POETRY & WORDS :: Let’s Be the Uncommon Ones


Gina Munsey | Oaxacaborn blog for Uncommon Goods | Fresh Tulips, Mexican Blanket, What I Love About You & Soapstone Platter

I’m hearing it more and more lately, this idea that repeatedly sharing beautiful corners of your life is deceptive, because the viewer isn’t able see what’s hidden around the edges — this idea that the sharer, by selective portrayal, is perpetuating a view of reality that isn’t representative of the human condition.

Gina Munsey | Oaxacaborn blog for Uncommon Goods | Fresh Tulips, Mexican Blanket, What I Love About You & Soapstone Platter

I don’t think I buy it. I think instead, our preoccupation with beauty is precisely because of our human condition.  It is because we are broken that we long for wholeness. It is because of the darkness that we crave the light. It is because of the chaos that we ache for order. It is because of life’s temporal nature and inevitable death that we rejoice when new life comes into the world.

Gina Munsey | Oaxacaborn blog for Uncommon Goods | Fresh Tulips, Mexican Blanket, What I Love About You & Soapstone Platter

I hear women talking, in that sometimes-cruel way women do, mocking the writer whose blog is filled with anecdotes of small joys, mocking the photographer who sees the one sparkling thing while rust and dust ravage on. “It is not realistic,” they chide. “It doesn’t show the whole picture.” “No one really lives like that,” they laugh. “You should see my house.”

But I don’t want to join them.

I’m not an optimist by any stretch of the imagination and yet — I don’t want to join them. Has the world really become so bleak that we need to mock the light?  Has the world really become so dark that we now say the one who points the way to beauty is shallow?

I don’t think that’s the way to live this “one wild and beautiful life”. [1]

Gina Munsey | Oaxacaborn blog for Uncommon Goods | Enamelware Ladle from Yugoslavia

Gina Munsey | Oaxacaborn blog for Uncommon Goods | Fresh Tulips, Mexican Blanket, What I Love About You & Soapstone Platter

Instead, let’s set out to see beauty. The kitchen sink may be filled with dishes, but the sun is catching the single blossom on the cactus just so, and let’s celebrate that. The corner chair may be heaped with clean laundry, but the wind is pulling at the curtains just the tiniest bit, and the just-budding branches tap against the window with every ebb and flow of the breeze, so let’s celebrate that. Your child maybe screaming and you may be exhausted but just look! She’s alive and she’s miraculous, so let’s celebrate that. And even — oh especially! oh, give me strength!– in the face of death, we can’t erase it. There will still be piercingly bright sun and there will still be blueberry pancakes and the seasons will still change and time will still march on. We can’t reject it all.

It’s ok to see the beauty and the brokenness, side by side.

Let’s set out to create beauty. Eat on the living room rug with the nice dishes in the middle of the week — not because it’s been a good day, but because it was a bad day. Serve breakfast in bed even though your kids will definitely climb onto the tray and spill it all, and the people on Instagram might whisper, “No one actually does that.”

But that’s okay.

Gina Munsey | Oaxacaborn blog for Uncommon Goods | Kokeshi Ceramics, Dala Horse, What I love About You Book

Let’s be the ones who do the things no one else does.

Let’s be the wild ones. Let’s be the uncommon ones. Let’s be the ones who are a little bit of light, a little bit of crazy, the ones who aren’t afraid to shout “Glory!” at that one glowing cloud on the horizon when the rest of the world is fixated on the storm. <3

Gina Munsey | Oaxacaborn blog for Uncommon Goods | Fresh Tulips, Mexican Blanket, What I Love About You & Soapstone Platter

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LITTLE STYLE :: Pale Pastel Girls’ Room Inspiration from Serena & Lily


Serena and Lily Coral Grey and Navy Girls Room

This isn’t a sponsored post — it’s just my imaginary wallet and I talking a walk through the summer 2014 Serena & Lily catalogue. ;)

1. Fox sheets
2. Houses print
3. Ceramic elephant side table
4. Today pillow
5. Sun print
6. Polar bear
7. Pouf
8. Inlay mirror
9. California pillow
10. Blanket
11. Sea gull print
12. Basket
14. Rug

See anything here you’d love to snatch up for your own home?

INSPIRATION :: H&M Home, Come to Mama!


H&M Home in the US - Oaxacaborn.com's picksWithin a few minutes of clicking onto the interwebs this morning, I got all the news. Snowden was released into Russia on temporary asylum. The weather in Orlando is going to be hot and muggy forever. And H&M Home is FINALLY available in the US.

If you know me, you know I’d rather by a rug or a set of curtains than a new pair of shoes or jeans. And I’ve been waiting for H&M Home for quite a while. (Actually, I didn’t wait. I had a UK friend buy a duvet cover there and mail it to me.)

Now join me in drooling over all this available-right-here-right-now goodness — just try not to drool on your keyboard. (Clicking on each photo will take you to the product listing on the H&M website).

Soap Dispensers H&M HOmeSugar Pillow H and M Home
Map Duvet Cover H&M Home
Paris Cushion H&M Home
Hand Towel H&M Home
Tea Towel with Script from H&M Home
Star Baby Quilt from H&M Home
Decorative letters from H&M Home
Cafe Noir Mug via H&M Home
Hot and Cold Baths 5c Towel via H&M Home

I exercised a great deal of restraint by only listing a few products. ;) Go ahead, view ALL the H&M Home things!

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2013 Toast UK Home+Home Catalogue


Thanks to these images from Toast UK’s Spring/Summer 2013 Home+Home Catalogue, I’m dreaming of a nice seaside picnic — one that involves crusty bread and jam. And maybe a nap in a breezy riad, waking up to Moroccan mint tea before a boat ride where I just sit on a heap of cushions and don’t have to row at all.

Hey, there aren’t any rules against dreaming, right? :)

Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn
Image via Toast UK's Spring/Summer 2013 House+Home Catalogue as seen on Oaxacaborn

INSPIRATION :: 10 Cobalt Blue Patterns


10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Watercolor by Luli Sanchez
Watercolor via Luli Sanchez

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog -  Mug via Hildas Hem
Mug via Hilda’s Hem

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Macaw via Sharon Montrose
Macaw via Sharon Montrose

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Garnet Hill Nautical Anchor Rug
Anchor rug via Garnet Hill

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Anthropologie Napkin
Napkin via Anthropologie

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Chantal Césure Ceramics
Ceramics via Chantal Césure

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Handwoven traditional Mixteco bedspread via Maggie Galton
Mixteco bedspread via Maggie Galton

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Anthropologie Bowl
Bowl via Anthropologie

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Fabric via La Viva Home
Mexican Fabric via La Viva Home

10 Cobalt Blue Patterns for Inspiration on the Oaxacaborn blog - Image via Selvedge Magazine
Quilt via Selvedge Magazine

I love cobalt blue. It’s the theme of the dishes, art and towels in my kitchen — and it reminds me of home, dear family friends, and beautiful memories.

HANDMADE :: Kitchen Linens with Charles Dickens Quotes


I was raised in a home where Charles Dickens was quoted often — not the beautiful literary passages, but the little phrases uttered by quirky characters. These lines have been woven into our family throughout the years and pop up at the most hilarious times. So when I wanted to embroider some tea towels for my mom recently, I knew I had to start with a quote from Mr. Smallweed in Bleak House.

Smallweed Quote from Bleak House -Shake me up, Judy- Embroidered onto Striped Linen Kitchen Towels via Oaxacaborn
Charles Dickens Quotes Embroidered onto Striped Linen Kitchen Towels via Oaxacaborn
Joe Gargery Quote from Great Expectations -What Larks- Embroidered onto Striped Linen Kitchen Towels via Oaxacaborn
Quotes from Books Embroidered onto Striped Linen Kitchen Towels via Oaxacaborn

I’d love to make more of these. There’s no end to phrases from great books I could envision stitched out like this. And couldn’t we all use a little beauty infused into everyday chores?

What sort of words would you like to see on a linen towel?

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Red and Orange


You know what’s better than Monday’s Pretty Things? Monday’s Pretty Things on a WEDNESDAY! The week is already half-over, and we’re well on our way to Easter. I can’t wait!

(I want to make eat those little bunny cookies.)

SS13 ORANGE CUTEBOYS CLARKS DESERT BOOTS via Eley Kishimoto as seen on Monday's Pretty Things on Oaxacaborn dot com
Desert Boots via Eley Kishimoto

Easter Rabbit cookies via Virgnie Jolie-The Happy AppleRabbit cookies via Virginie Jolie/The Happy Apple on Flickr

The Cranky Princess by Heather RossThe Cranky Princess via Heather Ross

Linen Quilt via Pony Rider
Linen Quilt via Pony Rider

Bunny by Elina Lorez as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comBunny via Elina Lorez


Pan American World Airlines - Mexicana de Aviacion - Oaxaca Mexico Travel Poster from 1960s as seen on Oaxacaborn dot comOaxaca Mexico Travel Poster from 1960s via Old Imprints


P.S. Even more Monday’s Pretty Things.

INTERIORS :: The prettiest H&M children’s room textiles…which are not available in the US!


Marianne from the gorgeous Scandinavian-style blog Nordic Bliss posted about the new H&M kids collection this week, and I haven’t been able to stop ooh and ahhing over what I see online. Rumor has it H&M Home is coming to the US in 2013…but what do you think the chances are that they’ll carry these exact same items? I sure wish they shipped internationally right now. :-P

See, I was planning to get Aveline a comforter and duvet cover set from Ikea once we convert her crib to a toddler bed, but I don’t see anything in the new Ikea catalogue that would really go with the lime green color. But that rabbit…ohhhh, I have to figure out a way to get that to the US, don’t you think? ;-) I mean, it is only £14.99 for a duvet cover and pillowcase! Ah, it’s fun to window shop and dream…
H M - Kids Home collection - Grey and Green collage via Oaxacaborn dot com
1. Star cushion cover // 2. Striped pillowcase // 3. Wolf duvet cover // 4. Fox toys // 5. Clock pillowcase
H M - Kids Home collection - Brown and Linen collage via Oaxacaborn dot com

1. Rabbit duvet cover // 2. Linen cushion cover // 3. Baby linen cushion cover // 4. Star duvet cover for crib

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Stripes Three Ways


1. ON A TODDLER…Toddler in orange stripes via Ngoisao dot netToddler in orange stripes, via Ngaisao

2. ON A POSTER…Vintage Library Poster via Enokson on FlickrVintage library poster, via Enokson on Flickr

3. ON BLANKETS AND PILLOWS…Endless Summer surf movie poster and and Zoza Ethopian striped blanket via LemlemMovie poster and Zoza blanket, via Lemlem

P.S. You might also enjoy these previous editions of Monday’s Pretty Things:

INSPIRATION :: Spring/Summer 2012 Toast UK House + Home Catalogue


The new spring/summer line of Toast’s House & Home collection was released today! Here are my favorite images from the catalogue.

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - Dinnerware, flatware, table settings and table linens

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - British wool LLANRHIAN RUG and Tin Trunks

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS12 - Striped ticking, quilts, bed linens and textiles

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - Lace Linen Duvet cover and sheets

Toast UK House & Home Spring Summer 2012 SS 12 - Blue and white striped bowls and mugs and blue placemats

You might also like to read my other Toast UK round-ups:

HANDMADE :: Bold Modern Granny Stripe Baby Blanket – And New Items in the Shop for 2012


Bold Striped Baby Blanket 1 - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

It’s been a while since I shared any crochet project here other than my owl hats. But, I’ve been working on this blanket for a while now, and finally finished it up and mailed it off last week. It’s worked in granny stripes, but I think the mixed textures and varying stripe width  gives it a more modern look than you’d expect.

I’m tossing around the idea of selling similar baby blankets in 2012. I haven’t really done any market research yet to determine what would be most likely to sell, though, and I would still have to work out a price point.

I’ve got another striped wool blanket in progress — this time in bold solid colors — but we’ll see if it ends up in Aveline’s room or in the shop. ;-)

In 2012, the shop will also see the addition of plush / stuffed creatures! Super exciting, right? I’ve been so inspired by these plush/softies. I’m making a crochet and felt monster for Aveline, so I’ll post photos of that in the near future as well (although probably not until after Christmas, unless someone puts magical elf sprinkles in my coffee before then).

What do you guys think? Is there is something specific you’d like to see in the shop in 2012?

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples

Bold Striped Baby Blanket  - Granny Stripe Crochet - Chenille, alpaca, and wool in blues and purples