The past two days have been rather eventful and thought-provoking for our family. On Monday, Scott got up, close and personal with a black bear during his morning run. He had stopped to pick some blackberries (we just can't get enough!) and turns out there was a bear on the other side of the bush, about 10 feet from where he was standing. Scared him nearly to death. But Tuesday was the real kicker when he was hit by a motorcyclist while driving home from work. He was making a left-hand turn in a turn lane and the guy whizzed up beside him, on the left (!) and ran into Scott's car. It sent the motorcycle flying through the air end over end and landed only inches from a lady walking on the sidewalk, who immediately collapsed and broke into tears. Meanwhile the motorcyclist was flying through the air and landed on the cage covering an elevated sidewalk. Below, on the other side, were hundreds of cars in the middle of rush hour traffic. Thankfully he had the presence of mind to hold onto the cage and was able to pull himself to safety. The whole thing completely rattled Scott and we have just been giving lots of hugs and saying "I love you" over and over since he got home last night. The whole thing sort of makes me want to crawl into a little safe corner and not have to deal with the outside world, although I know that's no way to live. Instead I will just pretend I'm staying in this teepee for the day with a big pile of books to keep me distracted.
More than once since moving from NYC, I've become a little homesick for the city but especially when I read a blog post about the new Century of the Child exhibition going on at the MoMA right now. We left right before it started and I was sad about missing it even before it began. Fortunately, the museum has created a fabulous website where you can see much of the items on display. With timelines for each generation, it shows popular designs from the era and what was going on in designer's minds as they tried to create products, schools, playgrounds, etc. for children of their day. It really is fascinating to see what has been created and how even though our society has changed so much over the past century, children's number one priority will always be to play. (Also be sure to check out the MoMA Store where you can purchase some awesome modern toys and the Century of the Child book).
society6 is quickly becoming one of my favorite go-to sites for unique posters and prints. Designers and artists from around the globe contribute their work on a continual basis with new ones always being added to the list, which means you can count on finding something fresh to suit your fancy. I've rounded up a few designs that would work great as kid room decor. Prices are reasonable too, and the prints come in several sizes starting at 8 x 10 for $15 and moving up to 28 x 35 for $50. You can also get framed prints and stretched canvases!
How lovely would it be to pay a visit to this Rainbow House in London? It's designed as "living artwork," a fun little oasis for everyone with a child's heart and includes some whimsical features: a rainbow staircase, a trap door with a slide, an oversized yellow sofa, and a circular bed. By Ab Rogers Design.
Kid's bedding is a tricky thing for me...I have yet to find one I love enough to actually commit to and will most likely end up making one myself for London's bed. [Despite my scary beginning sewing skills.] I mean, it's only been 1.5 years since I bought the comforter but can't seem to pin down the perfect duvet cover. I do really like these though! Made by RAFA Kids, they are a fun spin on the doctor's eye test and the simple graphic nature is really fun. Plus they're reversible! How about you? What bedding do your kids use? Are you more particular about pattern or materials? Did you buy or make your own? Details, please!
Our long drives in the areas surrounding our home has caused me to notice an insane amount of wild berries growing just about everywhere. Berry bushes tend to spread quickly, and they have really thrived here in the Pacific Northwest. I kept wanting to stop and pick some, but hadn't taken the time to do it...until yesterday. We got home from church to discover that there was a huge blackberry bush sneakily growing right in our front yard, with plenty of ripe ones ready for us to gobble up. So yummy! I see lots of berry pies in our future...
My brain is on complete overload at the moment since the previous owner of our home came over yesterday and gave me a much-needed lesson in the garden. I have so many plants and flower to remember, my head is swimming – good thing I took notes! It was so kind of her to come and you could tell she had so much love for her garden, talking to them like they were old friends, telling everything to buck up! And start growing better! I'm so grateful for her help today and thought I'd share this sweet photo of these flower-loving children. I hope it inspires you to look for wildflowers this weekend and remember all of the beautiful things in life!
Anytime I visit an aquarium I become completely mesmerized by the jellyfish. They are so mysterious! These awesome jellyfish are crocheted by Etsy seller awkward, and I would love to see them used as kid room decor. Don't you love the yarn choices and even the little bits of lace on some? So unique and beautiful.