not a mommy blog

sometimes, occasionally, i get a  burst of creative energy. i feel good about myself, fun. and i think,
“THIS IS WHAT I USED TO BE.”

i know i said this wasn’t going to be a mommy blog. and it isn’t. when i think of the “mommy blog”, i envision warm-hued images of barefooted babes and stories of diy art projects and domestic bliss. a fantasy-reality of mothering in the 21st century where work life and home life co-mingle in some profitable business of selling an ideal. this is a story lots of women are telling right now.

the thing is, i don’t think that ideal exists. at least not for me. it’s not my story. and the fantasy-reality mommy blog doesn’t resonate with me like i know it does for lots of women out there.

i’m not mourning the loss of my former self. but i am saying that it isn’t easy to stay in the moment and make room for the creative spark to happen while keeping a home and earning a living. i would love to sew my kids’ halloween costumes, make 12 dozen cookies for the holidays, recycle old cans into beautiful toothbrush holders, whatever.

intellectual, creative, admirable women struggle to live up to their own expectations of who they should be. and they might even want to explore this wrestling match between the superhuman ideal and the day-to-day reality. maybe this other conversation has a place too—right in between vintage pucci pants and an obsession with chairs.

london in brooklyn

i’m always on the hunt for fun clothes that are a bit unique. i recently stumbled across beautiful recycled and reconstructed vintage clothing by sharon london. sharon, who sells her wares at the brooklyn flea market, creates new and upcycled lines of tops, skirts, and dresses using recycled vintage textiles. new vintage—the best of both worlds! {READ MORE}

eames chair found on sidewalk

newsworthy or not, it felt like serendipity. i was driving in my neighborhood when i spotted this lovely discarded eames chair put out with broken furniture to be collected as trash. i quickly loaded it into my car and drove away before a remorseful owner could stop me and reclaim the treasure. after i got {READ MORE}

hell’s kitchen flea market

on saturday i went to the hell’s kitchen flea market. touted at one of the top ten shopping streets in the world by national geographic, this market (located on 39th street between 9th and 10th avenues in nyc) is open every saturday and sunday year round. the temperature peaked at over 90 degrees, so it {READ MORE}

i heart vintage pyrex

when i think of vintage kitchenware, the multi-color bowl set by pyrex comes to mind. these multi-colored bowls are the first consumer product to be made from opal pyrex, and were produced from 1945 until 1968. the colors are vibrant even now. i have seen sets ranging from $40 to $65, and i often see {READ MORE}

independence day wreath

i love this felted wool wreath so much that i had to make one of my own. my idea was to create a felted wreath for independence day based on the american flag—a classic source of design inspiration. (plus, i was born on the 4th of july.) i used eco felt, made from recycled plastic {READ MORE}

transforming a space

i have a thing about chairs. i really like them. i’m starting to have more chairs than i have space for in my house. recently, i found a pair of original bertoia side chairs at open air modern in brooklyn that i treasure. designed in 1952 by harry bertoia and manufactured by knoll, these wire {READ MORE}

brooklyn flea market

this weekend i checked out the brooklyn flea market in fort greene. the size of this flea market is just right and there is something for everyone—antique furniture, glassware, handmade pottery, jewelry, and baby and kid items. fort greene flea market also has several booths filled with fun vintage items—sunglasses, typewriter keys, clothing and jewelry. {READ MORE}