Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I am in love with this print.

"Perfect Community" by Satoshi Hashimoto avaiable at monocle

Go there to see it bigger!

(Man. Budget living is killing me!)

Monday, February 15, 2010

sew sow so

First off Dolly is magnificent! I love the flower in her hair!

And back to your question about school gardening:

A box garden for every class is a wonderful idea. We have done the same. What I have found though is without the infrastructure for the teachers to know what to do with them, it only goes so far. That is where your connection to GrowingGreat may be most valuable. I think though, ultimately, there is so much put on our teachers right now that some (as we talked about today!) just follow the prescribed checklist of reading, writing, and 'rithmetic without ever leaving that box. It is those teachers (and in some cases parents in the classroom) that realize that the garden can be used for more than just teaching nutrition but integrated into those three subjects (along with science, art, history etc.) that will have the "best" garden boxes on campus.


And so, a question now for you. I need to get a "system" in place and will start with the pile on my desk in front of me. What do you do with magazines? (Ok, not the most important doc in front of me but hey, its the top of the pile so its a start!) I have every dwell since the beginning - and am not sure why. But also can't seem to part with them? Should I?! I also have piles of tearsheets from those mags I have bid farewell too (Martha Stewart; Sunset, Real Simple...) I'll add - I don't have time to paste them into some kind of scrapbook, as others have suggested to me. What do you do?

So good to be with you today in person. (And to know I can be with you any day here.) xo


So I didn't make it in time for Christmas but I managed to finish her just in time for the baby's birthday, no longer a baby at two!

I used the Poppy Doll pattern from Hop Skip Jump. They are becoming best friends which makes me happy. So far we seem to be calling her dolly.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Couple of things to tell you about:

1) Jamie Oliver won the 2010 TED Prize. His wish - “I wish for your help to create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”

2) Our school wants to build a box garden for every class and is joining GrowingGreat. If you were to give them one piece of advice, what would it be?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Space Boots

I have to say if these were available in either my or the baby's size, I'd have to get them.

Space Boots
from Flora and Henri

Monday, February 8, 2010

Now for the Furniture

I decided the house needed people and at least a few pieces of furniture to start with. I ordered Plan Toy's Modern Doll Family and Doll House Nursery which comes with a baby, and I have to say they are pretty adorable.

But I thought it might be fun to make the rest of the furniture ourselves. I have visions of using egg cartons and cereal boxes a la the Blue Peter of my childhood. Did you get Blue Peter in Canada?

I'm finding lots of inspiration at Made by Joel, but somehow I don't think our finished pieces will look quite like this.