Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Giveaway!

 It's pretty hard not to be happy when looking at this weeks giveaway! Jonna Saarinen is the lovely Finnish designer behind these vibrant babies and now resides in London where she graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design and The Royal College of Art. Jonna's playful colors and textures are timeless and versatile but most importantly they are fun. The wooden trey collection is brilliant! I can easily think of a million different ways to use them in my home besides dining on. I really love the idea of using them as jewelry displays. And what about the tea towels!? I'm a major sucker for kitchen linen and I love the bold colors and patterns Jonna uses in her textiles.
 She also recently did a collaboration with a dear friend of hers Kangan Arora for Jonna x Kangan and it seriously kicks ass! See for yourselves what I'm talking about, way cool.
Jonna Saarinen is offering one lucky reader this nautical tea towel and trey bundle! 
And guess what? 
All you have to do is leave a comment sharing your favorite piece from Jonna's shop with your email address and I will randomly pick a winner on Friday, October 12th! Easy as pie, my friends!
 For further information check out her website, Tumblr and Twitter!
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Thursday, September 27, 2012

My thrifting loot!

 Hey yo, this is the second Kaj Franck heart enamel bowl that I have found while thrifting! Such a fun score!
 I love these pretty pretties! They have the sweetest wedge too.
 Oooh, I really want to keep this one!!
 Sweet puzzle for the little.
 I'm a sucker for bright, woven belts!
 This little fella's bottom opens for either a candle or incense.
These babies are going straight to the mall space. Boo! Two sizes too small!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Miles and Me

(fingers in the mouth at all times...)
We laid low most of last week while Miles was feeling crummy but we did take advantage of the cooling weather and bundled ourselves up for fun at the park. I wanted to get baby sickie-pants out of the house for some outdoor fun on the playground. He's still a bit too little to fully understand some of the bigger jungle gym toys but he really loved the swings!
We have lots of friends, great friends, but I am starting to really feel the need to make a better connection with other parents out there who are involved in children's activities in our community. Most days its just Miles and me while papa works and I love that he's my best bud, but I'm definetly wanting to get us in playgroups during the day. I think its important for Miles to make pals and for me to make more friends with children that I can connect with. We are really excited about starting baby sign language this week and going to story time at our local library. Its a little daunting finding/starting activities and play dates with people we don't know yet but Miles is such a warm and fun kiddo that I hope it wont be long before we meet other cool families to hang with.

Friday, September 21, 2012

A few of my favorite things

miles mama fall

Hey y'all, We've been a couple of sickies in our home this week so in an attempt to try and be productive around here I figured I'd share some of my favorite goodies online. I'm way too lazy right now to link the items but click the photo for the sites. By the way, how dreamy are those cranberry booties!
So Miles has his first cold. Nothing too bad, just a really runny noes and sneezing. Boy, our NoseFrida saved our butts! We haven't really had the opportunity to try it out until now and I've got to tell ya, this thing rules! Miles really hates it but it totally works way better then the nose "squeegy" aspirator and really easy to clean. Baby has definitely been super needy this week so not much has gotten done except movies, snuggles and a quick pop in to our neighborhood thrift store. No complaints from me! 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

nine months in, nine months out

Happy nine months, little buckaroo! 
We love, love, love you! 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thrifting finds!

 Howdy friends, I can't believe its been a few months since our last thrift post! I can't believe Miles is almost already nine months old! I cant believe summer is almost over!! My, how time flies when your having fun. Anyways, I made sure to snap some photos of my favorite finds recently before I schlep them to the antique mall this week. Miles and I have the weekend to ourselves while papas away camping with buddies, so I guess we better spend it playing at the park and estate sale shopping. Bummer! Hope everyone's weekend is as sweet as ours.
 Isn't this baseball tee AWESOME! Too bad its super small because this one would have been a definite keeper.

 This Pendleton blanket was a great find. Its in beautiful shape and the colors are perfect for Autumn!
 A sweet new toy for Miles.
 Pretty moccasins in tip top condition.
 How cute is this little fella!? And hes a bank too!
 A cool pair of men's harness boots for the shop.
 A few more owl friends for my boys room.
 This is such a perfect belt. The beading and leather are absolutely beautiful.
 Guess who these are for? We have a few more years till they fit but totally worth the wait!
Oh hey, pretty bowl!
Can one boy have too much denim? Nahhh!
Congratulations to Jodi for winning last weeks giveaway! Thanks so much for everyone who entered!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

This + That

A few of my favorite things...
Really neat kiddo crafts. I especially love the pasta skeletons and painted umbrella.
This is one of my favorite looks! I love her laid back look, denim on denim and wooden sandals.
A few new blogs I like 1 2 4
We have decided on a "vintage" circus theme for Miles' first birthday. This should be fun!
Hello, dream wedding!
Thinking of this makes my belly warm.
A favorite album of mine that I think you would like.
We recently painted our bedroom walls a dark chocolate. These are some other cool rooms 1 2 3

This one is always in my head.
So Long, Marianne (Album Version) by Leonard Cohen on Grooveshark

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Instagram lately

 Willow kept me company while working on jewelry late one night. Trying to get back in the swing of things. I feel strongly inspired right now but trying to find the time to spend a few hours on earrings is pretty rare. Maybe Autumn will be my time to get my butt in gear!
Yum! A dear family friend treated me with a gift certificate to The Meadow here in Portland. So delicious!
 The sweetest funny face!
 I am so excited for cooler weather and little baby beanies!
 Our extra special handmade koozie by Godspeed Leatherwerks.
Oh, this little one!
 An eventful day at the science museum with my sweethearts!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Baby proofing tips!

Hello Tuesday! Hope everyone's weekend was swell. It seems like summer is dwindling down and everyone is headed back to school in anticipation of Fall. I definitely know that we are soaking up all the beautiful sun we can get here in the Pacific Northwest but yesterdays cool weather was a nice preview of autumn and reminded me why I moved to Oregon. Last week I mentioned how papa and I started to baby proof our house and I wanted to share a few tips and tricks to keeping your home still feeling like "you" yet safe for your little one. We have a lot of stuff and I was clearly in denial that our kid would mess with any of it. Seriously, in my mind I just kept thinking that all I would have to do is tell Miles "No Bubbie, don't touch!" YEAH, FREAKING RIGHT! Once my babe started to stand up it seemed as if all curiosities let loose and nothing was out of reach not to mention everything went in his mouth. The continuous picking up after the stack of books and records that I just cleaned up was torture and had to stop. In all seriousness, my major concern was the safety of my boy in our home so last week we decided to move all of our knick knacks up and take any hazardous stuff out.
We moved our hairpin plant stands to the porch and isolated the rest of the greens with the wooden screen to keep Miles from knocking down the plants. This really opened the space up with more room for him to play in too.
Papa added a simple shelf to this stand for added book storage and moved the crate to face inward to keep Miles from getting to it. Worked like a charm!  
 A few of our records were displayed in a stand that was totally in Miles' reach and were getting destroyed. So to help salvage our records yet still have them close by the player, we moved them into a metal crate that is deep enough that Miles cant pull them out...yet!
 Papa worked super hard on making these wonderful shelves for our living room. All the pre-made shelving that we saw at Home Depot were in poor quality and not worth the price. We ended up buying lumber and cutting them down to size at home to fit the entry way space. Steve painted them a dark chocolate which complimented all of our bits and baubles really well. Adding these shelves was a major importance on our baby proofing list and we are so happy with the end result!
 We moved everything off of all reachable surfaces and added boxes everywhere. We stored our dvds and books into these affordable boxes from Ikea and other crates to keep our kiddos curious hand from getting to them. We are big fans of baskets, crates, boxes and containers! We like our home to stay somewhat organized and having baskets around the living room to put his toys into really makes cleaning up easy and consistent. We store all of our smaller odds and ends in these super neat cubbie drawers on the coffee table. 
 Having toys at arms reach is waaaay better then grabbing books and knick knacks!
We added a shelf and toys to our crate stands for Miles to play with. Those magazines later ended up in the basement and more toys joined.
 Steve also added more shelves to our kitchen with the left over lumber.
We weren't prepared for the heat wave that hit us the first week of August and in an attempt to stay cool we used this awesome old fan in our living room. Stupid, stupid idea! Not only is it a major danger to peoples hands, the damn thing ate my hair. I was bending over to unplug it one night when the blades grabbed my hair and tangled it close to my scalp before I knew it. Scary! Luckily, Steve was home to help cut my hair out of the damn thing but once that happened I became terribly aware that Miles could become in reach of it at any time. Needless to say, we moved it to our bedroom for display use only. 
If your like me and have a cluttered home, just be super cautious of all of your possessions, big or small, at your kiddos reach. I know that's a no-brainer thing to say but you'd be surprised at all of the things we first over looked until he wiggled his way into it.