Categories: DIY

Budding Fashionistas Unite!

I just spent the weekend in San Francisco with my friends, a family that was obsessed with Project Runway. It seemed to me that if they weren’t watching the show, the kids 11, 8, and 7 were downstairs in the craft room sewing (yep, the craft room)! Sunday morning before their parents were awake, the kids were all making outfits for Sasha’s American Girl Doll and her horse. I know that they also re-construct old clothing; make animal sweater scarves, felt creatures and wrist-warmers. [read more]

Take a peek at some nice ink. Tatt Book: Visionaries of Tattoo.

Tatt Book: Visionaries of Tattoo is finally here! The tattoo tome was curated by my friend, Joseph Ari Aloi aka JK5 with a forward by Paper Magazine’s and man-about-town, Carlo McCormick.

Aloi is an amazing tattoo artist and a visual artist as well. It is hard to have a friend, who does such amazing work, if you are like me and can never decide on an actual image for a tattoo (I suffer terribly from food envy too). But the photos in this book may actually inspire me to finally get one.
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Art center. How to rock the paper, scissors and glue.

My daughter has just come to that wonderful phase in childhood where she can spend literally hours drawing. She is making wonderful pictures of princesses, chefs with hats, mermaids, castles and spaceships. Also, she is writing lots of random letters. It is very fun and super cute to watch.

crayolaFinally, after being asked for paper ten times a day, I got smart and I gave her a stack of colored paper, which she is going through at an alarming rate. I decided to put together a little art center for her. I somehow managed (not!) to round-up all the various markers that live in our house. And in addition to the basic can’t-live-without Crayola WASHABLE markers, her center contains the following supplies:

Tape. She uses tape to wrap items, tape things that she cuts out, and to tape her art on the wall. I can say with certainty that this tape dispenser from Lakeshore has changed the décor of our house. Who knew that making tape designs on the floor was an art activity?

 

Scissors. She likes to cut colored paper, playing cards, princess cards, play money — basically anything that is paper or her scissors will cut through. I am continually cleaning up small random scraps of paper. I found scissors like these fun kids scissors in Little Tokyo. They are a hit.

Glue sticks. When we were in Italy over the summer, I picked up some Coccoina Adhesive Glue Sticks at the suggestion of my friend. They are sticky, non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free. And they smell like marzipan. My friend claims that they are ok to eat, so no worries when your toddler takes a bite. Yum.

 

Beeswax crayons. My Waldorf friends turned me on to these block crayons by Stockmar. They seem to glide better than the crayolas. And they are easier for little hands to hold. Since they aren’t wrapped in paper, it is one less thing to clean up.

I never knew that I would, or could posses so much great art to keep or recycle.

Surrur, the sound a sewing machine makes, if you are in Finland.

I am this close to signing up for a sewing class. Although, I did take sewing in 7th grade, where I made a strange-looking stuffed-animal from a kit. Saying my sewing machine skills are basic, may be too generous. But I will admit that I am pretty darn good at darning and replacing buttons using the “old school” needle and thread.

Surrur” is the sound that a sewing machine makes, if you are in Finland. It is ok if you can’t pronounce it, as 40% of Fins including their President, Tarja Kaarina Halonen, can’t trill their “Rs.” It is also the title of the amazing new “make your own Marimekko” book that I had to have from Crate and Barrel. [read more]

Swing Into Summer

334/365  Tire Swing Bench Monday!

334/365 Tire Swing Bench Monday!

Summer’s here! Which means airport runs for some families. Instead of packing for a stressful flight elsewhere, why not save money, enjoy a staycation and let your kids “fly” at home?!

I’ve spun myself silly for hours on end with this favorite childhood past time — the tire swing. And the best part aside from it being pretty easy to set up, is it really brings the neighborhood kids together. All you need is a strong and willing tree, a tire (save one from the junk yard), nylon rope or metal chain, and simple hardware. [read more]

S/he’s Crafty!

When I was a teenager growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, a lot of DIY and craft trends hit my community by storm. Both girls and boys were tie dying clothes, weaving friendship bracelets and carefully constructing beaded safety pins for sneakers. We even made our own buttons to decorate the strap of our favorite Le Sport Sac.

Observing my young cousins today, they’re all really good at being on trend, but none of them seem to actually make anything to share with their peers anymore. Their time is spent virtually hanging out with their buddies and ordering things versus actually hanging out in real time together, making things. Since summer’s about more  friends and family togetherness, I thought you might enjoy doing the following activities with your young roommates:

The Purl Bee: Molly’s Sketchbook: Friendship Bracelets – I spent hours after school weaving friendship bracelets for anyone who wanted to trade them with me. They were bright and colorful and pretty easy to make. They lasted a long time and were easy to replace. Best of all, the bracelets were very affordable jewelry and I always had something to match my favorite JAMS shorts and Rugby shirt! [read more]

What Inspired Me This Week: DIY Photo Booth Frames

I love DIY projects. Especially simple, crafty, and duh-obvious ones. I’m surprised that of the dozens of weddings and parties I’ve attended over the years, I had never heard of or seen a DIY Photo Booth Frame before.

What an ingenious and interactive way to commemorate a special occasion. Guests are encouraged to step up and say, “cheese!” behind a brightly colored and playful frame. And guests or hosts walk away with an original and inventive keepsake. [read more]