The weekend is here!
Go get Inspired!
photography thanks to Julian Wass Photography
Yes it is February, but it is still Tucson Winter here!
Ok Ok..so we get to about 60 degrees..but for us.. brrrrrr... time to bundle up!
So today's post is dedicated to and inspired by Winter:
Woven hat by VolenskaVintage
Pebble set by delica
Danish chair by ModishVintage
Sonoran antique blanket by CoronetWeedsVintage
Reed basket by OceanSwept
Tweed coat by SamanthaBalk
Necklace by clacontemporary
Good Morning Designistas!
The other day we stumbled across the website Stubby Pencil Studio and fell in love!
It's filled with fun things for kids...and a few things for US!
(Our favorite is the highligher PENCIL!)
Take a look at a few of our picks!
the animal hands are temporary tattoos!
From the website:
Kids art & school supplies
Stubby Pencil Studio offers eco friendly kids art materials and school supplies like crayons made from soy - not petroleum; stationery, greeting cards, sketchbooks and journals made from 100% post consumer recycled paper - not virgin trees; pencils made from sustainably harvested wood and recycled newspapers - not dying forests.
You'll find unique gifts for children, non-toxic toys, classic games, educational books, children’s craft kits, and reusable bags. Planning a party? Stubby Pencil Studio also offers party favors and décor, and many other creative products that kids will love.
Good Morning Designitstas!
Today we got up extra early to share this blog post with you!
As you know, we adore details!
And when we go on job sites, we cannot help but photograph the little things...
We think there is beauty in everything... if you really stop and look!
but just in case you have missed it, we wanted to chat about this amazing non-profit again.
"Our mission is to inspire, educate and motivate each other to realize the impact of intentional kindness
and to empower individuals to act according to that awareness, thereby changing our world."
March 29th, 2002 started as a very normal day in our lives. Our sons, Matthew – nearly 6 and Ben – nearly 3 – were home playing with a playmate.
Ben had a cold and a bit of a croupy cough. We were not alarmed. Never did it enter our minds that Ben was seriously ill or that he could die. And then he did. It only took seconds for him to become unconscious after his airway swelled shut. Jeannette’s efforts at rescue breathing and CPR were in vain as Ben’s airway was completely closed. In those moments on the morning of Good Friday our lives changed forever.
The depth of pain we were experiencing was beyond description. Every parent’s worst nightmare was our reality and we didn’t know how we would possibly survive. More than anything we just wished we could die. Perhaps we would have died if not for Matthew. He was still alive and he needed us as he had never needed us before.
Slowly, we began incorporating coping strategies into our lives. We came up with a design for Ben’s Bells and started making them in our back yard studio with friends. The therapeutic effect of working with clay was amazing as was the power of being surrounded by people talking and working toward a common goal. We decided to make hundreds of the Bells and distribute them randomly in our community to encourage the kindness that we so depended on to get through each day. Since Ben’s death, it had been the kindness of others, strangers and friends, that had helped us begin to heal. We wanted to find a way to pass on that kindness and to help others in the process.
On the first anniversary of his death, hundreds of Ben’s Bells were distributed throughout Tucson, hung randomly in trees, on bike paths, and in parks with a written message to simply take one home and pass on the kindness.
The ripple effect that followed was wonderful and startling. Individuals finding the Bells had stories to tell - lots of them - about grief and healing and hope. Our local newspaper printed the story - front page - next to fast breaking news of the recent war in Iraq. School groups and businesses and individuals began calling to see how they could get involved and in no time, hundreds and hundreds of Tucsonans were involved in crafting Ben’s Bells.
Ben’s Bells symbolize kindness and its power in healing. We hope that they will touch others’ lives and help to make our community a more gentle place to live. We are so very grateful for our community’s incredible enthusiasm for the project and we know that we can make a difference. Jeannette, Dean and Matthew
In memory of our beautiful boy ...
Isn't that an amazing story?
Ben's Bells recently collaborated with the University of Arizona
and came up with a new project for us...the Be Kind - Step Up bracelet!
We were thrilled to receive our first Be Kind - Step Up bracelet a few weeks ago!
Let us tell you how it works!
Each bracelet is hand made with love and on the back there is a number.
Each one is numbered individually so that you can track it!
1) you get a bracelet
2) you see an act of kindness or someone "stepping up"
3) you pass the bracelet on! (love this part)
4) then you go online "here" and track the bracelet (who you gave it to and why)
Isn't this amazing?!
If you'd like to purchase one, click Here!
Want to get involved?
Contact Erin Strange at Campus Health at (520) 626-1829 email@example.com
You can also visit Bens Bells and help Make these bracelets! Click HERE.
It's almost Valentines Day! (one week away)
In case you are looking for a few last minute goodies...here you go!
Since we Love Etsy! Today's "Etsy Loves" will be Valentine INspired!
lets stick together stix : somethingshidinginhere
xoxo hearts: paulova
sweet rose comb: alexandragrecco
i really like you: happydappybits
iphone cover: YourKeepsakeCo
Hope you didn't miss us too much!
We begin our posts today with a little pit of POP of color!
And so we introduce back one of our favorite segments: Fashion + Furniture.
Today we are inspired by combinatiosn with Pink!
clothing images thanks to JCrew
interior shots thanks to Javier X's Photostream