I think the most fleeting time of year for me is fall. Perhaps it’s because I’m mildly obsessed with it, and this year, I’m extra excited to be stateside for the season after almost 7 years of being in Japan. Summertime is a wonderful, slower time of year for me. I LOVE that it passes by more like a bullet train, whereas fall’s timeline is analogous to a rocket launch or Dumbledore using Fawkes for a quick escape. Poof! It’s gone! So, to sum it up, they both go by way too quick, but summer feels a little slower, and I treasure the pace! Here are some “moments and joys” from our 2015 spring/summer.
Photo shoot for one of our new Little Kuro Cloths in “Miami Circa 1982” with my beautiful sister, Evangeline. Now in our shop!
We received the sweetest box of goodies from our dear friends in Japan! Including Kaipher’s yukata in the photos below! He was so thrilled to have it for the summer festivities!
The night before Father’s Day, we took Nathan to the Birmingham Zoo’s “Zoo Brew” event. The zoo stayed open later than usual, and a local brewing company along with a local BBQ company were present providing delicious food and chilled adult beverages. We rode the carousel, checked out the animal “night life”, and while waiting in line for the zoo’s train ride we watched fireflies dance around the creek that runs through the zoo’s estate. It was a pretty magical night!
As always, I get “grossly festive” for most holidays. Here are some creations I made for The 4th of July.
We’ve spent chunks of our spring and summer visiting friends and family in Florida. Kaipher will start preschool the end of August, so we took full advantage of having very few commitments in Birmingham and really maximized the amount of time we were able to see our family. I’m still missing a few dear ones, people I haven’t had a chance to catch up with, but I know being in Alabama greatly increases the likelihood of seeing everyone at some point. Anyways, here’s a little snippet of some Florida fun!
We wrapped up the month of June with Nathan’s birthday. I had Kaipher help me bake an Amazing Raisin birthday cake for him. I put on some Miles Davis, prepared myself for a total mess, and it was not stressful at all for this OCD mom, haha!
Oh! and he didn’t turn “29”, but Kaipher had used our “4” back in February so “34” wasn’t an option, and I wasn’t about to do “35”! 🙂
Along with baking the Amazing Raisin cake, we also tried a yummy new cocktail recipe. You can find the recipe on one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess (click link for ingredients & directions).
Ok, now back to work on Oslo & Alfred’s Halloween 2015 goodies!
Credits ~ Photography by: Taren S. Black, and Nathan Black
It’s that time again! I’m retiring another batch of art prints. After our huge international move, it feels like the right time to have a “fresh start”, so I’m saying goodbye to some older designs. Now through March 30th, 2015! See details below!
For this Free Print Party, I’m offering BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE!!! When you purchase one retired print, you can choose a second retired print for FREE! Plus, I’ve discounted the retired prints from $15 to $12, so this is quite an epic sale we’re having. 🙂 Check out the prints below to see if there’s something you just have to have! P.S. there’s a little something special for customers who have purchased one of these prints in the past, and would like to make a purchase now!
“Balloons in Paris” ~ $12 (Only 5 Available) Click title to purchase and choose your free retired print!
“The Book Tree” ~ $12 (Only 2 Available) Click title to purchase and select your free retired print!
“A Rainy Day at Sea” ~ $12 (Only 4 Available) Click title to buy and pick out your free retired print!
“Take Me To Paris” ~ $12 (Only 5 Available) Click title to purchase and choose your free retired print!
And if you just LOVE that adorable, little, strawberry cake box, check out my friend’s etsy shop here: Yecco
“Yokohama Skyline” ~ $12 (Only 5 Available) Click title to purchase and choose your free retired print!
That little cherry blossom box is another design by my very talented friend, Etsuko. Here’s a link to her super cute online shop: Yecco
Terms & Conditions for the BOGO FREE Print Party:
*Please leave the name or description of the free retired print you’d like with your purchase in the comments box at check-out!
*1 free print per a retired print sale while supplies last. *No limitations per a customer, purchase as many retired prints as you’d like. For example, purchase two retired prints and receive two free retired prints, while supplies last. *The number of available prints is listed under each photo and in each etsy listing. *All retired print sales are final (you’re gonna wanna hold onto it, anyway:-) ).
*If you have purchased one of the retired prints featured in this post in the past at full price, and you’d like to make a purchase during this sale (March 13th – March 30th) we have a special free gift especially for you with any purchase! Please leave a note in the comments box during check-out letting us know that you have purchased a retired print at full price in the past!
Credits ~ Photography by: Taren S. Black
This “look back” is just a glimpse of what January and February 2015 held for us as a family, and our little business.
January 18th – Kaipher waiting patiently in our hotel lobby for our ride to Haneda airport. After months of cutting massive amounts of “immigration-red-tape”, we had our embassy interview on January 15th, and my baby boy became a U.S. Citizen upon entry, and of all places, that was in Toronto, Canada!
We watched “My Neighbor Totoro” countless times while living in the hotel, and Kaipher requested a “soot gremlin” drawing. I was able to keep my Society 6 shop up and running during our huge transition, and this print is available there now! Click here: “Soot Gremlins”
After arriving in Birmingham, AL, we spent two days unpacking and settling in, then we had to get out. Our first outing was to the Birmingham Zoo. Kaipher was obviously thrilled after days of packing, traveling, and unpacking. And big surprise, the flamingos were my favorite.
Settling into our new home and enjoying our obligatory “seasonal tree”, along with a cozy fire, adult beverages, and some mind stimulating board games.
Here’s another new print in my Society 6 shop!
The nature trails in Mountain Brook are beautiful! We are loving our new neighborhood!
We also celebrated Kaipher’s 4th birthday in February! While we are missing Japan so very much, we are thrilled by this new chapter/adventure.
Happy Birthday to my heart, my love, my baby boy, my little man!!!
Credits ~ Photography by: Nathan Black, and Taren S. Black