Monthly Archives: June 2010

Festive Wear for a Festive July 4th

I have two nieces, Abby, 7, and Elle, 4.  David and I spoil them rotten, but not too much, since both sets of grandparents live close to them and spoil them enough for us too (thanks, guys!). I am pretty good at sending them treats for every major holiday. I try to make them educational, reusable or useful in some shape or form. This time I just went for precious.

While I was shopping with my friend Bridgett in CT, we happened upon a MAJOR sale in GAP kids – trouble. Bridgett went crazy getting stuff for her fabulous diva, Kendall, while I snatched up two blue dresses for my two divas for 4th of July. Naturally, I had to get accessories to go with them. We can’t have an incomplete outfit, now, can we? NO! I though, no problem, I’ll pop into another store and get some red headbands or bows and done and done. Well, easier said than done. NOTHING. No red, people.

I left CT yesterday, Monday. I spent all day today shopping with my Mama and my “Mama 2,” Mrs. Audrey and we STILL didn’t find what I was looking for. I’ll admit, in the beginning, I was picky and holding to my guns. 4 hours later, I would take anything that looked remotely decent. I found some flip-flops as a bonus, but in the head accessory area – still, NOTHING. So, I took matters into my own hands…and my Mama’s!…and we made headbands and ponytail holders to match with ribbon Mama had at home already. I know, how awesome and green of us!

This is how the hair band will kind of look when in a pony tail.

I boxed it up and shipped it out. Cross your fingers, the loot should be there by Friday. Now Abby and Elle can be stylin’ and profilin’ and whatever 4th of July festivities they attend. GO USA!


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Kendall’s Tweet

After much debating over Birdies and Monkeys, I went with the Birdies! I coordinated the fabrics to match her new Big Girl room. And since Kendall has many allergies, I didn’t take my chances and used Bamboo stuffing (which is actually rather difficult to work with! I’m still finding pieces of it in places).

You think she’ll like it?

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A Treat for a Big Girl

On Wednesday night, I leave for a 3 week whirlwind tour of summer vacation: Boston Area, Louisiana, and then Pensacola, FL. Yay!

My fabulous friend, Bridgett, lives in Cromwell, CT with her hubby and daughter. She’s first on my list. She came out to Los Angeles last year to visit. And what fun we had: ESPN Zone downtwon Los Angeles, Disneyland and Trapeeze Flying. Exhaustingly fun.

Before that, we hadn’t seen each other, I think, since her wedding! And that was…6 years ago? Oh, no, I’m loosing count. Nevertheless, we promised we would not let so much time pass before our next visit.  Seeing that I still have not met her daughter, Kendall (recipient of the first ever Li’l Bumpkin quilt)…who is now 3 years old…

I know, look at those cheeks! I said, it’s time to squeeze them. Thus, me jetting off to visit the gals while Daddy is in Africa covering the World Cup (love you Wayne! See you in Aug for the X-Games.)

Being the good and crafty Auntie that I am, I want to make Kendall a little treat for when I see her. Bridgett, one of my fellow “Marthas,”  has worked very hard over the past few months putting together Kendall’s new “Big Girl” room; and the color palatte and bedding is PRESH. I want to live there.

By God’s grace, I found fabric that matches her room PERFECTLY! But now, WHAT do I make? It’s so tough to choose. A kitty? An Owl? A pillow? Ugh, decisions. This is where being a Libra seriously handicapps me; can’t make a decision to save my life.

What do YOU think? What shall I make for this precious, little “Big” girl?

Photos of Kendall and bedroom dressings courtesy of Bridgett Edwards : Perideau Designs .

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The Best Inventions Ever : Item #1

Parking in Los Angeles is a problem. There’s never enough and when there is a spot, it’s too small; sometimes because it’s to small, but mainly because the owners of Hummers and Suburbans continue to INSIST that they are a “Compact” car and take up one and a half spaces. Sorry, large vehicles, but you’re delusional. You will never properly fit there. I’m sorry that you have to search a little longer for a space and maybe walk a littler further. If you want to park in the compact spaces, sell your whale and get a compact car. Have some respect, please. Soapbox complete.

About a year ago, one of our local malls, Century City Westfield Mall, got tired of the traffic jams inside the parking garage and installed one of the most genius inventions in the world – the Parking Garage Parking Light System (not it’s official name, fyi).

(I apologize for the lack of picture quality. The lighting down there is tricky!)

There is a light above EVERY parking space connected to a sensor. When a car is parked in the space, the light turns red – meaning, no, you can’t park here. When there is no car in the space, the light is green – meaning, green means car, park your car! And to add a bonus, the Handicapped Spaces have lights that turn blue (instead of green) so there’s no accidental “I didn’t know if was Handicapped” parking.

And to add a cherry on top, at each intersection, there is a information panel that tells you how many spaces are open in which direction.

I know, GENIUS. It cuts parking time down to minutes…assuming ther are spaces open, of course. That is a problem that has yet to be solved.

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My Dream Future Backyard

Yesterday was a long, fabulous day. David’s Aunt Ann and Grandma Gran Have been in town for a long weekend visit. We went to the Huntington Gardens in San Marino, just east of Pasadena, CA. David and I have gone before with my parents, but it’s been so long, I remembered nothing. It was as it I was first laying eyes on everything all over again. And GORGEOUS doesn’t even begin to describe the beauty on the land. We saw practically every plant known to man from your everyday rose to Alien-like succulents. My favorite areas were: the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Chinese Garden and the Children’s Garden.

The Rose Garden has the most awesome rose ever…a Tiffany Rose. Look closely at the sign by the roses. I use to have one growing outside my bedroom window when I was little. I thought I was the coolest thing on earth. And I was, of course.

The Japanese and Chinese Gardens were the most eye googling landscapes. The serenity and beauty was so intense that my eyes couldn’t absorb it all.

Ann, Gran, David and Me in the Japanese Garden

Chinese Garden – yay, lili pads!

The Koi fish were a treat. I couldn’t get over how massive and colorful they were. I had a special moment with a yellow Koi and a black Koi – I called them my Saints Koi. Who Dat?!

The Children’s Garden was AMAZING. I don’t know who was more excited; me, the  non-parent ,31-year-old woman or the many, many precious 4-year-old munchkins dancing in the water fountains. I was running and skipping around, shrieking (yes, seriously, I was out of control) to David about how cool everything was and how I wanted it all in my backyard…when I have a backyard. Guess I’ll never grow up.

The very first thing I saw was a topiary playhouse – a metal house frame covered in vines and flowers.

Inside there was a wooden table and four chairs for kids to play on. Of course, I was instantly inside shrieking, again, that I wanted it in my backyard I don’t have for the kids I don’t have yet. Oh, one day.

Then I saw the coolest toy ever – a Nail Chime (I made the name up). Within a stone wall, there is an arch with a gap in the middle. In that gap, there were tons of nails of different sizes and gauges stuck into either side of the gap. The kids, or me in this case, drop tiny rocks through the top of the gap and as the rocks fall and hit the nails, you hear the most entrancing music. I couldn’t get enough.

What you see when you are dropping in the rocks

David finally peeled me away so the real children could have a chance to play. Sorry, I don’t like to share.

The last thing I saw and I feel in love with was the Vine Tunnel. Like the Topiary Play House, this Vine Tunnel is a metal frame with vines and flowers growing all over it. Naturally, I went inside (did you expect anything less?).

I was instantly transported back to my pre-school days.

We had concrete irrigation tubes in our playground area to play in and on (yeah, that would never be there today, hi, safety). One time, my friends, Jennifer and Cheryl, and I were playing inside one of the tubes and didn’t know the class went inside, so we were left out there in our imaginary world for who knows how long. Eventually, a teacher came out and found us. Who knew we were such trouble makers!

I dedicate this garden experience to those two gals. Thanks for the great memories, ladies. When I have my backyard children’s garden you’ll have to come over for tea…inside the Vine Tunnel.

 We spent about 5 hours at the Gardens and didn’t even see it all. An almost perfect day in California. Note to self: Next time wear better shoes.


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New Out of Old

I have been looking for a solution for my jewerly storage for a long time. I was tired of neclaces getting tangled and earrings misplaced or lost. There is nothing more annoying that going to get your favorite pair of earrings just to discover you’ve lost one of them. ERRG.  One night,  I dreamt of something  that held my jewerly one night that involved shutters. I know, random. So, I adjusted the materials a bit and finally settled on pictures frames, window screening, and bend paper clips. And this is what I came up with.

Can you tell what my favorite color is? Hummmm.  I found the two frames at an estate sale and paid all of $1 total for them. NICE. I’m very proud of my green thriftiness. The best part is, there’s room to grow.  Time to go shopping.

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Swiss Butterflies

We’ve all been there, and if you haven’t you will be at some point. A friend calls you announcing she’s preggers. After your duel squeeling, you ask the the top two questions: “When are you due?” and “Is it a boy or a girl?” And the you hear, “We’re waiting to find out the gender. We want to be surprised.” UGH!

Now, I love surprises and mystery, and, let’s be honest, I’ll probably decided to wait to find out too whenever I get preggers myself  (no, family, we’re not trying). But, until then,  it kinda complicates my schedule having to shop for Baby Switzerland. It’s frustrating and take MUCH more time because there really aren’t very many adorable “neutral” baby selections.

DING, DING! What is that I realize? There’s a NEED in the baby market? Actually, there are TWO. One, stylish neutrals that don’t look like yellow and green threw up on a onesie. And, second, awesome boy clothing in general. If I see one more over the top, cheesy airplane with the words Wooosh written by it, I’m going to start throwing things. So, this is my committment to the little boys and “who knows what you are yet” kids out there. You WILL have options, dang it!

So, to start it off with a bang, I announce to you Swiss Butterflies: A neutral solution to not knowing the baby’s gender. This was a custom order quilt and I LOVED shopping for it. A major challenge. I must admit, as my friend Heather and I were shopping for fabrics, the client called and shared the baby’s gender – a boy. So, a little blue was tossed in for a splash of color since it would match the nursery colors. Nevertheless, I think it is beautiful for either gender. I will make another completely neutral quilt with nothing but creams, whites and tans,  soon. I know, get excited for purdy options!

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