Thursday, April 08, 2010

good morning house

Every so often a morning comes when I am too exhausted to get out of bed. (Most often this occurs when I've worked into the wee hours) Sometimes when this happens, I will strongly inform Adelaide that she can either cuddle in bed with me, or go play on her own. Most times she will bring her basket of blocks to bed and she plays so earnestly and builds so elaborately that it's not long before she has me playing, too.

Addie makes the most elaborate and wonderful houses from these simple blocks, often using every single one of them. Her houses inspire me very much.

Here is from this morning... By time it was all built, I was fully awake and both of us were ready to go make breakfast.

p.s.

I found these blocks over a year ago now from a little shop on Pender street in Chinatown, Vancouver - for $1.99 a set of 20 or so. I am sorry but I don't have the name or address - my recollection is hazy by now. I bought them for me thinking that I'd just set them up on a shelf because I think that they are so pretty and cute, but then it turned out that Adelaide loves them and plays with them all of the time. I ended up going back and picking up 5 or 6 more sets, because at that price, I couldn't resist. I have seen similar vintage ones around the internet every so often, but never these exact sets.

Adelaide's collection of wooden people and animals are mostly from Daiso in Richmond (Vancouver area) or from this well-loved yet simple little dollhouse set.

26 comments:

Rachel said...

That is very sweet. Where did you find those blocks? They are lovely.

Jeni said...

Very cute! I love your sweet kitty is in almost every photo of Adelaide. They look like they are just two peas in a pod :)

Nancy said...

what a cozy sight. Love your printables, BTW!

blue china studio said...

I find her house inspiring as well! She obviously has inherited your creativity.

I love those blocks, where did you get them?

Melissa A. @ Design Delights said...

This is so sweet. I've been meaning to come over here and tell you that the address box that I ordered from you is so very beautiful. You packaged it up so pretty and neat and the quality is top notch. Thank you so much.

Mandy said...

Those blocks are gorgeous, and your little one is quite inspiring as well!

Annie said...

Um, you simply cannot just post pictures of such wonderful blocks and then not say where they came from!!!

Anonymous said...

I see others have asked, but maybe one more voice in the comments will prompt you to respond. Where DID you find those lovely little blocks?

moonrox said...

That is the best house ever! Addie seems like a sweet and creative soul!

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

hello you all, thank you for visiting me and for sending comments, it makes me happy to receive every one of them.

I found these blocks in a little shop on Pender street in Chinatown, Vancouver - for $1.99 a set of 20 or so. I bought them for me thinking that I'd just set them up on a shelf because I think that they are so pretty and cute, but then it turned out that Adelaide loves them and plays with them all of the time. I ended up going back and picking up 5 or 6 more sets, because at that price, I couldn't resist. I have seen similar vintage ones around the internet every so often, but never these exact sets. But perhaps next time I go to Chinatown I will pick some up for a blog giveaway...

Adelaide's collection of wooden people and animals are mostly from Daiso in Richmond (Vancouver area) or from this well-loved yet simple little dollhouse set.

jessica said...

I love the blocks, too! And is that a whale animal I spy? so fantastic!

Catherine Hansen Peart said...

Those blocks are so gorgeous! I want some! I love how creative Adelaide obviously is as well.

Rachel said...

love the blocks and i think Adelaide is sooo creative! :)

V said...

Is it possible for you to give an exact name or address for the store? I'd love to head down to Chinatown to pick up some sets of blocks too. :)

Anonymous said...

"I will strongly inform Adelaide that she can either cuddle in bed with me, or go play on her own"



Everyone is concerned about where you got the blocks... and here is me wishing I could do THIS with my kiddos some mornings *sigh* it just doesn't seem to work. I think I am a bit jealous LOL :) Your little one seems like such a good kid

I love your blog by the way! I just came across it the other day and have tried to go back and read every post :)

Grace

Amanda said...

What a creative little cookie Adelaide is!! Must take after her mummy :) Those blocks look like a great set of toys - am going to keep my eye on the lookout for some for my daughter... Have a lovely weekend x

spb_nick said...

We have similar wooden blocks and animals here in Russia, although they are not so pretty, and our 3 y.o. daughter loves them very much too :)

Jujube said...

Adelaide is a talented little artist :D

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

Hello, everyone! Thanks for your comments and for visiting me.

V: I'm sorry but I've racked my brain and I have no knowledge of the shop name or more information - I just remember that it was one of those little touristy chinatown shops on pender - west of main area. I bought these blocks well over a year - year and a half ago now, so my memory of the shop is hazy.

Anonymous: Don't we all wish. This is something that I really cannot pull very often - it is for 'special occasions' only. I think that, when I really really am tired and really need to stay in bed, there is something in my voice or tone that tells Adelaide to give me my rest. She's too smart to mess with the lion! Of course, I only have one kid and that helps, too!

a print a day said...

Miss Sharilyn, you have a lovely family :) I love your posts.

xoxo
Yasmine

Chelsey said...

There is something so precious and wonderful about hand painted wooden blocks. I remember I had an old carved set my great grandpa made for me and the weight and texture of them as I played and the sounds they made when the clicked together was half the fun.

AMB said...

HABA makes similar blocks, here are some images. http://www.blueberryforest.com/haba_toys/haba-sevilla-building-blocks.htm They're pretty pricey but we were fortunate to have been given a set as a gift.

patricialoves said...

what a lovely post! a simple stay-in-bed moment turning to something as precious. she's as creative as her mommy :) and yes, those are wonderful blocks too! we shall find that store somehow! haha

Hannah and Neil said...

What I want to know is did you make that adorable patch-work quilt on the bed in the first picture? I wish I could see it better...I want to learn to quilt.

Elle said...

We are all in love with these blocks. I live in Toronto and have gone to China town to try and hunt them down but unfortunately I have had no luck. I have also done a Google search and again no luck.

A's building is so inspiring. Maybe I can try and make some.

Thanks for sharing.

kat-teamkitten said...

Looove the blocks! ooh i wish i could find gorgeous ones like that! Loving your blog too! xo