9 Months + An Announcement!

Ingrid is 9 months old today. Everyone always warns you once you have a baby about how fast it goes, but man they are not kidding! I feel like these first 9 months have flown by. She's already crawling and pulling herself up and cruising around furniture and generally getting into places that she shouldn't be. She babbles and says mama and baba and once in awhile a word that sounds like hi. She claps and dances and smiles and giggles and is generally just the coolest human alive (I recognize I'm slightly biased). It's amazing to watch her quickly mastering things that were so hard to even imagine her doing when I would hold her in my arms as a newborn, just a few short months ago. These 9 months have been a whirlwind for sure. They have also been some of the most inspiring and motivating 9 months for me. Maybe it's because the previous 9 months, while pregnant, I spent so much time (basically all of it) so miserable and bed-ridden that once Ingrid came it was like a floodgate of ideas and creativity. Which brings me to my big announcement.
I am starting a new business with my mom!! Ack! Because I figured I don't have enough on my plate, right? But this is something I've been wanting to do for awhile and after Ingrid came it just felt like the right time. 
It's an online store named Bitte. We will be selling a curated selection of beautifully designed, all natural toys and clothes for little ones. We will be featuring and collaborating on products from many of my favorite small makers and artisans both here and abroad, who focus on the highest quality materials and craftsmanship. I will be sharing more in the weeks and months to come but for now you can follow along with our progress and inspirations on our instagram, twitter and pinterest. We are so excited and can't wait to launch later this summer.

DIY Felt Nursery Garland

I love a DIY that can do double duty and this fun and easy felt garland does exactly that. I originally created it for this years xmas tree but when I was taking down the tree and packing everything away I thought it would be such a shame to not see this pretty handmade garland again until next December. That's when I thought it would go perfectly above the crib in my daughters nursery, and voilĂ  problem solved! To see the full DIY head on over to ebay where I've been guest blogging for the last couple months.


One of the things I love about living in the Bay Area is all of the cool things everyone is working on. I feel like every other day a friend tells me about an amazing project they are starting or working on. It's exciting to continually have so many inspiring people around me. That's how I felt recently when my friend Emily La Fave launched her new venture, Forage. A new spin on meal planning, Forage delivers all the ingredients you need to recreate some of your favorite restaurant dishes from famed restaurants such as Hapa Ramen, Dosa and Alta CA. I've been trying it out for a few weeks and it's been super nice to have a gourmet way to speed up making dinner on those nights when things are hectic.

Jarek Puczel

When I came across the work of Polish painter Jarek Puczel recently I was immediately enamored. Most of his imagery has such a beautiful haunting quality and his deliberate use of negative space is amazing.

Jennifer Young Studio x Good on Paper 2015 Calendar

Two of my favorite ladies, designer Lisa Wong Jackson and photographer Jennifer Young have teamed up to create a stunning calendar just in time for holiday gifting. I'm always in need of a good calendar and this one is so perfect it is sure to keep me inspired all year long. 

Creating a Personalized Notebook Christmas Present with Plumb

This year I'm all about personalized Christmas presents. I think because it's my daughters first Holiday season I want to commemorate it in a special way and personalization is a really great way to do that. So when I received a few of the beautiful notebooks from Plumb it gave me the perfect idea for an easy DIY that will be a super special gift for any parent or grandparent. I used their stack book, which conveniently has a little window cut out on the first page, perfect for this project. But you can easily create a window like this in any good quality notebook. Like I did with the Plumb Spiral Journal. Directions below.

Photos or some other imagery
x-acto knife (or scissors)

1. Print your photos or other imagery.
2. Cut out the photos with the x-acto knife (or scissors).
3. Measure out the window on first page of notebook, based on how large your image is. (give at least a 1/4 inch margin on all sides of image).
4. Cut out window with x-acto knife (or scissors).
5. Measure where the image will go on the 2nd page.
6. Glue image to 2nd page.
7. Ta Da! You have yourself a beautiful, personal and affordable gift.

Thank you to Plumb for sponsoring this post.

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