We’re huge fans of Girard around here. Last year, we picked up a copy of the mammoth Alexander Girard coffee table book by Todd Oldham (published by AMMO books) while visiting the “Century of the Child” exhibit at MOMA. There hasn’t been a day that’s gone by since that we haven’t spent time flipping through this gorgeous book–we’re totally obsessed!
Here’s a paper craft project that offers a fun way to introduce Girard’s fabulous work to your children. We found the perfect place on the wall of our boys’ room and stuck it up with a few strips of washi tape.
Take a look at the easy steps, and if you get a chance to get your hands on this fabulous book—do it!
As you already know, pretend play has many benefits. While doing things exactly like mom or dad, your child develops his/her creativity, analytical skills, logical reasoning but also communication and social development skills.
Play kitchens are among favorite pretend play games. Here are a few of our favorites…
I’m on holiday in the UK at the moment, enjoying a Spring break with my two youngest children Savannah and Miles. I have to say that it’s good to be home, and I’m happy to report that we seem to have brought some French sunshine with us this time!
Of course, it’s a well-known fact that the Brits like to talk about the weather, so you won’t be too surprised by today’s meteorological theme! Kids are always fascinated by weather and natural phenomena (Where does rain come from? What is thunder? How do you make a rainbow?), and their natural curiosity is a great source of inspiration for contemporary children’s toy makers.
Come rain or shine, there’s no shortage of wonderful designs out there. Here are a few of the original finds that caught my eye recently:
Our good friend Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag recently updated the bedroom shared by her three children using Handmade Charlotte stencils. We can’t imagine a cooler way to use the cloud stencil!
You can pick up the stencils at Joann.com. Thanks for the inspiration, Merrilee!
Your favorite little girl will twirl her little heart out all summer long in this lovely dress! Available in sizes 4 to 6, the Merrymaker Stencil Dress is based on a vintage majorette dress pattern so cute it literally makes you want to spin.
This sweet little dress is the first in a miniseries of DIY party dresses we’ll be sharing over the next few weeks. We had a ball putting together the easy-to-use patterns, and we’re sure you will, too!
We used Handmade Charlotte stencils for the confetti collar, polka dots on the bodice, and bunting around the skirt. You can pick up the stencils and all of the other supplies you’ll need to make the dress at JoAnn.com.
Let’s get started!
A friend of mine is in the throes of renovating her beautiful new home and recently shared a few pictures of her kids’ bedroom. Three children share a huge space that has been divided into three areas, all decorated slightly differently but using the same color scheme. Simple, cozy, and uncluttered, the design is European in taste, and I think it looks perfect.
However, despite winning our unanimous approval, someone asked where she had “hidden all the unattractive things kids accumulate.” That got me thinking. How do you strike a balance? Are we decorating for them or for us? Parental aesthetics aside, what fun storage solutions have designers come up with to keep our little ones’ rooms tidy and bring a smile to their face each day?
Here’s what I found…
I love these simple DIY envelope letters from minimega. The letter is the envelope — simply write your message, fold it, and send. Simple is always best!
30-Cup Ice Cream Tower of Doom
Even the sweetest-toothed child would be scared of this monstrous tribute to Häagen-Dazs. Yikes!
DIY Tangerine Snail
Here’s a healthy alternative to the ice cream “tower of doom” that’s simple to make & tons of fun. Head over to Little Cook for details.
DIY Paper Animal Heads
Do-it-yourself decor for the bedroom walls of your little outdoorsman. Visit Hello Lidy for the fun & simple tutorial.
Ditch the carpet-covered cardboard tube and pick up a handmade tipi for the family cat (available here for $54, via eat drink chic).
DIY Fallen Tree Bike Stand
Repurpose a fallen tree into the ultimate bike stand (via Studio Sjoesjoe on Pinterest).
The other day, I was looking through a box of Mother’s Day cards that I’ve received over the years when I came across my first one ever. This little green guy may be simple, but he totally melts my heart.
All it takes to make the card is a sheet of green construction paper, a pen, and a pair of scissors. Fold the tiny inchworm and have your child scribble a sweet “I love you” in the folds.
It’s been a while since I added a really interesting blog to my blog roll, so I’m delighted to share a new favorite link with you today: Ukkonooa. As the name suggests, this is a foreign blog, written by Maija, a Finnish visual artist currently living in the UK.
Ukkonooa is fresh, simple and surprising. Look through the archives and you’ll find an inspiring collection of healthy recipes, fun upcycling/craft activities, handmade clothes (with links to tutorials), flea market finds, decorating tips, and much more.
Maija’s sweet daughter is one lucky little girl. Let me show you why…
Super dad David Laferriere has been illustrating his kid’s sandwich bags since 2008. Gotta love it! See them all on Flickr.