I was very happy to discover that Kleen Kanteen have brought out some new drink bottle patterns through Pottery Barn Kids. We are big fans of stainless steel drink bottles – You know all the reasons why! Choosing a stainless steel drink bottle for your Children (and selves) is a smart choice, for both you and the environment, especially inviting when they come in pretty colours and patterns! I love the whole range at kleen Kanteen and plan on getting silver for myself, but just could not resist the hot pink butterfly print for my girlie girl Maya from PBK. If you are in the market for a new drink bottle then look no further than Kleen Kanteen, they are absolutely the best!
Maya’s drawings are taking on new shape. The time and detail she puts into her pictures has increased, making for some really lovely drawings. Not only have the images taken on more life-like representation with solid limbs, fingers, noses, eye lashes, frills, shoe laces…but the stories behind the images have become elaborate. While Maya sits and draws, paints and colours she will narrate to me….”This is a drawing of me and Malek after our wedding day” and then “We are walking in the pink sunset under a weeping willow tree” further more “Malek is carrying our baby girl named Annabel, who has bows and puffy sleeves and red lips and I am pregnant with her baby brother who is going to be named Edward, because Edward is a Prince name”…I love watching and listening as she makes these little decisions and as she shares with me the unfolding of her pictures story. Feeling very proud of this 4 year old artwork!
The last day of Winter means it is time to remove the paper snowflakes from our windows…this always comes with mixed feelings, sad to be saying goodbye to Winter, but oh so happy for Spring to be here! As has become our tradition, we up-cycle the snowflakes into paper Easter egg decorations. I first had this idea last year as you will find here, and was very happy with the effect. This morning we went to work on this lovely annual project .
Using poster board I cut out numerous oval shaped bases. Maya and Elle then painted the cardboard egg shapes. This year we used vibrant inks. We also tried painting a few of the snowflakes, but that is tricky as they are so delicate. Once the egg shaped base was dry I took them outside along with the snowflakes, I then sprayed adhesive glue to the snowflakes and stuck them to the pained egg bases. I then trimmed the circumference of the eggs removing the excess snowflake paper. We are running out of wall space in the Girls bedroom, and so at first I was a not quite sure where to put them…then I decided to just work with it….here is the results, a bright funky Easter installation!
I want to share these cute book bags that a friend sent the Girls. Mrs Gerhardt (who is was my Grandparents neighbour in Santa Rosa CA, 50 years ago before they moved to Australia) thoughtfully made them for Maya and Elle and posted them off to us. The Girls were very pleased with this new item, as was I….with colouring books, pencils and crayons…the perfect bags to take away on vacation!
We just adore going to Bryant Park and the proximately to Cam’s office means we frequently go there (as you my recall, here, here, and here) as a place to meet Cam for lunch. Each season brings a noticeable change in Bryant Park, yesterday we watched as they excavated the center space, having removed the ice skating rink and now preparing the ground for a green grassy lawn. With Spring in the air, we delighted in the crowds of people soaking up the rays – including us. It is so nice to be able to eat lunch in warm sunshine once again! In a matter of weeks we know the Park will be full of the vibrant colours of Spring. The Gardeners were busy working away, planting, planting, planting, and already the sprouting bulbs are about to bloom. Hooray for Spring, the time of rebirth, renewal and regrowth…and so the cycle continues…Wishing you a Happy Spring!