paper cutting…


Paper Cut by UK based artist Lydia Crook

i love chinese paper cutting and when we travel to china, i always look for a fun piece for our house.  the art of chinese paper cutting dates back to when paper was first invented in china around A.D. 100.  used to express well wishes and good fortune, symbols and images are cut using either a knife or scissors.  they are given as gifts, hung in windows for decorations, and placed around the home for special occasions.

photo 1

1 in a set of 3 beijing opera masks

photo 3

image of a traditional chinese court dining area cut out of one large piece of paper

this one i did for my husband’s office since we were both born in the year of the rat.  it wasn’t easy and i was forced to fold the paper to get the complete cut done.  this disappointed me as it left a fold in the image.  i’ve seen people cut intricate designs without folding or guidance, and their talents are truly amazing.

while perusing, i came across the work of UK based artist Lydia Crook (shown above post) and i love it! clean, beautiful, whimsical, and fun.


you can view and purchase her work here.



fun things for kids…

although my monsters are a bit older now i still love shopping for itty bitty little things.  i’m addicted.  luckily i have  handful of new little ones in my life so i can keep shopping!

1- CUTE little toddler boys shirt with loose tie screenprint from H&M,

2- ADORABLE crocheted aviator hat from Crochet Chalet,

3- FUN wooden sushi play set from Melissa & Doug,

4- INNOVATIVE monster toy guardian, designed by Tzung-Yu Lu (not yet in production),

this fun design can be pulled around by your tot, opens into a toy storage unit and the teeth are soft to “eat” up toys to be put away.  sooooo cute!!!!

5- COOL VERSATILE boots for tots by Bog,


some things i want this year….

1. Oberlin Sweatshirt, yes, i’m an obie dobie.  2.  hand-made extra large knit pouf by marymarieknits, would look great in our office upstairs. 3. really cute earrings by Jamie Cassavoy de Gonzalez, for the new year. 4. all-clad slow cooker, because i hate to actually cook. 5. travel book on india, because i’ve always wanted to go. 6. tequila, for my margaritas of course, because i have to have my tequila, period.

what i’m in love with…

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