My friend Jen gave me a handmade baby alpaca cuff (like the one pictured above) a few weeks ago and I have been wearing it nonstop. Happy to learn she just launched a small Etsy shop. Yay for handmade with love in Brooklyn!
ps: It’s Jen’s Birthday today! :)
Sugru introduced their first ever sugru kit: It comes in a small tin. Inside you’ll find three packs of sugru (2 for your magnet projects and 1 spare). Below them, nestled in some cleverly cut cardboard, are four fantastic bespoke neodymium magnets. Also included is a great little booklet full of tips and tricks! Those Sugru folks, brilliant, as always! Check out their magnet-kit page for ideas on how to use it.
One of my favorite decorative items in our co-working space is the Sailing Ship Kite by Emily Fischer of Haptic Lab. It makes for an amazing, crafty gift.
Fixing is the unsung hero of creativity. And it really shouldn’t be. It’s the most common, humble and beautiful form of creativity. Sugru wants us to wear that belief proudly. Let’s notice and celebrate these little everyday triumphs, and help others see their value. Sugru made this Fixer’s Manifesto to fuel the conversation about why a culture of fixing is so important.
You can buy a poster of this manifesto here. And there’s a plaintext copy on Github.
I just got my hands on the new Yellow Owl’s Little Prints book. Christine Schmidt, author of the bestselling Print Workshop and the creative force behind the acclaimed Yellow Owl Workshop line of artisan stationery and home accessories, shares her inspired ideas for making easy, yet entirely unique items for kids. It’s full of beautifully illustrated tutorials on using stamps, stenciling, and other hand-printing techniques. Ella (7) will be so excited when she sees this tonight! I see some extra crafty weekends in my future.
Who says you need to carve a pumpkin? These chalkboard painted ones are supercool. Clearly, I didn’t see this DIY Tutorial in time. We went the old-school route this weekend at casa swissmiss.
Just discovered this lovely DIY Fall Decorations post over on the Style Files. Totally going to make some of these this coming weekend.
The latest project of The Letterproeftuin is a mobile printing installation for small posters and books. Would love to have one of these setups in Studiomates.
The folks behind the amazing Paper iPad App teamed up with Moleskine. A match made in heaven. Here’s a sample book. Cool, right?
Totally making DIY Rockets with my kids this weekend. Thanks for the idea and tutorial, Sweet Paul.
I was thrilled when the fine folks over at Etsy reached out to me and asked if I would like to be one of the first bloggers equipped with what they call Etsy Pages. My love for Etsy and what it stands for, is so big, how could I say no? They just launched the project today which means you can now follow my swissmiss Etsy Page to discover some of my favorite and recent finds.
I’d recommend you also check out other curated pages such as Sweet Paul Magazine, Walker Art Center and Martha Stewart Weddings. And here is Etsy’s official announcement of Pages.
Take your analogue DIY experience to the extreme and build your own 35mm plastic SLR camera with the Konstruktor set by Lomography.
Leave it to Mini Eco to come up with a super cool Father’s Day DIY.
ELIOOO is a brand new book, by Antonio Scarponi, teaching you how to grow food in your apartment using inexpensive IKEA boxes. The system uses hydroponics, a farming technique that can be used to grow plants in water instead of soil. Hydroponics allows you to save up to 90% of water used in traditional agriculture systems, requires much less space, and you don’t have to worry about watering the plants.
Now go and grow your own food. Available on iTunes and Amazon.
I am totally going to make my own cocktail sticks this weekend. Wait, I should also plan for the cocktails. Hmm…
This little Origami Fox just won my heart.
Here’s a fun tutorial teaching you how to make a paper bow like the one above.
Thanks to Print Liberation for creating DIY Print Shop. I totally want to get one of these so I can start printing with Ella, my seven year old.
DIY, the fantastic maker network for kids, launched Stories today. I would have *loved* this as a kid. So much.
A lovely Woven Heart Card Tutorial over at MiniEco. Ready for Valentine’s day this Thursday?
How about orange created a charming DIY to create a wall of paper hearts. Valentines day is just around the corner, folks!
Jason Polan made heart potato prints.
He bought a potato and cut a notch on the top of it. Each cross section of the potato was then in the shape of a heart. For each artwork, he would cut a sliver of the potato away, added paint and made a print. The first ones were small hearts. The hearts got bigger until the thickest middle part of the potato and then again got smaller until there was nothing left of the potato.
Each print is unique as he made only one print per cut. The edition size was to be however many the potato would make. This potato made 32. He numbered the prints in order of printing so the first few (1 thru 3) and the last few (30 thru 32) were smaller hearts than the middle ones (15 thru 17). They were printed on Fabriano 4.5″x6.7″ (115x170mm) paper and are all signed and dated (all on the back).
(enter smile here) Makes me love him and his work even more.
A tutorial that teaches you how to make 3D paper hearts? Yes, please.
One of the best things about attending a gift fair is to meet the founders behind products I like. Take Eco Kids for example. I already liked their products but meeting the founders, Kip and Cammie sealed the deal. My loyalty to a product or service grows exponentially when I share the same passion and outlook on life with the founders. Their products are all made in the US, eco-friendly and non-toxic.
Check out their online store. I personally love their eco-glue (pictured above) and the eco-dough.