Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Big Boy Room: Wall Art WIP

Banquet, an, ahem, Canadian company, has some very sharp looking marine wall art. Check out their SOME SEA ANIMALS OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST poster.

The perfect image but which seems to be available in only less than perfect sizes. 21.5" x 29.5"? That is about as useful as a cocktail napkin!

Barring a miracle and finding that one larger, this is my current front runner: a map of ocean currents. But we need to find a reproduction!

A pilot map is an interesting idea. Now to find one with graphic omph.

In a similar vein, maps of the ocean floor are interesting. A nice but expensive one here.

Dad had National Geographic's star chart when growing up. This Celestial Planisphere Chart seems similar but better composed.

There are some very beautiful reproductions of maps from the 18th century and earlier. I suppose they pose a danger of messing up Big Boy's understanding of world geography.

Vintage Denoyer Geppert school maps seem to be rearing their pretty head in design print and blogs lately. The colours are beautiful but the prices not so much. This one's palette reminds me of them.

Oh, yes.
This is all in service to The Big Boy Room.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Big Boy: Tegu Blocks

Tegu - Magnetic wooden blocks

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Black Sea Man (determinate) - You Grow Girl's review here
Costoluto Genovese (indeterminate) - You Grow Girl's review here
You Grow Girl on Tomatoes in containers here and here.

01.xii.10 UPDATE: Instead of Costoluto Genovese, I managed to buy Green Zebras by mistake. It was a huge disppointment but they proved themselves to be fairly prolific and tangy but tasty. I will have to try for Costoluto again next year!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Advent Calendars

Image from Garnet Hill

With Advent almost upon us (28th November this year), a calendar was needed for Big Boy. We chose the pictured one, available from Garnet Hill. I like the modular look of it and the fact that it is reuseable. Garnet Hill also provides the goodies to go inside. Some of them look really cute but we might have edit a few of the smaller ones until Big Boy gets through his "pop it in the mouth" phase.

I have an idea for a bowl of bags (two of Big Boys three favourite words) advent calendar using something like these.

Other ideas can be found here:

The Lundby Advent Calendar, of course! Whether you have a Lundby house or not!

What David Digs has a very thorough list of good looking, three dimensional calendars. I especially like the Lego option.

Skip to My Lou
has a nice round up with a few familiar faces.

And Babble has a big roundup that I am only part way through.

UPDATE: The Garnet Hill calendar was a huge disappointment. It was poorly constructed with misaligned pieces and wrinkling and blistering of the paper graphics. It was such a lovely design and I feel really sad about it. I hope that they release it again but better executed. Wood would be nice but similar paper-covered card done carefully would be okay.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Baskets: Balinese Boxes and Senagalese Baskets

I love baskets!

Balinese Boxes and Senagalese Baskets at Serena & Lily
Balinese Boxes are my all time favourites. These are a bit gaudy but they seem to be very hard to find on this side of the pond. In Asia, you would find yourself tripping over them. Now, I typically snap the up whenever I see them. Were these not so expensive nice, I might get these too despite their bright colours.


Silhouette - like a printer but it cuts

Monday, November 15, 2010

Bachelor Buttons

A lovely old school cookie.
My mother always dotted hers with pretty, pink apple jelly.
These melt away in your mouth.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Play Rug(s)

Cool dimensional ones at Urban Baby.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Think Pink

A favourite clip via Filip Motwary.

For whatever reason, suprisingly few people I know, are familiar with this scene. And I work in retail!

I love it ... not because I work in retail but for many reasons I cannot nail down instantaneously although Kay Thompson has a lot to do with it.
This feels like a candidate post for an update!