Hooray for End of Season Sales! We recently got our Crewcuts order. These red shoes are making me smile. Both the former girl and shoe designer in me are in love with them. This order won’t fit Ada for another year, but I love to stock up when the prices are good. We store clothes in clear plastic bins, organized and labeled by size. It is like having a full pantry. Very satisfying.
The supplies in the art room were getting out of hand, so we made a trip to Ikea. Lucky for me, we took a wrong turn into the kitchen section and discovered these wooden silverware caddies.
I like that two small trays can stack the width of the large tray. Supplies for a specific project can be grouped and carried to another room. They would also be perfect for small tools and house projects. Ikea’s site is notorious for not allowing you to buy directly, so you will need to make a trip. (You can also find them here, but they are more expensive). Clear zippered pouches keep small supplies visible but contained.
We keep a square of floral oil cloth under Ada’s easel. It wipes off with a sponge and the retro patterns are always so cheery. Now I don’t spend so much of my precious time in the studio cleaning up after the kids.
A bowl near the front door helps keep mittens, hats and scarves organized. The kids can help take care of their own things when they come in from outside, and you will always know where mittens are on your rush out the door.
We found this vintage Pyrex bowl at a stoop sale, but they abound on Ebay. The scarf pattern is adapted from one by Pat Feeley for High Country Knit Wear. You can also find super cute animal scarves at Acorn Toys in Brooklyn if you are more of a shopper than a DIYer.
Vintage bowls, cups, flower pots and glasses are great organizers for the medicine cabinet. I like to group things by when and how they are used: jewelry in one , nail polish and makeup in others. It is easy to pull out each group as you need, and the pretty containers make me happy when I open the door.
Ada’s barrettes were taking over the closet, so we lined them up on a piece of ribbon and pinned it inside the door. Smaller bobby pins and hair ties are stored in a bowl on the closet shelf. Now we can see all the choices and pick out a pair for the morning. I love that Goody still makes the same barrettes I had when I was three.
This drawing was Ada’s first family portrait, (which of course made me cry). I wanted to save it and was pretty sure the ripped newsprint it was made on was not archival. So, we scanned the drawing and sent the jpeg out to Cafe Press to be made into an ornament. Any of the photo sites can reproduce jpegs, and there are a lot of finished product options- from t-shirts to playing cards. Cafe Press got these back to us in under a week, and Ada was very proud to give them as gifts for the holiday.
I found these red silk slippers upstairs in my stash of clothes for the kids to grow into. I had forgotten about them, and Ada will finally fit into them. They originally had fabric soles, for inside the house. I had our shoe repair man add a layer of rubber to the bottom so Ada wouldn’t slip on our steep stairs. The red kimono is another Pearl River Mart find. Thanks Aunt Vasna! It is not fair that the adult version of these are not half as cute.