Colors by Orla Kiely

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I have been a long-time fan of Orla Kiely's beautiful and modern prints, bags and textiles.  The way she combines bold color and pattern is an homage to vintage mod yet fresh and innovative at the same time.  In Colors, Orla Kiely's design sensibilities translate well to a board book about colors for babies, toddlers and young children. Her familiar stylish and playful icons and graphics grace each set of pages.  After we read and admired the different prints and shades of color on each page, we sorted objects by color in different columns to create our own interesting designs.

Post by Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine

You can see her work and read about her two young children's first forays in cooking, art and everything in between at Avery and Augustine.

Things to Make – Paper Bag Quilt


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Another recycling bin project, I love these . . . I cut a few large paper grocery bags into squares. And then outlined the squares with a cross-stich pattern using a marker. Each kid received two squares (but T gave me one of his). And I put oil pastels, markers, and watercolor crayons/with paintbrushes (love these) on the table to create with. When everyone finished arting, I stapled the squares together. Just one staple on each side, to give it a loose, free-flowing look. Easy peasy. I think this would be a fun project for a party or a large playgroup, as it allows the kids to work separately and still make something unified. makePost by Darcy : No Monsters in My Bed

Coffee Filter Place Settings

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After assembling these coffee filter roses a few weeks ago, I was intrigued by just how resilient and forgiving filters can be. I’m always searching for unique ways to set the table. Coffee filters are the perfect means to both hold flatware while directing guests to the appropriate seat.

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First, place a piece of parchment paper cute to size in between the filter so your design doesn’t bleed through.

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Simply paint the filters with watercolors.

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Decorate with each guests’ name. Try to tie in themes, colors and motifs that are appropriate for your event.

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Remove the parchment once dry. Place the flatware inside.

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Voila!

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Lovely and elegant table cards!

xoxo,

Niki

Post by Niki: Papery & Cakery

DIY Stick Horse (Minus the Stick)

It's summer time (yaaaaay!!) & that means time for all those creative projects that get stuck on the back burner during the hectic school year. Here's one of our favorites–a perfect activity for those too-hot-to-be-outside days!!

Get ready for some indoor rodeo-ing! I wanted to find an alternative to the hard, pointy object that is usually part of a typical stick horse so after poking around pinterest (with seriously limited findings) and a good imagination, this is what we came up with! Here's what you need!

DIY STICK HORSE

  • pool noodle
  • trim (or ribbon or twine), about 2 yds
  • hot glue gun
  • fabric scraps (for the mane)
  • felt (for the ears)
  • buttons (or anything else you can dream up, for the eyes & nose)
  • & if you're feeling fancy, an old (or clearance) pair of sweater tights, kid sized

This was allllll my daughter's choosing. She picked the tights ($2 clearance, target), then we slipped them over the noodle. We used the trim to secure the noodle together after we bent it over & made some reigns. Then she went through my scraps and picked out her favorite colors. Turquoise & "gween" ears. :) With bows, of course. & "cute yittle buttons" for the eyes and nose. I couldn't talk her into two nostrils, so one'll have to do. ;)

For the mane I just knotted little strips of fabric & hot glued them down the tights. She picked the order. I was under quite some pressure: no two of the same touching. Thankyouverymuch. (so proud!)

"Wainbow Sp-wink-uwl" has now accompanied us to Lowe's and took a nap on the stairs and is tucked in tight next to her mama for the night. Oh, the joy! Happy horsey making!  

Post by shawna of styleberryBLOG.com

Despite days full of washing diapers & messy fun, Shawna is determined to make mommyhood a stylish adventure. Married to the military & mother to one feisty girl & a snuggly little guy, she is a passionate DIYer & loves sharing how to make the complicated simple. Shawna talks creativity, style, food, decorating, green-chic living & mommyhood atstyleberryBLOG, a daily-ish dose of something fab.