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{La Petite} Sayer’s Book Corner #4…

What’s the book that is inspiring all of this drawing you ask? Here’s a hint…. it was my favorite drawing book when I was a kid.  Find out over at La Petite Magazine – Sayer’s Book Corner #4 is up!

{Coos & Ahhs} My 4yr old’s digs…

Wow, I really can’t believe February is here already! I can honestly say that January was a complete blur. However, January was very eventful – & one standout event was that my kiddo turned 4! Along with turning 4, Sayer’s room got a little re-design. Those that know me & follow this blog will not be surprised by this- as I thoroughly enjoy playing around with the design & layout of his room. I’ve heavily documented the process of the transition from baby nursery to big boy room. I find it fun for so many reasons but the the main one is seeing his delight when he sees what we have done. I love his creativity & watching him play in his room is quite an inspiration.

So when Amanda, from one of my favorite blogs Coos & Ahhs, asked me to do a guest post for her about his room- I was flattered & up for the task! This was just a peek – pop on over to   her blog to view the whole post & more pictures… we would love to see you over there!


{Photos} hanging out in kiddo’s room…

We’ve been hanging out in Sayer’s room a lot lately. I love to watch him play & tend to reach for the camera when he isn’t looking. It seems like his room is always changing to respond to how fast he’s growing & changing. I’ve got an ongoing documentation of the morphing of his space on flickr & added a bunch of new pictures this weekend. We’ve replaced a table & chairs with a vintage school desk & chair (from a local salvage yard)- the table is now in the living room.  We have some new prints that Sayer helped pick out (by Blanca Gomez & Jayme McGown) & some new vintage finds- a Fisher Price school house & village (including a post office & fire station) – both from the late 60’s early 70’s. Well, I’m excited to say that my snapping of the camera & obsessive room documentation was was shared on Ohdeedoh yesterday! I guess it’s a good thing that we’ve had so many inside/rainy play days lately because I was ready to pass on new photos when asked. 
Thanks to Sarah Rae Trover for writing a such a sweet post & to the kind people that left comments. You can view the rest of the room tour here.   Wow, this week is shaping up quite nicely! How is your week going? 

{Photos} hanging out in kiddo’s room…

We’ve been hanging out in Sayer’s room a lot lately. I love to watch him play & tend to reach for the camera when he isn’t looking. It seems like his room is always changing to respond to how fast he’s growing & changing. I’ve got an ongoing documentation of the morphing of his space on flickr & added a bunch of new pictures this weekend. We’ve replaced a table & chairs with a vintage school desk & chair (from a local salvage yard)- the table is now in the living room.  We have some new prints that Sayer helped pick out (by Blanca Gomez & Jayme McGown) & some new vintage finds- a Fisher Price school house & village (including a post office & fire station) – both from the late 60’s early 70’s. Well, I’m excited to say that my snapping of the camera & obsessive room documentation was was shared on Ohdeedoh yesterday! I guess it’s a good thing that we’ve had so many inside/rainy play days lately because I was ready to pass on new photos when asked. 
Thanks to Sarah Rae Trover for writing a such a sweet post & to the kind people that left comments. You can view the rest of the room tour here.   Wow, this week is shaping up quite nicely! How is your week going? 

{Giveaway} KLT from Sayer’s Closet…


As you might guess, Sayer’s closet is always full of klt:works tees.  When he out grows a klt:tee, it’s replaced with another one in a new size. It’s a sweet deal actually. He might think that the owl tee will follow him forever – he’s worn that image in some form since he was born (it’s still his favorite). Sayer is going through another growth spurt & I just recently cleaned out his closet & replaced tees with the next size up – & yesterday, I was going through my “oops” tees (tees with ink or small flaws in fabric) to send to courtneycourtney & gave a few away on the KLT:FB page. Because of the response & for the sake of recycling, I had an idea.  I always give Sayer’s klt:stuff away when he outgrows it anyway- so I thought I would do a tee bundle giveaway here on the blog. 
{Bundle One} For the Owl lover ~ All three are 2T but all different in the way that they fit. L/S is American Apparel & fits smallish, Orange is Alternative Apparel – organic & fits generously, Charcoal is Alternative Apparel Eco & is a little smaller than the organic style. Sayer can actually get into the Alternative Apparel 2T but it’s snug.

{Bundle Two} Love for Kitty ~ All 3 are 2T & American Apparel. But different styles- middle organic is largest.
{Bundle Three} Love for Dogs ~  Both 2T but are Alternative Apparel – & run true to size. Sayer can still wear these but they are snug (he’s wearing the bulldog one in the picture). 

These are all very loved & lived in tees but they have lots of wear & play left in them. If you are interested in having one of these bundles here are the rules.

1. Leave a comment here (or on the KLT:FB page is fine too) & let me know which bundle interests you the most – feel free to write a back up one too. Also, write an activity that you or your family does to stay “green” or help the environment. 

2. You get an extra entry for the bundle of your choice by either following this blog, tweeting about this giveaway or  “liking” KLT on FB.

I will randomly choose a winner for each bundle & post the winners on Tuesday of next week. 

Hope everyone has a great weekend! 

{Real Life} big boy room

We’ve been gradually transitioning Sayer’s room from a nursery to a little boys rooms for a little while now. One of the issues that has come up in the last few months is that he has become scared of the dark & nighttime- causing him to not want to fall asleep. While we have tried all sorts of things, changing his room around has been a part of the problem solving. Sayer told us that he was afraid of his curtains– they were a large abstract shapes and he saw monsters in them. Honestly, I liked them because of being able to see things in them so it never dawned on me that it would freak him out (that was  pre-mom thinking). So now, all of his curtains are turned inside out & we have different fabric swatches draped on all of the windows to see what will work. 

Funny thing though, on Saturday, I got an order of vintage fabric from the Netherlands in the mail. One of the pieces was an old funky curtain- ready to hang (which was a surprise- a nice one). Sayer always likes to see the fabric I get in the mail & when I said it was a curtain, he told me to hang it in his room right away. It’s pretty amazing, but it fits the window dimensions perfectly. He announced that he loves it & that it’s not scary in his room anymore. However, we have 2 more windows in his room that need new curtains. 



I had actually taken Sayer with me to the fabric store recently & told him to let me know if he saw something he liked for curtains. He yelled out excitedly, “I LOVE  BUTTERFLIES & FIRETRUCKS!” when he saw this fabric… 

Which is not really the aesthetic I was after for his room. But he loved it – so I got him a fat quarter & we have it draped on one of other windows. I think I’ve diverted his attention from it being a curtain by suggesting that I would make him a butterfly slug with the fabric.  
Meanwhile, I have to say, since the funky curtain has been in his room, the going to bed issue has been a lot better. Coincidence? Maybe, but for now my klt:plushies will have to wait- we are keeping the funky floral fabric on his window until our luck runs out (& we find new fabric for all 3 of the windows). I do love the floral in there though- particularly with the vintage Marimekko comforter. The big boy room transition is a lot of fun- we still have some projects up our sleeve. But so far it’s been really rewarding watching Sayer play & enjoy his space. What do you remember about your kiddo’s nursery morphing into a big boy/girl room? 

{Real Life} big boy room

We’ve been gradually transitioning Sayer’s room from a nursery to a little boys rooms for a little while now. One of the issues that has come up in the last few months is that he has become scared of the dark & nighttime- causing him to not want to fall asleep. While we have tried all sorts of things, changing his room around has been a part of the problem solving. Sayer told us that he was afraid of his curtains– they were a large abstract shapes and he saw monsters in them. Honestly, I liked them because of being able to see things in them so it never dawned on me that it would freak him out (that was  pre-mom thinking). So now, all of his curtains are turned inside out & we have different fabric swatches draped on all of the windows to see what will work. 

Funny thing though, on Saturday, I got an order of vintage fabric from the Netherlands in the mail. One of the pieces was an old funky curtain- ready to hang (which was a surprise- a nice one). Sayer always likes to see the fabric I get in the mail & when I said it was a curtain, he told me to hang it in his room right away. It’s pretty amazing, but it fits the window dimensions perfectly. He announced that he loves it & that it’s not scary in his room anymore. However, we have 2 more windows in his room that need new curtains. 



I had actually taken Sayer with me to the fabric store recently & told him to let me know if he saw something he liked for curtains. He yelled out excitedly, “I LOVE  BUTTERFLIES & FIRETRUCKS!” when he saw this fabric… 

Which is not really the aesthetic I was after for his room. But he loved it – so I got him a fat quarter & we have it draped on one of other windows. I think I’ve diverted his attention from it being a curtain by suggesting that I would make him a butterfly slug with the fabric.  
Meanwhile, I have to say, since the funky curtain has been in his room, the going to bed issue has been a lot better. Coincidence? Maybe, but for now my klt:plushies will have to wait- we are keeping the funky floral fabric on his window until our luck runs out (& we find new fabric for all 3 of the windows). I do love the floral in there though- particularly with the vintage Marimekko comforter. The big boy room transition is a lot of fun- we still have some projects up our sleeve. But so far it’s been really rewarding watching Sayer play & enjoy his space. What do you remember about your kiddo’s nursery morphing into a big boy/girl room? 

{Real Life} big boy room

We’ve been gradually transitioning Sayer’s room from a nursery to a little boys rooms for a little while now. One of the issues that has come up in the last few months is that he has become scared of the dark & nighttime- causing him to not want to fall asleep. While we have tried all sorts of things, changing his room around has been a part of the problem solving. Sayer told us that he was afraid of his curtains– they were a large abstract shapes and he saw monsters in them. Honestly, I liked them because of being able to see things in them so it never dawned on me that it would freak him out (that was  pre-mom thinking). So now, all of his curtains are turned inside out & we have different fabric swatches draped on all of the windows to see what will work. 

Funny thing though, on Saturday, I got an order of vintage fabric from the Netherlands in the mail. One of the pieces was an old funky curtain- ready to hang (which was a surprise- a nice one). Sayer always likes to see the fabric I get in the mail & when I said it was a curtain, he told me to hang it in his room right away. It’s pretty amazing, but it fits the window dimensions perfectly. He announced that he loves it & that it’s not scary in his room anymore. However, we have 2 more windows in his room that need new curtains. 



I had actually taken Sayer with me to the fabric store recently & told him to let me know if he saw something he liked for curtains. He yelled out excitedly, “I LOVE  BUTTERFLIES & FIRETRUCKS!” when he saw this fabric… 

Which is not really the aesthetic I was after for his room. But he loved it – so I got him a fat quarter & we have it draped on one of other windows. I think I’ve diverted his attention from it being a curtain by suggesting that I would make him a butterfly slug with the fabric.  
Meanwhile, I have to say, since the funky curtain has been in his room, the going to bed issue has been a lot better. Coincidence? Maybe, but for now my klt:plushies will have to wait- we are keeping the funky floral fabric on his window until our luck runs out (& we find new fabric for all 3 of the windows). I do love the floral in there though- particularly with the vintage Marimekko comforter. The big boy room transition is a lot of fun- we still have some projects up our sleeve. But so far it’s been really rewarding watching Sayer play & enjoy his space. What do you remember about your kiddo’s nursery morphing into a big boy/girl room? 

{Handmade with Love} Dollhouse renovation…

Chris and I had a great time designing and dreaming up Sayer’s room. Everything in it has a story and a reason for being there. It is full of so many fun handmade items- which I really think is special. One of my favorite things in Sayer’s room is a piece of furniture that gets asked about frequently- his changing table/toy shelf. I just recently got another email asking me about where I got it, so  I thought I would share the story of how it came to be. 



My dad made me a dollhouse in the ’70’s. It was not like the Barbie townhouse that my friends had. But, I did find the elevator from the townhouse at a garage sale & used it in sort of in a Charlie & the Chocolate Factory way (just pulled through the air). This thing was huge and housed my Sunshine Family dolls with style. Over the years Barbie & Ken moved in, about the same time I added the elevator, wallpaper, and mini unicorn & rainbow posters. My dad is not really a carpenter and he and a friend made it in a weekend using a little article that my mom had found in “Sunset Magazine“, as inspiration. Needless to say, I had many good years playing with it- and I loved that my dad made it just for me. However, the 80’s (the teenage years) came and it was then put in my parent’s basement and forgotten about. 


When my parent’s moved 5 years ago, I was faced with what to do with my beloved house. It isn’t small or lightweight by any means, but I didn’t want to give it away. So we stored it in our basement. When Sayer was on the way, Chris started building an office space in our basement so that the room upstairs, that was currently our office, could become Sayer’s nursery. He stumbled on my dollhouse and came up with a brilliant plan. He started a mini house “reno” to make it a little less ’70’s and something that Sayer could use and enjoy. He extended the balcony to make it long enough for a changing table, took the shag carpet out, painted, scraped wallpaper off, added wood, and added a mirror so that Sayer could make faces at himself while he was being changed.  

The finished product turned out better than I could have imagined. I love watching Sayer using it. Now a yellow,wood bus sits in the same garage that my purple, plastic, Barbie Corvette sat and I think that is so cool. Do you have anything from your childhood that you transformed into something different for you child?

{Handmade with Love} Dollhouse renovation…

Chris and I had a great time designing and dreaming up Sayer’s room. Everything in it has a story and a reason for being there. It is full of so many fun handmade items- which I really think is special. One of my favorite things in Sayer’s room is a piece of furniture that gets asked about frequently- his changing table/toy shelf. I just recently got another email asking me about where I got it, so  I thought I would share the story of how it came to be. 



My dad made me a dollhouse in the ’70’s. It was not like the Barbie townhouse that my friends had. But, I did find the elevator from the townhouse at a garage sale & used it in sort of in a Charlie & the Chocolate Factory way (just pulled through the air). This thing was huge and housed my Sunshine Family dolls with style. Over the years Barbie & Ken moved in, about the same time I added the elevator, wallpaper, and mini unicorn & rainbow posters. My dad is not really a carpenter and he and a friend made it in a weekend using a little article that my mom had found in “Sunset Magazine“, as inspiration. Needless to say, I had many good years playing with it- and I loved that my dad made it just for me. However, the 80’s (the teenage years) came and it was then put in my parent’s basement and forgotten about. 


When my parent’s moved 5 years ago, I was faced with what to do with my beloved house. It isn’t small or lightweight by any means, but I didn’t want to give it away. So we stored it in our basement. When Sayer was on the way, Chris started building an office space in our basement so that the room upstairs, that was currently our office, could become Sayer’s nursery. He stumbled on my dollhouse and came up with a brilliant plan. He started a mini house “reno” to make it a little less ’70’s and something that Sayer could use and enjoy. He extended the balcony to make it long enough for a changing table, took the shag carpet out, painted, scraped wallpaper off, added wood, and added a mirror so that Sayer could make faces at himself while he was being changed.  

The finished product turned out better than I could have imagined. I love watching Sayer using it. Now a yellow,wood bus sits in the same garage that my purple, plastic, Barbie Corvette sat and I think that is so cool. Do you have anything from your childhood that you transformed into something different for you child?