Monthly Archives: May 2009

Baby’s Room

Things!

Okay– obviously everything included below wouldn’t necc. GO TOGETHER, but since my baby is neither born, nor getting her own room anytime soon I’ve just been stockpiling (i.e. bookmarking) random things I think are most excellent.

Three Handmade White stacking Bowls from Farmer Julie

Three Handmade White stacking Bowls from Farmer Julie


I LOVE all-white pottery. I think these would look sweet on a (high) shelf in baby’s room or used next to a changing table to hold cotton balls/ swabs, ointments, little barrettes, etc. Check out Farmer Julie’s Etsy shop for all sorts of terrific ceramics.

1950s Vintage Wallpaper Switch Plate from Fondue

1950s Vintage Wallpaper Switch Plate from Fondue


A sweet accent for an oft-forgotten area of the room from Etsy seller, Fondue.

Wipe-able, sustainable, delectable wallpaper from Isak

Wipe-able, sustainable, delectable wallpaper from Isak


Each roll is 52cm wide and 10m long. £30.00

Vintage Style Martha Vinyl Wall Chalkboard Decal

Vintage Style Martha Vinyl Wall Chalkboard Decal


Good looking AND handy! …and inexpensive! Write yourself a note like “Don’t forget to feed, change and care for baby each day.” (I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before but most of my weird baby dreams involve giving birth to a healthy bundle of joy but realizing 4 days later that I have only fed or changed the baby one time) Just $34.00!
Q collection junior organic roxy celestial parade crib set

Q collection junior organic roxy celestial parade crib set


100% organic cotton and fully reversible- the four piece set includes: 1 reversible quilted bumper, 1 reversible crib skirt (11″ drop length), 1 fitted sateen solid cream sheet, 1 fitted sateen solid watermelon pink sheet. $395

Wood Grain rug from The Land of Nod

Wood Grain rug from The Land of Nod


Anyone that knows me “in real life” knows that I have a (too) long-standing obsession with wood grain, tree stumps, logs, etc. So it’s no surprise I was drawn to this sweet rug. I think this wood grain rug would look ESPECIALLY TIGHT on a white floor. $199-$599.
Green pendant lamp from The Land of Nod

Green pendant lamp from The Land of Nod


I love this simple, mod pendant lamp in cheery apple green. $89.00

Whoopsie Daisy chandelier from The Land of Nod

Whoopsie Daisy chandelier from The Land of Nod


Girly, vintage-inspired chadelier – $119.00

Storage Pails from The Land of Nod

Storage Pails from The Land of Nod


Old fashioned and simple- these colorful enamel buckets would look sweet in babe’s room.

netto collection linen boxes from fawn&forest

netto collection linen boxes from fawn&forest


Italian-made linen boxes with luxe leather pull-tabs from David Netto. Available in 4 colors and a small fortch at $115 a piece.

The Ropers Storage Collection at The Land of Nod

The Ropers Storage Collection at The Land of Nod


Handwoven paper rope storage baskets in great colors from The Land of Nod – $12.95-$19.95

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Show & Tell

19 days to go, according to my baby widget – although I honestly cannot even fathom being pregnant for that much longer. I am totally fine with 3 days to go, or, ideally, 10 days to go so that I’ll have our baby the day after I stop working. But whatever, she’ll do what she’s gonna do so I am ready to go. Tonight I’ll pack my ‘hospital suitcase’ while Mike sees ALIENS at BAM.

While I (and by extension, you) wait: Here are some pictures!

Mookie

Mookie


This is Mookie. He came from Grumble Toy, courtesy of my mom. A few months back I had sent her a picture of Mookie (#4, in a limited edition of 5) to cheer her up when she was bummed about some work stuff. Imagine my surprise when he showed up, in the wool, at my baby shower – presumably for the baby. He has slept in our bed ever since and the first week I had him I would burst into tears everytime I looked at him. In a good way though? I have always been easily overwhelmed by certain manifestations of cuteness and I’m sure the hormones exacerbate this. I also cried when Mike called to me from our bed and said to come to bed because Mookie missed me. I also cried when Mike called me his “living Mookie” … okay- you get the idea.

The Little Palace

The "Little Palace"


This is the nugget nest, already in place on my side of the bed. You can tell its my side by the candy cane-shaped ‘Snoozer’ pillow. Inside the nest is an incline wedge with some foam bolsters and a pogo. Sometimes I keep my blackberry in there too but I guess I’ll have to stop doing that. In the front are the baby’s bodyguards- the crack team of lamb, hedgehog and chick. Don’t mess.

Books and Beauty

Books and Beauty


The baby’s library and bathing supplies. I can’t wait for my apartment to smell like Mustela all the time!

Working girls

Working girls


37 weeks and 2 days. Long weekend over, time to throw on ridiculous clothes that barely cover massive form and head to work. I uh… totally made my bed after taking this photo by the way.

Tradeshow time!

I was totally bummed that I didn’t get to go to Bubble – the children’s tradeshow back in March because I was in Antigua (I know. Boohoo.) But apparently there is another installment in August?? How do I wrangle myself a free pass? Hmmm…

Anybody?

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Peep the list of exhibitors here.

Most productive and efficient Ikea experience ever.

I have a love/hate thing with Ikea.

I love that they are cheap and that all their stores are exactly the same and they paint those silly arrows on the floor so you can really just walk around in a half-stupor and eventually you’ll end up where you need to be, and that there is food there.

I hate that they are these huge ‘federal prison’-looking mondo temples of often poorly-made, tremendously heavy, ubiquitous “design.” Oh and their “art” — jeez louise, who buys the pre-framed art?!?!?

Everytime I move I announce that I am now officially too old for Ikea and I no longer want to own anything from there, but what can I say, I always go back “for basics!” The other thing that always seems to happen when I go to an Ikea is it takes 3 times longer than I expect and I spend 20 times more than I intended to.

However, when I realized we needed a dresser for the tiny one’s sensational wardrobe I checked the Ikea website and found this:

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It’s pink. It’s 69.99. What more did I need to know?

I am master-level Ikea furniture assembly artisan so schlepping out to the Swedish home goods mecca seemed like a no-brainer… in this instance.

Mike and I picked up our Zipcar at 7pm on Friday, parked in the nearly empty lot at the Red Hook Ikea, made our way through the showroom, marketplace, checkout line, had time to eat (hot dog combo for mike, cinnamon bun and lingonberry juice for me), loaded up the car and were back on the road by 8:33.

Also? Spent under $200. Actually paid IN CASH! IN-SANE!!

INSERT. IN. FACE!!!!

IN-SERT! IN-FACE!!!!

Mike and I assembled the pictured dresser on the living room floor on Sunday while watching a few episodes of ‘As Time Goes By’ – a thoroughly pleasant experience – and it’s the perfect size to hold all her incredibly tiny things. Hooray.

Hello Dolly!

I’ll be frank– when I was a kid I didn’t have much love for dolls. Stuffed animals were a COMPLETELY different story, but dolls? Not feeling them. This probably goes a long way to explaining why I never had a dollhouse (but I did have a toy barn.)

Now, as a 28 yr old who just discovered the Greenleaf website, I feel a strong urge to dedicate my life to building and collecting dollhouses. I mean, the timing is pretty great because I have TONS more money than a 4yr old. (On average, y’all)

Behold these beauties!
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dollhouse4This one is totally what was going on in the Hamptons in the 90s.

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Library furniture set!

Library furniture set!


Perfect for micro-romance / growth of micro-plants

Perfect for micro-romance / growth of micro-plants


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Additionally, I would gladly move into any of the above houses, scale permitting.

Wouldn’t you know- that reminds me of a story from my tinyhood?

When I was a little sprog in Quogue, Long Island, I would spend a lot of my summer free time making small houses out of modelling clay. I would meticulously craft large swimming pools, hobbit-like doorways and cavernous passages through these blue and red Vernon Panton-esque “houses” then explain their design features in detail to my mom / nanny/ whoever would listen. Sometimes people would say, “Do you want to be an architect when you grow up?” to which I would give them a puzzled (and frankly disappointed reply) that, “No. I am actually going to be a MAGICIAN when I grow up and will just shrink my family down to live in this VERY house.” …Thereby cutting expensive construction costs and redundancy in design. Doy-oy-oy????

(If my grandma Alice could read blogs she’d laugh. She still talks about these houses and my later project, “the island” – which was a modelling clay planned community where both sets of my grandparents would have estates. “Don’t worry Grandma- I’ve put your house on the opposite end of the island from the Manns,” I assured her, not wanting the admittedly “diff’rent style’d” grandparents to get all up in each others’ grills.)

I’m not sure how old I was when I found out magic was fake, but I was 11 when I learned Santa Claus was, so… you see the mental zone I was in for about 1/3 of my life. Imagination rules! Dollhouses! Let’s do this!

Baby Shower – part 2!

This past Saturday my co-workers threw me a gorgeous and girly shower at Alice’s Tea Cup. Bethany, our assistant compliance officer and official party documenter took the photos…

Cakes, cookies, tarts - oh my!

Cakes, cookies, tarts - oh my!


Soon after they plopped the copious amounts of sweet things down...

Soon after they plopped the copious amounts of sweet things down...


Jill (also pg!) ponders some fictional baby names

Jill (also pg!) ponders some fictional baby names


Jill did this fun thing where she cut up the syllables to the top 100 baby names in the US so we could mix and match to make completely ridiculous creations / celebrity baby names. Some highlights included: Bethexa, Trinessa, Ferloe, Thaberly, Belvia, Markat, and Exatrin.
Bethany, Stephanie, Helena and Alex

Bethany, Stephanie, Helena and Alex


Raspberry/lemon rubber ducky cake!

Raspberry/lemon rubber ducky cake!


Our group

Our group


Gift opening composite

Gift opening composite


My facial expressions are OFF THE CHAINS when I open gifts apparently and usually not in a good way.
Alex, me, Jill - pouring tea

Alex, me, Jill - pouring tea


The Pershing Posse

The Pershing Posse


Extremely large, I am!

Extremely large, I am!

From Oz with Love…

While reading Fine Little Day the other afternoon, I was turned on to a new online children’s mag – Australia’s Papier Mache.
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It is filled with the requisite great clothes and illustrations that make me love the other online kid pubs like Small and LMNOP but this one’s fresh, scrollable, and a filled with a whole bunch of gorgeous photography and homegrown talent.

Check out a few screen snaps below:
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Go visit the site and subscribe to be alerted when a new issue debuts, and check out their blog to get your fix while you wait for the next installment.