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{La Petite} For the Love of Books…

I don’t think Rachelle knows how much I truly enjoy the opportunity to contribute “For the Love of Books” to La Petite Magazine. I don’t think I honestly knew how much I would look forward to hearing what the next theme of the magazine was just so I could start dreaming up what I would write about – & then what I would photograph to go with it. My love of books & research is only part of what interests me in this project. Being that I am totally immersed in the day to day life of a small business owner/designer & mom, it is nice to be given a creative challenge on a continuous basis that is completely unrelated. I love coming up with a direction & including Sayer in my adventure. While I think I say it each time I write the book feature, this one is my favorite. Sayer & I played a little Swiss make- believe one day. This photoshoot with him was somewhat spontaneous too. We were actually taking photos for my fox tee that we had just picked up & I packed a bag of various things just in case it got chilly & the opportunity for more photos presented itself (the attention span of a toddler is unpredictable). The day was gorgeous & we headed out to enjoy the weather at one of my favorite local places. We read our Pippi book (that was a sweet gift from a blog reader) on a break & then got out Sayer’s ukelele for what turned into a Sound of Music moment. The lighting was great & I took photos as Sayer explored – I loved it! My vision was coming to life & it is particularly exciting when that happens. The scarf he was wearing was actually mine – it was getting chilly so I took it off me & put it on him. His whole outfit came together organically.These photos make me smile & remember a fun day- so I wanted to share them. Every time I send Rachelle my writing & photos, I get nervous about whether it will fit her vision. What I’m always so amazed at, is how well it fits in with the rest of the contributions & general feel of the magazine. I was tickled to see that my view of the Swiss Alps & Mountain children was fairly spot on

When I saw this photoshoot spread on Monday, I was tickled. I posted this picture yesterday as a favorite from the magazine. It almost looks like we could have been in the same place! This was my fourth, “For the Love of Books”, & I’m so excited to start on the fifth one! Thanks for including me Rachelle- it’s truly a joy to be a part of your magazine. I have so much fun!

-Check out the new issue of La Petite here
-All “For the Love of Books” features here

{La Petite Mag} Issue # 6 + Gift Guide

La Petite Magazine – Issue #6 came out yesterday & it’s really quite stunning! The photography, interior spaces, interviews & features are really wonderful.  Again, I feel really proud to be a contributor to such a beautiful magazine. This issue I was asked to contribute 3 of my top picks for the La Petite Gift Guide. It was such a hard task to narrow my picks down to 3- but I finally did. I was particularly honored to be among such a great group of blogging women as well. The funny thing, is that at least one of my picks came from Amanda’s blog. I remember ordering the Tegu blocks for Sayer when she posted about them. My favorite local design store, Ideal, now carries them & I have the little pocket pouch that I chose- all because of Amanda’s blog. Amanda, Rachel, Celina, & Peggy have such great taste & I enjoy all of their blogs very much. 




Tegu Tints Pocket Pouch

I’ve been waiting for the Tapikid Playmats to come to the US for awhile now- so I wanted to make sure to pass on the US link (under the picture). All 3 of these things are inspired by watching Sayer play – so his picture should really be on the gift guide I think. If you haven’t checked out the new La Petite Issue, you are in for a treat. There is so much to browse through! Here are just a few of my favorite images from the magazine…


So, grab your favorite beverage, put your feet up & dream while you click through the gorgeous pages. Well done ladies! Thanks for including me! 

Visit La Petite Magazine – Issue # 6 – www.lapetitemag.com/current-issue/


{Good Read} La Petite #5- Innovation…

Today La Petite ~ issue # 5 came out & it’s all about innovation. Creating & inventing is close to my heart (as was the last issue all about the ’70’s) so I was really excited to sink my teeth into coming up with an idea for this “For the Love of Books” feature. I decided to focus on books that nurtured creativity & thinking outside of the box… 
Of course I had my trusty assistant to help me with this task. These books are all favorites from our bookshelves so we tinkered, read & photographed them many times for the sake of research. We had a blast…

Issue #5 is 400 pages of eye candy so grab a cup of coffee, sit back & enjoy!  You can read  “For the Love of Books” on pages 154-157 & view the whole magazine live here. Thanks for including me in your beautifully cool magazine Rachelle! A job well done La Petite ladies! 

{Good Read} La Petite #5- Innovation…

Today La Petite ~ issue # 5 came out & it’s all about innovation. Creating & inventing is close to my heart (as was the last issue all about the ’70’s) so I was really excited to sink my teeth into coming up with an idea for this “For the Love of Books” feature. I decided to focus on books that nurtured creativity & thinking outside of the box… 
Of course I had my trusty assistant to help me with this task. These books are all favorites from our bookshelves so we tinkered, read & photographed them many times for the sake of research. We had a blast…

Issue #5 is 400 pages of eye candy so grab a cup of coffee, sit back & enjoy!  You can read  “For the Love of Books” on pages 154-157 & view the whole magazine live here. Thanks for including me in your beautifully cool magazine Rachelle! A job well done La Petite ladies! 

{Contributor} La Petite Magazine #4…

Have you seen the new issue of La Petite Magazine yet? It came out on Friday & it’s just gorgeous! Rachelle & Jennifer Lee have expanded their La Petite team by adding Peggy (Paul & Paula blog) & Stacie Bloomfield (Gingiber) which seems like a perfect fit. I was particularly excited to be asked to contribute another book article, given the theme of issue #4 is all about the ’70’s & ’80’s. It was a nostalgic & fun project that was really close to my heart for sure. 

At first, the task of writing, for the love of books, for this issue seemed a bit daunting. There are so many books during that time period that I adore- I ended up having to editing myself several times. Once I decided on The Giving Tree being a major part of the article, Sayer & I set out for the park with a camera, The Giving Tree, & a picnic in tow. 

We had a blast! It was the first sunny day after tons of rain so it was fun to romp in the fresh air. I was thrilled to have captured the afternoon in photos. I actually wrote the article after I chose the photos to use. I tend to work that way. I illustrate before I write stories too. It’s funny, but seeing these pictures of Sayer wearing his suspenders, channeling Shaun Cassidy & Mork, took me back to the days on the grade school playground. I loved it! Sayer doesn’t know the Do Run Run or who the heck Mork is, but he rocked the look all the same. 

Details of Sayer’s retro look (if you are interested) :: 
suspenders– vintage from 3ringcircus 
hat– handmade by Armelle for Pure Pixie
big collared shirtKate Quinn Organics
owl tee– (his momma) klt:works
shoes– Vans
jeans- Old Navy

Books in my 70’s & ’80’s time capsule stack ::

So cruise on over to flip through issue #4 of La Petite here. For those of you that lived through the 70’s & 80’s like me, it will give you a beautiful trip down memory lane. 

Thanks for including my article Rachelle! It’s an honor to be apart of this issue!

{Contributor} La Petite Magazine #4…

Have you seen the new issue of La Petite Magazine yet? It came out on Friday & it’s just gorgeous! Rachelle & Jennifer Lee have expanded their La Petite team by adding Peggy (Paul & Paula blog) & Stacie Bloomfield (Gingiber) which seems like a perfect fit. I was particularly excited to be asked to contribute another book article, given the theme of issue #4 is all about the ’70’s & ’80’s. It was a nostalgic & fun project that was really close to my heart for sure. 

At first, the task of writing, for the love of books, for this issue seemed a bit daunting. There are so many books during that time period that I adore- I ended up having to editing myself several times. Once I decided on The Giving Tree being a major part of the article, Sayer & I set out for the park with a camera, The Giving Tree, & a picnic in tow. 

We had a blast! It was the first sunny day after tons of rain so it was fun to romp in the fresh air. I was thrilled to have captured the afternoon in photos. I actually wrote the article after I chose the photos to use. I tend to work that way. I illustrate before I write stories too. It’s funny, but seeing these pictures of Sayer wearing his suspenders, channeling Shaun Cassidy & Mork, took me back to the days on the grade school playground. I loved it! Sayer doesn’t know the Do Run Run or who the heck Mork is, but he rocked the look all the same. 

Details of Sayer’s retro look (if you are interested) :: 
suspenders– vintage from 3ringcircus 
hat– handmade by Armelle for Pure Pixie
big collared shirtKate Quinn Organics
owl tee– (his momma) klt:works
shoes– Vans
jeans- Old Navy

Books in my 70’s & ’80’s time capsule stack ::

So cruise on over to flip through issue #4 of La Petite here. For those of you that lived through the 70’s & 80’s like me, it will give you a beautiful trip down memory lane. 

Thanks for including my article Rachelle! It’s an honor to be apart of this issue!

{Giveaway} houses & squirrels….

Pheewww, it’s finally the weekend and in case you find yourself cruisin’ around on the computer, I wanted to let you know about a few giveaways that Chris & I are participating in here in cyberland that end soon. The first one is for your squirrel lovin’ kiddo. Over at the la petite magazine blog, I have an organic toddler tee with a thread drawn squirrel, ready to giveaway. These are super soft and the color is gorgeous. Pop on over to la petite to learn how to enter & this tee can be yours (enter by Monday the 21st)! 

This next giveaway is particularly special. You may remember me posting about these beautiful houses that Chris makes for hutch studio. They’re so cheerful, unique, & pretty. There is a garland of houses ready to be given away over at kickcan & conkers right now! This one can’t be missed so head on over to see how to enter (ends Sunday the 20th).

Good luck! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! 

{Giveaway} houses & squirrels….

Pheewww, it’s finally the weekend and in case you find yourself cruisin’ around on the computer, I wanted to let you know about a few giveaways that Chris & I are participating in here in cyberland that end soon. The first one is for your squirrel lovin’ kiddo. Over at the la petite magazine blog, I have an organic toddler tee with a thread drawn squirrel, ready to giveaway. These are super soft and the color is gorgeous. Pop on over to la petite to learn how to enter & this tee can be yours (enter by Monday the 21st)! 

This next giveaway is particularly special. You may remember me posting about these beautiful houses that Chris makes for hutch studio. They’re so cheerful, unique, & pretty. There is a garland of houses ready to be given away over at kickcan & conkers right now! This one can’t be missed so head on over to see how to enter (ends Sunday the 20th).

Good luck! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! 

{Giveaway} houses & squirrels….

Pheewww, it’s finally the weekend and in case you find yourself cruisin’ around on the computer, I wanted to let you know about a few giveaways that Chris & I are participating in here in cyberland that end soon. The first one is for your squirrel lovin’ kiddo. Over at the la petite magazine blog, I have an organic toddler tee with a thread drawn squirrel, ready to giveaway. These are super soft and the color is gorgeous. Pop on over to la petite to learn how to enter & this tee can be yours (enter by Monday the 21st)! 

This next giveaway is particularly special. You may remember me posting about these beautiful houses that Chris makes for hutch studio. They’re so cheerful, unique, & pretty. There is a garland of houses ready to be given away over at kickcan & conkers right now! This one can’t be missed so head on over to see how to enter (ends Sunday the 20th).

Good luck! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! 

{Good Read} vintage books & la petite issue #3 …

It’s finally out – the much anticipated 3rd issue of la petite magazine launched this morning and it’s just beautiful! I’m particularly excited to share that I contributed an article about my love of vintage books & illustrations.  I can’t wait to sit down, take a break, & read it cover to cover because there are so many wonderful contributors in this issue like: Florence Rolando (Pirouette blog), Karine Candice Kong (Bodie and Fou), Molly Meg, Jennifer Arndt (Style Milk) and Holly Becker (Decor 8 ) -to name a few. 

Diving into my collection of books to write this article was so much fun. But taking the pictures for it was my favorite part of the process. Thanks to Rachelle for including me among some truly inspirational contributors. 

If you stopped by for Fabric Friday, don’t worry- you can get your textile fix for the week here

*I also wanted to mention that the very cute hat that Sayer is wearing in the photos is handmade by Armelle for Pure Pixie