Last week this little family adopted a rescue cat from an ASPCA shelter in Manhattan. While we are still trying to figure out a name (most difficult process in history) the cat is super happy and so are my kids. And I have discovered pet accessories. What a huge market! Can we talk about this felted cat bed. Made me smile.
This Letterpress At Home Kit is very tempting. My kids and I could have some serious fun with it. Anyone know if it’s any good?
Love this DIY idea: Using ping pong balls and LED lights to make a festive garland.
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-Mâché Lollipop man (no instructions)
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?
Sipho Mabona has taken Origami to extremes. He’s folded this life-sized (!) elephant out of one sheet of paper. So much respect.
Now here’s a cool crafty project for a rainy weekend: FlipbooKit Moto! The laser cut kit can be assembled with simple hand tools (you’ll just need a screwdriver) and will take you under an hour to complete. No soldering or Engineering degrees required.
Love this so much. Totally want to make one with photos of my kids.
The utterly brilliant Kelli Anderson built this good looking (!) convertible stand-up IKEA hack desk with help from metalsmith-extraordinaire Dustin John and Daniel Dunnam. The minimalist convertible standing-sitting desk/storage unit is made from Ikea cabinets, a top from Lowe’s and a linear actuator.
This is the first standing desk I’ve seen that I would let enter my studio. Well done Kelli!
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.
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.
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.