While we were in Cornwall we walked across a field to Brad’s Aunt Nan and Uncle John’s house. Remember Aunt Nan’s shadow box art that I mentioned here? Turns out she loves to make paintings as well as sculptures out of gourds (so many gourds!). She even creates giant chocolate chip cookies, fried eggs and slippers by felting wool. The kids loved exploring her art and yoga studio (created from a chicken coop) and had even more fun using the dog door near the front entrance!
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Posted in Beautiful Things, Cornwall, Crafting, Decorating, Parenting, tagged art, artist, children, cookies, Cornwall, dog door, felting, giant eggs, gourd art, hand made, house, kids, Nancy Bevans, sculpture on November 29, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Decorating, Holidays, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged at home, children, crafting with kids, halloween, holidays, jack-o-lantern, kids, Minnie Mouse, parenting, pumpin, pumpkin carving on October 30, 2013 | 2 Comments »
and of course the kids want to keep them forever, or at the very least they’d like it if we boil the pumpkins down and make them into pies and cookies. Where can I find the time? We did manage to strap on 2 small pumpkins to a large one and call her Minnie Mouse… which thrilled Zoe. If only I could find something safer than rubber bands to keep the ears on!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cornwall, Crafting, Decorating, Food Adventures, Parenting, Travel, tagged apples, autumn, catapillar, children, cider, Connecticut, Cornwall, donuts, Ellsworth Farms, fall, farms, foliage, friends, fruits, gardening, healthy, kids, parenting, picking, pumpkins, Sharon CT, tomatoes, vegetables. on October 25, 2013 | 1 Comment »
Are you going to take in the scents and tastes of fall this weekend? More cider and donuts and smelling fruit that has started to hit the ground for us… have a great weekend.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Decorating, Fun in NYC, tagged Amedeo Clemente Modigliani influence, art, cafe, etsy, gallery, in New York City, Iranian food, Maria Grazia Facciola, opening, paintings, Photographer-Artist, portraits of women, products, whimsical on October 7, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Ezra and Zoe have a very talented ‘zia Maria’. Not only is she a great photographer (who incidentally photographed our wedding), but has now started a line of products with her whimsically painted women on them! She shows her “SERIES OF PASTEL DRAWINGS BASED ON THE INSPIRATION OF THE FEMALE IMAGE” at Cafe Nadery in the West Village – and the opening is this coming Thursday, October 10th 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Please stop by, or check out her website at by-mg.com!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Decorating, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, Travel, tagged balloons, Bat Mitzvah, California, children, dancing, Jewish life, kids, limbo, parenting, San Francisco, teens, tweens on September 27, 2013 | 2 Comments »
The whole point to getting to San Francisco was to see cousin Ellie do her thing at the synagogue. My mother in law was so happy that this was the first Bat Mitzvah I had ever seen/been to because – as she noted – it was a beautiful, heart felt service and reception without all the extravagant ‘bells and (expensive and out of touch with Judaism) whistles’ that many current Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties have fallen prey to. Just a lovely location for the party, a bunch of 13 year olds casually dressed and dancing barefoot to a DJ. There were no hired ‘dance inspirers’ or monkeys handing out kippahs or parties at the NBA or Disney store in Times Square. Just family, and some very pretty and tasteful balloon centerpieces – and a lot of limbo, dancing and fun.
Zoe passed out kind of early but I think Ezra was pretty in awe of all the older kids … and their impressive big kid dance moves!
Congrats again Ellie!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Decorating, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Holidays, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, tagged children, fruit, garden, Jewish learning, kids, Manhattan, NYC, outdoors, parenting, shul, sukkah, Sukkot, synagogue, torah on September 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
This is one of my favorite holidays… because it happens in the crisp cool fall (usually) and requires making an outdoor structure. Then we get to invite people to come and decorate it, and then eat inside it. What more could kids want? As Ezra said, it’s like camping only better because you get to decorate the structure! A sweet little egalitarian synagogue tucked away on 11th street in Manhattan hosted a kid’s event for Sukkot this past weekend. I’m glad we stumbled into this event, because we will be busy and won’t get to set up a sukkah in our own garden. We never have made our own sukkah, but with our garden newly spruced up it’s more tempting than ever to eat outside.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Decorating, Holidays, Home Shuling, Jewish Life, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged breaking fast, canoe, children, converting garage to patio, cous cous, dog, entertaining, folk art, food, friends, High holidays 2013, holidays, home, Hungarian, Jewish life, Judaism, kids, Mediterranean food, outdoor space, parenting, Queens homes, quiche, retro furniture, Russian, salad, space, spinach pie, sunflower, Yom Kippur on September 17, 2013 | 1 Comment »
This past Saturday was a day of fasting, for those of us observing Yom Kippur. We broke the fast at my friend Kate’s house… who is not only a phenomenal cook but has the cutest home ever. I am starting to think I want to move to her nearby neighborhood and convert my garage to a party spot, as she has. And since she and her husband spent some time in Russia they have a very cool, folksy red and blue thing going on in their home that is reminiscent of my godmother’s Hungarian pillows (which I love). It’s a Good Yontif when you have this to look forward to at the end of it all!
Posted in Beautiful Things, Cooking, Crafting, Decorating, Food Adventures, Fun in NYC, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged 7th birthday, birthday party for kids, boy, cake, children, donut cake, doughnut cake, fruit, fruit on sticks, kids, popsicle sticks, sticks, sweets, watermelon on August 19, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
Yesterday was little man’s birthday. I can’t believe he’s 7 already! Because we don’t often eat processed food in our house, a pile of doughnuts with candles on it served nicely as an extra rare treat and ‘cake’. Of course I gush with pride when he prefers his favorite watermelon on a stick (seeing as he loves fruit more than sweets.) How did I NOT get that “healthy food preference” gene? I hope Ezra never loses it.
Yeah, I know the watermelon already has a rind but the stick just makes it more fun to eat.
Happy birthday E – how are you growing so fast? (And I guess this means our little blog is almost 2 years old now too!)
Watermelon on a stick idea came from here.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Decorating, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged book shelf turned into raised flower beds, bookcase, children, community, DIY, fix up, flowers, gardening, gardening with kids, gardens, Jackson Heights, kids, painted mural, plants, renovation, tires to planters, urban back yard on June 21, 2013 | 3 Comments »
It has been some time since our neighbors put some love into the little area behind our building. We got some paint and plants and freshened up our ‘urban back yard‘ – just in time for summer meals outdoors. I created another mural for the building and someone even provided a book case that we turned into raised flower beds! Check out this pin for more cool ideas of how to reuse a tire in your garden.
Posted in Beautiful Things, Crafting, Decorating, Parenting, Queens Life, tagged baby, baby showers, blocks & crafts, children, crafting, dexterity, DIY, do it yourself, etsy, gifts, gluing, kids, pasting, wood blocks on June 5, 2013 | Leave a Comment »
While it was super hot last week we turned to crafting indoors and staying by the air conditioner. I had the kids decorate their own wood blocks with this cool BLOCKS & crafts kit that can be found on Etsy. It’s an ideal project for Zoe’s budding dexterity, and yet Ezra is now at the age where he can glue the items on in an organized way (and on straight, which was sometimes a challenge for Zoe!) Now we just need to think of a baby friend to pass them on to. Such a great DIY idea for a baby showers too.
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