Yes, I am a Pinterest mom. There, I said it. I’m a terrible cook, I never have gum in my purse, but hell if I can’t craft a party. A circus theme is a timeless favorite because it works for both boys and girls, and there’s no shortage of material to work with. I recently [...]
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My handy husband made the boys a DIY cockpit. He was inspired after we took a trip to the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston, S.C. (amazing how vacation destinations change with kids in the mix), and it blew our toddler’s mind. One of the exhibits was an old bomber plane that you could [...]
The flagship location of the Land of Nod (900 W. North Ave., Chicago, 312-475-9903) underwent a remodel this summer and unveiled a dramatic, whimsical new piece of art behind the checkout counter. My iPhone photos are not doing it justice, but it consists of dinosaur toys affixed to an enormous canvas and unified with blue [...]
My toddler’s interest in pictures prompted me to finally create a family photo wall, something I had been meaning to do for years. I’ll be honest—it was a huge pain, took much longer than I expected, and made me temporarily resentful of the friends and family housed within the frames. Now that’s it’s complete, it looks happy [...]
Print blocks make for great, inexpensive art, whether you find a fun retro image or just want to personalize your kid’s room with his or her name. A few years ago, I picked up these cute print blocks from Architectural Artifacts (4325 N. Ravenswood Ave., Chicago, 773-348-0622). These particular blocks were used to print the [...]
A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a silhouette might just be worth a thousand pictures. Silhouettes have a beautiful vintage feel and capture all the sweet characteristics of a child’s face. “I enjoy bringing out the detail that someone might miss in a photograph—eyelashes, rounded noses, chubby chins, crazy curls,” says Betsy [...]
I was feeling crafty last week and filled a blank wall in my kitchen with a massive cork board to hold art projects, notes from school, and various other nonsense that piles up on the kitchen table. Standard cork boards were too small for my wall (not to mention boring), so I purchased some cork, [...]
How cute are these? Versatile chalkboard mats work as portable entertainment, to keep the kids quiet during mealtime, or to use as placemats during a kiddie party. The $33 set includes four chalkboard mats and 12 sticks of chalk at b a friend, a site that exists solely to sell these little beauties.
Every parent eventually faces the dilemma of dealing with the endless piles of children’s artwork. And let’s be honest—most of it falls into the “good effort” pile and gets filed away. Sometimes in a circular bin. But what do you do with the best, most meaningful drawings that are just too poignant to stay on [...]
Who hasn’t bundled up their kids to send them out in the snow and thought, “There’s only one thing missing—a crocheted burly beard.” We’ve all been there. Luckily, this resplendent little beard/hat combo is now available for February pre-orders. Burly beard, $39, available on Etsy. Feeling crafty? The pattern is only $13.