Monthly Archives: April 2014

  • A patchwork quilt made in loving memory of Grace, with her well-loved clothes.

    A Quilt // In Loving Memory of Grace

    Many of you know I have a daughter named Grace. This post is not about her. This story is about another Grace. I was never able to meet this Grace, a beautiful and creative ten year old who was wise and brave beyond her years. But I did get to know her in a very …

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  • My trip to LA with two tweens

    Our Trip to LA LA Land

    I recently took my daughters on a cross-country trip to LA. It was something I had been planning for a long time as a surprise…just us girls. It was such an incredible trip in so many ways!! First of all, LA has the best weather…duh. It’s absolutely perfect. Coolish in the mornings and at night …

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  • Best book on children's spaces with a Scandanavian feel.

    Children’s Spaces // A Favorite Book

    Before Pinterest, I used to collect books. Throughout my childhood, high school and college, my dad would buy me one big art book every Christmas. It started with Norman Rockwell, Paul Klee and Toulouse-Lautrec. As I got older, my tastes changed but my love for beautiful books did not. After marriage and children, I started …

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  • Underwater Photography by Alix Martinez

    I am so proud of my friend Alix Martinez! She was featured on the NBC Today Show last week for her ethereal and beautiful photos of children playing underwater. I’ve always been a HUGE fan of Alix and her incredible artistic eye. I even hired her last year to take photos of my son’s birthday …

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  • Art for Littles // two

    Good morning! Today I am sharing yet another killer collection of simple art & play ideas for your little ones. From top left: Spin art sun catchers from Meri Cherry // Rainbow color mixing from Simple as That // Credit card art from Housing a Forest // Hole punch art by Learn with Play at Home // Monster blow paintings from Raising Sparks // …

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  • Simple invitation to paint for young children

    Invitation to Paint

    Ever since my kids were very little, I have always put materials out in hopes that they would walk by, sit down, and get inspired. I just never knew until recently that there is a name for this philosophy! It’s called an “Invitation to Play”. I love this! It’s a term that is rooted in …

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  • 12 Easter Egg Ideas {no dye}

    Here are twelve simple and gorgeous egg decorating ideas that don’t involve any dye. These very cool techniques include the use of sharpies, watercolors, tissue paper and tattoos!! So clever and mostly mess free. 1. Watercolor eggs from Nest of Posies | 2. Hand drawn eggs from Confetti Sunshine | 3. Watercolor eggs from Spoon Fork Bacon | …

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  • Parenting Test

    I found this on the internet and just had to share. ………………………………………………………………… How to Know Whether or Not You Are Ready to Have a Kid (Posted by the UC Berkeley Parents Network) MESS TEST Smear peanut butter on the sofa and curtains. Now rub your hands in the wet flower bed and rub on the walls. …

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