It has been a looooooong time since anything new was added so I'm thrilled to have something new to share, finally. UPDATE - Everything is loaded in the shop!
First up, pencil cups and slates for at home learning! I'll be keeping one of each for my own creative space and love the idea of writing little messages (to myself) on the slate at my desk.
Next up, Easter eggs! I know it is a bit early, but I simply can't hold onto these any longer because they are just too darn adorable. I'm already tempted to keep them all for myself because they look so amazing all grouped together.
I'm partial to these "Beach Ball Eggs" because they just scream "spring!" to me.
Our Easter Hunt Tradition: My family made up a special Easter hunt tradition of having a special, rare egg included with the normal eggs that are hidden. (we always used real eggs - never those plastic ones so common today - our special one was ceramic) It is an "odd egg" or what we sometimes called the "rotten egg" and which ever child finds it gets a special prize - it was usually a chocolate bunny, a book or that we got to pick what was for dinner over the weekend. This tradition is what I had in mind with the chicken sized wooden eggs above. Each year, parents hide the wooden egg somewhere very tricky and which ever child finds the "special egg" or "rotten egg" or "magic egg" gets a special gift.
Once the above items are gone - they are gone, I don't have plans to continue making any of these as regular items.
For some reason I am very into Valentine's Day this year. It must have something to do with having a child who gleefully sings, "I'm HAPPY! I'm HAPPY!" at the sight of a box of chocolates or heart shaped cookies.
We have a tradition of spicy Indian food and champagne on Valentine's day every year. There is something about this combination that seems just perfect for this holiday. My husband makes it all. From scratch. Lamb Vindaloo and other savory dishes that I don't have photos of because it hasn't happened yet. Needless to say, I'm a lucky girl.
I do have photos of my Valentine's Day themed outfit though. Which is hilarious and so unlike me (I'm never one to even wear green on St Patrick's day) but I really enjoyed being goofy this year. Uh oh, am I destined to become one of those moms wearing a hideous Christmas sweater with bells sewn on it? Someone please step in if I do.
Polka dot secretary bouse: vintage Etsy
Red & white shirt dress: vintage Etsy
White eyelet slip: vintage thifted
Red heart pumps: American Eagle purchased for $9.99 at Ross (yes, I'm serious, I love that place)
Hope your day is swell and filled with love! Or at least chocolate.
I made this wrap skirt last night in anticipation of warmer weather. I can't wait until the hot summer. I love the heat. I drafted the pattern myself and have it all ready to scan in. I'll share it soon...
Tank - who knows, it is ancient
Skirt - handmade by me!
Shoes - Esprit, circa 2007
All ready to walk out the door to the market. On my way to go buy eggs to make blueberry muffins that the little one will help me make this afternoon. The woven pink shopper was bought in Bandol, France on my honeymoon in 2004. Sadly, it is starting to fall apart but I still use it.
The fabric for the skirt was leftovers from the natural hemp canvas that I dyed and had made into a purse but I was a tad short - thus the middle strip in the center to make it fit properly. I love it when something great comes from necessity.
I love this old bag with the bakelite handle, one of several carpet/tapestry bags that I have. This particular one was my first and started the whole obsession about 14 years ago. It was thrifted for $2.50 back in 1995.
On any random weekday lately, chances are, I'm wearing these shoes. They are my second pair of Palladium shoes (first pair are shown here) and wow, they are comfy. For cute, comfy flats they really know what they are doing, they've been a shoe company since the 40s and they specialize in "shoes for the traveler" aka - comfy walking shoes. Love them!
Finally we are having a bit of "winter" here with cold and grey rainy days. This means two things. First, I get to wear my beloved coats that rarely get used since moving to LA...
This red one has great fancy details on the cuffs and collar. Found in a thrift store in the midwest when I was in high school. I remember at the time thinking the price was pretty high. It was $7. It fits like a glove.
Then when it is really raining out or if we're going to the park or other "get dirty" places I pull out this navy one. Also thrift store, midwest and many years ago. This one was from a shop that had the "ugly" rack where everything was $1. The best vintage stuff was on the ugly rack. This was years before thrift stores got keen on the whole "retro, vintage" trend and started separating that stuff and charging more for it like they do now. Ah, the good old days.
Second, is that we are finding new was to have fun indoors. Like painting up Valentine hearts...
And painting up our toes. (this was his request)
What do you like to do when it rains?
PS - I've been feeling very "fashion-esque" lately and this is the first in a whole new series of "what I'm wearing" that I'll be sharing here sometimes. Totally frivolous. But fun. Plus, it forces me to change out of my pjs every day.