Tiny Living

I love finding tips and design solutions that make small spaces more effective living spaces. My family of four lives in a relatively small (<800 sqft) home and while the smaller space has brought challenges (especially with two of the household under two!) it’s also resulted in some creative solutions to making things work.

In this post from Apartment Therapy I particularly enjoyed:


Overhead basement book storage

Pallet Garden

Acme’s Wine Bottle Klein Bottle

The day that I have a spare $100 bill laying around and a nice place to put it, I will own this.
I love the description, which includes “Yes, you can store wine in it, and pour wine into and out of it. But no, it’s not very practical as a wine carafe…”
“As impractical as it is elegant.”
“Not only are these difficult to fill and empty, but cleaning them is a real challenge.”
and
“Guaranteed to frustrate even the most dedicated wine connoisseur: it’s difficult to fill, difficult to pour, and difficult to clean.”

Order your Klein bottles today at KleinBottle.com, but do be kind and leave one for me đŸ˜‰

Maxfield Parrish Quilt?

I had no idea Maxfield Parrish had designed a quilt until stumbling across this post while looking for inspirational sketches for a project for my boys…

According to QIsForQuilter, the design (A Circus Bedquilt) was published in a 1904/1905 issue of Ladies Home Journal.  Might be fun to track that one down (Not as a quilter, of course, but a fan of Parrish—I can’t imagine the time and skill required to make this quilt come together)!

Update: this pattern ran in March 1905:

Card Design on a Tight Deadline

We’re gearing up for our little boy’s one year birthday next week and still don’t have cards sent…StacyZ’s rocking away now on the design – I thought I’d share what I sent to her as my “inspirational set” to pull from:

http://www.treehugger.com/pingg.jpg

http://www.partykiosk.co.uk/ekmps/shops/domestix/images/cat-design-birthday-party-invitations-x-8-770-p.jpg

http://www.baby-lane.com/imgs/girl-birthday-invitations.jpg

http://www.make-your-own-invitations.com/image-files/bk206-jack-birthday-photo-i.jpg

http://ecochicweddings.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451e10d69e2012875949965970c-500wi

http://www.michelle-s.com/femininemodern/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/regan.jpg

http://novapages.com/ideablog/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/invites1.jpg

http://gabbafriends.com/images/gfcolin.jpg

Fortunately she didn’t follow any direction I offered and came up with a strong design of her own.