Chris has been begging me to knit him a sweater for years now. I am sure I will get to his sweater one of these days, but there are so many sweet knitting patterns for children to get through while our kids are still small…This is one of my favorites: The Lyalya Hoodie ABC Pattern. The pattern comes with directions for ages six months-adult. I knitted this one up in Brooklyn General Store’s cashmere. I splurge on this amazing yarn once in a while and it is the softest, most beautiful yarn I have ever knit. (Even the letter-pressesd label is gorgeous). I made Ada a couple of hats made from the yarn and they still look beautiful after years of use. Lyalya’s pattern knits up quickly and it is fun to watch the ribs build as you go. The result is a snuggly hat that does not require tying on to a wiggly three-year-old. The cashmere is so soft that scratchy-hat whining is completely avoided.
We are looking forward to a weekend around the neighborhood, with rare above-freezing temperatures.
Here are some Instagrams from our last couple of weeks:
*Dare and Josie on an Ikea Run. (What else could we do in this weather?)
*Warren’s Lobster House in Kittery, Maine
*Pretty Tag, Bed-Stuy
*Running Through Ikea (Our second trip in two weeks)
*The New Memorial Bridge, Portsmouth NH
*The Friendly Toast, Portsmouth
We stayed in a beautiful historic old house last weekend in Portsmouth. Chris found it on Air B&B and I would be happy to share the link if anyone is interested.
Have a lovely weekend!
These Heart Stencil Valentines are simple to make and require only simple supplies to complete. To make your own you will need:
1. Fold a piece of card stock in half.
2. Draw half a heart along the crease and cut out.
3. Unfold and you will have a symmetrical heart stencil. Repeat steps 1-3 to make different size heart stencils.
4. Place stencil on top of blank card, hold firmly in place and rub crayon over the opening, completely filling in the heart shape.
5. Remove stencil and repeat.
6. We overlapped various size heart stencils and colored them in with different crayons to create a pretty pattern on the first card. We drew stems and leaves under heart shapes to make a garden of flowers on the second card.
We found the tutorial for these awesome School Notebook Sewn Canvas Tote Bags comes on Say Yes to Hoboken‘s pretty blog. (Frankly I am annoyed with myself for not coming up with this clever idea). We made a couple up for Ada’s teachers as holiday gifts. They are simple to complete, cute and functional – pretty much a perfect DIY. These would also make great Valentine gifts with a child’s drawing of a little heart, XOXO, or love note written in fabric marker between the stitched lines.
Hello and happy First Week of the Year! I hope you are all weathering the crazy cold in a cozy spot. We have been staying warm inside, and staying busy posting new vintage finds in our Etsy shop. (I am having a really hard time not sneaking the two sets of juice glasses into our own cabinets). I will be putting up new listings this week, so stay indoors and keep checking back for fresh treasures!
One of our favorite gifts from Santa this year was this spotted linen PS 2012 Ikea duvet cover. (Yes, Santa and Ikea do work together at times – see our DIY Teepee post). I was looking for something that would make it easy for the girls to make their own beds and these covers are so pretty and bright. The multi-colored dots make our white bunk beds look so cheery. There may be lumps of stuffed friends under the covers, but the girls have been sleeping soundly and then making their own beds in the mornings. (Here is the post for this cute little DIY Stuffed Bunny Toy).
I hope you all are having a wonderful new year so far. We have snow here on the East Coast and it feels all cozy and wintery around here. Here are some recent Instagrams:
*Back Yard Snow
*Dare Inside the Fort (Long lengths of tulle are perfect fort building material)
*Sleepy Dare (The New Native Sling is still our favorite piece of baby equipment after five years. It knocks my girls out every time, and folds up to fit in a diaper bag)
*Shrinky Dinks! (I had totally forgotten about these until Aunt Laurel gave Ada some for her birthday – so fun!)
*Big Girl Dare
Have a great rest of your weekend!
I finished Andrea Elliott’s chronicle of the life of a homeless child in Brooklyn one morning in bed, snuggled next to two of my sleeping children. I had begun reading the night before, on my phone while feeding the baby. I quietly shuttled Ada out the door to school and then snuck back under the covers and prayed for the two little ones to stay asleep so that I could finish. Many of you have likely read the piece by now. It ran in the New York Times last week. The piece is so beautifully written. Dasani’s story is haunting, and both so far and so close to our own life here in Brooklyn. It broke my heart and has followed me around since I finished the story. I often wonder how to talk to my children about how lucky we are, and what our good fortune means in a city where the rich and poor live pressed up against one another. We struggle with how to teach charity and compassion to our girls, without condescension. Little Essentials is an organization that directly reaches families with homeless children in Brooklyn. They have been overwhelmed with donations since the article was published, but they still need donations of money and time. We are planning to work with them in the upcoming year.
We have been holding off on decorating the tree until this weekend. (We actually bought one last Saturday and stuck it in the back yard. It has been taunting the kids through the window all week and is now frozen into a bucket of ice…) In order to distract the girls from the trimming of the real tree, we came up with these paper versions. To make your own Watercolor Christmas Trees you will need:
*Heavy Weight Paper. (We used this Kid Made Modern Paper)
*Watercolors and Brushes
*Sequins, Glitter, Colored Pencils
1. Draw and cut out various sizes of triangles and rectangles. You need three triangles and one rectangle per tree.
2. Paint triangles with greens and rectangles with browns. Allow paint to dry.
3. Assemble and glue tree together. (We stared with the stem and then layered triangles in decreasing size as we worked our way up). Allow to dry.
4. While you are waiting, have kids draw and cut out stars using the scrap paper. Ada added some grass and a single triangle tree made with colored pencils.
5. Glue on glitter, sequins, stars and paper ornaments.
6. Allow trees to dry and then hang up the forest.