Monday, February 15, 2010

o m a r ' s ABCs

It nearly took 1 year to complete, but I am so happy to announce that the alphabet block project I have been working on for my nephew Omar is complete.  We gave them to him yesterday during his 2nd birthday celebration. I photo documented the entire process, and I really LOVE the finished product.

Last March, Jesse and I journeyed to San Francisco, met up with Zeina, and headed to Urban Hardware to see our friend Mason at his new location.  A wheelbarrow filled with small wooden blocks sat at the storefront.  I asked Mason what these were used for, and he replied that they were decoration, however they kept children entertained as the parents looked around.  I asked him if I could purchase some, as immediately I knew what I wanted to do with them.  He kindly suggested I just take them which was totally awesome and generous!

They were small unfinished wooden blocks - with rough edges desperately needing to be sanded down.  So that became my first step:

Next step involved painting all the sides white.  I searched all over for non-toxic kid friendly paint, and found a few different options out there, but felt most comfortable with what University Art on J. Street had to offer.

Non-toxic paint:

After all sides were painted white, I then painted borders in various colors around each edge of the blocks.  Every step involving painting was pretty time intensive as you had to wait for sides to dry in order to begin opposite sides.  

And finally - adding letters!!  I tried to do each side with various styles, uppercase, lowercase, fancy, serif, san serif...  Zeina was able to help with some of these as well!

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And the finished product was boxed up in a nice wooden box and opened by lil Omar yesterday at his birthday brunch!!  Super stoked about this entire project!

If you are interested in doing this yourself, you can find unfinished wooden blocks available for sale.  I am thinking about repeating this project so I did a little searching, and if you google "unfinished wooden blocks" all sorts of options appear.

Monday, February 8, 2010

'...i fed them pop tarts...'

Eli and I stayed in Friday night and watched "Earth Girls Are Easy."  Remember that one?  Hilarious 80s movie!  And Geena Davis is a mega babe.  Loving movies that break out in the occasional (or frequent) song and dance!  I love that everything is available on youtube these days!  Check out the trailer below.  And here's the NY Time's review of the flick from 1989.  So rad.  

p.s. it is available on Netflix instant viewer right now!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

dear summer...

I am seriously missing all things SUMMER.  I've been daydreaming about days at the river, bike riding through the warm summer nights, sandals, sundresses, swimming pools, sunshine, BBQs, park days, outdoor music, day-trips, blankets & books in the park... I could go on forever.

I must say I am quite pleased that January is over.  It was mostly gray and cold.  And I found it difficult to muster up the motivation to do anything or go anywhere!  But now the days are proving to be a bit longer and I am starting to get extremely excited about all the things ahead in the next few months that lead us into summer!

In my January slump, I kept myself sane by making lists of goals and plans for this summer.  I am mostly excited about the garden Eli and I are going to start in our backyard.  We are newbies at this and will be looking to our experienced friends and family for some direction.  The good news is we have tons of space to play with!  I am also pumped about the fact that Trisha moved into a midtown apartment with a pool... I'm hoping she hooks me up with a key!

And here are a few summery moments from 2009:

biking to the river with t & l and our always lovely setup

rallying for love and equality with Corine Richard & Orson

family dinner on the deck in Santa Cruz

beach bumming with Omar

hot summer date with this guy

watching MC Hammer at the state fair with these rad ladies