I’ve always been an avid reader of Handmade Charlotte, a blog rich with imaginative kids crafts + design inspiration. Recently, I had the opportunity to meet creator Rachel Faucett at Alt Summit, and was floored by her vivacious and bold personality – her joy is infectious! We had a lovely chat, and she generously asked if I would be willing to be host a local event for her new Pottery Barn Kids products – and I said YES! without hesitation. SO – in celebration of the (oh so cool) Handmade Charlotte DIY kits (one | two | three | four), I’m hosting a FREE in-store crafting event at my local Pottery Barn Kids. Bring the littles for crafting fun – we’ll be making a superhero mask or owl habitat, to compliment the Handmade Charlotte kits, which will also be available for purchase + making during the event! There are two sessions, 11-11:30 AM + 11:30-12 PM…space is limited so don’t delay – RSVP today! If you’re not in the Philadelphia area, don’t fret – this event is happening on the same day nationwide, so click here to find a store near you. I can’t wait to meet you!
handmade charlotte + pottery barn kids event
pottery barn kids – king of prussia
march 7, 11 AM
space is limited – RSVP by calling the store
Whew, what a week! I need coffee, coffee, and more coffee. Apologies for the radio silence on the blog – I’ve been overwhelmed with work (in the best kind of way). Even though it’s already Sunday, I figure this bon weekend post is better late than never, right? Right. The frigid temperatures kept us (and maybe you?) mostly indoors this week, and we’re incredibly thankful for the bouncy house we bought a few months ago. I highly recommend it for the winter months if you have toddlers – seriously, it’s priceless. Yesterday we managed a day trip to Brooklyn to celebrate the 40th birthday of my good friend Amy, and today we’re tackling the (twin) toddler bed transition (cue the mommy tears). Tonight, the sofa beckons…the Oscars + a generous glass of wine are in my near future! Here are some links I enjoyed this week…
Please pardon the delay – this thank you note is overdue. A huge MERCI to everyone who took the time to answer and provide feedback on my survey. Your opinions are of great value to me, and they help to solidify the direction of my blog. I have been feeling a strong pull back to my roots – primarily, more Francophile related content (which I’ve already begun implementing, as you may have noticed). Many of you requested more of my interior design work, and essays about motherhood – I’m so glad you did. Ask and you shall receive! Many of you also asked for more posts in general. That one is a tad tricky for me, but I’m doing my best to increase the frequency of posting. Without advertising (and minimal sponsored posts), I’m just not able to financially justify spending more time here. I have found myself putting more effort into social media, mainly, Instagram, as I have seen the most response + growth there. However, I have no intention of giving up this space, and have some exciting partnerships lined up for 2015 that will allow me to bring you some amazing content. Thank you again for your time, your interest, and support. Sending you all a big virtual hug. Bisous!
“A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.”
The French language is constructed around beauty, much like the country’s landscapes and architecture. When speaking the language, it helps to remember that fact – yet another priceless tidbit from my tutor, Carrie Anne James. When doubting your pronunciation, think about what would sound the most beautiful, and you’re most likely right. One of the most crucial aspects in speaking is the “liaison” – how the words connect and blend together, creating a fluid sound. For example, the letter s in the word les is generally silent, but when combined with the word amis, it is pronounced with the “z” sound, connecting the two words…les amis. It is what makes French so enticing, and dare I say, so sexy. Even the way it’s spoken adds to the allure…you use mostly the front of your mouth, and at a low volume. Vowels at the end of words are meant to be lingered upon, and enjoyed…mini-syllables, if you will. Take the word femme…that little, innocent looking e on the end should be emphasized and savored. For me, pronunciation is paramount, and I squeal with delight when my words melt together like taffy. These details are not to be missed…after all, it is where much of the beauty lies.
** french is beautiful is a regular series – browse the archives here **
In an effort to do something fun yet budget friendly with the kids for Valentine’s Day, we kept this craft very simple. The kids loved it – a colorful confetti mess combined with cupcakes – what’s not to love?! Using all of the empty Bonne Maman jars that we’ve been saving, I divided all the colors of confetti, and let Marie + Henry each make their own custom blend. They loved exploring the different textures, and making a mess – it was very beautiful though, so I didn’t mind.
Crafting is so enjoyable at this age (two and a half) – they are hungry for it, everyday. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, but I earn bonus points for anything messy. After applying glue to heart toothpicks, the kids dipped and stirred them into their jars of confetti, creating fun cupcake toppers. Click through to see more cuteness!