I was inspired to draw these tiny cages while bird-sitting our friend's sweet parakeet, Christabel. The kids were sad when I told them that our temporary pet (the best kind) would be heading back home so I created a little birdie friend for each.
And, naturally, turned them (the birds, not the kids) into stationery.
When the flag was laid out, the crowd joined in a chorus of the anthem. If you are someone who cries at parades (no mocking), you would have shed tears along with me. It was a beautiful and purely patriotic moment.
After a short round of applause a lone, deep voice emerged from the crowd. Quietly and confused, we listened.
Here's a gift we created a few years ago for Father's Day that's still a favorite. I shared it around the holidays but thought it would be worth mentioning again. It's easy, inexpensive and the results are so incredibly sweet.
Poster paper (one sheet for each letter)
Kids (number varies)
Wide picture frame
Cut out letters using a full-sized sheet of poster paper and hand them off to the kids.
Take as many shots as you can (vertical works best) and stop only when you've got a bunch of photos for each letter (or someone cries and tries to eat the paper).
Find your favorites and pop them into a frame. I printed them out as 4x6 inch photos and put them into a long Ribba frame from Ikea.
I don't have a photograph of the final framed product because it's at Brian's office but here's a small, digital version:
Have you noticed the new iGoogle showcase? You can set up your home page to look like Martha's, Anna Sui's (love that clock), Queen Rania's or Betsey Johnson's. I'm in love with Betsey's prints (they change throughout the day) so I used her color theme and added a bunch of gadgets I hadn't been using but should have (like Twitter and ToDo). I feel like I gave myself makeover just in time for summer!
Since I work out of my house and it's usually pretty crazy here, I thought I'd share some photos instead of inviting you all over for Take Your Customer to Work Day (which is really my loss because I'd love to have every one of you over for coffee).
I dream of having an amazing studio like this one or that one but I don't. Really. With the exception of the desk, which I bought years ago for my husband from a local woodworker, the furniture is what I like to call "re-purposed late-century Ikea" aka the furniture that was in my living room when I first graduated from college.
Even though I'd love to have my own studio space, my little corner of our busy downstairs family room is perfect. It allows me to keep an eye on the kids and encourages me to stop for play breaks.
Keep in mind, there are lots of reasons that I didn't give you a wide shot of the room. Like this:
Thank goodness for early bedtimes, portable laptops, and cozy corners upstairs like this:
Growing up, I felt such a connection with the characters on Sesame Street. Maybe it's because I remember my own childhood trip to the store for "a loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter" (I'll save that story for another day) or because the front stoop at 123 looked a lot like my own in Ridgewood.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street and I've spent the past four hours some time on You Tube watching my favorites. What are yours?
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I'm going to attempt to make sopapillas tonight (using a recipe from Emeril). While in New Mexico a few years ago, I fell in love with these fluffy pillows of fried dough. We ordered them at every restaurant from Albuquerque to the Colorado border.
I might as well include some photos from Flickr because if they're good, they'll be eaten before the camera comes out. If they're bad, well...is fried dough ever really bad?
I am a full-time mother of two, part-time middle school counselor, and all-time champion at Hi Ho Cherry-O. I am also the principal designer, chief accountant, and head of the mailroom at Three Wheels Design & Paper.