Kid-friendly computers for a 6 or 7-year-old usually come in two forms. Young children either inherit an inexpensive, used laptop, or they could get a DIY computer kit. Since I’m raising a maker, I chose the latter.
Although computer kits may sometimes be more complicated to operate, computer kits deliver a richer learning environment. A look at my son’s face before and after we assembled his computer and screen kits proved that I made the right choice. That night, my son proudly told his dad that I read him the story of his computer while he assembled it. Continue Reading
If you dream of showing off your own drawings, you will love this next idea. Designed for iPhone 4 and 5, a Krillz iPhone set comes with a 40 page drawing and a clear iPhone case. There is a dye-cut iPhone cutout, that fits your model, on every page.
Where to buy: Krillz iPhone case for creative people at Neo-utility $35 USD
Keep it in mind for a creative gift for a teenager, for graduation or Father Day. If you draw well, why not customize the gift even further by sketch a case in the book?
+ photo credits: Krillz
I introduced the felt Easter bunny by Daff back in 2009. They are nicely made in 100% merino felt. They now sell them in two sizes and more colors. Since then, Daff upgraded them by reinforcing it with cardboard.
Unfortunately for us, they still only ship in Germany. So, you still have to make your own if you want them on your Easter table. Don’t worry, we did our DIY version. Although cardboard reinforcing and sewing technique requires more work than our foam board and glueing method, the end result looks sharper.
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Ok, this one is not for everyone but I thought that it was a clever DIY project. Food and photography goes hand to hand. But this time, it is on an usual way. An inexpensive frying pan creates the base of your own custom made ground pod.
Besides the cost savings, the benefits are that it is lighter than the commercially available ground pods and that you can make it at the height that fits your body. If you are interested, the project is simple to make. Check the instructions at Digital Photography School and at Photo Migrations.
I try to remember this fun thing the next time I meet a serious photographer.
My husband can vouch how much I am dreaming about a play kitchen for our son. Most play kitchens on the market are too girly or won’t nicely fit in our home design. Which is why I want to create my own. I found my starting point for inspiration.
Ethan’s mom Becky designed a fabulous play kitchen for his little boy. Her DIY play kitchen is full on details and realistic functionalities. A magnet keeps the oven door closed while a motion sensor light turns on when the door is opened. Awesome! Continue Reading
This is one of most awesome igloos that I ever saw. It took months of preparation and 150 hours of construction to engineering student Daniel Gray, with girlfriend Kathleen Starrie, family and friends, to create his icy shelter masterpiece.
If you plan to try such a project, know that you will need to collect hundreds of milk cartons to make the 500 coloured ice bricks that are necessary to build the structure. Daniel uses food colorants to get the bright colours. Continue Reading
From furniture, cutlery, wicker baskets to Christmas decorations, we have seen plenty of DIY paint-dipped projects in 2012. I was also inspired by this mini trend. You may remember that I dipped the spoons and folks for my son’s jungle themed first birthday party. West-Elm even carried a dipped side table — sadly, this cute small round table is no longer available. Continue Reading
Whether it is because you don’t have the space to put a big Christmas tree or to use as a secondary tree, wall Christmas trees provide lots of possibilities to be creative with your holiday decorations. I created this round-up to highlight your options.
Lorena of Lalole likes to make craft projects out of her reclaimed wood. For her Christmas tree project, she upcycles woods that you typically found on the beach. The sticks are held together with sisal rope. Wash and let them first. The STRÅLA light chain at IKEA is similar to the snowflakes garland that she used to decorate her stick Christmas tree. Add white pompoms are your done.
photo credits: Bodie and Fou
The easiest project is to draw a modern Christmas tree on your wall. Use metallic gold washi tape or glitter tape available in gold, silver evergreen, spinach and peacock. The tone on tone refines the design.
Designer, crafter, and maker Lisa Tilse created a geometric paint chip Christmas tree. You could reproduce her concept with gift wrapping paper, scrapbooking paper or other coloured paper. Visit her blog, The Red Thread, for the tutorial.
photo credits: My Poppet
The next project can be your holiday card display. It can also be a message center for all your holiday plans. Head to My Poppet to learn how to make Cintia’s string art Christmas tree.
photo credits: Subhuti Etsy seller
On Etsy, Subhuti was selling a Christmas tree self-adhesive vinyl decal with 8 Christmas balls. You could use it as inspiration to make your own with your kids.
Any of these are simple projects that you can make this weekend. And they will leave you plenty of time to do other things.
I am excited to share my first free printables of the holiday season. This year, I decided to design my own. I am starting with a printable project for foodies.
From cookie exchange parties to the office pot luck, the holiday season provides many occasions to share and exchange recipes. This is why it is a good idea to keep a fresh supply of ready-to-fill recipe cards. You will never be short on supply if you print your own. My holiday recipe cards are available in three patterns. Later this week, I will share the matching holiday gift tag printables.
I already found use for my batch. Last Saturday night, I attended a dinner at a friend’s home. She made a delicious squash and pear soup that she served in shooters with bacon chips. This was a hit! Several people asked her the soup recipe. She also made a delicious gremolata that she served with the capons. The next day, I wrote down her recipes into my recipe cards.
Instead of simply printing your menu for your holiday party, why not share all your recipes? The recipe cards can become a part of your tabletop. Tie them with a ribbon or a twine topped with a holiday ornament and display a pack on each guest plate. Your gourmet friends will appreciate this extra step.
If the recipe cards are for a gift, I recommend a cardboard paper because they look the best. You want a paper on which it will be easy to write. For that reason, it is better to select a matte paper.
On the other end, laminated recipe cards are easy to wipe off. Since I prefer to protect my own recipe cards with self-laminating sheets, I print the recipe cards that are for my own use on standard printing paper with a higher brillance level.
Feel free to print my holiday recipe cards. If you like them, share my link with your friends and family. The size of my recipe cards is 3×5 inches.
Click here to download my holiday recipe card printables.
If you are interested in the complete recipe, click here for the pineapple marmelade recipe.
photo: cupcake or ice cream truck by Martine Camillieri
Crafting projects let you pass quality time with your kids. I wanted a project that I could do for my boy, who adore trucks. I found three project ideas fron France that repurpose things that you have at home.
photo: La Poste, French postal truck by Martine Camillieri
The first idea is from Martine Camillieri. This french woman has been transforming cleaning product containers into cars and trucks since 2007. Her upcycling creations appeared in a book and many exhibits over the years. Although she failed to provide tutorials to make your own, it seems that she affixed two caps to make wheels and used stickers and paint to decorate the vehicles. It is definitely a project that you can do with your kids.
photo: DIY pick-up truck toy by Martine Camillieri
The second idea is from a limited-print series called Bolides. I encourage you to explore your own boxy style. After a few trial and error, you could design your own templates. I would use mashi tape to create the various car or truck elements. Washi tapes come in a variety of colors and it is easy to reposition them. Cut a straw in two to support the wheels.
You could make your own paper tipi toy. Let your kids create their own patterns. Each tipi stands tall with 3 sticks.
photo: Tipis by Morse
These are not toys that are designed to last. Nonetheless, they are fun to make. If you want to keep them longer, you could always tell your kids that they are making art pieces for their playroom.
photographed in front of the biggest pumpkin winner. Its weights 1,630 pounds!
Each year, Montréal Botanical Garden organized the Great Pumpkin Ball. Visitors can admire the best decorated pumpkins made by the participants aged 6 years and up. We saw the exhibition last Friday with my son’s day care. If you are in town, the Great Pumpkin Ball is open until October 31st.
Topics were diverse. Recurring ideas include comic characters, superheros, sports and TV personalities.
Garfield pumpkin from the 6 to 12 years old category
Spider smurf pumpkin from the 6 to 12 years old category
Amongst the classic Halloween themes, I particularly enjoy the Dracula pumpkin, the magician and the beautiful mask lady pumpkin.
Dracula pumpkin decorated by a family
Mummy pumpkin from the 13 to 17 years old category
This masked lady pumpkin won first prize in the adult category
I will return to the Great Pumpkin Ball next year to admire the craft projects of our youth.