Sunday, December 23, 2007

more gorgeous gift wrapping ideas here. (link via design mom)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

If you think you're too small to make a difference, you haven't been in bed with a mosquito.

-Anita Roddick

Love this colorful poster that I came across the other day.

Easy Gift wrap Ideas

I saw these really easy and inexpensive gift wrap ideas on the Better Homes and Gardens website. I am sure I will try these out myself at home. For the children's art idea, there are so many more options out there. Painted hand prints on paper would look so cute too.
1: Festive words printed in repetition on plain paper
2: Children's art

53 places to go to in 2008

Some suggestions for your travels for next year, from the NYT.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Holiday decor and patterns from Benefit

My friend B pointed out these free gorgeous downloads from Benefit: patterned wallpapers, gift tags, party invitations and more. Get out some nice card stock and start printing away!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Happy Mail Days

I think one of the best pick-me-ups after a long day is finding something fun in your mailbox. I've been lucky enough to have some of these this month:

My lovely swap package that arrived from Vancouver. This was for a Fall swap that I put together, with a group of only 4. It was my first time and lots of fun to see everyone's creative ideas.

I won a giveaway on Apartment Therapy's Nursery site and was so excited to get this package from artist Leeza Hernandez, who has designed this pad. It's a cute little notebook with a mix of differently designed pages - lined, blank, or both on one page. Just perfect for everyday thoughts and scribbles. It came along with a pack of colorful Sharpies and small samples of Leeza's art.
Check her out work here.

A pack of 3 beautiful hand printed cards arrived last night, from a giveaway at London Mummy (I was on a roll this month - two giveaways! My husband thinks I should play the lottery now...) Thank you Esther, this was really generous of you. They are so pretty. I'm going to frame two and give one to a friend who I'm sure will end up framing or putting it up somewhere too. The cards are from Seed Prints, where you can find all sorts of gorgeous designs on recycled paper and card.

My Toddler's Lunchbox

Having a toddler who is a fussy eater more often than not, I quite liked looking at My Toddler's Lunchbox, a blog that showcases different lunches that a couple pack for their toddler every day. Some great ideas for healthy, non sugary snacks.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Is it me suddenly taking notice or has gift wrap just become lovelier than ever? I mean, some of it is just pretty enough to frame. I love how wrapping paper can have so many more creative uses than just to wrap up a gift. I've used some lovely gift wrap from paperchase to cover up an old canvas and make a bulletin board for my daughter's room.

Pictured here is Jacqueline Gift wrap from Erin Ruth's online etsy store (link via Print & Pattern)


Keeping it all together

Originally uploaded by nomadmama
So I've been missing in action around here lately. Well there's one thing I've learnt for sure, and that is - as a mom I can never expect my day to go according to plan. It all depends on how the little one is feeling and how her day is going. I think on most days, just getting stuff crossed off my daily to do list is a good enough feeling for me. These days I'm trying to get my life as organized as possible and that includes keeping my daily lists and scribbles organized. Usually I have journals/notebooks scattered all over the place and in various handbags but after finding this cute trio of notebooks I've managed to keep my daily to do's somewhat in order. PDA's just don't work for me. I need to write, scribble, make quick notes all the time!

How do you organize your day? What do you use to make your life and lists a little easier?

Around town

*I came across this cute store in Cary the other day: The Pink Alli. It's a new lovely little place full of things that will make perfect gifts for weddings, babies, showers etc etc. You can even find fun little pieces for your own home.

*Mars tipped me to go check out the Middle Eastern food at Neomonde. The food was great but the dessert, divine! Will go back again and again for their pistachio baklava.

Friday, November 2, 2007

New things

Originally uploaded by nomadmama
It's a new month and there are a couple of new things I'm taking part in that I've wanted to do for a really long time: participate in a swap and be part of a book club...

Ever since I read about creative, crafty swaps on blogs, I've been eager to be part of one myself. But every time I came across one, it was either out of my league (I can't knit or sew or...) or it was too late to sign up. So a couple of weeks ago I decided to organize my own little swap (the idea was to be inspired by the colors of Fall), let a few friends know about it and was excited when they agreed to be part of it. Yesterday I sent off my package to my swap partner in Vancouver... I really hope she'll like it! More photos to come soon of the other swaps sent and received.

And the book club. Well ever since I read Reading Lolita in Tehran and then later The Jane Austen Book Club, I have wanted to be part of one myself. Reading fiction is one of my passions and I'm lucky that I often get to be paid for it professionally, but nothing beats sitting with a group of people and discussing a really good novel as it unfolds. The club is kicking off with Love in the Time of Cholera, just in time for the film adaptation that will be released this month as well. I got my copy of the book yesterday and can't wait to start reading it next week, once I've wrapped a few other things up.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trick or Treat

This was my first 'proper' Halloween since I was a kid and I had fun dressing my girl up, buying Halloween treats to give out and attending Halloweeny events. Sometimes I love it how here in America, celebrations are so over-commercialized. This year I enjoyed it through my toddler.
For the past few years, I've always associated Halloween with Unicef's Orange Boxes, used for collecting change while trick or treating and then sending it off as a donation to Unicef.

This year I ordered a box (they send them to you for free) and was happy to see my friends emptying their change into it. Unicef really makes fundraising like this so easy. They send you a package with so much information (along with goodies like Halloween greeting cards and stickers to share around) and once you are done collecting your change, simply empty your coins into a Coinstar machine, pick the Unicef donation option on it and then send them off your receipt. How simple is that? I'm looking forward to emptying my orange box out this weekend!

Note to self: get a head start on this next year, and give out a few boxes to friends to fill up or ask them to order their own kits from Unicef...

Saturday, October 27, 2007

weekend wrap

After an emotionally draining week, I couldn't be happier to kick back and relax a little this weekend, both my mind and my body. The weather was a bit chilly but all the better for snuggling up on the couch with a blanket and catching up on some reading while the little one slept. It was also perfect weather to cook up this hearty cream of tomato soup.

I also caught up with my design inspiration blogs - namely Apartment Therapy, which I waste too much time on but do leave with some lovely images every now and then. Check these out:

- What a happy, happy kitchen. I would love waking up to breakfast in this every morning. If I could, I would paint my kitchen yellow.
- AT Nursery featured some gorgeous images from Fit Pregnancy's website. Here's one:

image via

- I also enjoyed going through IKEA's 2008 catalogue, which I ordered only recently because I wanted to get it after we'd moved. There's so much stuff that I would really get in there (loved some of the fabrics and plates) but - the tragedy - there's no IKEA in NC....yet!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Here's a real time waster: Celebrity Moms: Whose Star Style is Your Perfect Match?

Apparently my style guru is Angelina Jolie...

[october mornings]

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Crafty goods

Last weekend I was at the Cary Park Holiday Fair. It was a cute little arts and crafts fair - although smaller than I expected. Ever since I moved to Cary a few months ago, I've noticed quite a few art and craft festivals around the area and have managed to attend a couple. I'm looking forward to more during the holiday season. I picked up some pretty pillow covers, sachets of lavender that smell lovely and some greeting cards that were 'stamped'. I got to take a closer look at 'stamping' as a hobby, courtesy of a very friendly lady who was selling her stamped goods and taught stamping classes. Looked like fun!

I also came across these handmade recycled CD clocks. This one was my favorite:

It's listed on the crafter's Etsy store, along with some really cute soaps she makes as well.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Mom Song

This video is a must see for all mommies...hilarious lyrics that every mom can relate to. Link via The Happiness Project.

The world's top 10 most liveable cities

The International Herald Tribune has a slide show of the world's top 10 most liveable cities. 7 of these are in Europe.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

New beginnings

This week marks a couple of new beginnings for me, which I am excited about. New apartment, new month, a mostly empty calendar for October which I am looking forward to filling up with play dates, selected work assignments & picnic lunches in this gorgeous fall weather.

This month I am looking forward to:

  • unpacking boxes, setting up a new home, simplifying everything around me
  • decorating my little girl's room with patterns and colors
  • walks during the chilly October mornings
  • Sunday breakfasts with something new to try out
  • taking more photos
  • finishing the first one's album & scrapbook before the second one arrives
  • finding a halloween costume for the girl and making little treats for the toddlers (and grown ups)
  • doing more creative activities with my little girl - painting, crafting - for the very first time
  • setting up my own little home office/space where I can escape to when mommy just needs some time out

Thursday, September 27, 2007

that's what she said

I'm so excited about The Office's season 3 premiere tonight (one hour long - yay!). I loved the BBC series and it took a while to start liking the NBC version, but now I'm hooked. I'm especially excited to see Jim and Pam's romance develop (complete with all the awkward moments).

image from

Monday, September 24, 2007

Sometimes the cutest and most inexpensive art can be found on greeting cards. This is an example of one that I would totally frame:

Ciao Bella Vintage Vespa Card by Pepperina Press (etsy store)

via Design Mom

Simplifying it

This week I'm moving to a new place and as I pack and clean up here, I can't believe how much stuff I've managed to accumulate. Time for some serious purging and reorganizing! I picked up Real Simple: The Organized Home and found it inspiring enough to get me to part with stuff that I really wasn't in love with. The images in it were like a breath of fresh air and were enough to get me started:

images from Real Simple: The Organized Home

Another really good book that got me inspired to reorganize and rethink design is Apartment Therapy: The Eight- Step Home Cure.

Time to start a new blog. Hopefully this one will grow with me longer than the previous ones did.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

about me

[just trying something out here]

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