During this month of office and workspace related posts, I say we take some time to remember the little guys, i.e. the kids or kidlings as I like to call them. Because let's face it, they need dedicated creative spaces just as much as the rest of us!
You've seen these clunky monsters at Goodwill, garage sales, or possibly in your own basement. I've got to say, I never saw this coming. These sturdy, state of the art play kitchens are some of the best examples of furniture re-use I've ever seen. See what I mean...
If you're serious about raising creative, imaginative, problem solving kids, you need to focus on toys that are open ended and not prescribed by a toy developer. Thoughtful consideration about the quality of play can result in toys that provide the delicious opportunity for kids to use their own noggin' to develop stories, build structures, paint pictures, role play and problem solve. Toys that spoon feed a set start-to-finish experience rob kids of the chance to discover some very interesting side roads that can provide lessons and knowledge no one else could manufacture for them. Let's see here...
Frosting, marshmallows, marzipan. All together, these melted snowman treats were just waiting to be made.
The ones pictured
Bust out your lab coat and goggles, because we're about to get down with some science. Making your own borax crystal ornaments is not only super cool, it's a fun project to do with kids (and keep the education going during that extra long holiday break)!
First, I have to thank my friend Megan for sharing this with me. She knows I'm a kid at heart and, well, easily amused. If you're the same way, or actually have kids...
Below is my list of favorite "stocking stuffer" gifts (and yes, Julie Andrews' "My Favorite Things" ran through my head as I put it together). For a gift to make it on this list, it had to be wonderful, and it had to cost under $20.
Recently, I stumbled upon these amazing doll houses (read: works of art) by Brinca Dada. Not only would I love to have one of them for our daughter Ayla, but I'd love to live inside one of them. They are simple and stunning.
The company's philosophy is that "toys should be beautiful and fun." They believe they should be athestically pleasing to parents and inviting to children. They pride themselves on skipping the flash and noise, in...
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A little strange, a lotta fun, these animal photo holders are a snap to make, thanks to Ohdeedoh for deciphering PhotoJoJo's ready-made variety. They're also a fraction of the cost of the latter too!
These subway tile nameplates are so cute, I wish I had thought of them. A great little something to make for the nursery or a fun summertime craft for the kiddos to tackle; a worthy addition
A hit over on Curbly's little-sister-site, Wee Baby Stuff, this entertainment center cum play kitchen is the PERFECT way to turn the next generation into future Foodie Friday aficionados. Erin found the old entertainment center on Craigslist for a measly 20 bucks. After another 45 dollar
Photos: Popluar Mechanics
We've all seen photos of amazing tree house architecture, but nothing compares to this dad's tender narrative of building his kids' their own backyard tree fort. The next best thing to letting his kids build it themselves is reading about his recollection of the construction of his own childhood perch with his neighborhood friends, an all but extinct experience these days. His story, intertwined with a descriptive How To, evoked sweet memories of my own childhood summers filled with treacherous climbs up to our homemade shack and our summer long attempts to make it cozier by adding carpet, floor tiles, and eventually shingles.
Foodie Fridays have made me feel all Home Ecky. However, it's Mr. Mod who's the baker around here. In response to my nagging, he agreed to supervise my attempt at baking by lending me the secret to his souped up German Chocolate Cake recipe. We started with a boxed German Chocolate cake and then turned it all creamy rich and dark chocolate-y. As if that's not enough, we've turbo-texturized the canned coconut pecan icing too.
The bow tie and other details are done with a simple butter cream icing tinted with food coloring. I was shooting for lavender, but we ended up with a preppy looking bunny.
Ready? Here we go...
Is kid stuff taking over your place? Do you feel as if you're living in the middle of a Toys R' Us? Does it look as if your decorator is a seven foot tall yellow bird? If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, you might want to check out these very inspiring interiors from Design is Mine. They're proof that you CAN keep your stylish sensibilities while living the kid-centric life.
Like or not, it's the end of August, and with the season comes all sorts of options for DIY Back-To-School fantasticness.
This Recycled Juice Pouch Lunch Bag is a great project to do with back-to-schoolers, or just as a good luck present. It can teach them about recycling and reuse, provide a great introduction to sewing, and provides for a pop art lunch toter that beats the pants off of wasteful brown paper sacks.
1. 14 juice pouches...
Nope. This isn't the result of a fun new (giant roll) wallpaper, or those new fancy new vinyl wall decals. These brightly colored orbs are the handiwork of good old stencils and a paint brush. Holly from Decor8 passes along this great .pdf from Elle Decoration South Africa full of stencils. Click here for the good stuff.
With just a bit of cyanotype paper, wonderful, natural modern prints are just a walk-through-the-park away. The Light Garden offers their experience with this fun old-school craft here, here's a bit of the science behind the process, and a link to the supplies.
Okay, so sidewalk chalk isn't exactly the most expensive thing in the world, but why buy it when you can make it? And out of eggshells no less! (Mr. Wizard would be so proud.) The procedure is simple and the supplies are minimal to say the least. They include:
Knoll Furnishings, the manufacturers of classic pieces by Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Alexander Girard, Maya Lin, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (nearly all the MCM heavyweights besides the Eameses and George Nelson), is getting smaller.
"Created for the ones we love, knoll kids™ is a collection of spirited, modern furniture scaled for a younger generation. Each piece reflects our belief in the utility of modern design and commitment to...