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A few years ago, my friend Aileen recommended I follow the blog nieniedialogues. Author Stephanie Nielson blogs about her adorable family, and it seems that everything she touches turns cute. Cute dresses, cute house, cute crafts, cute kids, etc. Then, tragically, in the summer of 2008, Stephanie and her husband were flying in a small plane across Utah when it crashed. They survived, she barely (80% of her body was burned and she now faces a lifetime of surgeries), and she detailed her recovery on the blog. And now in a new book. The Nielsons were featured in last Sunday’s Parade Magazine (photo). Mrs. Nielson, Nie Nie, continues to make things cute. I was so happy to see the Nielsons thriving. And, Stephanie just gave birth to their fifth child, a precious baby girl named Charlotte.
I love looking at photos of home interiors. Who doesn’t? So I was very excited to see this unique Rogers Park home in Time Out Chicago this week. Stickers and I admire it daily as we stroll around the park. It’s hard for me to resist peering in the windows. Now I don’t have to. Now I just have to resist the urge to ring the doorbell and tell this family how much I enjoyed seeing photos of their cool house in Time Out.
I was thrilled to see Hand & Cloth featured in this week’s Time Out Chicago. Started by adorable Chicagoan Sarah Aulie (who went to school with my brother), H & C provides a group of women in Bangladesh with job, leadership, and entrepreneurial skills. These employees hand stitch beautiful kantha, a traditional blanket made from repurposed vintage sari cloth. Then Sarah and her team bring them back to the states to sell online, in a few shops, and at events like Dose Market. My mom and I bought a couple kantha from Sarah a few years ago. I adore mine. It looks fab on the sofa or bed and would also be a cool window panel. And Lemur loves napping on his, um, I mean mine.