This collage was created by Nathalie Goldberg of capture.create using a Martha Stewart butterfly punch
and a variety of different scraps of paper: junk mail, scrapbook paper,
pages from old books, etc. Her white sheet of background cardstock was
cut to 10x8 to fit into the mat of the black frame. She used tiny foam dots as adhesive. Very nice.
Beautiful prints and original watercolors from Geninne's Art Store. Originals are under $100 and prints are around $30. Very affordable for a kid's room!
These should help kids eat their vegetables! From The Spoon Sisters. Bulldozers, airplanes and dinosaurs.
The Nesting blog has some great photos and creative tips for corralling all those trinkets and displaying artwork in your home. A few are shown below...
These pretty organization boards are from
Shim + Sons, a small design studio based in Portland, Oregon. You can get these on their Etsy shop. Everything is one-of-a-kind and made by hand.
A nice, natural little birdhouse for your backyard friends. Available here for $40.
Sister Tootie introduced me to the wonders of Three Potato Four, a cute online shop featuring many unique collectible items for the home. Kid items, accessories, artwork - you name it. Always rotating with lots of vintage items.
This cool contraption solves the dilemma of what to do with all those herbs you picked in your backyard (or bought at the store). The herb stems sit slightly submerged in the water of the water-well,
keeping them fresh and prolonging their life for up to three weeks. Available here for $34.
If you're a serious Foodie, then turn away. Turn away. Click that red X button and just move along. This website rocked my world. I love the Food Network and have many of these cookbooks. Thing is...you never really know how many calories you're ingesting or money you're spending with these recipes. I practically wept when I witnessed the nutritional information for Ina Garten's (The Barefoot Contessa - LOVE her) "grown up mac and cheese". I won't stop cooking these delicious meals, but I sure will remember moderation now. Especially with Emeril's homemade egg nog. Whoa.
This is THE coolest thing ever. It's a musical search engine called Songza. Simply type in your favorite song and it will play it for you (and possibly even link you to the video). I punched in "Safety Dance", "Livin On A Prayer", "Total Eclipse of the Heart", and Outfield's "Your Love" and had myself a little 80s party. We can dance if you want to, we can leave your friends behind, 'cause your friends don't dance and if they don't dance well they're no friends of mine.
Update: Upon closer examination, it appears this website was founded by Aza Raskin, son of Apple founder Jef Raskin. Genius runs in the genes...
These are beautiful, hefty, and the price is amazing ($36 - $54). Ebay store Joe's Rock Shop has some beautiful Agate bookends. We got a set for the little one's bookcase (since she is a massive rock hound), and we were SO impressed. Love these.
I know a few people who would love this. Designed by Spazio Rossana Orlandi and debuted in Milan in 2006.
Plodes Studio designed these unusual barnacle shelves. I guess if you're working an "Under the Sea" theme in your kid's room, this would be perfect. You know a kid would love to stuff these full of acorns and rocks they found at school. Or maybe for a beach house? Definitely a conversation piece. Set of 3 for $220.
Giant fortune cookies rock. We got one from my BFF for Christmas and it was huge, personalized, and actually tasted GOOD. Sumo Cookies make enormous gourmet fortune cookies with personalized messages. They even provide some stuffed with candy. Another great alternative for Valentine's Day.
Instead of chocolates, why not these great cookies from Eleni's? Beautiful, hand-iced sugar cookies for around $60 a tin.
Architect Andrew Maynard has designed a structural plywood/alloy/recycled plastic $35 bike. "The OLC bike is a very simple, cheap, 'one size fits all' plywood
bicycle for the mass market. The materials are all cheap and easily
available and the materials are all recyclable or
recycled. OLC is quickly assembled through the use of CNC technology.
The majority of elements are glued rather than mechanically fixed,
providing the bike with incredible strength from modest materials." OLC is for 'one less car'.
I just know how many times my kid has left her (metal) bike outside in the rain, so I wonder if the plywood can take the elements. And will I get splinters? Regardless, an interesting and affordable take - I hope he gets that Ikea contract.
This is a wonderful idea...Nance Miller, a teacher in Mill Valley, California, has created an art-exchange project called Art2Heart, which brings art to orphans around the world and then helps them create their own masterpieces. It's sole purpose is to connect underprivileged children with someone
else in the world who cares. Draw a picture, send it to 559 Marin
Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941, and they will get it to a child who will send
one back to you!
These unusual and beautiful bouquets from Portland shop Ink & Peat would be a nice change from pink carnations and baby's breath this Valentine's Day!
These beautiful wreaths from artist haru on etsy are made from old sheet music, catalogs, and gift wrap. These 13" indoor wreaths can be hung from a green satin ribbon (included) and cost $80.
Modern Bunk Beds from ModernTots...
My sisters and I used to make tons of Pompons at my grandmother's house. I have no idea what became of them and I couldn't make a pompon now if my life depended on it. Luckily, there are kits!They are super easy to make. What you do with them afterwards is up to you...although Decor 8 had a nice photo of a pompon bedspread.
Steak Au Poivre
Gourmet Magazine, 1955...a classic!
Add Cognac (use caution; it may ignite) and boil, stirring, until liquid is reduced to a glaze, 2 to 3 minutes. Add cream and any meat juices accumulated on platter and boil sauce, stirring occasionally, until reduced by half, 3 to 5 minutes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter and cook over low heat, swirling skillet, until butter is incorporated. Serve sauce with steaks.
At Home with Kim Vallee has a great Super Bowl Menu with recipes from chefs around the country...braised short rib meatballs with wild mushroom Sunday gravy, Florida shrimp with mango curry...yum. Definitely would fancy up the typical food on game day.
Some cute pink gifts for Valentine's Day from Robin's Egg Blue. Felt cupcakes, English Garden Gift Set, and Valentine's Bird Seed Scarf.