Saturday, June 4, 2011

{Everyday Inspiration} The Red Balloon

When we found out that we were having a little boy, one of my first purchases was the book, The Red Balloon. The movie had such an impact on me both emotionally & artistically that & all I could picture when I imagined what Sayer would be like, was the little boy in this story. For Sayer's third birthday this year, I took a bunch of pictures of him with a bundle of surprise birthday balloons that I had hidden for him in the studio. I was so tickled with that process & watching his sheer enjoyment. Those pictures are some of my favorites & inspired more balloon photos of myself for my 40th birthday a month later. 

To celebrate one year of having this blog, I wanted to create a new header. After a lot of thought, I decided to incorporate one of my favorite photos of Sayer with his balloons. To me, it says a lot about how I approach life, what is important to me, & what I'm drawn to aesthetically. It just seemed to fit. With some help from a sweet friend, this week I was finally able to see it all completed & it makes me smile. 

The Red Balloon started it all & continues to inspire me in so many ways. My official one year anniversary for this blog was actually March 23rd (I'm just a smidge late to recognize it). I wanted to make sure that I officially said thank you to everyone that has read this blog & left comments. I can't really tell you in words how much it means to me to have made the friends that I have made though the klt:sketchbook. Truly, this has been an amazing adventure & I can't wait to see (in pictures) how this next year unfolds. Thank you!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! 

Friday, June 3, 2011

{Real Life} Sunny day...grab your hat!

The sun is shining today & there's a gorgeous forecast of sunny days ahead! Do you know what that means? Short sleeve tees & cool hats! Enjoy your weekend! Sayer's all ready... 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

{Cool Things} Grain Design...

I had a chance to visit one of my favorite design shops this last weekend (IDEAL) & discovered Grain Design. I was intrigued with Grain's eco-friendly designs & wanted to learn more. 

Grain was founded in 2007 at the Rhode Island School of Design & is a collaborative of design thinkers with the shared vision of a more sustainable future. 

I was happy to read that they were founded at RISD- I have a soft spot for RISD designers because that is where my husband went to school & later taught (his mom & dad both went there as well). When cruisin' Grain's online shop, I stumbled on Spool - a build it yourself modular system . The possibilities are endless as to what you could create with it & I have been dreaming ever since. 

I love their "electric love" jewelry made out of reclaimed electrical wire too. I bought myself a green bangle at IDEAL & may just have to go back to get myself a ring (or another bangle) because I'm hooked. It's always so great to discover such innovative & eco-friendly designers- even more fun to learn that they are local (they now live in WA). So, Grain is my {cool things} pick of the week! Thanks for the introduction awesome IDEAL ladies! 

{all images via here}

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

{New} Babyccino Kids Boutiques...

For months Courtney, Esther, & Emilie, over at Babyccino Kids have been diligently planning & creating a big surprise that launches today. They have a brand new website that is now a  carefully curated shopping portal full of 100 of their favorite boutiques! With many categories to choose from you can browse their boutique picks for baby & children's fashion, home decor, toys, & essentials. Given their reputation for their impeccable taste & eye for what's hot, I can't wait to really dive in & explore.

Ok it's true, I'm even extra excited because klt:works has been selected to be a part of  this awesome shopping resource (under children's clothing). So, pop on over to Babbyccino Kids to see what all of the hubbub is about, I guarantee you'll be delighted with what you find. Job well done ladies! I'm so thrilled to have klt:works included in this adventure! 

Speaking of new looks & ideas, did you notice something different here at the klt:sketchbook? Thanks to this wonderful friend, there is a whole new look here too! What do you think?

Monday, May 30, 2011

{Real Life} go fly a kite...

It may not have been super sunny here in the NW over the long weekend, but it was a good weekend to fly a kite. Chris' father has been visiting for a few weeks from Rhode Island so Chris has been taking the weekends off, which has been really nice. We all hopped in the car on Sunday & headed to Gasworks Park in Seattle for a little kite flying. It's a really cool park that was built on a former site of a gasification plant & the ruins are a part of the park. The view of the city is incredible & there are lots of hills to walk or ride your bike up. Sayer was more interested in rolling down them. He just rolled, & rolled....

Our schedules have been so busy lately that taking the time to hang out together & just fly a kite was a welcomed change. It was a pretty relaxing day that ended with a trip to the sushi bar. 

What did you do this long weekend (or not long weekend)? 

{Music Monday} Ukulele Songs...

I really don't think it's because I'm from the Seattle area, that I'm looking forward to the new Eddie Vedder release tomorrow.  I've  been a Pearl Jam fan since the days of grunge (not to mention I liked his role in Singles). I love his concept of using the ukulele & have been really enjoying the first listen: Eddie Vedder, "Ukulele Songs" here. It's a perfect long weekend soundtrack, don't you think? Happy Music Monday! {via here & here}


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