Archive for May, 2013

Treat Yo Self

Blogging has taken a back burner and I’m thinking it’ll get a bit infrequent for a while.  We’ll see.  I can only write when inspired and with a little one and a business to run, inspiration runs dry quickly.  Josie rarely naps longer than a half hour during the day.  I need to read some sleeping books so mama can fit in some time for this dear old blog.  Until then, please sit tight my friends.  I do appreciate all of you!

This week has been a bit crowded and rough in terms of the mommy/work juggle so yesterday I decided to treat myself by buying a little (Baby Gap on clearance) outfit for Josie.  Here she is in the number…

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It’s funny how my treat yo self purchases have switched to Josie.  I texted a pic to my sister-in-law and she very sweetly said that I could pull off the denim romper.  This got the wheels turning.  You know I love a matching outfit session with Ms. Thang…

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Perhaps, I should treat my self to a denim romper.  I actually happen to have a denim onesie myself…

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It’s a little Vince number that I bought resale as a semi joke/semi love.  I wear it strictly in the mission when I’m trying to fit in with the hipsters.  Well there and to theme parties as a Canadian Tuxedo (sorry Canadians)

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But the “gas attendant suit” (as Graham calls it) doesn’t fit me yet.  Plus, I need a shorts version to truly match Josie.  So…what about these treat yo self numbers…

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In all honesty, this is probably a treat yo self, I’ll refrain from.  What about you?  Would you romp yourself?  Sounds so dirty.  And on that note, Happy Friday!!

May 31, 2013 at 5:32 AM 2 comments

Happy Friday!

Let the summer games begin…

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I figured I’d kick this memorial day weekend off with some fun affordable ETSY beach options to get us all in the mood for summer.  With the prospect of Josie donning a swimsuit, this is set to the be the best summer yet.  We’ll be kicking it off with a visit from two of my besties from college.  Thank goodness they both married men from wine country so they fly to me (or perhaps their in-laws) all the time!

Go on and get after it this weekend.

May 24, 2013 at 8:34 AM 1 comment

Designer Inspire: Anne Hepfer Designs

Good morning.  How are you doing?  We have been fighting off a cold for what feels like forever around here.  First Graham had it, now I do and it seems as though little Josie may be starting to get it as well.

I’ve been thinking I should introduce you to the designers who inspire me and perhaps try to do a very mini, non-scheduled, “series” on it.  First up is actually a designer that I just discovered this week and I am completely smitten with her work: Anne Hepfer of Toronto based Anne Hepfer Designs.

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Isn’t Anne’s work beautiful?  I love how she is able to present a very coordinated look that stills feels relaxed.  I am a pattern and color girl myself so I love to see this in her work and how she carries a color story throughout a home.   A key take away is how she repeats the same bold fabric throughout the room thereby giving big impact without taking a trip to crazy town  (like the first image of a kid’s bedroom).  To feast your eyes on more Anne Hepfer beauties, check out her website, here.

May 22, 2013 at 9:41 AM 3 comments

Josie: 14 Weeks

It’s been a while since we’ve checked in on my little love bug.  She has come out of the 4th trimester and woken up to the world and it’s so much fun to see!  Now that she watches me more intently, she has her opinions.

Sometimes, she thinks I’m crazy…

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Other times she thinks I’m hilarious…

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But she always thinks her dad is the most fun of all….

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Or well, she will, once she is more used to riding on his shoulders.

May 16, 2013 at 8:43 AM 3 comments

Framing Clothes

The other day, Allie and I were in a frame shop framing artwork for a client when I turned to her and said, “I want to start framing clothes”

This is an example of the random sort of unexplained fragments of thought that Allie is used to hearing from me.  She laughed and replied, “You want to frame your jeans.”  I laughed too.  My pre-pregnancy jeans are about all Allie really hears about.  And honestly I probably could frame my pre-pregnancy jeans at this point, they are a relic…cause I still can’t imagine fitting into them.  One day.

Anyway, I digress.  Yes, I would like to start framing clothes for client projects.  And no, not my old jeans.

I’m thinking old swimsuits…

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I’m thinking mittens…

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I’m thinking baptismal dresses…

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I’m thinking vintage skirts…

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You feeling me?

May 15, 2013 at 5:48 AM 3 comments

My Bedroom Before and After

I can’t believe I’m going to show you the before – cause it’s real bad y’all…real bad.  I find time and time again that everyone puts off the master bedroom last.  Well, I did just the same.

My headboard from my last apartment wasn’t working in our current space because we have really tall ceilings and I wanted to accentuate that.  So I sold this gorgeous headboard to a wonderful friend so I know it’s in a great home…

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And then my room looked like this for a few months…

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In my defense, I was pregnant and working like a dog.  But, then the January Cure came along for Apartment Therapy and I chose to concentrate on my bedroom.  I’m so happy I took on the challenge the month before giving birth to Josie because I now log a lot of hours in our bedroom with my sweet girl.  Here is the after…

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Here’s a little breakdown of what I did.  The biggest change of all was bringing in this bed from Cost Plus that was on crazy sale.  I loved the shape and the height it brought to the room and it’s linen, people.

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As you can see it’s a very tight space so I needed small bedside tables.  I used to have a beautiful garden stool as my bedside table but it didn’t hold any books.  I found this wonderful morrocan side table at Home Goods and I love how it fits my bajillion parenting and sleep training books so I can access them whenever I need them, like all the time.  I also framed a pic of Graham and I from our wedding and Little’s Ultrasound when she was the size of a gummy bear (let’s be honest, I usually don’t have fresh flowers by my bed).

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The bedding was the Home Goods score that I blogged about here.  I’m so happy I kept it as a “you’re about to have a baby” gift to myself.  The throw pillow is a love and it came frame a local shop.  The JuJu hat above is what I lugged from South Africa home four years ago (you can read about that here).  It was in our living room and I decided it needed a new spot  As I said, I wanted to play up the height of the bedroom so I moved the JuJu hat to above our headboard and I felt like the throw pillow played off of it well.

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We only have a built in corner cupboard for a closet it our bedroom.  A corner cupboard…terrible!  The upside?  We literally needed to get storage pieces for our stuff so I went with the beautiful bone inlay armoire.  Oh and the settee I found on Craigslist years ago for a steal sits at the foot of the bed with a pillow I picked up in Mexico on vacation.  There you have it.  The tiny but very much loved master bedroom of mine.

All photos of current bedroom taken by the wonderful and talented Alison Reiter…she can design AND photograph!  Photo from previous apartment by Michelle Drewes

May 14, 2013 at 5:29 AM 9 comments

To My Mom

It took my mom five years and one miscarriage to conceive my oldest brother.  18 quick months later my next brother came into the world.  He was a collicy baby and he would cry every night for about two hours straight.  When my two oldest brothers were 3 1/2 and 2 and my mom was 31 years old, her parents died suddenly in a plane crash.  A year later my next brother came along.  He had failure to thrive.  Once he was doing better, she popped up pregnant with me.  By the time I was born, all living parents (my grandparents) had passed away.

All of this sounds as though the odds were stacked against her for motherhood.  You would think that my mom would speak of the early days as trying.  Of course each of those events were incredibly difficult but those are just a part of the story of her life.
Ask my mom about motherhood and she won’t mention the above.  Not because she is private about it but rather because those experiences don’t define her. She’ll talk about the immense joy it brought her to be a mother. She’ll speak of the interest with which she would watch us rapidly change as babies.  The love of the little coos and smiles.  The magic of the first steps.
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Growing up, it was easy to feel my mom’s love and I now realize how much basking in the joy that we brought her, helped me to feel loved and nourished.  She would spend her days trailblazing at the ranch with me on her back and three little boys running behind her; or copying down the stories that we would dictate to her night after night into a keepsake book; or pulling out her sewing machine and making every wild Halloween costume that we could think of; or constructing huge canopy tents in our bedroom so that we could have a spot for make believe; or reading to us book after book after book on a rainy day; or cooking us wholesome meals straight from the vegetable garden that she would tend to; or attending all of our sports games that we consistently sat the bench at; or marching out times tables around the dining room table; or reading every single one of our English papers before it hit the teacher’s desk; or practicing SAT vocab words with an after school snack; or jumping for joy as we got into top colleges; or hugging us bravely as we made our big move away to college only to head home for a private cry as a new child left the nest; or talking us through and encouraging each of our post college adventures, still far from home; or  standing with open arms and a huge smile as each child moved back to the bay area; or taking a hands on role with our weddings; or celebrating each new grandchild that is born.  These are the facts that she will speak of and these are the experiences that have formed us children into the adults we are.
I recently read another blog that was doing a mother’s day give away and to enter you had to say what you learned from your mom, what immediately popped into my head was to enjoy motherhood.
Now that I have Josie one of my favorite things to do is to call my mom and talk to her about how much I love being a mom and how happy Josie makes me, because my mom gets it.  I can feel her get giddy with me as she listens to what my little one did that day. A huge thank you to my mom for teaching me to love this role as a mother and to have fun with it.  And to my little girl who has brought me a level of happiness and contentment that I never knew before.  May she one day experience the same.
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To all the mothers out there Happy Mother’s Day.

May 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM 10 comments

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