After a great trip to New York City last week, I want to share a special custom pillow I did of the NYC skyline. This was a very special project, because my client and her family had been victims of Hurricane Sandy, and their beautiful home was ruined. She contacted me as they were rebuilding and asked me to create a pillow for the children’s new playroom, as a colorful symbol of their fresh start. This is the happy outcome of our collaboration!
We were in NYC last weekend as a family, and I cannot wait to share with you some of our discoveries. My husband and I try to sneak away to the city at least once a year to go the galleries and museums, but this is the first time we have taken our two boys (ages 8 and 10), and it was a different kind of trip! (Not bad, just different!)
First, we learned that there are 21 playgrounds within Central Park, as well as a carousel and paddle boats for warmer days. Each playground is special and unique, in its design and setting, not to mention the wide variety of materials used that distinguish one from the next. Check out the Central Park website where they have tons of information and a great interactive map! Kids can get overstimulated and exhausted by the hustle bustle in the city, and a playground is just what they need to relax and let off steam.
On our way to the playground, we stopped at the Central Park Zoo (despite my eight year old’s desperation to get to the playground NOW). Just as we arrived, we saw the most incredible display of sea lion behavior we have ever seen! It was feeding time (just lucky) and we watched a 20 minute “show” as the seals performed adorable and amazing tricks to charm their handlers. You can be sure that our future zoo visits will be centered around the sea lions’ dining hour!
This week we finished the wonderful themed play space for three little cuties all under the age of 6! Last week you saw the purple stage and the dinosaur corner, and this week we added an Eric Carle theme to create a reading nook, and a fun roadway for the cars & trucks corner.
This is the striped entry hall, layered with the children’s favorite illustrations from Eric Carle’s books. I had a great time trying to recreate his gorgeous collage paintings, but cannot take credit for his amazing artistry!
This week’s Cheeky Monkey mural is an amazing play space that has endless eaves and nooks that are perfect for themed play areas. This family has three adorable kids under the age of 6, and the parents wanted to create a special play nook for each child, as well as a reading area and an art studio for all the enjoy.