We have been having such a busy spring, (thus the lack of activity here). We escaped the city for spring break last week and spent time in beautiful Vermont and New Hampshire for Easter. We were excited to return to spring in Brooklyn! Our flowers are pushing up and blooming in the back yard, the bees are super busy gathering pollen and the tulips we planted out front are opening. I found lots of great antiques in Vermont and have been listing them on our Etsy site. Dare is desperately trying to crawl after spending a week with big kids. Here are some pieces of the last few weeks:
*Cameo Ring. I found this Victorian ring in a little shop in VT and fell in love with it. Then I saw that the box was from an old jewelry shop at 1 Market Street in Portsmouth, NH. Before I moved to NY I worked at the beautiful Flower Kiosk just a block away on Market Street. Such a small world.
*Pansy Detail, Webber Vase
*Cloudy Drive Out of the City
*Vintage Bingo Cards and Ada’s New Numbers
*The Most Beautiful Building in the World
*Pretty Cameo Pin
*Jesse’s Snowman, April Snowstorm in Vermont
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*Have a lovely 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.
Ada started a school with uniforms this year. I have gotten used to it now, but the first week I cried while I hung up her colorful summer clothes on the line. Luckily, Wovenplay makes sweet screen-printed, (more or less) uniform-compliant socks and tights. And luckily, they are cute enough to make a child smile instead of groan when she opens socks on Christmas morning.
We found this table on the street last week. I drove past it, and then looped back after a minute of thought. (I love good street finds- they are one of the best parts about city living. I also love putting stuff out on the stoop when we are finished with it. Anything good will be gone in a couple of hours, and everyone is happy). We recently moved our large bookshelf out of the girls’ room and into the office to make room for their bunk beds. The girls have made a habit of looking at books in the office, which is great, except for the huge piles they leave on the floor every few hours. We have been looking for/ designing/ planning to build a small bookshelf for the girls’ room and this little table happened to fit perfectly under the window. Our new plan includes my filling up their table with fresh books every morning. When they have read them all they stack the books back onto the table and I rotate new ones off of the big bookshelf. This way the girls get to read new books each day, and I get to deal with less mess.
I hope it is not raining too hard where you are. I keep hanging out the laundry and running to bring it back in between showers…We managed to venture out this week with the three kids. It seems a bit crazy to get that many people dressed and fed and out the door, but we did it! Dare is still being mellow and sleepy, thank goodness. She has however decided she likes to be wide awake during the darkest hours.
*Clouds Over the City
*Josie, Covered in Tomato Seeds
*Ada, Hiding from the Rain
*Kisses, at Pier Six in Brooklyn
Have a great weekend!
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!