Links I Love

Why Finnish Babies Sleep in Cardboard Boxes (love)

• The Kendama: a wooden(!) toy that is about to go viral in the U.S.

• Cute, fun, beanbag toss game

Gene Weingarten’s “Fatal Distraction” is one of the most horrific, has-stuck-with-me pieces of journalism I have ever read. It ran in The Washington Post in March 2009, when Sophie was almost 1 year old. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2010. I read it, through heavy tears, and then became somewhat obsessive about it; some of the images from the article remain with me to this day. I hate those images. But I’m also thankful for the article, and the intense awareness it gave to me. Do I recommend reading it? I don’t know. It’s difficult to read. I know several people who couldn’t even get through it. But, as Lisa Belkin reminded us in today’s Huffington Post article, babies being forgotten in hot cars is still happening—in fact, it’s already happend 15 times, this year. So do I recommend reading it? Yes, if only to serve as a reminder to always check your back seat. Always.

• Oh how I would love to see New York Public Library’s “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” exhibit.

101 Best Written TV Series

• I long for a wardrobe made up of dreamy layers such as these.

• Ponden Hall, the house that inspired Wuthering Heights, is for sale.

• I found my very first four-leaf clover this weekend. (A sign of good things to come? I hope so!) I have books, of course (so many books) but I wish I had a true flower press to preserve it.

• So an intriguing party in an abandoned NYC subway station took place recently …

• As a bridesmaid, I was once gifted (by the bride) makeup professionally done for a wedding. The makeup artist covered my lips in L’Oréal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Compact in Grenadine. I used to never wear lipstick, always annoyed that it came off every time I ate or drank. This product made me realize it’s possible to have pretty, red lips and not starve. Also, more options.

“I have dreamt in my life, dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas; they have gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind. And this is one: I’m going to tell it – but take care not to smile at any part of it.” —Emily Brontë

Links I Love

• I’m not original when it comes to perfume. My favorites starting in the early 1990s include Tribe, CK one (which I wrote about here), Ralph Lauren’s Romance and now, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb. When I put it on, I can’t stop smelling my wrists (which is weird, I know). The problem? It’s so expensive—until I discovered the rollerball for $29 (still steep, but allows me to wear it for special occasions and, well, today, a Tuesday). Check it out. It’s hard not to love. (Still, I wish I had a scent that people would smell and say, “I love that! What is that?” vs. “Flowerbomb! I love that, too.”

• Check out this Twinkle Curtain. I think it’s so very sweet.

• I hope my obituary is someday written like this one.

• DIY Anthropologie hair bands.

• My longtime friend Cindy sells Ava Anderson Non-Toxic products. I’ve purchased the Ava Baby Wash/Shampoo/Bubble Bath (3 in 1) and I love how it works (and smells!). If you’re looking for a more natural approach to skincare, check out her site here.

• My favorite party supply store. (Stripey straws! Glass milk bottles! Cupcake flags!)

• I think this tissue box is so clever (and only $5!). Full disclosure: Andy thinks it’s difficult to pull the tissues out. I don’t care. I think the cuteness of it trumps that.

• My former colleague Don Schroder recently photographed the long-abandoned Lonaconing Silk Mill in the Cumberland Mountains of Maryland. His pictures are stunning. Check them out here.

This website would have been dangerous had it been around when I was getting married.

• I would love to add this collection of childhood classics to my kids’ bookshelf.

• Here’s an interesting article about Facebook Likes. If I like a post, I hit “like.” I end up “liking” a lot.

“A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting.” —Christian Dior

Links I Love

The world, things, stories are so interesting and so much of it can be found online. I think Andy is tired of me saying, several times every night, “Hey, look at this!” and shoving my laptop in his face. So, with a nod to A Cup of Jo, I’m going to start sharing Links I Love every so often. I hope you enjoy.

• I love interesting light fixtures (as is obvious to anyone who stands in our entry) and currently I’m obsessed with these Japanese paper floral fixtures. It would be oh so lovely in my dining room.

• Right now we’re reading Charlotte’s Web to Sophie before bed. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to this gorgeous pendant that holds a stunning preserved spider web. How is this possible?

• If you’re as much a fan of Nora Ephron as I am, please take the time to read her son Jacob Bernstein’s beautiful essay in The New York Times, “Nora Ephron’s Final Act.”

My favorite eye shadow.

• Have you heard of The Brush Factory? It was co-founded by Hayes Shanesy, the son of one of my former editors at Popular Woodworking. I like all.their.things, particularly this gradient shelf in walnut.

• This weekend I’m hoping to take my first meditation class at Grace Tree Yoga and Growth Studio, led by a dear friend, Erin Tilling.

• Pasta With Zucchini and Goat Cheese—what I’m making for dinner tonight. It’s become a family favorite.

• I would love to buy this house. Alas, it’s (a bit) out of my price range.

• I am anxiously waiting on a delivery from Nettleton Hollow. Founded in 2005 by Justin Brandreth Potter, this Brooklyn-based business sells gorgeous preserved branches and botanicals. Today’s delivery should include flax stems and craspedia. I’m so looking forward to introducing a little bit of everlasting spring to my home.

• When the kids were younger, cutting grapes was always a tiresome task for me. If only I had had a pair of these—it would have made the chore so much nicer.

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing. I wove my webs for you because I liked you. After all, what’s a life, anyway? We’re born, we live a little while, we die. A spider’s life can’t help being something of a mess, with all this trapping and eating flies. By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can stand a little of that.” —E.B. White

Sophie’s New Backpack

Last year I wrote an essay for The New York Times Motherlode blog titled “The Perfect Backpack.” You can read it here.

After all that, we ended up getting Sophie a new backpack this year. Two reasons: (1) Last year’s backpack was too small for a regular size piece of paper—and her preschool teachers suggested that students have bigger backpacks at this year’s orientation. (2) Sophie’s obsessed with princesses. Disney princesses, specifically.

So I asked Andy’s talented Aunt Susan to make her a new one.

Sophie loves it. I do, too. It has Disney princesses on it but is still homemade. Her name is embroidered on it. It has adjustable straps and a pocket inside. It fits regular size papers perfectly.

Susan sells her work on Etsy here, and she’s very much open to custom work, such as this backpack.

Thanks, Aunt Susan.

“The best thing about doing needlepoint for very small children is that they are so uncritical. The don’t say things like, ‘I see you’ve missed some stitches over here on the leg, was that intentional?’ or ‘Was this creature blinded in a fight?’ They will clasp it in their little arms and love it besottedly, inseparably as the thing becomes more and more rancid.” —Carole Berman and Jennifer Lazarus