Inspiration

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.

Life in Photos, Theology

This Corner of Wednesday is the Most Beautiful Place on Earth

1000px - Silhouette of geometric garland in window via Oaxacaborn
Black and white interior via Oaxacaborn
Chinese lantern lights and Girl with Pearl Earring by Vermeer via Oaxacaborn

Outside, the sun shares the stage with the ragged-edged clouds, like an old shadow puppet show.

Inside, lego pieces click into each other and climb higher, building a tower which rises higher in imagination than it does in tiny reality. Johnny Cash strums on his old guitar, and sings through the decades, through record scratches all the way through to internet streaming.

I tap my foot without realizing it, as I pull laundry from the dryer and pile it into a basket, a colorful tangled-up heap of he-and-she-and-small person. There’s the lingering aroma of coffee and lavender, of biscuits and clean clothes.

There are dirty dishes in the sink and the bed is unmade and the couch pillows are on the floor, but I hum along and Aveline dances and this corner of Wednesday is the most beautiful place on earth.

Life in Photos, Poetry & Words, Theology

What my mother taught me about making a house a home

What my mother taught me about linens, onions, and making a house a home via Oaxacaborn
What my mother taught me about linens, onions, and making a house a home via Oaxacaborn
What my mother taught me about linens, onions, and making a house a home via Oaxacaborn
What my mother taught me about linens, onions, and making a house a home via Oaxacaborn

It was my mom’s birthday yesterday.

She taught me — continues to teach me — countless things, among them the simple little fact that everyday chores can be infused with beauty.

She has a incredible touch which makes every little corner so pretty. No one can transform a space so quickly from generic to home like she can — she can make a hotel room feel like you’ve lived there your whole life, and you’re coming home.

She teaches me a cloth napkin folded in half underneath the French press can upgrade that morning cuppa from a routine to an experience.

She teaches me ragged, torn, stained towels belong in the rag box, not in the kitchen.  

She teaches me to stop mid-morning or mid-afternoon and savor something, like a tall glass of iced tea.

She teaches me no matter how little one has, it can be made beautiful through a combination of cleaning and contentment.

And most importantly, she’s taught me to start cooking an onion if Josiah’s on his way home and I haven’t yet started dinner.

Life in Photos

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Refreshed

photo via Oaxacaborn
photo via Oaxacaborn
I’m back online after a grand old visit with my dear sister(in-law)! We were out and about a great deal — I didn’t take my camera, and sometimes I didn’t even take my phone! It was perfect.

I’m tidying up today while Aveline sleeps, and while I was moving these items from different rooms, I realized I liked how they looked all nestled together. Pretty, no?

It feels good to be refreshed and rejuvenated!

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Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: Spring Geometry

The calendar is inching toward spring, or at least Easter. The colors in this week’s Monday’s Pretty Things sit somewhere between pastel and neon, and make for an especially cheery combination, don’t you think?Diamond Cushion in Progress Hanging on White Wall via wood & wool stool
Diamond cushion cover in progress via Wood & Wool Stool

Japanese Play Deco Houses, as seen on Kickcan and Conkers
Japanese Play Deco Houses, as seen on Kickcan and Conkers

Pinwheel and triangles original tea towel by KatherineCodega
Pinwheel and triangles, an original tea towel by KatherineCodega

Beautiful triangle cushion 40x40 Mini Labo  via Kidsdinge

Mini Labo triangle cushion via Kidsdinge

Painted sticks and seashells collection via Bonjour Frenchie
Painted sticks and seashells collection via Bonjour Frenchie

Chelsea Dress - Lavender and Orange Triangles via Winter Water Factory
Chelsea triangle dress via Winter Water Factory


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

Life in Photos

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Aveline’s Room Tour

Happy Monday, everyone! I’m hitting the ground running this morning. My dear sis-in-law arrives in a few days for a week-long vacation, so I’m whipping the house into shape.

As I was tidying Aveline’s room — and doing laundry, and singing along to The Lumineers, and stopping Aveline from throwing away all her broken crayons — I realized I haven’t posted a tour of her room in a long, long time. I was going to wait until I finished the big “Forever Young” typography piece I’m designing, but I’ll just share that later when I’ve finished it.

Here’s her eclectic little room!Aveline's room tour via Oaxacaborn - Huge framed canvas of Paris, bunting, paper lanterns, blankets over chair and doll
Framed canvas of Paris: Ikea || Felt bunting: handmade || Paper lanterns: leftover from my birthday years ago || Sweater: handknit by Auntie Lauren || Heart-shaped glasses: a gift from Bumpa (Grandpa Jim) || Curtains: Ikea || Dresser: Ikea || Doll: Goodbye Blue Monday
Aveline's room tour via Oaxacaborn - California map and page from vintage children's book
California map: AAA || Page from vintage bookLittle Miss Heirlooms
Aveline's room tour via Oaxacaborn - Original portrait washi taped to wall
Original portait of Aveline: Blue Egg Illustration || Washi Tape: Michaels
Aveline's room tour via Oaxacaborn - Pages from a Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter book washi taped to wall
Pages from Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit: Target || Washi Tape: Michaels
Aveline's room tour via Oaxacaborn - Handmade fabric bunnies and cat and a Lotta doll in her bed
Mouse: Starbucks || Pillowcase: Handmade || Lotta Doll: Amazon || Cat and Bunnies: Handmade
Aveline's room tour via Oaxacaborn - Changing table in closet converted to book and toy storageCurtains: Handmade from twin sheet || Circle Canvas: Hello Hue || Corduroy Top: Tea Collection || Baskets: Home Goods || Changing Table: Passed down from Josiah’s family

Life in Photos

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Toy Pigs and Cracker Crumbs

February 2013 - Aveline eating Ritz and playing Etch-a-Sketch in our bed
It’s rather suspicious when a toddler suddenly becomes quiet. But this quiet moment was only a mild bending of the rules — eating crackers in our bed, reclining on a plush soccer ball, and playing with her mini Etch A Sketch.

I was happy to overlook the crumbs. (They were on Josiah’s side of the bed, anyway.) It gave me few moments to drink the rest of my coffee without fear of wearing it.
February 2013 - Aveline with Peppa Pig
Just look at that little dimpled chin and elbow! Ah! I love her.

And she loves the set of Peppa Pig characters she received at Christmas time — Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy. I think it’s hilarious that since we say “papa” or “papi” rather then “daddy”, she thinks the Peppa Pig’s father’s name is “doddy”, complete with British accent!

February 2013 - Aveline with animal toys
This is her favorite spot, at the old 1940’s table in the corner near the big windows. I find her here most of the time, with a line-up of toys and shiny things and various other “chessures” (treasures), as she colors away in books, on paper, and on the table.

February 2013 - Colored Snoopy Bandaid
Don’t worry, it’s just the teeny-tiniest owie. But like most kids (and very much like myself at that age) she’s prone to scratch away, so we deemed the owie off-limits with a Peanuts bandaid.  I wonder why bandaids are so exciting? I think she thought it was an accessory, like a necklace or hair bow.

As part of my effort to blog more about everyday life, I’m going to start writing little tidbits along with the images in these Life in Photos posts.