Every once in a while I look back at my blog posts and realize how many posts there are about things that I'm obsessing over or dreaming about. A better kitchen, some fun new clothes, a nicer sewing studio, etc...To an outsider it may seem as though I'm just wanting more and more. I do have to say that I'm naturally drawn to interior design, I really do enjoy house projects and I love fashion. So I will alsways be posting and sharing fun home or fashion related things that I come accross.
But that doesn't mean that I'm not grateful for everything that I have. I actually think about how lucky I am every day. I have an amazing husband and family, and great friends. I'm able to pursue a career that I love from home and therefore spend a ton of time with my daughter. I adore my house and am very thankful for everything that our family has. If we stayed in this home forever, I'd be perfectly happy. And honestly, as long as I have my little family to share it with, then it's perfect!
Just had to put that out there! Also-next week is Parker's spring break...so if you don't hear from me on the blog...that's why. I'll be busy with my little lady!
About two years ago I got this adorable fabric from some shop on etsy:
I can't even remember what shop. I clearly didn't read the listing very well because when it arrived it was not the jersey knit I thought it would be but more of a drapey, silky rayon. So I stashed it on my fabric shelf and figured I'd find something to use it for someday.
Recently, Parker has been asking for some new shortsleeve nightgowns. And she randomly pulled the kitty fabric out this weekend and asked if I could make her something with it. I figured it would be perfect for a night gown! She also decided that she wanted to have matching nightgowns with her cousin Jamie who we are going to see next week. So I whipped up two of these in just over an hour.
I just took one of P's nightgowns and used that for a pattern for the bodice. For the sleeves though, I used the Flutter Sleeve pattern by Lil Blue Boo. Super easy and super quick! I actually made a third one the next day out of some other drapey flowery fabric that I have (no pic)...so now Parker has two new nighties! And she's worn one or the other for the past several nights so I think they're comfy!
And this is a kid who likes to lounge around in her jammies whenever possible so she can never have enough cute and comfy nighties!
WE'RE GOING TO PARIS!! The plane tickets are booked and the apartment is rented! This trip is so long over due for me and it can't come soon enough! I'll have to wait several months though because it's not until November. But I feel like summer will pass quickly and it will be here before we know it.
I'm headed there and meeting my mom and my twin sister Sabina for 5 days. Then Dave and Parker will meet me over there and we'll be there for another week and half. That's right- I get two whole weeks in Paris! I get the best of both worlds-I get a girls' trip with my mom and my sister and I get a family trip with my favorite two peeps. And I'm so excited to have Dave and Parker there. It's where I grew up and I can't wait to share everything about my childhood with them. Where I went to school, where we lived, some of the parks we went to, fun stores like Monoprix, etc...I absolutely can't wait!
And bonus...on the way back we are spending 3 days in Reykjavik, Iceland! I have to admit that Reykjavik is not someplace that I would have thought of for tacking on to our trip. But, we are flying Iceland Air and we connect through there on the way back so we thought, why not?! I have actually always been interested in visiting a Nordic country so here's my chance! I am super excited to check it out. I have heard amazing things about it and heard that it's a great vacation city.
Did I mention that I CAN"T WAIT?!! Happy weekend!!
Well...the main happening around here is that we got a trampoline. Parker and Dave have been lobbying for one for a while now and I finally caved! I just couldn't fathom having such a large eyesore in my pretty backyard. Luckily, our yard is big enough that the trampoline tucks nicely into the very end of it, still leaving enough space for open grass, landscaping, etc...And now that we have it, I really like it. First of all, the amount of entertainment it's giving Parker and her friends is huge...I mean hours of entertainment. Not to mention excersise....I'm even getting a few bonus workouts each week just by jumping on that thing! We went with a spring free trampoline...probably a bit more pricey but a lot safer and more durable. My sister has had one for about 5 years now and it's still as good as new.
The last picture is of Parker in a skateboarding class at All Together Skate in Seattle. The class is a $20 drop in class on Sundays and is run through Skate Like a Girl. Parker had a blast and we'll definitely be going back. In just an hour she learned several new skills. I may even sign her up for one of their summer camps.
Other than that, just the usual business of life. Lots of sewing for me...I also have new screenprint designs in the works. Overall just working on some fun summer dress designs!
...for this stunning painting that my sister and mom and I had comissioned by the very talented Stephanie Corfee...
My sister, Margaret who lives here in Seattle had a big birthday this past weekend and we really wanted to get something special for her. The quote on the painting is from The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The quote (translated into English) reads as follows:
about this kitchen...
And I'm dying to see the rest of it. But I can't find the original link. Anyhow, we have a perfectly fine kitchen...so I have no business dreaming about a new one. But I found this on pinterest and I can't get it out of my head. Now all sorts of ideas about a big new kitchen are spinning in my head!
When we moved in 10 years ago, our kitchen was a screaming eye sore. Bright blue and white swirly laminate everywhere...counters, floors, you name it. So we got rid of it all pretty quickly. We put in black soapstone countertops, white tile backsplash and bamboo floors. And all new appliances, And since then we've even added a big window that looks into the back yard and opened the kitchen up to the dining room. So we've oviously done a ton of work to our kitchen....but it's pretty small. And we all know that everyone ends up in the kitchen. The other night I hosted a party for my sister's birthday and I think at one point there were about 20 people hanging out in my little kitchen! Why does that happen?!
So my point of all of this rambling is, that I saw the above beautiful picture and now my wheels are spinning to knock our kitchen out onto our back patio and just have a nice big open kitchen that everyone can hang out in. Yeah that'll never happen...but a girl can dream right?!
I'm just goofing around with some online editing tools. I've been trying to teach myself photoshop but for some reason it seems a bit complicated. There are several free online editing sites so Ive been playing around with some this morning. I've got a terrible cold and am low on energy so that's about all I can muster up for today.
By the way, these two little ladies have been good buds since before they could walk. In the above photo they were getting ready for my Sounders shoot and just goofing around. The below picture is of the two of them at around age 2 maybe 3. It's fun to watch all of our close friends' kids grow up with each other. I hope these two will be as close when they're my age as they are now!
with this entryway:
I love everything about this...the wallpaper, the beadboard, the shelf, the bench. It's so bright and pretty. I actually have several house projects compiling in the back of my head and one of them is my entry way. It hasn't been touched in about 9 years since we tiled the floor and painted it red and I think it's time for a spruce up. And I think the above is just what I want! I mean, I'm sure it would be a pain in the ass but I think I could probably manage it.
The above wallpaper is from anthro but two others that I think would look lovely in my entry are below:
also from anthro
I also LOVE this one but don't know where it's from:
I'll just add this to my to do list...but I have kind of been obsessing over it so this may have to be a summer project for me!
...are these playhouses?
They're called Hobbit Holes! What kid wouldn't be in heaven with one of those in their yard?! We have a playhouse (pictured below) in our yard that we've had since Parker was about two. The past few summers I keep thinking it may be the last summer we keep it but she still loves it. She and our neighbor were in there for hours on the first nice afternoon this past month. Even though she's getting too tall for it she still plays in it. We'll for sure keep it for another year or two. Do your kids have backyard play houses? I definitely think they are worth the investment (and ours was pretty cheap to buy and we gave it an inexpensive makeover after a few years) as they provide hours of imaginitive play. Check out my post here on playhouses from a while back.