August 2010

Story: Back to School Goodies

by Cat on August 31, 2010

by Designing Mom Jackie of Avocado and Papaya
The back-to-school vibe is definitely alive at our house. Both of my kids will be off to new schools this year, so it’s a double dose of excitement and anxiety around here. The latter for me, not the littles, who probably won’t shed a single tear while I soak up an entire box of Kleenex post-drop off. Okay, maybe they’ll give me a sniffle or two.
Just like Christmas, there is a sense that you are supposed to flee to the stores and buy lots of stuff in honor of this momentous occasion. While I’m pretty minimal when it comes to the Santa Claus business, I’m koo koo for the whole back to school thing. It’s my inner nerd coming out.
Something tells me Graham probably won’t be needing a straight edge or scientific calculator on day one of kindergarten, but how about a cute backpack and some new sneaks?
Here’s my collection of goodies for big G:
1. Mead composition book
2. 77 nautical striped hoodie
3. Skull beanie
4. Paul Frank backpack
5. Number two pencils
6. Puffy vest
7. Pink pearl eraser
8. Rocket T
9. Converse One Star Oxfords
(You might notice that pants are missing from this list. Graham only likes sweat pants these days. Nothing terribly cute or exciting about those, so I’m skipping a visual.)
What are your favorite back to school purchases???

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by Designing Mom Ryan Larson of Tin Parade

I didn’t set out to make a Baby Girl Room for my baby girl.
I always thought I’d be the mommy who didn’t try to raise a frilly little puffy pink tutu’d little girl….and then…I started designing her room…granted I was pregnant and so I think I can blame it a little bit on hormones right? Regardless of how or why I went…there….I did.  And I have to say…I love it! I love sitting in her room in the rocking chair and looking around at her little pink, soft, sweet, fluffy room.  It makes me feel a little soft and fluffy myself…not a bad thing after a long day.  It becomes comedy though as that little pink fluffy princess of a girl rips her bottle out of her mouth and yells “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO” to the kitty cat who wants to jump up on her rocking chair. 
Here are some pictures of what is now…well…the precious part of my house.
Palette: Creamy off-white, antiqued silver, tan linen and blush pink.
I made this mobile by taking apart a chandelier and using just the top ring of it and then hanging silver bird Christmas ornaments in a spherical fashion.
I painted an old armoire blush pink and took the top doors off and put the changing table right inside.
This is the crib bed skirt.  I made it myself (with a little help from my mother. Thanks mom!) It’s layered ruffles. The top layer has scattered (sewn on) raw edged pieces of chiffon, the middle layer is classic linen and the bottom layer is ruffled chiffon.
These are the curtains. I made them from torn edge chiffon and tan linen that is also unfinished on the edge so it gets stringy. I LOVE that! Again, I made this myself…with a little help from my girlfriend Stacy (Stacy with the red hair as my son calls her) Thanks Stacy!
This pillow was started by me..but I can’t lie. My mom finished it. I just couldn’t deal with one more ruffle!
The paint on the walls is a creamy off-white as is the chair rail. I also did one wall in a paintable textured wallpaper that has a flocked vintage design in it. I’d add a photo but it doesn’t show up that well in photos.
Hope you enjoyed this sweet room or at least had a good laugh at my frilly expense.

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Friday Fotos: Hoops!

by Cat on August 27, 2010

Little Mr. Hoopstah…
Have a Happy Friday and weekend everyone!

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Best of our Blogs: Small for Big

by Cat on August 26, 2010

One of Designing Mom Mari’s (of Small for Big) favorite posts from her blog:
This is, for me, the epitome of what I want my posts to be about – and why I want readers to come to Small for Big There is a stellar product being highlighted that fits my mottos of good design, imaginative open-ended play, and a reasonable price point. Meanwhile the content is meatier than just where to buy and how much. Plus, writing it was super easy – somehow everything clicked that night and it flowed right out of me.

It’s our 5 year wedding anniversary today and it’s got me jonesing for a vacation. That perfect kind of vacation that I think we all dream about. Where we see amazing places (preferably from multiple countries), eat mouthwatering meals, stroll leisurely through small towns until we get lost, sleep in until ten, and wake to the sounds of birds outside our window. Our precocious but sweet little girl would be charming, fascinated by everything, and with an endless attention span and a weightless body. It’s a vacation that we return from to find no workload waiting for us, no cleaning, no to-do lists, and a house that has been scrubbed clean and perfectly organized from top to bottom.
I swear I got all of that the moment I saw these block sets from Haba. They’re simplicity allows for that kind of imagination – even from a grown up like me. Or, maybe, it’s simply the quiet monotony of my life on a slow day like today that lets my brain loose in impossible directions. Either way, just writing this has improved my mood by a couple of  hairs. I wonder how I’d feel if I had these blocks to build with as well?

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I know a lot of you “Designing Moms” out there have struck up burgeoning freelance careers…photography, event planning, blogging…  A wonderful new book, “Creative, Inc,” by Meg Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho has come out and it contains all of the ins/outs of becoming a top notch freelancer.  This follows on the heels of the crafter’s bible, “Craft, Inc” and sure to be an essentials guide for all of us out there pounding the pavement for creative projects!

Their stop motion video to promote the book is the cutest thing ever and below is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of it via Poppytalk

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