Our friend and UK contributor, Felicity has been kind enough to let us in on the pre-launch of her new bespoke bonnets, Who We Are. This Mama of four is a beacon of style with a romantic-chic bend like we've never seen. She procures the most beautiful blooming textiles in this collection of keepsakes for girls ages 6 months- 3 years. We are so looking forward to these little lovelies making their way out to the states. Click below for a note from Felicity's desk:
Our friend Felicty has recently teamed up with Anorak Magazine , the clever and cool London-based publication devoted to fun art and illustration for kids aged 6-12. Simple and nostalgic, the press also offers a pre-school age magazine called Dot. We love the graphics and friendly sensibilities. She sent us a few to test-drive and the girls had a ball. Bonus: they now ship free to the US & Canada!
As two best-friend Mamas ourselves, we always try to round up a good pair of pals to connect and chit-chat about something close to their own hearts. This week, our friend + beauty guru Mary interviews her buddy Jana from the beloved wild-harvested product line Captain Blankenship. Click for this week's doubled-up MA CRUSH!
We're nuts about the newly launched bathroom collection Quiet Town. References of Americana quilting and mountain-scape lines collide with a high-dose of pop color and lush, hand-dyed organic fibers. Fresh graphics, thoughtful craftsmanship, and chic brass hardware bring major style to the place we families spend a LOT of time in. We're thrilled to sit down and chat with one-half of Quiet Town, tastemaker + daydreamer Lisa Fine. Click for more as she shares a bit behind the brand , including her own #sleepstories and how she channeled her exhaustion into some serious creative productivity.
Our friends at Indego Africa have just launched their adorable print-happy Summer collection for Target. This is a collaboration we can get behind with heart and soul! Each piece is hand-sewn by one of the talented ladies of Umutima Cooperative, a group of 30 seamstresses in Nyamirambo, Rwanda. These women, most of whom are also moms, are creating brighter futures for themselves and their families. Click for more on the project and pictures (including some of our own PS littles) and snatch some up for YOURS!
We're tickled pink that artist Céline Sathal has launched her online shop of handmade creations. The costumer, stylist, and mother of four makes dreamy handspun pieces in her studio in the south of France.
We're back to gush on the DÔEN label again, this time talking sisterhood, motherhood + balance with Katherine and Margaret Kleveland, the sisters behind the dreamy collection of bohemian staples. We have our eyes on every single piece, as shown in the gorgeous pages of the Spring look book below. You'll find yourself coveting DÔEN's romantic, wearable clothing with a mission we certainly can get behind: small batch , ethical sourcing brought forth by a serious pack of female minds. DÔEN feels like the future..... click for the shared interview!
In cahoots with our ongoing project #thedollhouseremodel, the schoolgirls inside us are giddy about these paper and watercolor dioramas by Mar Cerdà. Naturally, we're obsessed with anything miniature... tiny and orderly precisions are weirdly satisfying and make our heart skip a beat. A handful of our friends and followers sent us The Jealous Curator 's piece about Mar's brilliant work - we had to piggyback on this story and reach out ourselves! Click for the teeny interview.
We're going to let you in on a huge secret treasure of ours.... Pretty Tidy Vintage on Etsy. This shop stocks the most adorable French deadstock (from the 40s-70s) and is always merchandised to a color-order of perfection. We spend an obscene amount of time here, "window-shopping" and imagining each new find like paper dolls on our own little ones -filling our carts with hopefuls. For the sake of transparency, we feel it is our duty here at PS to share the love and spread the gospel of this heavenly shop. Just make sure to save some for Penelope, Lake, and Edie!
As you know, we're tickled by this idea of the ever-expanding circle of motherhood and friendship here at PS, and sometimes we can't even quite pinpoint how and where we meet some of our new friends (especially with the explore feature rabbit hole and webbed algorithms of Instagram), but find a thrill and gratitude in knowing our subjects and readers are all connected! The serendipities are certainly the thread here and the pulse of our organic unfolding. On that note, we stumbled upon San Francisco mama Audrey Bodisco's feed and fell in love with her California ease. We felt like one of us knew her?! We ogled over her adorable baby boy, River and the snapshots of her home's relaxed and rustic minimalism. After finding our way to her online shop, Industry & Alchemy, we couldn't help but notice the series of watercolors she created. The modern, tranquil works are gorgeous...we had to ask more.
Let's face it: neither of us here at PS are culinarily-inclined. We love a pretty picture, but certainly lack skills in the kitchen (another way we openly embrace imperfection!) So we were both thrilled to embark on a week of healthy food boxes from Hello Fresh. The delightful recipes include pre-measured, seasonal ingredients from trusted suppliers and we had a ball including the whole family in on it. And guess what....our readers can get 30% off their first box with code BOBURBS30. Bon Appetite!
We're infatuated with the Frame & Canvas series of moody paintings by New York artist, William Crump. The gorgeous layers of oil, flashe, and acrylic feel silk-spun. Click for the interview- William discusses aspects of his life as a painter as well as a parent.
The wildly popular daily companion for divination and illumination The Circadian Tarot offers a modern, accessible approach to guidance, authored by Jen Altman with stunning artwork by Michelle Blade. Dreamscape watercolors beautifully depict each of the 78 traditional Tarot cards. Click for more as Michelle herself shares a bit behind the project and gives us a peek into her life as a mother and artist.
This clever and crafty mama, Sacramento-based Sarah Golden (such fitting name, no?) of Maker Maker creates gorgeous block-prints and cheerful textiles -note her handpainted fabrics, GAH! We just die over them! It was only natural for her to start collaging some of her pieces into one framable work of art! These guys would be the perfect statement nursery decor or baby shower gift for the choosy mom. Click for more of her pop- art prints.
We can't stop thinking about Heather Evans Smith's stunning photography project: Seen Not Heard. Equally haunting and exquisite, the series navigates the captivating and ever-shifting tension of the mother-daughter bond. We're hooked. Click through for more.
As we like say here, Painted Sidewalks is a celebration of friendship + motherhood! We're over the moon to be able share our inspiring Momma- friends with our readers here. Meet Mother + Maker, Textile Artist, Jenny Irene in California. Click for more, as she talks work + life balance and the scoop behind her coveted booties, bonnets, and play wear.
Lucky us! Brooklyn (by Sweden) artist Fanny Gentle shares pages from her Peanut Butter Blues journal- delightful little pieces she often collaborated on with her son, Oscar. Click to see more of Fanny's tiny masterpieces.