Friday, April 29, 2011

{Fabric Friday} fabric smiles...

Do you remember Kari, the winner of the Creative Bundle Contest? Well, she's been busy creatively making smiles on her son's face lately with a new fabric creation that  I just had to share! She made this soft flip book for her son, Max, for Easter. Each face represents someone in their family! I was so tickled when I saw her blog post about it yesterday. 

She even used some of her prize klt:fabric bundles for this project. Isn't this the greatest photo? I love how he's so into his family of faces. He also looks adorable in his new squirrel tee! Kari, Max is one lucky kid! Thanks for sharing your cool project!! Happy Fabric Friday everyone! Do you have any fun projects lined up for the weekend?

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

{Real Life} Tea for Two...

Not too long ago, I received a beautiful catalog in the mail. You know, the kind that kicks around on the table for awhile because you are never quite finished going through it? The pages were getting more & more dog-eared as time went by until finally, I made an order. The great thing is, not only did I order some cool things for Sayer, but I ordered for me too! Because honestly, sometimes we need to wear something other than our favorite klt:works tees around here & Mother's Day is just right around the corner, right?

If you haven't guessed yet, our special, Mother's Day inspired order was from the gorgeous, San Francisco based, Tea Collection. While you may be familiar with their wonderful children's clothing line, did you know that they have a women's line too? Sayer & I were so thrilled by our mother & son Tea parcel that we decided to try out our new clothing right away (& of course, I brought my camera along). We romped in the alleys downtown...played at the beach, & goofed around in the studio a bit.

It's safe to say, that the Tea Collection fits into our Northwest way of life really well. Sayer's painter roll up pants are great & so practical! He's pretty much lived in them since they arrived at our doorstep. His little surfer hoodie & shirt  became instant favorites as well. I have to say, I'm really happy I bought myself the tunic too. It's so nice when I can find a creative company that compliments klt:works so beautifully. For you moms to little girls out there, go check out their girl collection- it's so adorable! So, here are three big cheers to a favorite west coast company!  In addition to having stellar products, their customer service was top notch too. 

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Monday, April 25, 2011

{Music Monday} Draw...

Three main ingredients for a fun rainy day inside with kiddo: 

1. chalk board wall (with plenty of chalk included)
2. Ed Emberly drawing books
3. Barenaked Ladies, Snack Time cd 

Mix all together & DRAW!  Happy Music Monday! What's your favorite rainy day activity?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

{Vintage Reads} The Seiden Bunny Mystery...

On this Easter Eve, I thought it would be appropriate to share a little mystery about bunnies. It's no secret that I'm a vintage book nut. I'm always on the hunt for a new treasure to add to my collection. But when I find a book illustrated by Art Seiden, my heart pitter pats a little bit extra. My collection has even doubled since my last Art Seiden post - I've had good thrifting karma lately. Well, I made a discovery a while back that has me puzzled. Did Art Seiden have a wife who illustrated books too? 

I'm what you might call a research or information junkie. I love to research about illustrators, authors, artists, designers, musicians- you name it. If I find a person's work inspiring, I'm always curious to find out more about the process & influences in that person's work. I'm particularly fascinated in couples that are both artists. When I stumbled on a book illustrated by a Bea Rabin Seiden- it really got my wheels turning. Her illustrations were done for Wonder Books around the same time that Art Seiden did illustrations for Wonder Books. They both worked with author, Alf Evers too. I thought there was a definite style similarity as well. Unfortunately, there really isn't any information. This book seems to be the only one on record that she has illustrated. I even checked in with my two vintage expert friends, Alix (modern kiddo) & Heather (3ring circus) to see if they could help me shed some light on this puzzle. Either way, I love Bea's bunnies. Here are some of the illustrations from the book, The Hungry Baby Bunny.

The illustrations for, Sonny the Lucky Bunny, are pretty great too. My favorite is probably the lion dancing with the bunny. I'm always drawn to Art Seiden's lions. Here are a few of Art's illustrations. (His is the very first illustration of the post too.)

Yes, this is the sort of thing that occupies my mind. I know, it really doesn't matter whether they are related or not. I just found it an interesting coincidence & fun to think about the two of them in their house together, happily drawing bunnies.  Happy Easter everyone! 


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