Balloon Rocket

This weekend, I will be making Balloon Rockets with my kids. You can find more projects like this over on Toys from Trash by Arvin Gupta.

Pom Pom Bookmarks

A tutorial on how to make simple Pom Pom Bookmarks? Yes, please.

Knitting Clock

This Knitting Clock by Siren Elise Wilhelmsen is quite a poetic way of showing the passing of time. Made me smile.

(via Stilsucht)

Potato Stamps

Martin Schmid, Art School Teacher at Schule für Gestaltung in St.Gallen, Switzerland sent me the above image of type potato stamps he did with his students. Each student did two letters. It put a big smile on my face and yes, I am totally going to do this with Ella.

Tree of Ideas

I stumbled upon this Tree of Ideas over on Etsy. What a lovely idea! Would love to create one for my kids.


Zurich based Antonio Scarponi is currently running an Indigogo campaign trying to raise money for ELIOOO, an instruction book on how to build a hydroponic system to grow plants, herbs, or vegetables in your apartment, using IKEA components.

Hydroponics is a clean, sustainable, and efficient way to grow vegetables using water instead of soil. Hydroponics has enormous advantages compared to traditional agricultural methods. It uses only 10% of the water needed with traditional agriculture, allowing for higher production in smaller spaces.

CustomMade connects consumers looking for fine custom home furnishings and unique goods with the skilled Makers who create them. On CustomMade you can get anything you want, custom made, just the way you want it. Fantastic idea.

Check out these galleries of book cases, custom beds and tables. Obviously I am not fond of many of the ornate designs, but, it shows that anything is possible.


New Makerbot! Woohoo!

I could tell something exciting wascooking yesterday, based on Bre’s teaser Tweets. A few hours later he announced the MakerBot Replicator™ 2 Desktop 3D Printer. (that’s a mouthful, boy. SEO anyone?)

If you’re not familiar with Makerbot: The Replicator is like a mini factory for your desk that lets you build anything. A 3D printer and dream come true for anyone who likes to make things. To get a glimpse of what people are actually building with Makerbot, check out Thingiverse.

As if that wasn’t enough, Bre and his team also opened a brick and mortar store in Manhattan.

Congrats Bre and Team!

Things To Make

My studiomate Bekka Palmer has a staggering 3,198,808 Pinterest followers. It’s quite something. Well, she is quite something. Fabulous for all kinds of reasons. I just discovered her Things To Make Board and I can’t wait to get crafty with Ella (6). Thank you Bekka.

Geometric Pendants

I found these Geometric Pendants on Etsy, they are ready to be painted! Sounds like a fun art project I can do with my six year old. #wishlisted


Put a Shark on your wall, Pixel by Pixel. How? Watch this video!

Paper Rocket Garland

Yes to this Paper Rocket Garland.

DIY Pompoms

One of my favorite newsletters, by far, is the one by Mini Eco. This tutorial made me have major flashbacks of the countless pompoms I made as a kid in Switzerland. Red pompoms were my specialty! (Of course!) I wish Etsy would have been around back then, I could have dabbled in entrepreneurship early on!

So, here you go, learn how to make a pompom!

Artsy Graphite Pencils

My friend Julia brought me a multipack of these lovely Graphite Pencils from Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Each one features a quotation to fit any mood or situation and are made from laquered quality graphite. Lovely!

Blurb Instagram Books

Blurb’s Instagram Books make me so happy. Can’t wait until my son’s It’s Hard Being Two Tumblr has enough images to make a book out of it. We live in such an exciting time. The fact, that anyone (with a computer and internet connection) can create books on the fly, is simply amazing.

I love the internets.

DIY LEGO Key Holder

This DIY LEGO Key Holder just made my day!

Freeze A Rainbow

I am pretty confident I’ll be reaching supermom status once I make a batch of these Rainbow Popsicles for my kids.

Decal Transfer Tutorial

Lovely DIY waterslide decals Tutorial.

Book Cover Disguise for Your Wireless Router

Here’s a fab tutorial on how to make a Book Cover Disguise for your wireless router.

Red & White Baker’s Twine

Red & White Baker’s Twine. Simply beautiful.

Tissue Pom-Poms

I totally want to try to make some of these Tissue Pom-Poms. is a new project by Zach Klein that is trying to create a safe place on the web to foster kids’ creativity. As a mother of two, and creativity being a huge part of my work life, I couldn’t be more excited.

Here’s how it works: Let your kid sign up and create an account where they can safely publish what they make. They can upload videos and pictures of their projects using the DIY website or iphone/iPod Touch app. Kids’ projects are online for everone to see, and parents can add stickers to show support. Parents also have their own control panel to follow their activity and also to make sure they’re not sharing anything that should be private.

Consider it a tool that lets kids collect everything they make as they grow up. I love this idea!

Timo Handmade

How adorable is this little doll family? Talk about character! Found it over on Etsy in Timo Handmade’s Shop.

DIY Pop Up Monsters

Dave Lee sent me a link to a trailer for a film called Waste which includes pop-up monsters. Best part, you can download the templates for the monsters, and make them yourself.

Download the toilet monster PDF

Download eyeball the book/laptop monster

(via studioset)