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one amazing Get Dwell table

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Kyle wrote a note to our friend, Darryl Rose, who happens to be president and founder of  Get Dwell. He wanted “big wood” so he could build a table. I was thinking Darryl would drop off some scrap wood from his home remodeling & repair business, like he’s done in the past, and Kyle would get to work with a hammer & nails and bang something together.

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What happened instead? Darryl & Paul Koenig, furniture conservator and creator, drew plans for a mortise & tenon table using handmade pegs instead of screws. Then they invited Kyle to the Winnetka Get Dwell shop to build it himself!

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Kyle’s favorite part- applying the messy, messy wax


vintagetwistedsari shein The big wood turned out to be this beautiful table top, made from reclaimed wood.Get Dwell

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finished table!

Thanks, Get Dwell, Paul & Darryl, for this amazing experience.

If you’d like to contact Paul for furniture conservation and restoration, gold leaf repair or custom furniture, you can reach him at 847-772-2720.

Get Dwell & Darryl Rose can be found here.

What do you think Kyle’s going to be for Halloween this year? I’ll give you a hint… it has to do with a tool belt & a Get Dwell t-shirt.

 


find the funny.

Kyle didn’t come home the other day…well, he eventually got home 30 minutes late. He didn’t get off the school bus at our stop, even though he had all the other days. The bus driver found him quietly sitting in his seat when he checked the bus at the end of the route. He then called the dispatcher, who called me to relay that Kyle was on his way home. The poor bus driver was distraught.

Kyle thought it was hilarious. The bus driver will never forget to tell Kyle to get off the bus & I’ve asked a kid on the bus to remind him where to get off, as well.

Still trying to learn from Kyle that EVERYTHING is a hilarious adventure… Drop a plate? hilarious. Dog pees on the rug? hilarious. Air conditioner is broken on the hottest day of the year? hilarious. Forget to get off the bus & have no idea where you are? hilarious.

I hope you find your day hilarious-
sari


HURRAY!! … for painted furniture & suzanis



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Finally, at this exact moment, all the kids are back to school full-time and I get to paint again!

In case you’ve forgotten, I paint furniture. I almost forgot, too.

Yup, it’s been about 9 months, but Kyle is now back in school full-time after his grueling recovery from hamstring release surgery. So, what was I working on again?

I’m painting this sweet little table with Suzani inspired medallions & trim.

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Suzani inspiration.

If you haven’t run across a suzani yourself, it’s a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. “Suzani” is from the Persian سوزن Suzan which means needle. The art of making such textiles in Iran is called سوزنکاری Suzankāri (needlework).

Suzani fabrics have become popular lately- I’ve seen traditional antique suzanis used on modern pillows, furniture, wall hangings and also reinvented in art and textiles.

Maryanne Quinn, Orange Suzi

This one is felted art by Maryann Quinn.

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Mixed media work by Kate Lewis– graphite, acrylic, oil, and pen on canvas.

I, of course, am besotted with the old, faded, handmade, slightly off-kilter originals like these:

vintage-twisted sari shein vintage twisted antique sizainsand I’m sure their inspiration will turn up in many a painted piece in the future.


I wanna be friends with stickman.

Fun!

Click below & try it out:

http://www.drawastickman.com

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wish i was a GoldieBlox kid…

My parents bought us a beautiful, shiny new playhouse when I was about 9. It had a door, double-hung, screened windows that opened and shut and it was even carpeted. What did we do? My sisters & I chased each other around it, jumped off the roof, colored it, planted vines on it and did just about everything but play in it.

Instead, we would head into the woods behind our yard and spend hours building our own structures- weird, branch teepees with moss floors, listing every which way and collapsing at the first big wind, at which point we’d just start over.

If only GoldieBlox had been invented way back then!

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Can’t wait to see where this company goes in the future- I’m hoping more complex kits, instruction manuals with additional building ideas, more colors, boy figures (how about a little brother sidekick?)… Hey, GoldieBlox, need a layperson consultant?

http://www.goldieblox.com

If you want to read about one expert’s opinion of inequality in “The Toy of the Decade,” and the toymaker’s commitment to review, and hopefully change for the future, click here.


best tv commercial ever…

This is my new favorite commercial. Hope you like it, too.

Yay, Derrick Coleman!


Happy 2014!

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2014 and may the mystery shot sock monkey bring you happy surprises all year long.

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Twin Anchors, Chicago, IL


ROAR! Children’s Hospital of Dartmouth

How can an inpatient hospital visit be fun?
Stop on by a pediatric unit and you will find the most charming, funny, hopeful, beautiful, smart, resourceful, kind people you’ll ever be lucky to know. That would be the kids in treatment and the people taking care of them.

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Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago-

We love you! Kyle spent 2 weeks there this summer after hamstring release surgery & although there were  hours every day of hard, intensive therapy he also had a lot of fun making friends, trying new contraptions, playing with the amazing nurses, doctors and therapists.

A special shout out to Frankie and his family for being the best roommates imaginable, keeping us laughing and in Ding Dongs the whole time.

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Georgia- the Wonder Dog!

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cups

Yup, we’re all totally obsessed with this…

It’s so fun, we couldn’t help but break it out during a family reunion. Cousins, from 5 to 21, gave it a try after watching the video.

Anna Kendrick, reprising her role in Pitch Perfect, is completely adorable in this David Letterman version:

Are you reaching for your own plastic cup right now?