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Creative Playthings Vintage Toys

11th April 2017

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:


Rocking Beauty


Sand Paddle


Zoo Blocks


Magnifying Stool

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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.

3 Favorite Easter Ideas

8th April 2017


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.

I Love You Robot Pins

5th April 2017

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.

Lewie Louise

4th April 2017


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.


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The postcard quality is exceptional, as is the old timey type on the back. Just what I wanted. You can get some here.