let’s be compatriots

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I like to think my home has some life to it, and these Compatriot Stools would definitely add to that vibe. I prefer the subtler stool with all four legs on the floor, but the other version, with hands holding up the seat, is pretty sweet too. Or maybe one of each?

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Happy Fourth of July!

Drums West experimental paper video with Jim Henson | Small for Big

I love fireworks, but they have stiff competition with these animated paper fireworks. You have to watch Drums West by Jim Henson  – with jazz great Chico Hamilton providing the soundtrack. Make sure to watch the whole thing – you’ll see a young Henson and his studio space at the end. Have a wonderful Fourth of […]

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worth 1000 words: pipe cleaner dinosaurs

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Though there is no DIY or how-to with this photo, I am dying to sit down with some pipe cleaners and see what I can come up with. See the original image here.

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make it: handknit wool roving cushions

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Birdie and I were knitting yesterday, and boy did it feel good to knit side by side! I’ve taught her the basic knit stitch a couple of different times over the past year or two, but I wasn’t sure it really sunk in. Well today, she was on a roll, doing it all by herself with just […]

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chasing paper for your walls

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I have been a firm wallpaper-hater for years. I’ve seen too many home improvement shows where someone else’s decor choices mean backbreaking labor for the new homeowners! Why would I ever want to choose something so permanent for my walls? I’m too indecisive for that. Luckily, I’ve found Chasing Paper. They make removable wallpaper. Actually, […]

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vintage becomes timeless with willowynn

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Somehow summertime always feels timeless to me: there are certain smells and activities that never change. The moment you experience them it’s like remembering all the summers before at the same time. Willowynn’s dolls feel a bit like that endless summer experience. They’re like a timeless moment from my childhood, or my girl’s, or maybe from yours. […]

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round about: little baby nests & rubber ferris wheels

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I think the problem with being a grown up in the summer is that you really just want to be a kid again. No responsibilities, no schedule, no clocks. Nothing to stop you until twilight. That’s got to be the reason why, every summer, I find myself wishing I could just stop working until September. […]

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gaining control over our kids viewing choices

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Birdie is now capable of typing in her own searches on her iPad. Ok, she’s 6, so most of the time her spelling isn’t accurate, but that’s probably even more dangerous than if she was able to type in “Grumpy Cat” correctly. I’m not ready for this, and I don’t know how to manage her […]

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trying on trends with Playtime NY

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Ah, summer trends. There are the timeless classics, of course, lighter fabrics, summer breezes, and a good pair of sunglasses (can I please have the star shaped sunglasses at the end of this posst? pretty please?. But let’s look at the trends on the horizon in the world of Children’s gear and fashion for 2016. Playtime NY […]

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making paper dolls with hipfits

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You know me, I love paper dolls. So many ways to dress them up, and so many creative ways to draw and illustrate them too. So when HipFits was looking to collaborate, I knew we had a match made in heaven! HipFits creates super sweet backpack hangers that you can collect and accessorize. Used to […]

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the most fashionable pandas

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Finding the perfect something that you didn’t know you even needed – that’s the most addictive side of shopping. Gets me every time. Like when I stumbled on these fashioanble panddas from Szmacianki. I mean, come on. Those scruffy sweet faces paired with the of-the-moment clothing? Who knew a panda could look so svelte? It kind […]

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round about: straw monsters & quilted bubble wrap

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With Birdie in school full days, our art-making time has been sorely lacking over the last months. I finally realized the solution – she needs to know the schedule. Just like piano lessons every Thursday, I’ve decided this summer to try and have an “art day” one afternoon each week. I’ve found with her, if […]

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worth 1000 words: girl and bear

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I can’t help but see Birdie and her kick-a$$ glasses when I look at this illustration. Get the print from JillyP on Society6.

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make it: July 4th paper crafts with Cricut

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I know, I’m just barely getting into the summer swing of things, and already we need to think about the 4th of July? Hey, it pays to be prepared, right? Especially when it means we get to make fun projects like these. Uncle Sam’s Top Hat I’ve created 3 fun paper projects for Cricut that are […]

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father’s day questionnaire – free printable!

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Kids say the darnedest things. I have always wanted to do one of these Father’s Day Printables with Birdie. I’m hoping that, at 6 years old, she’ll still have some funny answers. Now that I finally made one for us, I figured the least I could do is share it with all of you (even if […]

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