Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I (heart) type

I suppose it's because of my training as a graphic designer that I am a sucker for anything that has to do with typography.  I love to use type throughout my home…it just makes me happy. 

 This R was one of my first was from Ballard Designs a few years back.

The OY was a gift from my friend Donna. She bought two JOY's during the holiday season--she gave me  the OY,  kept the other OY for herself and used the JJ to hang above her dog's bed.  (who's name was JJ)!

I was recently at Barnes and Noble and spotted this near the checkout. 

I am painting chairs for the grandchildren and plan on making seat cushions with this cute alphabet fabric. Stay turned to see the finished project!

This ampersand is a paperweight I keep on my desk. 

I adore the many alphabet prints and posters on They would be charming in a child's room. You can check them out here.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Springtime Birthday Party

Our Granddaughter recently turned three...time for a party!

Moussia had fun painting clay flower pots before adding potting soil and seeds
Round office supply stickers add fun dots to plain balloons

What's a springtime party without flowers?

Even the cupcakes had flowers!

 Springtime mini picnic baskets made perfect party favors

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Big Girl Bed

Several months before she turned three, Moussia started climbing out of her crib.
It's time for a big girl bed!
Since this was a birthday gift from Savta and Sabba (hebrew for grandmother and grandfather) I started looking months ahead of time on Craig's List for the perfect bed. The West Elm Marimekko comforter was purchased a year ago, (they no longer carry this teal/green color) so I knew I would paint the bed black to bring out the black stems and dots in the pattern. After looking for months, I fell in love with Spindle beds. Here is one I found for $1,299.99...

Gorgeous, but the price was NOT in my budget. After much looking on Craig's List I found this...
It had the spindles I was looking for, solid wood, very strong (should hold up to children using the bed as a trampoline) and the price was right, only $75 dollars!

With a few coats of  (NO-VOC) semi gloss paint, we were in business! Luckily, the bed comes apart in four pieces so I was able to transport it in my CRV. Oh, I forgot to mention, I went to my local lumberyard and asked them to cut slats so we don't need a box spring and the mattress can sit right on the slats.
Perfect! Now, if she would only stay in her bed all night... 
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