July 2011

Happy Friday: Fair Weather Friends

by Cat on July 29, 2011

Happy Friday and weekend everyone!  I’m not going to become one of those grumpy old coons going off on weather but c’mon SF fog…you need to lift for the pool party we’re going to this weekend!  And if not…I’m sure a cutie in this Fair weather onesie by Naomi Cayne will be sure to put a smile on everyone’s face.

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If I were a Tai Tai…

by Cat on July 28, 2011

…I’d go and get some rainbow hair extensions right before high tea at the Ritz.

My friend Joycelyn and I will hit up a restaurant or two when we don’t have any fires at the studio or in our personal lives (this is rare I have to say).  Without fail, dinner conversation is always full of laughter and serious soulful contemplation…such as fantasizing about what Tai Tai’s do.  In Chinese, Tai Tai means lady of leisure and the title is a source of intrigue for us. No laundry, no client deadlines…what kind of bizarro world is that!

I know many of you busy moms out there might have this fantasy too and I want to know if  you were a Tai Tai, what would YOU do?

via The Beauty department

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Shop: Little One at ABC Home

by Cat on July 27, 2011

I had a great time popping into kid shops in NY….though for the Little One section at ABC Home it was more like five flights of stairs and an iced tea that finally got me there. Loved these little trinkets for the beauty and beast…wooly guitar and a rags to riches peacock that looks like a vintage petticoat.

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Make: Spray Paint T-Shirts

by Cat on July 26, 2011

By Designing Mom Liberty

We recently went on a camping trip with four other families as we caravanned in rented RVs through California’s Sequoia National Park. My responsibility was crafts and t-shirts.  Though I love crafts and I love kid’s art… I despise “puffy paints” and hand-drawn t-shirts that end up only being good for sleep and painting shirts. I knew my access to facilities and materials would be limited, so I tried to think of the best way to assure each kid of a cool shirt.
“Stencils!” I thought… “How could I use stencils?” Lucky for me, since the last time that I decorated t-shirts, a new product has come out.  These Tulip brand spray paints are awesome. They’re not cheap – but it only took 4 bottles to make 11 t-shirts and 9 pillowcases – with about 1/3 bottle left over in each bottle.

Any stencil would work, but I wanted a custom one, so I printed out a clip art image I found of an RV and taped it to a discarded cereal box. I used an xacto knife to cut out the design and saved both parts. The RV alone ended up being a cool one for the adults (even the dads wanted them!) and then I drew and cut out the words “CAMPER CAMP” on the rest of the box for the kids’ shirts.  Since I knew I would be using the stencil a bunch of times I actually coated both sides with Mod Podge to make it more durable. Acrylic Medium would work too.

Once we were on the trip, we laid down some plastic tablecloths on the ground and we got to spraying. One point to note is that the more intensely sprayed shirts ended up looking better after a wash.  The kids had a hard time working the sprayer, so I had them direct me which colors and how to spray.


Once the t-shirts were a big hit, everyone wanted to move onto the pillowcases that I had asked them to bring. But the girls, who’d been playing fairies in the woods all morning, wanted fairies and mermaids… so I drew and cut out of more cereal boxes some other designs – rudimentary, but all stencils are – I made dolphins, mermaids, hearts, pirate ships and fairies.  They sprayed the body of the pillowcases and used Sharpie markers to write their names along the hemmed edges of the pillowcases.


As I was making them – I realized, not only is this the perfect camping craft – it’s also a great one for a birthday party.
I think we will be revisiting this process in the near future. With more fairies.

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Strollaway by Metrotots

by Cat on July 25, 2011

I bet all of you can relate to this. I can do bicep curls in my kickbox class with relative ease…and when I look around and see other women practically yawning through benching and curling I am hedging that 9 out of 10 of them are probably moms too. This comes from 35 pound 2 year olds, car seat carrying, toy slugging and stroller lifting from trunk to stairs and back. Mary Ann wrote me about a new product she has designed that can eliminate at least one of those arduous tasks. The Strollaway by MetroTots is an over the door hanger that allows for you to be able to leave your stroller hanging from the mud room door. Of course, it took a mom to finally come to the rescue…great idea and thanks for sharing Mary Ann!

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