Real Things

“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

Papier-Mâché Projects

This little family is currently spending a week in the Northfork, enjoying the last week before school starts again. I’ve reconnected with my younger self and looked up some papier-mâché projects to do with my 8 year old, Ella. Here are some of my favorite finds:

papier mache beePapier-Mâché Bug

Paper Mache lollipop manPapier-Mâché Lollipop man (no instructions)

paper-mache face Papier-Mâché Face (no instructions)

paper mache turtlePapier-Mâché Turtle with Step-by-step instructions

DIY Pencil ToppersDIY Papier-Mâché Pencil Toppers (step-by-step instructions)

Paper Mache Bowls
Papier-Mâché Bowls (with step-by-step instructions)

And then here, slightly creepy personalized DIY papier-mâché pinatas:

Don’t know how to make the ‘glue’? Here’s a round-up of various papier-mâché recipes. What are you going to make?

Collapsable Hot Tub

Collapsable Hottub

A Hot Tub that goes everywhere you go. Wow!

♥ / The Blueprint

A big thank you to The Blueprint for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.

The Blueprint is an online retail site for the next wave of connected devices and wearables. The Blueprint provides a thoughtfully considered collection of beautifully designed products like Drop — the iPad connected kitchen scale.

Drop is a smart scale that makes perfect baking easy with interactive recipes, smart substitutions, mobile alerts and more. With Drop, you’re on your way to creating one perfectly yummy masterpiece after another. Drop pre-orders are available today on The Blueprint.com for 20% off retail.

Check out Drop now and discover more tech to charge your life here at The Blueprint.

Art Supplies Tattly

Art Supply Tattly

These brand new Art Supply Tattly by Peagreen Designs make me way happy.

Plus Plus

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My daughter (8) is madly in love with Plus Plus. I am amazed at what she comes up with. I am all for toys that fuel my kids’ imagination.

One Of Many

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My studiomate Wesley Verhoeve launched a fantastic new project called One of Many. Over the next few months, Wesley will travel to 12 cities across the US and over the course of a week immerse himself in their creative communities. The results are beautiful essays with stunning portrait photography and personal stories. Check out Charleston.

Wesley, who is the most outgoing person I have ever met, can strike up a conversation with anyone. When visiting these cities, he will be seeking out designers, chefs, woodworkers, farmers, engineers, writers, coffee brewers and anyone else making something that moves people.

Wesley believes that being a small business owner or a creative independent is exhilarating, but it can also be quite lonely and stressful. With One of Many Wesley wants to remind us that we are not alone. We are part of a growing movement. We are one of many.

(Above photos are all by Wesley Verhoeve, part of the Charleston series but previously unpublished. From top to bottom: David Lee, Diego Castro Oliva and Kate Nevin, members of the Charleston community)

Friday Link Pack

- Color coded photography. Stunning.

- Smokers lungs vs healthy lungs. This will make you stop smoking.

- 10 websites that help make you more money-savvy

- Take a closer look at how half-a-dozen ceramics masters practice their craft.

- Also from Jason Kottke’s blog: Texting in movies

- History of an Icon: La Vespa (via coudal)

- “There are countless forces in our lives that are out of our control. That doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about how they influence our work and our life…” Totally and completely out of my control

- Yoga Hacks: How to Undo the Damage of a Desk Job

- ‘Complements’, A bizarre collaborative portrait series by a creative couple

- The science of depression

- How to be polite (via)

- Yes, you may pet me

- Love these abstract compositions by Aaron Robbs.

- Avocado stuffed meatballs. Wait, what?

- Cargo, a desktop organizer.

- Why is it impossible to make plans anymore. So true.

- Every Sunday Mark Bustos gives free haircuts to NYC homeless.

- Team Tattly is looking to hire a Front-End Developer

Perfectly Useless

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Katerina Kamprani creates perfectly useless product designs. Made me smile.

You’re Officially Awesome

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This is the best thing ever: You can buy a Certificate of Awesomeness to give to whoever deserves one, designed and signed by Jessica Hische. Look! It has rainbow edge-painting! Over the top? Yes!

All certificates ship with a rainbow pencil so the recipient or co-signer can add their own signature. That Jessica Hische! Always coming up with awesome stuff!

Birdhouse Bookshelf

Birdhouse Bookshelf

This designy, wall mounted, bedside table made me chuckle. The best part of the design: Birdhouse Booklshelf lets you place your book on its roof.

Hidden Message Necklace

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These customizable hidden message necklaces by Beth Macri really put a smile on my face. I first learned about it via Rachel of Story. Today I met a lovely lady at the gift show that was wearing one. Definitely wishlisted.

Canvas Messenger Bag

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Really lovely canvas messenger bag by See Design Shop. Comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns.

Warp Speed Bubble

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Love Love Love this Warp Speed Bubble Backpack by Madpax.

Sarah Loertscher

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Stunning geometric ear hoops by Sarah Loertscher. #want

♥ / Brainbean

A big thank you to Brainbean for sponsoring this week of my RSS Feed.

Parents! Let your kids explore their creativity with Brainbean It’s a brand new, free iPad app with fun and colorful creative mini-games.

“The perfect game to inspire family-time creative play,” says Common Sense Media. “Educational but not necessarily just for kids,” wrote msn.com. Gizmodo described Brainbean as “a brain training app suitable for anyone from the ages of nine to 109. With eight games available, based on various scientific exercises, with the aim of challenging your brain to the full.” One teacher who uses the app in her classroom wrote: “Brainbean is a colorful, kid-friendly game that will boost your students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.”

Download Brainbean for free from the iPad App Store.


(Interested in sponsoring a week of my RSS feed, learn more here.)

Friday Link Pack

CreativeMornings/SF talk by Josh Higgins.

- LEGO Ruler, all kinds of cute.

- There are only a few spots left at this year’s Do Lectures in California. I attended last year and can say it was the best three days of 2013. I am still in touch with many of the attendees. You have apply quickly if you want to go.

- After nearly 10 years + over 200 episodes, Design Matters finally has its own Facebook page!

- There’s another Like Knows Like mini documentary out, giving us a glimpse into Geffen Refaeli’s life.

- I admit, I want one of these sleeping bags: Shark or Whale (via)

- Good job at still being alive!

- The shirt mock-up don’t do the awesomeness of these shirts justice. Kevin keeps wearing them around Studiomates and they’re fab.

- What Wikipedia’s recent changes feed sounds like. (via Liz)

- Excellent book recommendations by Debbie Millman.

- If designing for the internet is your world, I recommend you read Jason Santa Maria’s new book: On Web Typography.

- This bright red casserole is totally on my wish list.

- The original Monument Valley soundtrack is now available for streaming on Rdio and Spotify. If you haven’t tried this game yet, you should.

- 5 Questions for 100 designers.

- My cloud obsession continues: Cloud Garland

- Be Kind T-Shirt

- “Delight” and “delightful” have become all-purpose marketing words in the tech world…” What Silicon Valley’s Favorite Word Says About Tech Priorities

- Francis L. Thompson shares his strategy on how he will start talking to his kids when they turn 18

- So true: “The truth is, you don’t break a bad habit; you replace it with a good one.” – Denis Waitley

- I discovered Urban Camping last night. So much fun!

- Never wonder again if you should put on sunscreen.. (Thanks Jen)

- Psst… Team Tattly is looking to hire a Front-End Developer.

This Fox Likes Tattoos

Cutie Tattotie Fox

Team Tattly partnered with North American Bear on tattoable dolls, called Cutie Tattootie. Seriously adorable, right. (Not to mention the girl!) The fox comes with 12 Tattly tattoos that the kid can either apply on themselves or on the doll. Put the doll in the washer and the tattoos disappear. Fun, right?

New Nomiku Sous Vide

The new Nomiku Sous Vide immersion circulator looks fantastic. If you like to be a nerd, even in the kitchen, Nomiku is for you.

Too Many Walnuts

“A salad with too many walnuts or a sauce with too many capers is like a Sunday with too many free hours – you stop appreciating the pleasure they provide. I think about that when I cook. Put just enough sweet cubes of carrots in a soup, and you won’t have to search too hard to find one, but when you do, it’ll still give you a little thrill.”
- April Bloomfield

From the new book called The Chef Says: Quotes, Quips and Words of Wisdom by Princeton Architectural Press

The Floyd Leg

The Floyd Leg

Love the brilliantly simple system behind The Floyd Leg. Ideal for people that move often.

(via Krissy)

Swing Bin

I blogged about the beautiful Swing Bin in February of 2010. At the time, it was just a concept, and now, with this Kickstarter campaign, we are all one step closer to owning our own. The Swing Bin is so sculptural that at first glance you might not notice that it is a waste bin. Its diagonal opening has been dramatically cut with a wooden lid, a lid that swings and tilts.

I am so totally supporting Shigeichiro Takeuchi’s Kickstarter campaign. You?

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Maria Popova: 7 Things I Learned

As part of CreativeMornings‘ fifth birthday last year, my friend Maria Popova talked about 7 things she’s learned. I keep coming back to this one. Here’s the blog post she wrote based on the mini talk she wrote the day before and based her talk on.