Monday, February 18, 2013

Elliot at Two

Our baby girl turned two last month. She is definitely learning to assert her independence, but overall, she is a sweet, smart, funny, social, precious little girl. We love her to pieces! At two years old...

She says countless words, speaks in 3-5 word sentences, and repeats everything she hears. She wants to know "what's sat?" and "who's sat?" I do my best to provide a satisfactory answer.

She loves her train set, her kitchen, her baby dolls, her doctor set, and her Little People dollhouse. She likes to read and do puzzles.

She knows how to count to around 13 and can nearly say the alphabet (or at least sing along some). She knows lots of colors, animal noises, a couple of shapes, and the names of everyone she sees on a regular basis. But, these skills are for her enjoyment, only, and if you ask to see them you will probably be disappointed (there's that independent streak).

She eats taco soup, chili, jambalaya, Thai food, Indian food, and Chinese food, but not peanut butter and jelly sandwiches or macaroni and cheese.

She gives kisses and hugs and makes us laugh every day! We love being her parents.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

DIY Idea: Rolling Basket

I came across this lovely basket by C.S. Post & Co. on Pinterest, and of course my first thought was "surely I could make that." I love the generous size, and I know Elliot would enjoy pushing her toys from room too room (she does it anyway, so the basket may as well have wheels!).

I later spotted this basket at HomeGoods and think it is a lovely candidate for a DIY version. I've been looking for attractive and affordable baskets for toys for months, so had I not just -- literally days before -- spent $60 on a pair of baskets from the Privet Home for Target collection (which seems to not be available online anymore), I would have snapped it up.
Then then seriously considered adding a set of these lovely brass casters to it.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Radio Silence

Why hello. Miss me? (Maybe don't answer that.) I missed you. I could offer a whole host of excuses for my absence, but, you know, just life. I wasn't here and now I am. At the moment at least. Truthfully, I want to be here. I think. I want to be somewhere, writing and connecting with like-minded folks, and here is an obvious place to do that. So what have I been doing?

Elliot turned one year old (in January!) and we had a house full of folks to celebrate and eat cake with us.

Now she's 19 months old (this photo is a few months old) and is the sweetest, smartest, silliest little person. Her blond hair curls at the nape of her neck, and though she will climb onto a piece of furniture given the chance, she is kind of terrified of the swings at the park.

She's a total mess. And a joy! We laugh every day (both with and at her).

I've taken up sewing, and find it to be a very satisfying, yet sometimes frustrating, hobby. Most of my efforts lately have been toward a boom of baby girls born among my friends, but I've got some projects up my sleeve. Do any of you sew?

That's about it for now. Thanks for stopping by. I hope to be back soon!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


Somebody (actually, two somebodies - Elliot was born on her Daddy's birthday) has a birthday coming up! My mind and spare time are consumed with all things fun and girly. Here is what is inspiring me ...

Photos: Cake, Cake, Once Wed, Jones Design Company, Style Me Pretty.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry, Merry!

Hail the heav'n-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Son of Righteousness

Light and life to all he brings
Ris'n with healing in His wings

Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth

Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Giving Thanks

Hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Photos: via Style Me Pretty, Southern Accents, via Brunch at Saks, Everyday Occasions, David A. Land for Better Homes & Gardens.

Monday, October 31, 2011


A little charcoal grey is about as spooky as I get.

Happy Halloween!

Photos: House & Home, Pinterest, via Wit and Delight, via Preppie Bettie, m. elle design.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Goldenrod Yellow

It's that time of year - the goldenrod is blooming everywhere. I clipped some from an empty lot near our neighborhood (I sure the guys in the pizza parlor next door think I'm crazy), but it wasn't as photogenic as it has been in years past. And while I am not usually a big yellow lover, I was quite taken with the color in House & Homes' Princess Margaret Showhome. Isn't this the most cheerful kitchen? Pairing the hue with a dusty charcoal gray and light wood finishes was unexpected and chic.

Photos are by Michael Graydon for Canadian House & Home.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Skirting the Issue

I love the skirted table that Erika had made for her daughter's second birthday. The fabric is very inexpensive, and she chose red so that she could use it again on holidays (how festive will it be on the 4th of July?).

Our dining room table's surface takes a beating when we have guests and it would be nice to have a floor-length cloth to use when we pull the chairs away. Ana Spiro has a lovely ticking-stripe cloth on her desk.

A box pleat would be pretty, too, and that might be a little more in-line with my sewing abilities. Now, where's my measuring tape?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mexican Sage

Fall must be near, because my Mexican Sage is beginning to bloom. I'm really not in the correct climate for it to flourish (or so the guy at the garden center tells me), but that doesn't stop me from dreaming about it spilling over a brick path and being all purple and soft and wonderful.

Happy Weekend!

* Photo info here.