An article I was reading mentioned Creative Playthings, a vintage brand of toys “to provide simple and beautifully designed toys to promote a child’s creativity and imagination.” Reminds me a little of the modern brand Kid O. Anyway, a quick Etsy search turned up some beautiful (if pricey) stuff:
I also found an image of this structure, which is the exact one they had at my preschool(?) I think:
I can feel the texture of the wood slide surface in my hands. Crazy.
A few years ago, I baked little cakes inside eggshells. I think I’m going to try it again but with cake mix this year. I originally thought the type of cake might make it less likely to stick to the shell, but now I feel more adventurous.
I’d also like to steal some eggs from the kids and try out Megan’s food color egg dye recipes for super-saturated eggs.
Finally, we just bought more of these cheapie LED lights for night-time egg hunts with Hank. You pop them into plastic eggs so they glow. It’s surprising how beautiful they are. I’ll take some photos this year to do it justice.
Are you an Easter celebrator? Liz likes to spell the kids names in jelly beans, which is great. I’d love to hear about your traditions if you have some you love too.
Remember this video I mentioned a few days ago? I couldn’t stop thinking about it and how happy it made me, so Brad and I made a pin.
The pin also makes me happy. You can get one here, and then we can identify each other in the streets and hug stiffly.
I love you, robots.
I just bought a few of these color theory cards, and a pack of watercolor postcards by Lewie Louise, a collaboration between San Francisco artists.
The postcard quality is exceptional, as is the old timey type on the back. Just what I wanted. You can get some here.
Have you seen 20th Century Women? It’s a hopeful movie with complex, aspirational female characters. Go see it. I love it so much.
Related, Pussy Riot, the band imprisoned for giving protest performances in Russia, gives advice for women to defy Putin and Trump: “To persevere, Nadya Tolokonnikova says, it’s important to think in dubious times ‘how I could improve the lives of people around me… it’s only then — when you start to find a solution — that you will feel good again. Even in the darkest times, helping others is power.’”
I love you, robot. Oof.
Are you in the path of the total solar eclipse that happens in August?
Finnish Dish Drying Cabinets let you put your dishes away while they’re still wet. Why aren’t these in every San Francisco apartment?
Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” is the right tempo for administering CPR. As is “I Will Survive.”
Correcting misogynistic graffiti is a new hobby we should all adopt.
“Liability” from Lorde’s new album.
If I didn’t have inconvenient boobs, I’d order this swimsuit three times.
No-To-Scale imagines Trump’s wall as a 1,954-mile-long dinner table.
It’s afternoon on the Avenues. Outside Trouble Coffee, a bearded young man passes the window in moccasin slippers. His navy-blue robe is unbelted over a clean white undershirt and drawstring pants. He guides a suitcase past Golden Gate Indian Food and Pizza, and as he rounds a corner, the wind pulls his robe hem back toward the beach.