Posts Tagged ‘ home decor ’

Ephemeral Frames

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Do_frame_01 All kids love to see their artwork prominently displayed on the walls, but most moms will admit that not every preschool project is worth preserving forever under glass. Enter Do Frame Tape—clear adhesive tape printed with golden frame pattern—which allows you to instantly showcase your kid’s latest creation (or A+ spelling test, awesome report card, etc.) with flourish—and then take it down just as easily. Best of all, at $16.50 for a 98” roll, you can create an entire gallery of your little Monet’s masterpieces for less than the cost of a single custom frame.

Via Like Cool

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This Kid-Friendly Craft is a Keeper

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Vases_350 As a kid, my life wasn’t governed by too many rules. Still, there was one hard-and-fast mandate I knew not to break: No craft projects involving glitter. Actually, the rule was more like: No crazy craft projects, period. (My mom simply hated buying all the expensive supplies, which inevitably got lost in the back of the closet.) Aside from coloring, the one thing she really encouraged us to do was papier-mâché. I’m pretty sure that's because it only involved three household staples: water, Elmer’s glue, and old newspapers.

Anyway, last night, while flipping through the newest issue of our crafty sister-pub, ReadyMade, I came across a project that I’m dying to try: Turning empty plastic bottles into striking colored vases. The materials are cheap/recycled and it involves papier-mâché? Even Mom would approve.

Most impressive to me is that while the so-simple instructions are easy enough for little ones to take on, they result in some truly chic vessels (ReadyMade’s vases, which started out as empty Method hand soap and POM juice bottles, among others, remind me of pricey Jonathan Adler ceramics I’ve long coveted for my living room.) I’d like to make a few  of my own this week—I’m thinking one could be the perfect container for a sweet Mother’s Day bouquet ….

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Java for a Cause

Monday, April 20th, 2009

BloggerBadge03 Tomorrow, get your morning buzz and help a good cause at the same time. Dunkin’ Donuts has declared April 21 as Iced Coffee Day, a one-day event when Dunkin’ stores throughout the country will sell small iced coffees for the reduced price of 50 cents. 10% of sales will go to Homes for Our Troops.

Homes for Our Troops is a non-profit, non-partisan
organization that is strongly committed
to helping those who have selflessly given to their country and have
returned home with serious disabilities and injuries. They assist
severely injured service men and women and their immediate families by collecting donations of money, building materials, and professional labor
and then coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an
existing home for handicapped accessibility. The finished home is then
given to the veteran. Visit to watch a very moving video of true stories.

Turn 50 cents into something you can feel good about. Come on, you Kin' do it!

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How Do Your Children Grow?

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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I'm a little obsessed with growth charts these days—anything from pencil marks on the door jamb to cute printed designs to follow the accumulating inches. Of all the products I've seen lately, this one by Etsy artist Miss Natalie made my heart flutter. Yes, it's a little divergent from the traditional growing flower motif, but I love it for its simplicity, rustic-ness, and mostly for its ability to be hung in any room of the house.

It comes packaged in an heirloom wooden box and contains a 4'
long jute ribbon that's mounted on wooden dowels, twenty tags (ten in red,
ten in manila) with space to mark your child's name, age, and date of
measurement, and twenty large safety pins in a muslin bag
to secure your child's tag on the burlap ribbon. Yes, I know, this concept is totally DIY-able, but how great would this be as a gift for a new parent?

Found via a new (to me) beautiful blog, Mer Mag.

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Affordable, Original Art for Your Baby’s Bedroom

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Just a month into my new gig at Parents, I’ve been staying late at the office most nights. And since I seem to have made myself at home in my cubicle, I thought it made sense to make my cubicle a little more, well, homey. The challenge? I don’t have much of a budget for office décor, but I can’t stomach the thought of putting up something mass-produced (no Starry Night poster, please!). So, I turned to my favorite source for affordable, original art: Etsy. While browsing for prints to brighten up my workspace, I happened upon this amazing, graphic Alphabet Pipeline poster. Intrigued, I decided to check out what other cool, kid-friendly designs might be out there. Turns out, when it comes nursery art, chic (and cheap!) options abound. I couldn’t keep my excitement to myself, so I rounded up a few of my favorite finds (from $14 a pop) for you to check out. From left to right: Birds in Tree, Monstropolis, I Like to Rock, Daryl No 78365, and Jungle Animals.


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Fun with Stickers

Monday, January 26th, 2009

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Remember when you were a kid and you would get your papers back from your teacher with little stickers on them? Today's stickers are so much more than just decorations for paper. If you are looking for a more innovative, neater way to decorate your kids' room than with the ole' paint and brush technique, why not try Nouvelles Images'  new product, the Children's Home Stickers collection? With 23 different designs and patterns to chose from — including Dinosaurs, Cute Monsters, The Farm and Zoo Stories (my favorites) there's bound to be a theme your little one will love. And when they get bored with those stickers, as children tend to do, you can just peel them right off and create a brand new scene in minutes. It's much easier then repainting, and without the mess, too.

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Good Deed Friday: Celebrate In Style

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Y9RHTrBzhw85E7sI3IyyE8ScUuAZ0ta80300We’ve got a big week next week in this country. I’m sure you know that Martin Luther King Jr. day is Monday and president-elect Barack Obama's inauguration on Tuesday. In light of these great celebrations the Ross family, owners of Ross flags have turned me on to their pride and joy, the first ever flag to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Proceeds from the sale of every flag benefit The King Center.

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This Clock Lays Eggs

Monday, November 24th, 2008

I’m on a never ending mission to become a pleasant morning person. Maybe this chicken clock can do the trick. When the alarm goes off, five eggs drop into the mini-basket. The only way to turn it off is to place all five back in the top of the chicken. Yes, it comes with an extra egg.
Has anyone tried a gadgety alarm clock like this? I know there are runaway clocks and puzzle clocks out there too. But I feel like I’d be less likely to actually get angry at this one. It’s too cute.

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