By now perhaps you've noticed the big ad in the side bar for Wee Baby Stuff (if you don't see it, try refreshing the page a couple of times). It's no secret that getting ready for a baby means researching, pricing, and buying a lot of gear. Wee Baby Stuff is a community dedicated to helping new and expecting parents figure out what to buy, and where to get it.
Outdoor fabrics are no longer characterized by the rough, stiff canvases of decades past. New acrylic production...
First, there was just plain old semolina yellow. Then, they got fancy (tacky?) and developed the tri-color by using spinach and tomato products to tint you rotini. Now, embrace the rainbow by coloring your pasta ANY shade you may choose with vibrant, punchy results. This is a great medium for kids, or for some tongue-in-cheek nostalgia...perhaps some macaroni macrame?
- food colouring
- dried pasta of any shape ...
I've always loved giving old or antique items a new lease on life by transforming them or re-purposing them for use as something other than what they were originally intended. A perfect example - the dirty, old singer sewing machine base that was picked up for next to nothing at a flea market then left to sit in my garage collecting more dirt and taking up space until I could find a use for it. When I became pregnant and began the...
This weekend in Toronto was genuinely rubbish, wet and windy and yuck. The sort of weather that kicks good intentions in the pants. I had meant to Clear, Organize and generally Improve my closet spaces this weekend. (18 months is more than enough time to acquire a bunch of stuff). Instead I curled up reading, which lead me to make these fellows.
They are Harald and Alec, Heraldic Lions and book ends for my...
Wow. Creativity, beauty, and a bit o' function...everything great design is all about. Michael from Spool Sewing offers a free how-to and pattern to create this amazing mobile from fallen twigs, some fishing line and eyehooks, and leftover fabric scraps. The fabric bird pattern alone is worth a million. Via.
- Two dowel rods
- Spool of non-absorbent string
Click here for full instructions, including a recipe for bubble solution....
Hemi Housewife wasn't quite satisfied with the baby blue and orange of her son's Little Tykes cruiser, so she spiced it up. Twice.
Then, check out the other models, particularly this Hawaiian coupe.
Via Crafty Crafty.
My three-year-old niece just moved from the nursery to her first “big girl room,” and the only thing holding back her new space’s style is this worn dresser from the 1960’s. It’s in good shape, but the finish is tired, and there are several broken pieces that are simply unacceptable for a toddler’s room. So, as a birthday gift, I wanted to turn this tattered piece into a sparkling pop bureau that suits her personality perfectly.
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. I am totally impressed with these felt creations by Etsy artists Mrs. and Mr. Muju. I don't really know what they are, and that makes them all the more desirable. The detail is incredible, and the lines are near perfect. That's some fine scissor work, Mujus. Hooray for felt!
Ok I know it's not JUST for kids, but check out this great site, Hazel Wood Children
I am drooling over this crow letterpress print.
Designer Thorsten Van Elten created the 44" diameter "War Bowl" from melted plastic soliders. The $225 price tag warrants a DIY attempt: perhaps you could warm the army men in the oven, then flip the softened sheet onto a large bowl for formation? Thanks, BLTD!
Need a little "inspiration" to wake up in the morning? Why not solder a squirt gun to your alarm clock and spritz up your morning rituals.
Blik, those purveyors of wall decals, have some new Re-Stik’s for the Wee crowd. Removable and repositionable, like all their Re-Stik’s, these high-contrast geometric shapes and friendly, hand-drawn animals are said to be fascinating to new-borns, older kids and their parents. The $38 packages include 31 decals for the Dino collection, 47 decals for the Garden collection, and 78 decals for the Jungle collection. Visit Blik for additional Wee...
I was inspired by a project in the January issue of Martha Stewart Living to make my own invitations for a friend's baby shower. The original project was for a New Year's Eve party, so instead of doing a champagne glass, I did heart cut-outs. The insert has the lyrics to "Thank Heaven for Little Girls" on one side and the shower invites on the other side. Sure, it would have been cheaper and taken less time to buy pre-made cards and run them...