Archive for April, 2009

eggs, baskets and hats

April 9, 2009
Image from Martha Stewart Living

Image from Martha Stewart Living

Ack, Easter is almost here!

I’m getting more and more excited since this year Graycen will be getting a little ol’ basket. I debated about this since at 17 months he has no clue what’s going on but my desire to start traditions has won out. I then proceeded to spend way too much on goodies. Unfortunately toys cost more then candy and we aren’t candy giving kind of parents (at least not yet). So this week its been like a mini-Birthday Bash going on in our place. Slowly packages have been arriving and every day I’m tempted to skip Easter and just hand the goods over. It’s so hard for me to practice patience and wait for Sunday to arrive. Clearly I’m the one having all the fun at this point but… well, it’s fun!

If you are following along on the production of my Easter hats for the Bonnet Festival I am sad to report only one hat is complete. It’s two days until Easter and I still need to craft an entire hat from scratch while also figuring out how to attach a bird to my sons head. Cause… lets be real here, Graycen will not be wearing a full on Easter hat. At 17 months old it just wouldn’t go over well with him. Ideally Easter should be tantrum free, no? And he still has no pants to wear which is sort of important, right? If I have to dig something out of his closet it will be disastrous since he’s been sporting mostly high waters these days. What can I say folks, motherhood is a lot of work.

Well, I have tomorrow off from work so I’m going to try and do something fun with my son. If I don’t get back in here before Sunday – have a Happy Easter if you celebrate.

Before getting out of here I want to drop this off. I’m not a knitter but how cute are these from The Purl Bee.

via Purl Bee

via Purl Bee

 

via Purl Bee

via Purl Bee

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flowers: eek!

April 8, 2009

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

 

I’ll be taking two floral classes this month as well as a guided tour of the Flower Market here in New York City. My ambitions are pretty low.. I’m not trying to walk away with the skills of a florist BUT maybe I’ll be a tad better at throwing together an arrangement for my personal pleasure. One class will focus on French designs. Not that I have a clue what that means but it sounds lovely. The second class will focus on Low and Lush arrangements something I’m a bit more familiar with though clueless on how to arrange. In 10 days I take my first class. Yay!

more on gift wrapping

April 7, 2009

I’ve been having a blast with getting a bit more creative with my gift-wrapping though I don’t know; it’s possible all my ideas are a bit lost on the recipients. I can’t tell. Its been fun but maybe I need to go back to the basic pretty paper paired with gorgeous ribbon. Cause lets me real.. a lot of the fun is in getting an “ohh, pretty!” comment versus “oh?”

A few weeks back we went to a going away party. Our friends were moving to London and shortly after having them over for cake and Champagne we trekked down to the West Village to bid them farewell. I decided to wrap their gift in a way that reflected their move to a new home. I once again used kraft paper to wrap the gift since it makes me think of boxes. I used a paint chip as my card and secured it to the gift with electrical tape. Clever, no? If I had more time I probably would have played around with things a bit more but it was a crazy weekend and I literally wrapped this 10 minutes before going out the door.

Farwell gift using Kraft paper, a paint chip and electrical tape

Farwell gift using Kraft paper, a paint chip and electrical tape

On Friday I finally got my act together and presented Fred with his much awaited birthday gift. He is going to Las Vegas next month for a boy’s weekend. Now I know I previously mentioned this and it still holds true. I have a hard time busting out the fancy paper and ribbon for my husband since I know the good stuff is lost on him. So I kept it simple with a plain white box. If you recall anything I said in this post then you’ll understand that I’ve already told him he’ll have to give back the box so I can use it on a future gift to someone else. Aren’t I classy! But as I was saying… my gift to him was a box of singles so he can play some slots and do some tipping in Vegas (waiters bellhop, room service, stripers – you now, those folks) and thus I decided to use travel as my guide. I then wrapped the box in butchers twine and secured it with a simple sticker that reflected my theme.

 

Gift to my husband

Gift to my husband

Gift wrapped with bakers twin and sealed with sticker

Gift wrapped with bakers twin eand sealed with sticker

Same gift, different view point

Same gift, different view point

Inside the actual gift - money!

Inside the actual gift - money!

I’m pretty happy with both gifts but I do miss whipping out the fancy stuff.

A few weeks back I wrote about a gift that I gave a dear friend for her baby shower. In that post my friend Sand from Sandbox Dids asked me how I attached the baby booties to the gift. Well, it took me a long while to figure out but it was rather simple in the end. The booties were attached to each other by a cute green safety pin that also attached a tag that included designer details. I ended up re-attaching the tag with the same safety pin to the bottom of the booties. I then applied double sided tap to the tag that was now on the sole of one bootie and voila – the booties were secured to the gift with no visible tape or ribbon. That same safety pin attached the booties to each other making them both attached to the gift.

tangerine

April 6, 2009

I’m not a big fan of hard candies. No matter how good they might be hard candy isn’t something I go out of my way to purchase. But the other day I was at my local Duane Reade, which for non New Yorkers is equivalent to CVS. I was checking out at the register and this spunky orange tin caught my eye. It’s how I ended up with Tangerine Sour Altoids. I have five words for you – go out and get some.

They are so yum people!

Altoids - Tangerine Sours

Altoids - Tangerine Sours

 

going fishing

April 3, 2009

Image by Phyllis Asher

Image by Phyllis Asher

I have a lot that needs to get done this weekend. Our hats for the Bonnet Festival are not complete. As in, I’m not even half way done and Easter is one weekend away. I’d also like to start painting my closet but I haven’t even made it to the store to purchase the paint. And I’m now wondering if maybe I should do stripes on one wall. You know, in glitter! Now I know that might be sounding a bit off but in my head it looks gorgeous. I guess it just matters how I feel after painting the initial top coat and how much energy I have left. But it is a closet and a great place to execute some of the ideas that I have but won’t be using in other parts of my home. I also need to get and wrap my husbands birthday gift… for the birthday he celebrated some 20 days ago. At some point I had to do better then three bags of potato chips. I’d also like to try a new recipe and hang some photos.

There’s more but who’s to say I’ll even get this far on the list. I do hope to pop in later this weekend but if I don’t then you know what I’m doing.

found via flickr

April 2, 2009

If you know me then you know I’m a sucker for good photography. My father was a professional photographer in the Air Force so I spent my youth in many a dark rooms. I presume that’s where my love for images began. As an adult I am still mesmerized by beautiful photography and I often dream of being so talented.

And now that I’m all grown up with money of my own I’ve come to enjoy having my life documented in professional photos. It’s not that I think so much of myself. It’s not that at all. But I do imagine that some day, decades from now, my great-great grandchildren will be fumbling through old photos in a tattered box and wonder about the woman in the images. About her life and the person she was. About the child on her lap or the husband by her side. And because of that I love old photos that are worn but loved so much that someone kept them around. I love photos full of vibrant colors. I love images in black and white. I love photos with character and even those on the humorous side. I want my life to be documented in all these ways. When I exit this world I want to leave behind a box of my life and I hope that someone will take care of those images for decades to come.

This morning I stumbled upon photos from Heather Evans Smith via my flickr roll. I lover her style, very fresh and witty. If I lived in North Carolina I would so be booking this girl. Definitely check her out.

Photo by Heather Evans Smith

Photo by Heather Evans Smith

Photo by Heather Evans Smith

Photo by Heather Evans Smith

Photo by Heather Evans Smith

Photo by Heather Evans Smith

etsy: apple jacket

April 1, 2009

Is this not absurdly adorable? An apple jacket.

apple-jacket