Lindsay and I met several years ago online through a mutual friend, while she was living in Brooklyn and I was living in Chicago. I immediately was drawn to her eco style, her interest in children’s fashion and her love of Montessori (she is a Montessori teacher)! We would chat back and forth and at one point, she mentioned she was from Cincinnati, where we lived for 10 years prior to our move to Chicago. A small world indeed, as we both moved back to Cincinnati at different times in the last few years. So here we are, able to grab coffee in person and live 10 minutes from each other! Lindsay is expecting her first baby girl in the next few weeks. I decided to knit up a pair of gray wool booties as we also share a mutual love of the color gray and handmade. After knitting them, I used a beautiful embroidery yarn by brown paper packages in the colors curry and candlelight from Purl Soho and made up a little design. I stitched up a dot bag as a reusable gift bag and painted a card in watercolor that simply said “BABY”. The card was a pretty little piece of art just by itself.  If you follow along in my journal here at Rajovilla, you may know by now I really enjoy handmade gift giving!

 

If you live in Cincinnati or plan to visit, check out the City Flea, that Lindsay co-founded with her husband. On Instagram, check out her architect/photographer husband’s amazing iphone images, this one blew me away. I love that those images are from this Midwest city I call home. And lastly, read alongside her journey into motherhood on her blog, littleonelove.