Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Little letters

I can't get enough of these little red string bracelets. Here they are with sterling silver rustic letters.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Who knew?

Who knew this little girl was so strong! One minute Ronnie was at the bottom of the rope, then all the way to the top in the blink of an eye.
gym rope

I also caught a glimpse of Ben doing a head stand and Lila on a balance beam. Gymnastics was fun, but now we have a break from that and on to other things.

Hmmm, swimming? piano? martial arts?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

That time of year

Back to school! Starting to feel like fall. Well, it always feels like fall in Berkeley. If you step outside around 8:00 am, you'll see a mass exodus down the street to school.
25 wk 06 school

Just a four block walk to our school, and by the time we get to block two, there are about ten kids walking with us (and four moms, one dad and two babies).
25 wk 05 school

Second grade and kindergarten. . .

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Friendship (bracelets)

Ronnie has been asking all summer to make friendship bracelets at home, since she has been learning at camp. Finally, we stopped by JoAnn, and everyone picked out a few colors (even me), and an instruction book (it has been 20 years since I made one).

Ronnie taught her friend how to make them. Not sure how good this was for the couch (the string is pinned to the cushions).

I made one for Ben and one for Lila. And five for me.


Here are Ronnie's works in progress.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


If you ask nicely, Lila will let you boing a curl.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Why did the chicken cross the road?

We live in a relatively urban area. I say this based on the fact that we can walk to 2 grocery stores, 23 coffee shops, and 48 restaurants from our house.

So WHY are there CHICKENS in our yard every day??
24 wk 01 chickens

It's actually pretty funny. Supposedly, they are pets of one of the homes across the street. They get out everyday, and come to peck around are garden. Somehow, they know to just peck at the weeds.

What's even funnier is that if these chickens had any idea what I did for a living, they would NOT be coming into my vicinity. . . and I don't mean chicken earrings.

The kids get a big kick out of our visitors, and I just hope the chickens know to look both ways before crossing, or we will come home to an ugly surprise some day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Something old and new for the wedding couple, all in one. So shabby chic!

These vintage Wilton 1776 bicentennial pewter porringers are a rare find, and I only have a few available.

Stamp them with names, dates or affirmations.

How cool! I'm hoping to offer baby sized ones too!

Get yours in my etsy shop before they are all gone.

And the answer to the Four of a Kind challenge is
A. Lila
B. Noe
C. Ronnie
D. Ben
...I think :)
Thanks for playing!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Four of a Kind Friday!

Ok, this time it's a little game. And no cheating! Guess who is who. Answers will be given on Monday. And just a reminder, there is one picture of each little Ostrin: Ronnie (2003), Ben (2005), Lila (2008) and Noe (2011).
feet 4 of a kind

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Red string collection

The red string bracelet is known in Kabbalah to ward off misfortune. Here, I am introducing Under Her Charm's modern red string collection, featuring beautifully detailed gold amulets strung on deep red waxed irish linen.
red string

Choose your favorite in my etsy shop!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Blue Eyed Beauty

With our strong recessive blue eye genes, Edwin and I made 7.8 beautiful blue eyes. The 0.2 is that wedge of hazel in Ben's right eye, but just as beautiful! Here are the littlest two blue eyes.
22 wk 11 noe

Monday, August 8, 2011

People watching in Berkeley

It's always fun to people watch in Berkeley. There is no shortage of unique and interesting sorts on the streets. Here was my view as I enjoyed my falafel at lunch.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Something for the kids

Ben and Lila humored me this evening and did a little modeling.

This is the first piece I've ever gotten on Ben...
dog tag

It's a great gift for the boys of all ages - a stainless steel dog tag with rubber silencer, on a ball chain.

And for princesses of all ages...

a stamped aluminum crown on sterling ball chain.

Find them in my etsy shop!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Lucky Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway! It made for very pleasant reading to hear about all of the luck in your lives.

The lucky winner of the lucky mom necklace is SARAH, who said:

"i'm lucky to have a great mom who wares really about me i wanna won this to give it to her cuz i wanna thank her for everything"