Sunday, June 26, 2011

the pain train's a comin'.

red devil

 So, Oliver is officially walking, and climbing up on the couch, and throwing his chubby leg up and over a little ride on far there haven't been too many painful spills, but this has only been going on for about a month or so.  he has been throwing mischievous looks our way just before he sneaks over to the water cooler, or before he is about to go into the ever so off limits laundry room, or to sneak into the bathroom at full speed... but he always lets us know when he's about to do something bad by shouting a little "ahh!".  Thanks for the warning my little gingerbread man.  I hope you don't bonk your head as much as your big brother did.

design spray

In keeping with the pain train theme...C'mon, a Railroad plate!? E could be watching Thomas while eating Thomas pasta with traincar in hand.  I feel like with the right handyman/woman know how, this could be reproduced fairly easily with some non toxic wood glue, some screws, a wooden cutting board and some tracks...or you could just buy this lovely utilitarian railroad plate.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Thrift Bandit

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Sometimes it can be a little rough out there on the thrifting front...but not yesterday!  My gal Cindy and I made off like some thrifty bandits and it feels good.  I have already washed all china, and laundered all linens (I figure washing thrift store sheets on hot/cold with tons of white vinegar, detergent and oxyclean will get whatever biologically offensive molecules out).  The chicks are perched in my kitchen window and the bamboo sheets are already parked on Elliott's bed.  Ooh, I also scored on a couple of vintage dresses but they need to be taken in a bit here and there, and for $3 a pop I will gladly put alterations on my to do list. 

R.I.P. Peter Falk

Not really growing up with any real grandfatherly figures in my life, Peter Falk was always on my list of those that would be candidates to fulfill that role (along with Jacques Pepin).  In his honor, I am going to be watching The Princess Bride, Murder by Death, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Made, Wings of Desire, obviously I'll have to dabble in a few Columbo episodes as well if they are available on the Netflix instant view.  So sad. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

'one piece dress in girls' and chubbies' sizes:'

Out of the lot of little girls' dress patterns that my grandma gave to me and made for my mom and aunt back in the mid-century, only a handful are an option when it comes to the fit.  The sizing is a little strange by today's standards but I couldn't help but think of Ricky Lake in Hairspray, with this 'Chubbies' sizes'.  You just don't see that anymore.  With that aside, I love the sleeveless striped and scalloped neckline little number in the middle.  I think I could pull it off.  Thanks again grammy.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Pool Morning

The early morning is really the only tolerable time to get outside with little ones this time of the summer here in Houston ( 9:30 am = 91 degrees).  We finally got a new pool for them and gave it a whirl.  Armed with loads of mosquito repellant and sunscreen, nobody got bit or burned.  Success. 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

eau de I love you

kisu has got to be my favorite new scent that I used to just sample every time I went to my day dream shop kuhl linscomb.  I'm not sure how I found it or if I was just aesthetically drawn to the display case but for someone who is not a big wearer of perfumes,  I am obsessed with it.  Perfumes and I have very fleeting relationships, they always start with all the heady-ness of something great, and then before long I'm giving them the old it's not you, it's me line, then it's in to the menagerie of past olfactory loves that sit in my bathroom cabinet. They are all little memories that I like to sniff once in a while for an instant flash back to days of old.  I am sort of the same way with music, I will o.d. on a particular band and then I can't bear to listen to them down the line until an acceptable time has past proportionate to the level that I was obsessed.  I'm taking it slow and steady with my new fling. 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

in the morning...

I wish I could have slept in till this time.

bed view

O's reclaimed pants that I whipped up from the pair Geoff ripped beyond repair.

the general mood this morning



shoulder pain, baby sandwich, COFFEE, Robin Hood, peanut butter + banana english muffins, COFFEE, green clay fight with elliott, cold pizza leftovers, morning nap.  Ready to get out of the house now.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tights! Tights! Tights! (and leggings)

My legs, they have not seen the light of day for probably the better part of my life.  If you can imagine a blinding translucence with a handful of bruises, then you can imagine my situation.  One bruise-less day I hope to wear shorts or a skirt to display some leg that I can stand for!  Till then I will wear my shorts with leggings or tights, even though it is 112 degrees out.  and I will continue to wear sweaters to shield the top part of me from being unevenly sunkissed.  If there is anything I hate more than anything, that thing would be noticeable tan lines (or in my case - burn lines).  Bring it on you scummy heat index, you can't make me take it off!

so cute

it's that kind of a morning

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Little Library

Literary morning

I am a Bunny by Richard Scarry - Excellent board book

The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery - Classique!

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - Swashbuckling...

Peter Rabbit by Wallace C. Wadsworth - oh so cute illustrations, a family heirloom.

Best Story Book Ever by Richard Scarry - one of Elliott's favorites, he loves the insect section.

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak - a little boy's trip through a trippy dream with holocaust undertones.  Controversial.

Coco The Far Out Poodle by Jon Whitcomb - I love Coco, what a priss.

The Muffin Muncher by Steven Cosgrove- 'Helping others makes it easier for them to help you', written by a hippie power couple.

Cautionary Tales For Children by Hilaire Belloc - Teaches some hard hitting lessons with some serious consequences.

The Golden Circus by Kathryn Jackson - I would love to join this circus, and some of the animals are flocked for your petting pleasure.

Moths and Mothers, Feathers and Fathers by Larry Shles - owl family

Animal Children The Friends of the Forest and the Plain by Edith Brown Kirkwood - the most beautiful dressed up animals I've ever seen.  This book needs to be a post on it's own.

I Like You by Sandol Stoddard Warburg - I like you too.