Friday, November 30, 2012

Little Green Sweater

Can we agree to forget this past week's crimes: toothbrushes, markers, bolts flushed down the toilet, broken cups, half a bottle of children's motrin drowned just for fun, fruit bars in the dryer, toys on the roof, pee on the floor, and all the rest that made me so angry I could cry, for the sake of how cute he looked in that little green sweater in the rain yesterday? A hand knit handmedown sewn by a friend's aunt for Arlo as an infant, passed down to each boy, until finally landing on these perfectly wild shoulders. Looking shockingly more snug than last year when seemed to swallow him whole.

Because, when we he does finally outgrow it, my heart will surely break.






Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Start of Christmas



Piece by piece we are readying the house for Christmas.

One box pulled from the attic this weekend ended up scattered in mostly mangled clumps around their room. Little shinny trees, old ornaments, and worn stuffed holiday animals atop the shelf, lights above their bed.

Saturday morning we will pull down the other boxes and pick out a tree. Hang the lights. Finish up the details and make some felt garland and paper decorations. My, well thought, hard worked creations stemming from the pages of pinterest, mixed with their quirky, organically born tree contributions; of which, always end up better anyway.



Hard to believe the big countdown starts tomorrow.

Etsy Holiday Shop

I'm still working on my list of favorite shops to share here, hopefully tomorrow, in support of a Handmade Christmas, but today I wanted to shed light on something new happening for Etsy this season. A real, brick and mortar shop opening down in SoHo today until December 8th. If you're around the NY area, check it out. Our teepees made it there, as well all kinds of other fantastically unique holiday gift ideas. They've pulled some great items from some amazing new shops. Hopefully it's a trend that continues.

More into here.





Monday, November 26, 2012

Dwell Home Tour

It's late, and I'm exhausted. But I wanted to squeeze in this one post to share the Dwell home tour I tagged along on a couple weeks ago down in San Diego. Not only did I get to wander around these incredibly cool (sometimes, slightly TOO cool) homes, but I also met some very amazing new people - "friends" as well. 

In specific: 
Summer, from Modern Haus, who I'd known previously only from IG but fell in love with immediately based on her sharp wit and obviously big hearted nature. Plus she's stylish and well read. And it shows. 

Dusty: A good time. And a good man. If only because he's a master of wood and didn't complain once during an entire afternoon with a car full of anxious women overtalking blogs and modernism.

Jules: The gal responsible for snagging me the ticket in the first place, in the guise of "press" which made my camera toting self feel a little less awkward about snapping photos along the way. A press pass will make you feel official. I learned that. Anyway, she is sweet girl and very easy to like. 

Morgan: As in Morgan from The Brick House, which is, by far, one of my very favorite decor themed blogs. Has been for awhile. I've admired TBH for a couple years now, obsessing over every project and furniture swap she makes, so much so that I find myself looking at bare corners in my own home wondering "now, what would the brick house do...?" She's great. Her writing is smart and funny and her eye is just as sharp. I am not ashamed to say I felt a teensy bit star struck at meeting such a beloved blogger especially amid such a design heavy meet up. I don't know much about modernism and I certainly don't know much about design. But I had a fun time pretending. 

As for the homes. They were just as inspiring as I had hoped. Only a few of them felt far too stark and empty for my tastes. I mean, I can appreciate bare spaces and bold accents, but the house's void of any STUFF really baffled me. 

The obvious favorite was the Harris Residence. A one story mid century home that has been inhabited by the same woman and her family for over 30 years. Lovely light, historic appeal and lots of warm touches and personal knick knacks the others were all stripped of. The kitchen and the fireplace were my personal favorite features and the wide open backyard peppered with fruit trees was pretty spectacular too. All in all, it was the highlight of the tour. And the only house I didn't want to leave. Ever. 


*as seen in the last 8 photos. 



In the end it was a good day that turned into a nice evening filled with margaritas and Mexican food.
And you know, you can't beat that.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Above all, we are thankful for our days together.

For all the simple things that paint our memories with love and wonder. The moments we remember at the end of each night, just before we fall asleep. And then down the road, twenty years to come.

We are thankful for them all.



Happy Thanksgiving. From us to you.
J


 
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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Scenes From A Weekend // Roadside Woodmen

Sunday, while Mike was busy sanding wood poles and organizing his work space, I decided to take the boys down the street to a local wine and cheese stop to set up shop selling what teepee scraps they had gathered and wrapped in burlap to sell as firewood this past week. 5 dollars a bundle, with all proceeds heading to a local charity (This idea didn't immediately sit well with Arlo, but after a little explaining, he started to see how important it is to give as well as receive this time of year) and eventually, even seemed pretty excited about it. 

They didn't sell much, but it was a fun two hours waving at cars and snacking on some of the fancy candy from down the road. And, obviously the lesson involved was worth much more than what was filling their little tin jug at the end of the day anyway. 



Tonight, we'll make use of our own wood stockpile. A warm fire and some pumpkin bread awaits. Arlo has this next week off, so we've got some fun things in store as well as counting down the days till our favorite Thanksgiving feast. Man, I love this season. 













Friday, November 16, 2012

A Room Tour // A Beautiful Mess


Wanted to share our little room tour over at A Beautiful Mess today. We were delighted to be a part of their new "in home" series seeing that it's become one of my favorite features.

I've yet to ever to a proper tour here, so if you'd like, stop by and check it out!

Xx
J

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Around Here



We are soaking up these cooler evenings, making fires, and remembering our winter robes tucked in forgotten corners of our closet.

Taking turns filling the basket at the fireplace with wood from the piles in the driveway, setting the table and emptying the trash.

Making little turkey creations and singing little turkey songs.

Enjoying warm baths in the evening, and banana bread in the morning.

Writing Christmas lists and waiting on that elf on the shelf to make his way back into our home.

Playing handball on the neighbor's garage. Watching darker clouds roll in.

Playing pilgrims and cleaning up. Always cleaning up.

Reciting poems about America. Listening to Woody Guthrie in the afternoon, and counting dollars earned as new allowance on the weekends.

Reading, helping, playing, learning, exploring.

Tasting Fall and resting tired bones just after dark.

The days are shorter, but our hearts are full.

November is a good one.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Scenes From a Weekend // Birthday in L.A




This birthday I decided to spend with friends (some old, some new) seeing that I don't get nearly as much time to spend with them on a regular basis, in my regular life. It was a fun-filled weekend. That's for sure. Friday, exhausted by the week, Mike and I opted for dinner out and a movie at home. Saturday I was invited by some fancy blogger folk to my first ever Dwell home tour (which will be a post in itself later this week because it was amazing) bar with my brother later that night, and then Sunday I woke up and headed to L.A to join my best friend's family at a wine event where they were hosting their new wine brand "Blair Estate" It was a little tasting and some snacking on the gourmet food truck parked outside. A heavenly two hours in a beautiful old building in the city. Afterwards we met up with another old friend at Perch, which was incredible. The food was delicious and the view, totally breathtaking. I want to go back. Soon, but will have to pass on the 13$ beers next round. Sticking to cheap (er) domestic instead.

All in all it was a fun, full few days of celebration.

As of November tenth, I'm a bit older, and quite looking forward to what a brand new year has in store for me.

Thank you for your well-wishes.
xx
J