Life in Photos

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: Childhood and Summertime

Falling asleep reading
backstage at the theatre
Dala horse and ramen
mosaic fountain
Papa and Aveline
Grumpy Aveline and Spanish moss
Post performance blues
Papa and Aveline
sunrise wakeup call
lighting check
big old palm
raincoat indoors
A little too happy to do spelling

“What child, while summer is happening, bothers to think much that summer will end?

What child, when snow is on the ground, stops to remember that not long ago the ground was snowless?

It is by its content rather than its duration that a child knows time, by its quality rather than its quantity—happy times and sad times, the time the rabbit bit your finger, the time you had your first taste of bananas and cream, the time you were crying yourself to sleep when somebody came and lay down beside you in the dark for comfort.

Childhood’s time is Adam and Eve’s time before they left the garden for good and from that time on divided everything into before and after.” -Frederick Buechner

Life in Photos, Little Style, Poetry & Words

LIFE IN PHOTOS :: June is always full of hope

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More so than January, June always seems poetic, young, full of promise. Even in the tropics, where there is no line of demarcation between winter and spring, between brown and green, between cold and warm — even here, June is full of hope. I turn the calendar page, and I hear it sing.

“Did it grow flowers yet? Did it grow flowers?” she asks of crumbling earth and tiny seeds and an old clay pot.

“No”, I tell her. “Not yet.”

But maybe this will be the year.

Poetry & Words

POETRY & WORDS :: Writing Every Morning

An Exercise in Writing Daily“It is by sitting down every morning to write that one becomes a writer,” says Gerald Brenan. “Those who do not do this, remain amateurs.”

I do not want to remain an amateur.

And so, this ordinary morning, with my bowl of ordinary cereal, with the sounds of an ordinary washing machine swish-swishing in the background, I sit down to write.

I do not have hours to type, I do not have hours to think. I do not have a quiet room and an empty day holding nothing but blank pages and shifting letters. Instead, I have the luxury of a room bursting with life, bursting with shouts and squeals and sliding-off-the-couch thumps. I have a morning with coffee and a three-year-old, the latter holding more energy than the former promises.

And so, I write.

And I walk out into the heat, into the sweltering summer, toward my wild-child’s first swimming class, and into this new habit of daily writing.

We can both try something new.

Scandinavian Summer

SCANDINAVIAN SUMMER :: Call for Midsummer-themed contributions!

MIDSUMMER BLOG PARTY! Let's celebrate Swedish tradition. Want to contribute? Email Oaxacaborn!

I’m running a little behind on this, but what do you think? Can we pull off a Midsummer [blog] party in time? I’m thinking something in the spirit of the Scandinavian Christmas series — but all Midsummer! If you have photos, blog posts from past summers, traditions, crafts, resources or anything else Midsummer-related to share, email me oaxacaborn @gmail.com. I can’t wait!

Image credit: Jason Florio for The New York Times

Inspiration

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

Monday's Pretty Things

MONDAY’S PRETTY THINGS :: 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration

Nicole Porter Design on Etsy | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.comWooden striped bowls via Nicole Porter Designs on Etsy

Laurent Chehere Airport  Photo | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com
Airport photo via Laurent Chehere (you’ve probably seen her Flying House series on Design Mom!)

Japanese Flying Carp - Koinobori DIY via Squirrelly Minds | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Japanese flying carp/koinobori DIY via Squirrelly Minds

Console-Styling- via the Happy Interior Blog | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.comConsole styling transformation via the Happy Interior Blog (Igor’s blog is a favorite of mine! Click through to see the other styling option for this consol. Amazing what some color can do!)

Japanese striped skirt | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com
Striped skirt via the Japanese store Ambidex

Ben Q Photography of Mexican birthday party via 100 Layer Cakelet | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Ben Q Photography of Mexican birthday party via 100 Layer Cakelet

Tie Dye Cloth Napkins via Griottes | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Tie dye napkins via Griottes

Gray Malin overhead photograph of beach | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Aerial photograph of Lisbon beach via Gray Malin

Koolabah Tee | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com

Kids’ tee via Koolabah

Lisa Congdon Illustrations | 10 Neon/Fluro Images for Summery Inspiration, a post on www.oaxacaborn.com
Wall of illustrations by Lisa Congdon