A Few Things

October 28, 2011

Hello Friends! Tomorrow we’ll start the drive back to our farmhouse. We’ll be sad to leave Barcelona — our trip has been full of inspiring sights and good Spanish food. But the kids are super excited that we’ll be home for Halloween. Can you believe it’s on Monday? This month has flown right by.

While we finish up our Barcelona sight-seeing, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share with you:

- This art studio looks straight out of Tim Burton movie. So cool!
- Great ideas for indoor play. Bring it, snow days.
- Wow. This article will change your day.
- It’s hard to resist googly eyes.
- An (adorable) Monster Contest.
- One of the many reasons I love good design.
- Get in the picture! Go here and scroll down to read Aleida’s Challenge.
- Clever Halloween costumes — don’t miss Rosie the Riveter & the Liechtenstein Girl.

I also write for Babble.com. Here are this week’s posts:
- Amazing hand-drawn family portraits. Perfect for holiday cards.
- New homegoods at Target! (I miss Target.)
- Clever last-minute Halloween craft.
- This is the first thing I’ve added to my Christmas wishlist.
- Yay! European goodies for U.S. Shoppers.

Have a wonderful weekend! I hope it’s full of Halloween festivities and adorable costumed children. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


Images by Tenka Gammelgaard

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{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

1 teresa October 28, 2011 at 7:35 am

Thank you for the links- Dragon Mom touched my heart….- one of our sons had a stroke at birth- his situation is no where as grave- but it has been a life of challenges for him. Aleida’s challenge…wish I had taken more pictures….I was always the one taking the pictures. =)
As per you wish list….good choice….I think I need something like that….right now I’m using a book as my mouse-pad. {hey, maybe I will start a new trend…instead of a bookmark….we now have bookpad….well…maybe not. =)
Have a wonderful weekend.


2 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm

So glad you liked the links, Teresa!


3 All Unwound October 28, 2011 at 8:32 am

Cool photos!

I can’t believe that Halloween is almost here. The month FLEW by!
All that sightseeing and eating Spanish food has to make up for you missing Target?!


4 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Seriously! I have nothing to complain about. Target will still be there when we’re back in the States. : )


5 Lola October 28, 2011 at 9:17 am

Oh my. As I’m sure you know, Halloween isn’t a big deal at all here in the UK (despite all the sweet companies encouraging us to take part every year!) but I really don’t need that much of an excuse to dress up … Those costumes are fabulous! Miss Muffet and her spider is so darn cute, and pretty easy, too. And a good Rosie the Riveter bandana never fails :)


6 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I love a girl that doesn’t need an excuse to dress up. : )


7 the emily October 28, 2011 at 10:05 am

Hurray for the link to Aleida’s challenge! As soon as my camera is fixed I’ll resume contributing to the flickr group.


8 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Yay! I hope your camera gets fixed right away.


9 Amy Thompson October 28, 2011 at 10:37 am

Thanks SO much for mentioning Clay’s portraits! Happy sight seeing!


10 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

His portraits are amazing, Amy! He’s so talented.


11 Emilie Ahern October 28, 2011 at 10:44 am

Thank you for mentioning Aleida’s Challenge. I am the owner/author of the group and I feel it is SO important to honor her legacy. I, myself, have fallen behind and let my own insecurities allow me to keep me behind the camera. Your post has renewed my commitment to Aleida’s Challenge.

I hope the gallery continues to fill with portraits of the bonds between Mother and child.

Emilie Ahern


12 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Thanks for the comment, Emilie! I asked Ben Blair to take pictures of me with the kids today because I was so inspired by the challenge. Keep up the great work.


13 Mary Thompson October 28, 2011 at 11:18 am

I just sobbed my way through that Dragon Mom article. Wow. I can’t imagine.


14 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I feel exactly the same way.


15 Fiona Reyna October 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Just a note to say I -love- your blog. I set aside the email updates that I get for a quiet time to review (when my boys are asleep) and marvel at all the cool things you include. So neat! ;)


16 Design Mom October 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Wow, Fiona. Thank you so much for the kind words! I always love to hear my blog resonates with readers. It means a lot to me!


17 Leisha October 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I could barely breathe as I read Emily Rapp’s article. This not only changed my day, but we hopefully forever change how I parent. God bless her for her strength, courage and willingness to share so honestly. My son is going to be a year old soon and I can’t help but think of all he’s doing, not doing, will do or won’t do. I want to enjoy every day not thinking of his future as much as his present.


18 Molly @thewaffler October 28, 2011 at 3:04 pm

Thanks for posting the link to Dragon Mom. Wow. She has an amazing perspective.


19 Jo October 28, 2011 at 8:14 pm

I am totally, absolutely moved by The New York Times article by Emily Rapp (and still trying to dry my tears). Thank you so much, as always, for sharing. The article really changed my perspective on a whole lot of things I’ve been doing for/to my children. I couldn’t be more grateful for this eye-opener and God bless Emily and her family…


20 Charise Harper October 29, 2011 at 8:36 am

Thanks for mentioning my cute little monster! I can’t wait to see where those little eyeballs are going to pop up.


21 Genevieve October 29, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Thanks for the link to the story about Ronan. Wonderful perspective!


22 melissa van der Ceelen October 30, 2011 at 4:42 am

This comment is a little off topic for this post but I just have to say, House #3, I knew it!! I really enjoyed your episode of House Hunter’s Int’l (I just watched it yesterday morning and this morning stumbled upon your blog) I was so impressed by how in synch you and and your husband are. I can’t wait to catch up on your blog and hear about what your experience has been like living en France.



23 Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! October 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Thanks for the links! I hope you have a good trip back from Barcelona- I love that place (got engaged there!)


24 Graylin October 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I never tired of your blog–you post the most unique and simply pleasing links. Your site is a consistent source of inspiration! I was an American living in Europe for awhile, have since moved back, living vicariously through you! Thanks so much,your site brightens my day!!

<3 yepindeed.wordpress.com



25 Graylin October 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm

whoops, meant to say “i never tire” not “never tired.” HA




26 Moitreyee Chowdhury November 1, 2011 at 12:34 am

oh, the Dragon mom, is something that I needed to read, and all moms need to read. I counted my blessing, and stopped worrying for a moment about the future of my child.
I am linking the article on my blog, and also to your blog. Please visit.


27 judith November 1, 2011 at 10:33 am

Emily Rapp’s article is so beautifully written. Thanks for the perspective-shifter. I’ve been away from my 6 kids and feel tempted to resent the work load as I jump back in, but am reminded what a powerful blessing it is to be able to enjoy this day with them!


28 Make and Do Girl November 2, 2011 at 10:07 pm

That studio is amazing. Love his diligent commitment to black and white.


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