Archive for the ‘Crafting’ Category
Posted in Cooking, Crafting, Uncategorized, tagged American artist, Betty Stoukides, Boston, crafting, decor, design, Efharis Alepedis, Greek artist, jewelry design, nature, neighborhood, sea urchins, shells, silk worm cocoons on December 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
My dad has been unwell, and things have been stressful. I had to leave “my littles” behind in NYC and go ahead to Boston for a few days. Coincidentally an old friend lives nearby and offered me a room to stay in. Her company and her inspiring house kept my mind off of hospital stress; offering a reprieve from it all.
Efharis Alepedis is an old friend and a phenomenal jewelry designer. Her sister Betty Alepedis-Stoukides makes gorgeous paintings and leather jewelry from Greece – where she lives fulltime. And Effy curates all these amazing things in her home in such a sunny way, I had to photograph it all. I do love her ongoing collection of jewelry by new designers… so inspiring! The cut leather necklaces and paintings on the wall are Betty’s. The sea urchins and silk worm cocoons are Effy’s favorite materials to work with. And all the other pieces labeled with pencil on the wall (and cut wood necklaces and bee/honeycomb ring on the table) are work by young designers that Effy and Betty find and enjoy. One of my all time favorites is the white china plate that she hangs in her kitchen. With perfect disks cut out of it, the resulting necklace hangs next to it.
I couldn’t help but include a shot of the streets and houses around her home… so ‘New England’ .. I felt like a kid in my old neighborhood again.
See some of Effy’s beautiful finished pieces here –
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Food Adventures, Jewish Life, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged Astoria, carnival, children, friends making plush dolls, halloween, helps kids sleep at night, kids and crafting, Lyla Tov Monsters, parenting, PBJ station at party, sleep, synagogue on November 11, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Remember we did this post about our creative friends in Astoria Queens and their adorable Lyla Tov monsters? (We’ve got a button of little monsters in our widgets that you can click on.) Well.. we got a chance to see them again – at a party thanking everyone for their recent kickstarter success! Momma Erin is so creative.. she transformed the basement level of a synagogue into a carnival and Lyla Tov monster fiesta. Congrats to the Black family on their continued monster-making success!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Holidays, Kid style, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged Astoria, children, Chinese dragon, collecting candy, costumes, fisherman, fun, halloween, Jackson Heights, kids, made by hand, parenting, pegasus, pet costume, Queens, trick or treating on November 6, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Some great costumes and trick-o-treating!
Posted in Crafting, Fun in NYC, Holidays, Kid style, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged books, car Halloween costume, children, Halloween costumes, kids, parade, parenting, school, teachers, tesla, to do with kids in Queens on November 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Halloween was full of school activity, as well as a parade at the end of the day. For starters Ezra’s class made hats that indicated their favorite book characters (this year it was Laura Ingalls Wilder for E) and then paraded around the block in costumes AND hats!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Fun in NYC, Holidays, Parenting, tagged Bronx, children, costumes, flowers, fun for kids in NYC, garden, gardening with kids, halloween, Haunted Garden, jack-o-lantern, kids, leaves, nature, new york, New York Botanical Garden, parenting, plants, pumpkin decorators by Fun World, pumpkin sculpture, pumpkins, the Bronx, trees on October 31, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
I think we are. But we were happy to tag along with our friends this past Sunday – to see the New York Botanical Garden’s Haunted Garden. Lots of crazy ideas here for how to carve (or stack) your pumpkins into nifty sculptures. We have 2 last pumpkins to carve/paint or stick with these cool decorators that Bubby found… and then it’s over. Pumpkins – prepare to become soup!