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 [...]
Archive for the Crafty Category
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.
Grow (1943 W. Division St., Chicago, 773-489-0009), one of my favorite children’s boutiques in the city, is closing its bricks-and-mortar location after five years in Wicker Park. Happily, owner Deree Kobets is keeping the store open online at Grow-Kids.com, so parents can continue to shop the mod, organic wares. Stop by to shop the floor [...]
My son and I checked out the Renegade Craft Fair this past weekend. (I liked it a lot. He mostly tried to escape the stroller, but I wouldn’t take that as a bad review.) The weather was gorgeous, the ironic mustaches were plentiful, and the indie wares were whimsical and craft-tastic. Although I have been [...]