Archive for October, 2011
Aloi is an amazing tattoo artist and a visual artist as well. It is hard to have a friend, who does such amazing work, if you are like me and can never decide on an actual image for a tattoo (I suffer terribly from food envy too). But the photos in this book may actually inspire me to finally get one.
Last weekend we were at Todlerbaloo, the most fantastic toddler festival in West Los Angeles. In addition to the hay maze; a whimsical garden where kids could decorate crowns; face painting; an art-teepee; bouncy houses; games; yoga for kids (this is West LA after all!), etc., there were all sorts of booths with people promoting their eco-friendly kid products and services. [read more]
My daughter has just come to that wonderful phase in childhood where she can spend literally hours drawing. She is making wonderful pictures of princesses, chefs with hats, mermaids, castles and spaceships. Also, she is writing lots of random letters. It is very fun and super cute to watch.
Finally, after being asked for paper ten times a day, I got smart and I gave her a stack of colored paper, which she is going through at an alarming rate. I decided to put together a little art center for her. I somehow managed (not!) to round-up all the various markers that live in our house. And in addition to the basic can’t-live-without Crayola WASHABLE markers, her center contains the following supplies:
Tape. She uses tape to wrap items, tape things that she cuts out, and to tape her art on the wall. I can say with certainty that this tape dispenser from Lakeshore has changed the décor of our house. Who knew that making tape designs on the floor was an art activity?
Scissors. She likes to cut colored paper, playing cards, princess cards, play money — basically anything that is paper or her scissors will cut through. I am continually cleaning up small random scraps of paper. I found scissors like these fun kids scissors in Little Tokyo. They are a hit.
Glue sticks. When we were in Italy over the summer, I picked up some Coccoina Adhesive Glue Sticks at the suggestion of my friend. They are sticky, non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free. And they smell like marzipan. My friend claims that they are ok to eat, so no worries when your toddler takes a bite. Yum.
Beeswax crayons. My Waldorf friends turned me on to these block crayons by Stockmar. They seem to glide better than the crayolas. And they are easier for little hands to hold. Since they aren’t wrapped in paper, it is one less thing to clean up.
I never knew that I would, or could posses so much great art to keep or recycle.
Recently, I was having dinner at my friends’ house. They love to cook and I love to eat, so it works out well. They opened the Chardonnay that I had brought and poured it into these cute little glasses. Suddenly, I had one of those Proustian madeleine moments. I vividly remembered sitting at a table at a sidewalk café in Paris drinking Pernod out of those same glasses. We were discussing the brooms the street sweepers use in Paris that look like a witch should be riding on them, except for the fact that they are made out of brightly-colored plastic. Have you seen those brooms? I have never understood why they didn’t change the design to be more like the conventional brooms you get in the U.S. when they started making them out of plastic. I wonder about this every time I see them. [read more]
Lauren Collins wrote in the October 23rd issue of the New Yorker: