Modern Child’s Play.

Lately I’ve been noticing a trend in the design of play spaces. Namely that not all of them are horrendously designed. Some even seem as though they might mesh with the design of your own home, instead of standing in the corner like a large plastic monolith.

First up, Brinca Dada’s Emerson House. The modern dollhouse has tons of features including mitered-glass corners, two fireplaces, sliding glass doors, solar panels, and recessed LED lights. It’s also constructed using only non-toxic and lead-free wood stains and paints. A lesson in design appreciation paired with environmental responsibility. Who couldn’t get behind that?

Next are Modern Playhouse’s Wedge House and Circle House. Designed by Gitane Royce and Nisreen Witt using no flimsy parts or garish colors. Just a sustainable playhouse made from locally-sourced and recycled materials and a blank palette for the imagination.

Lastly, this pop-up playhouse called My Space designed by Liya Mairson. Perfect for small spaces with little square footage or storage, this bad boy actually folds up flat.

PS: Also check out Dave Keune’s Nina’s House – crib, playpen, storage, drawers, and changing table. An all-in-one piece with a sleek white modern look.


Paper Animal Puppets.

These handmade paper puppets by Furze Chan are currently out of stock, but I couldn’t resist sharing. Choose from a bear, baboon or fox. Each puppet is made from thick paper card stock and has moveable joints. I can’t say I’d mind having a set of my own, the design is so eye-catching. {via Oh Joy!}


Happy {Spring} Weekend.

Spring officially makes its debut this weekend! Today we’re experiencing 70º weather, but tomorrow is promising somewhere between 6 and 14 inches of snow and a high of 39º. File that under Things That Make You Go Hmm. I plan on visiting a good dive bar tonight with some friends, then pending the snowstorm possibly hitting up a roller derby bout tomorrow among other things. Happy Weekend!

+ t.ruffles is now taking on custom projects

+ if you’re making a move to the world of freelance this just might help you out

+ the best Smokey the Bear posters

+ my friend is making this S’mores Pie with Guiness next week for a belated St. Patrick’s Day dinner

+ loving these childrens books from Paul and Ann Rand

+ infatuated with these early keyboard interface concepts

+ a fun paper doll for the grown-ups

+ finally saw Alice in Wonderland last night and am digging these inspired fashion finds


Happy {Thanksgiving} Weekend.

I’m thrilled for Thanksgiving this year. Not just the food, food, FOOD or the mad dash shopping on Black Friday (which I really do love, by the way), but the tradition. I’ve never missed a Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in my lifetime, so that’s first up. Then I’ll be making cranberry parfaits to enter into our family’s yearly Thanksgiving Dessert Contest. Sometime in the early afternoon I’ll head over to my mom and stepdad’s house. My mom and I will cook and browse the sales ads to formulate our plan of action for Friday. There will be lots of football watched and maybe even a little bit of Christmas decorating done since we’ll all be together. Finally, that evening I’ll roll myself to my car and home, with a bag full of leftovers to sustain me throughout the weekend. What’s the best part of your Thanksgiving Day?

Lots of good stuff floating around this week…

The holidays can be a bit stressful to say the least and I love this Keep Calm and Drink printable to keep things light and funny :: Whisker Graphics

Sweet Paul kicked off his crafty holiday countdown today!

Love these vintage photos from the 1932 Macy’s parade :: bad banana blog

I like this idea for Thanksgiving Blessing Snack Mix – it would make a great hostess gift or take-away for guests and could be packaged up so sweetly! :: The Kitchn

Cute bird bookmark download – great idea to tuck one into a book you’re loaning out or returning from having borrowed as a little surprise :: How About Orange

Getting ready to start decorating for the holidays? Here’s a great roundup of DIY wreaths :: marta writes

Mrs. French is now selling her photography as little Polaroid collections in her shop! :: Bliss

A pretty place setting practice template to help kids learn the ropes of table settings (free labor!) :: Blonde Designs

Rachel’s doing a great set of posts – Holidays, Managed – to help keep the stress at bay and the end goal in mind :: Heart of Light

A great selection of one of my favorite parts of a wedding: the seating chart :: Pretty Little Things

Happy {Thanksgiving} Weekend!

Don’t forget – you have until Monday at 9am CST to enter the Vivi Dot giveaway for a haul of fun holiday accessories!


Gifts: Sleepy King.

Sleepy King has some of the most huggable stuffed handmade woodland creatures ever. I have two little cousins who just might be lucky enough to call one their own come Christmas Day!