, I’ve been holding on to a few random things in my kitchen cabinets because they are “too pretty” to trash. Things we don’t use, things we don’t need. It’s crazy because I’m a minimalist at heart but certain things I can’t part with.. too pretty. Yet, my sons assortment of food is getting bigger and bigger so I needed the space but I still couldn’t part with everything. Now, I’m not a hot tea drinker but through my husband we’ve managed to collect several hot tea sort of things. Like two tins from our travels to London that had loose tea in them. They are too cute and the top has this raised seal – no way could I just dump ‘em. See, this is it… cute, right! 

cute tea tin

cute tea tin

 

I won’t even mention the part about the trip to London being about 4 years ago and how the tea was still sealed into the tins. We never opened them and even if we had the tea wasn’t fresh anymore. But I’ve kept them because they are adorable, you feel me. Well I finally took them out of the cupboard and snapped some photos cause I wanted to see if you folks had any ideas on how I could reuse the tins that I refuse to dump and then… it happened… I saw this photo while perusing through on old Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. (Summer 2006)

via Martha Stewart

via Martha Stewart

It’s fate, right? And such an adorable idea, don’t you think? Also, it seems I’m not the only one thinking about pretty tea tins. While trying to hunt down an online photo of this image I came across this recent post by decor8. Nice to see I’m not the only one holding onto pretty tins.

stumbled upon: apartment therapy

April 21, 2009

I stumbled on this yesterday while perusing Apartment Therapy. I have this same color palate in my bedroom; charcoal grey walls and white furniture. Such a clean and fresh look I think. It’s not overly seen in homes, which is another thing I like about it.

Pretty, no?

via Apartment Therapy, image two

via Apartment Therapy, home of Brad and Kendravia Apartment Therapy, image two

via Apartment Therapy, image two

via Apartment Therapy, image two

brooklyn flower shop

April 20, 2009
baby orchid

Pretty Things: baby orchids, misting bottles and gnomes

air plants

Potted Succulents/Air Plants

florist shop decor

Funky ceiling décor of pages from the Geographical Magazine and maps.

 

I’m a bit pressed for time this morning so I’ll have to post about my floral class later this week. I did still want to drop off some photos of Red Rose & Lavender, the floral shop where my class was held. They are located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and the shop was very Williamsburg, which is to say – heavy on the artistic appeal, hipsters’ vibe, young, vibrant and a little bit of grit. I absolutely loved it! Definitely the perfect setting to get creative.

home: where i dwell

April 17, 2009

There is a rose in Spanish Harlem
A red rose up in Spanish Harlem
With eyes as black as coal that look down in my soul
And starts a fire there and then I lose control
I have to beg your pardon
I’m going to pick that rose and watch her as she grows in my garden

- Lyrics to Spanish Harlem as sung by Aretha Franklin

 

I live in Spanish Harlem which is cleverly now being called SpaHa but I don’t know, I prefer the full -Spanish Harlem. It’s a neighborhood my more prudish friends would call “sketchy” but they don’t see what I see. Not that I fault them. There was a time, when I first moved here, that the running joke between my husband and I was that I’d never live in Spanish Harlem. Now hear me out. I’m a proud Latina but living in a neighborhood that was a bit rough around the edges didn’t appeal to me.

I’m lucky to say that that’s all changed; including my perception of the place I now call home. Sure, on the surface there’s a lot of grit. But if you get past that you’ll see the beauty in my neighborhood. The beauty in raising my half Puerto Rican son in an area filled with culture and history. My heart swells with pride when I see congas beautifully displayed in storefront windows. And it’s pure love on a Saturday afternoon when I hear my neighbors four fingers hit the rawhide on his conga. Now that’s music!

Spanish Harlem is a neighborhood where plantains are sold in every local restaurant. Even the Chinese joints. It’s where the Puerto Rican flag can be seen hanging from at lest one window on every street. Around here you know it’s almost June because tattered flags come down and new ones start to pop up in celebration of the upcoming Puerto Rican Day Parade. It’s a neighborhood where I can get a shampoo and blow out for $15 bucks. Where the hairdressers rock their hips as the music plays and all the while you can faintly hear the novellas playing on the TV. It’s a place where, all bit a tad embarrassing, you can go to the local store in rollers and bobby pins. I grew up in rollers. I remember when, in the summers, my mother would ship me off to New York and my bag of pink foam rollers came with me. I think you have to be Latina to get it.

These days Spanish Harlem is less Puerto Rican and more Mexican but that’s ok. The congas and plantains are all Boricua. The flags of my homeland are still there, swaying in the wind. Mark Anthony can still be heard blasting from the radios. Even McDonalds gets in on the action. I’m lucky to own a small space in such a vibrant Hispanic community and my son is fortunate to grow up, immersed in his mothers culture. It’s his culture now and I hope the pride that I have for my heritage spills over into the person he becomes.

I discovered the artwork of Justin Bua when I first moved to New York about 9 years ago. I haven’t purchased anything but I’m certain at some point I will. So much of what he captures reminds me why I came here. I’m an Urban Girl at heart.

Dr. Jazzwell by Justin Bua

Dr. Jazzwell by Justin Bua

DJ by Justin Bua

DJ by Justin Bua

Conga Player by Justin Bua

Conga Player by Justin Bua

crafts: favors and flowers

April 16, 2009

Flowers for a Baby Shower

Flowers for a Baby Shower

Shhhh.. don’t tell anyone but I belong to a Secret Society. That’s pretty much all I can tell you about this amazing group of woman. Well, that along with how smart, charming, witty and down right fashionable they are. Ok, enough about the Secret Society.

A few weeks back we had a baby show for one of the girls. I got to be on the Decorating Committee, which basically meant I supplied favors and flowers. I’m a crafter who never really crafts so I get excited when I have a chance to be creative and make pretty things. But sometimes I get ahead of myself. Like in this case… I knew I wanted to do something in a box and only came up with the what part after purchasing the boxes. Not really a horrible thing BUT I waffled back and forth between a cupcake and cookies. Cookies won out because we were getting a fancy cake for the shower and the double cake thing seemed a bit redundant. Bad idea! Or maybe the bad part was using recipes I had never made before. I decided to go with two types of cookies, a chocolate chip cookie and a Martha Stewart Butterscotch cookie. Both turned out pretty crappy and I was honestly embarrassed to have my name attached to them. So much so that I didn’t even include the chocolate chip cookies in the box.

Even if what was inside the box sucked at least the decor on the box was cute to look at, no?

Flowers and Favor Boxes

Flowers and Favor Boxes

I got the idea for boxes adorned with ribbon and silhouettes from Sara Hicks Malone of Party Perfect blog. It’s a great blog so check her out.

Wedding of Sara Hicks Malone, Martha Stewart Weddings

Wedding of Sara Hicks Malone, Martha Stewart Weddings

hats off

April 14, 2009

In keeping with tradition, this weekend was a bit hectic. Makes me wonder when will life be simple again? 

image from 5 Napkin Burger

image from 5 Napkin Burger

 

Image from 5 Napkin Burger

Image from 5 Napkin Burger

Friday I had a nice leisure morning in the house with my son. In the late afternoon we headed out to the Central Park playgrounds but before that he let me start work on the glitter stripes in my walk in closet. People I am so happy I made the last minute addition! All I can say is that I’m so feelin’ them. By late day we popped into my husbands job and then had dinner at 5 Napkin Burger in Hells Kitchen. I had heard great things about this restaurant but never actually sought it out. Then there we were puttering around town when we stumbled upon the street corner where this restaurant is located. So, it seemed like the perfect place for dinner – and it was. If you want an amazing classic burger while eating at a spunky local hot spot then go here. The joint is almost too cool for kids… well it probably is too cool for kids but my son is pretty fabulous so he fit right in to the New York scene. Two drinks each (water for this kid) and two burgers later we made our way to the subway and headed home.

Saturday we installed the Elfa closet system. It was easy enough but what the sales lady told us would be a 2 hour job turned into a 10 hour circus act that included a 2 hour search for the lost instructions, lots of naughty words, arguing, a trip by my husband to the hardware store (in the rain) and a lot of scratches to my once beautifully freshly painted walls. It wasn’t fun BUT the closet is so pretty now! Clearly I need to make a lot of touch-up’s and then move things back in but I am so happy to have most of this project behind me. Photos to come soon!

At 9pm Saturday night I began making my hat for the Easter Parade. Not what I had planned but it came together and I was more then happy with the rush job. I am once again vowing that next year we will go all out. We’ll see how that pans out next April.

For those interested, here go some images from this years Bonnet Festival/Easter Parade.

Off to the Easter Parade, 2009

Off to the Easter Parade, 2009

 

Graycen with his birdie hat

Graycen with his birdie hat

Close-up of my hat

Close-up of my hat

2009 Easter Parade

2009 Easter Parade

happy easter

April 12, 2009

This year I was a bit late to getting into the Easter Basket mode but once I did I got all excited. And boy, was it hard not to hand over the goods before Sunday… but I held off. In the end it was a total flop. Kids are funny like that. Graycen took one look at the basket and pretty much rolled his eyes. At least he would have if he knew how to. And then we “hid” a few eggs. As in, we left them out in plain sight for our son to “find.” Some were filled with money and a few with candy. Well, my adorable kid walked right by them like he could care less. He finally “found” one about 7pm this evening and then upon opening it up he threw the candy on the floor and stomped off. But the highlight was when he decided to chomp on one of the crayons. So glad I made the purchase.

Maybe next year will be better? Or maybe next year mommy will skip the basket and eggs!

Graycen's Easter Basket

Graycen's Easter Basket

Crayola Beginnings - Bath Crayons and Washable Paint

Crayola Beginnings - Bath Crayons and Washable Paint

Graycen's First Easter Basket

Graycen's First Easter Basket

That a boy, go for the pink one!

That a boy, go for the pink one!

Yum!

Yum!

   


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