We spent the week celebrating, adventuring and eating great food with good friends. We are feeling thankful for healthy families and how lovely it is to see the little ones merge into the family of old friends. I hope you are all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Here are some Instagrams from the week:
*The Costume Room Beside the Stage (Full of magic vintage costumes, at this amazing place.)
*Spread at Scratch Bread (Some of my favorite baked goods ever, conveniently and dangerously just around the corner from us. The Bourbon Wheat bread is insane.)
*Cat Tails for the City Girl
*Fruit in Chinatown on Thanksgiving
*Beautiful Gummybears, Chinatown Ice Cream Factory
*Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate with Homemade Black Pepper Marshmallow, Scratch (Way too good to share with the kids.)
*Vintage Ballet Poster, Big Indian Springs (Home to a ballet school in the 1960′s.)
*Big Indian Springs
*Beaded Charms, Chinatown
*Thanksgiving Leftovers, Nha Trang
*Decorating the Stage, Big Indian Springs
Have a wonderful weekend!
Instagrams from the week:
*Walking over the Williamsburg Bridge
*Pictures (made with these awesome stickers)
*Sister Picture Made from Color Chips (Ada cut and taped and Josie colored)
*Butterfly Girl. (Technically it is no longer butterfly season around here, but the girls play with this net constantly)
Have you ever noticed how when you start thinking about one color or shape you see it all the time? I always love when a group of similar things ends up in my bag at the end of flea market shopping, or how colors and lines repeat through Instagrams from the week…Makes you wonder what other beauty you would see more of if you invited it in.
Have a happy weekend!
We just got back from two lovely weeks of beach vacation. We have never gone on family vacation for that amount of time and it was pretty perfect. We went to Nags Head, NC with family for the first week where we had Nan and Pappy and cousins to entertain the kids. The second week we drove and took the ferry to Cape May, NJ to spend time with five families that we have know since Ada was three months old. Cape May is a beach town full of beautiful Victorian mansions and bed and breakfasts. We were right on the beach in Nags Head and the kids spent most of the days in the sand and warm water. Our Cape May house was a five bedroom Victorian two blocks from the ocean. We spent a lot of time on the porch rocking chairs with the kids playing around us. All of us are back home now, happy to be back in Brooklyn and excited about the change in the summer air since we’ve been gone. We are trying to hold on to that easy summer feeling as long as we can. We made a run to Fairway and Baked yesterday and I was reminded how much I love it here!
*Drying clothes on the porch. (Inside out so the sun doesn’t fade colors).
*Pink Nags Head sunrise. (We woke Ada up early for it and walked on the beach when it was light).
We have several versions of Alphabet books at our house and decided to make our own custom version. We took the camera along on our daily walks and Ada pointed out each letter in the series. It was fun to turn the alphabet into a treasure hunt and Ada loved getting the finished book back in the mail. (She even spotted a V made out of her carrots at lunch time). It took us about two days to find all 26, but could be a longer project depending on the signage in your hood. You will need:
*Access to Photo Site. (We used Iphoto, but there are lots of options)
1. Walk around and let your child find the alphabet. (This can be done with little or lots of assistance depending on child’s age).
2. Take photo of each letter.
3. Upload photos, lay out one letter per page.
4. Add Title, Author, Locations, etc.
5. Order book. (The cost of our paperback book was under $30 with shipping).
*These would make fun gifts for kids and could be done for numbers, shapes, landmarks…So many possibilities!*
I’ve been excited about making these headband crowns for kids lately. Yesterday we found out that my friend Marissa at Soor Ploom and I got into Etsy’s Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair. Hooray! We will be selling our children’s clothes and crowns on June 23 and 24 in Willamsburg. I’ll put up more details as the weekend gets closer. For now I need to get crafting!
We were walking along my favorite industrial area in our neighborhood yesterday and passed this tree in bloom. It gave me a little surge of excitement about spring approaching. I have been missing the lush greens and flowers from our San Fransisco visit. Upon closer inspection I realized that silk blossoms had been tied on to the naked branch by a neighbor with a sense of humor. Quite possibly the best use for fake flowers.
Moving the chairs to mop after the party. Cleaning felt like a good year to start the year. It was a beautiful, sunny first day in Brooklyn today. The kids were upstairs with Daddy, excited by the toys unearthed by kids at the party. I was mopping in the sunlight and feeling thankful to have celebrated out first winter holidays in our new space. We talked about plans for the upcoming year on our walk around the neighborhood. What a difference a year makes!