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This Time It's Personal

designable images for your nursery!

You’ve spent months agonizing over the perfect name. One that stands out, but not too much. One that breeds confidence, but not cockiness. One that looks as good on letterhead as the Billboard Top 100.

Before you get ahead of yourself, we’ve got two ideas for making it work on the nursery wall.

Designable Images
Photog Perry Chudnoff’s framed custom digital prints ($125 and up) hit right at the intersection of thoughtful and clever. After discovering a corner with his newborn son’s name (Jackson and Taylor), he was struck with the idea of personalizing street signs to pay homage to little urbanites. Currently, the images he uses are mostly from NYC, but keep an eye out for creations from Miami, D.C., and Chicago in the coming months.

hoot design for your nursery!

Hoot Design Co.
Made-to-order, customizable ABC posters (start at $125) are a celebration of typography and your family. Choose from three levels of personalization. Levels one and two: You have creative control over four to eight key words or phrases (the rest of the letters comes from the premade Simply Baby Print). Level three: You supply ideas, names, and words for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Plus, once you’ve created your masterpiece, the company can turn it into a birth announcement about {insert clever name}’s arrival.

this week in boston!

BUY
Mommies Who Shop
What: Scoop up accessories, gear, and clothing for you and your budding stylist from a curated selection of hip indie designers.
Why: Clear out the closets and take items for donation (for infants-3 years) to Room to Grow.
When: Thurs., 6-9 p.m.
Where: Regis College, Grand Foyer, 235 Wellesley St., Weston (781-768-7000). Tickets online at mommieswhoshop.com. In advance with goodie bag, $20; in advance without goodie bag, $10; at the door, $25.

CUDDLE
Teddy Bear Checkup Day

What: Tote stuffed animals along, and they’ll get a clean bill of health from zoo staff. Afterward, wind through the grounds with the teddy bear parade.
Why: Wave hello to resident black bears Smokey and Bubba.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham (781-438-5100). Adults, $11; children 2-12, $7; under 2, free.

PLAY
EarthFest

What: Spend the day watching Debbie and Friends and other bands, then visit Kids Planet for face painting and interactive fun.
Why: Show off fancy footwork at the obstacle courses.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: DCR Hatch Memorial Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way (617-227-0627). Admission is free.

Photos: Courtesy of Designable Images; Jodie Allen / Courtesy of Hoot Design Co.

LOCATIONS
Regis College
235 Wellesley St
Weston, MA 02493
DCR Hatch Memorial Shell
47 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02108
149 Pond St
Stoneham, MA 02180
781-438-5100
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