Monthly Archives: September 2011

Updates to the monkey room.

There’s nothing I love more than visitors and we have five, in a row, on the way! So two little updates to the monkey room.

1. A pretty orchid that I think just goes SO well with the room and is very Hong Kong because only here can you find cut orchids like this not priced in the stratosphere.

2. A new monkey pillow. It’s hand-embroidered from Chelsea Textiles. I am in love with it and I want to learn how to make something like it! Someday.

For more ideas of ways to welcome visitors see this old post. Can’t wait for our first arrival tonight! Hong Kong here we come. xx
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Best wedding hotel bag item ever: Custom coffee.

Bags for wedding guest’s hotel rooms can be full of a lot of useful and not so useful items!

My friend Gina & Chris had a custom blend made for theirs from my VERY favorite coffee shop back in San Fran: Blue Bottle. I absolutely loved it! And loved that they did a custom stamp for them. Adorable. Thanks to Joan Pan for this pic of it in French Press action.

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Wren Press.

One of my good friends used to work for the Wren Press out of London… no coincidence, of course, that a friend of mine would be a paper lover!

She brought up some of their birth announcement samples to check out and I thought I’d share them with you. I thought their footprint birth announcements were quite cute… you stamp and scan the babies foot and then mail it in. This could be a really fun DIY birth announcement project.
Now you know my obsession with the time difference — how awesome are these birth announcements for a baby with international ties?! If you haven’t already you must download my sleep chart.
I really like ships and boats for babies… the plane is great for a new arrival and the ship, referencing so many Christian themes, from fisheaters.com. Have you ever noticed how often the ceilings of cathedrals ceilings look like boats?

“As those outside of Noah’s Ark were destroyed, the ship became a perfect early symbol of the Church with its associations with “the barque of Peter, the Fisherman.” In the same vein, the main part of a church’s interior, the place where the people worship, is called a “nave,” from the Latin “navis” — ship. The Ark is also a symbol of the Temple through its shape and purpose, both having three levels, etc. And as a symbol of the Temple and Church, it is a symbol of Mary, sealed off with pitch and closed up by God Himself.”

Their insanely thick museum board allows for the most amazing side edging. LOVE. Although it is completely ridiculous and over the top for a birth announcement!

They also offer printing on a plastic type card with embossing on top… I’ve never seen this before, but it’s very durable!

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Two new baby blankets.

I wanted to share two new, recently completed baby blankets. This one is a free pattern from Lion Brands. You knit it on the diagonal… on the way up you knit three, yarn over, keep knitting… on the way back down you knit 2, knit 2 together, yarn over,¬†knit 2 together, knit to end of row.

Sadly, they recently corrected that so my border is a little off… one side’s border is a stitch wider than the other side. I was already half-way done when I realized this so I’m going to say the error is intentional like how the Amish supposedly sew in errors or make designs off center because only God is perfect afterall.

I don’t understand how companies continually post and publish patterns with errors! There must be willing pattern testers? The buttons that say ‘Made with Love for you (heart) by Natasha’ are from Paloma’s Nest.

This chunky yarn knit up super quickly. The border is knit by casting on the outside stitches and then knitting out the border. Then you fold the border back onto itself and stitch it down. I learned a lot making this one! The pattern is free on PurlBee’s site. This is the second version (purl one, knit one).

Plane time lets you get a lot of knitting in… and I have to say I’m quite obsessed!

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Dyeing pets to look like wild animals.

The Chinese are now dyeing their dogs to look like wild animals… pandas and tigers are most popular.

Seriously. It’s just beyond. Just beyond. As reported by CNN.

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