Saturday, June 26, 2010

feeling blue? this one's for you...

Hope you're having a particularly lovely weekend that is not quite blue at all. And thanks to these particularly lovely Etsy shops for their beautiful blue inspirations...


Friday, June 25, 2010

lemonade & sunshine

These photos from the recent lemonade & sunshine party hosted by pen n' paper flowers are making me a little envious that we're having Zuzu's 4th birthday party at a nail salon. Alas, I'm just going to have to find a way to sweeten up the joint without the proprietor thinking I'm a crazy lady. Which, admittedly, I am.

I love the dainty wildflowers throughout the party, and especially on the back of the sweet metal chairs. I was already planning on doing a little lollipop patch and this one is certainly a lovely inspiration. And I bet you can't guess what Zuzu's all time favorite beverage is... Yup, lemonade. Pink, yellow, strawberry or plain. As long as it is sweet... she's happy!

Thanks must also go to Celebrate Today for the introduction to this lovely party!


Thursday, June 24, 2010

girl friday

So it appears that I've only been posting on Fridays lately.
Well that's not good!
In all fairness, we have been to the pediatrician three times in the last six days and tomorrow will mark the second trip to my doctor. Not much of a summer vacation so far I tell you.

But we did have a lovely Father's Day. That's dear daughter at Father's Day lunch pictured above. She's sporting a new zuzu girl handmade charming blooms headband while sucking down a yummy apple cider. I just couldn't resist the photo op.

In our down time at home, and clearly instead of blogging, we've been watching lots of this...

And I've been doing a little on line shopping here...
(beware, it's almost as addictive as Etsy!)

I ordered the most fabulous Haven Girl sequin dress for Zuzu's birthday party at more than 50% off the original retail. It was still stupid expensive but you only turn 4 once. Right? It looks like this... but (and I mean no disrespect to this lovely model) it will look far cuter on Zuzu...

Sequins are absolutely essential for birthday party #4.
Of that I am convinced!

And so, I say adieu to Thursday.... for tomorrow is Friday yet again.

Here's to a healthier week for us all and a few more blog posts to boot.

Friday, June 18, 2010

flickr friday

Phew.  What a week!  We finished up the school year here in Northern California this week and it's truly been a whirlwind.  Two days into summer vacation and we've already been to the pediatrician and picked up our first (and hopefully last) batch of antibiotics.  None the less, I'm convinced this is going to be the best summer yet!

These are just a few of the lovely little things that inspired me this week on flickr.  
Credit goes to these fantastic folks:

1. the "cupcookie" by chic cookie kits
2. vintage 1972 Kenner Blythe doll by candy pop
3. gracie girl needle book by bari j
4. butterflies by cassia

Friday, June 11, 2010

two + two is fabulous

 We have a Melissa & Doug abacus perched on the family room bookshelf that no one has used in years.  It currently serves the purpose of valiant book end and I've always found it too darn cool to pack up with the old toys.  Then today, I saw this.  Now this abacus is cool.  CB2 is marketing it as "wall decor" which it most certainly is but I personally think the product shot does it an injustice.  Now close your eyes and picture this three foot long abacus, low on the wall in a little boy's retro bedroom.  Right next to the Eames replica chair & a set of well loved vintage wooden blocks. Sweet, right?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

it's the little things...

 It took a year but I finally did it.  Two weeks ago I entered our garage on a mission.  I stood tall on a ladder and located the sewing machine that I purchased on sale at Target in April. Of 2009.  I removed it from its now dusty, and still unopened box on the top shelf.  

And I haven't slept since (slight exaggeration).  

Really I've just been playing around a bit, getting to know my new friend and her 100 or so stitches.  I've definitely got some grand ideas. But the hard reality is that I may never accomplish most of them due to lack of time, skill or a combination of both.  But for now I'm proud to share my first two simple projects.  

Meet the dainty bloom coffee cozy.  Go green. Stay cute.  
 And some lovely fabric bracelets for my most stylish & crafty friends.  

I do have to say, I think my glue gun is getting quite jealous.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

oh my, oh my, oh my!

Quick.  Hop, skip & click on over to Bakerella for this amazing pudding cup tutorial.  So fun.  So lovely.  And I just can't imagine the taste sensation.  Sorry I can't stay.  Must go blow up some balloons now...
oops, but first, additional credit must go to simplesong for the link!

things that made me smile today...

chic vintage childrens bed via houzz

playful yet grown-up bedroom via houzz

salvaged peachy apron frock via dotty angel on flickr

time to wander poster via the wheat field on etsy

classic school themed baby shower via one charming party

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


Introducing Hijkids.  They have a beautifully simple philosophy of bringing together designers that "handcraft clothing, accessories and toys for children with an emphasis on quality materials, classic designs and modern sensibility".  Be sure to checkout the Sale section too.  It's stocked with some super sweet deals!  
Pictured above... 
1.sophie doll 2.verta rae scarf 3.sugar cookie dress is in the air apron

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

pillow talk

Now that the new sewing machine has been saved from the depths of despair in our dusty garage, I'm dreaming up all sorts of things I can make for the house.  The list is getting long fast.  High on the list are some new throw pillows for just about every room in the house.  The above beauties are just a few of my favorite inspirations. I truly love the last one by Johnny Vintage but, as I announced on facebook last night, I'm thinking it probably not the best quote to introduce to our newly reading six year old.  Or his parrot of a younger sister. One to file away for the teenage years when ass kicking will be the least of my worries...