Saturday, July 31, 2010

basket case

I love baskets as of late...great storage and oh-so pretty to look at.  For dish towels, for Jackson's toys and blocks, for trips to the farmers' market...wire baskets, market baskets, which ever.  How cool is this market backpack?  You can buy it online from this adorable local home goods store called Brook Farm General Store.  I'll be mentioning it a ton here because I can't tell you how excited I am about this sweet little shop and that I don't have to go far for great little finds and a little inspiration! 

basket fair in france
And, if you are lucky enough to be in south-western France in July, there is an annual basket fair where the local craftsmen sell their wares.  (I want to go to there.)   

P.S.  And for the really really lucky ones who get to go to this particular basket festival in Issigeac during the month of July, could also be one of those spectators we see on the sides of the roads cheering on the cyclists in the Tour de France (and, you would also make Jeff very jealous...!) 
For us, for now, we will just have to wait until Jackson gets a bit older and settle on imaging ourselves there and dream about it.

...happy weekend!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

organize organize organize

In my first attempt to organize since Jackson was born, I enlisted the help of a local carpenter/woodworker to build some shelves for our little nest.  He was recommended to me by a local parent in our 'hood.  And, I couldn't be happier with them!  I had been thinking exactly what I had wanted for awhile- the design, the reclaimed wood, the color, the use.  He came over for a quick look at our space, took down some measurements, emailed a sketch on graph paper (why do I love graph paper so much?!), and voila!  Here are a couple of shots of the finished product!  I will post a shot of the original pieces soon too so you can see where they came from.  Ahhhh, organization - isn't it beautiful?