a little time out

Whether you subscribe to “time out” as a disciplinary measure or not, we think you will like this fab little stool.  It could also work a treat for brushing teeth (and heaven knows I am ALWAYS thinking up new ideas to encourage mine to brush teeth for the appropriate amount of time).

image courtesy of thefancy.com

 

to infinity and beyond!

The school holidays are almost upon us here so we are stockpiling crafty ideas to counter any winter holiday cabin fever.  One of the first ideas on the list is this awesome jetpack made from old plastic bottles.  This tutorial (courtesy of the amazing doodle craft blog) uses soft drink bottles but you could easily adapt it to use milk containers.

 May the force be with you. x

colour me happy (not bored)

This is (was) a piece of black and white wrapping paper I had bought for $4.95 and tucked away in “THE cupboard” because I just loved the design.

Little did I know it would come in so handy during our first school holidays.  It started with the first “I’m bored” from Dodo.  We sat down together with the paper and our favourite pencils and started colouring.  We left it out on the table and every time he said “I’m bored” he was to sit down and colour more.  We both love colouring in so it really just became a little game.

It’s still a work in progress but when it’s done I am going to scan it and print it on a canvas.  I reckon it will be a beautiful and terribly original reminder of our first school holidays together and our mutual love of colour and creating.

If you are bracing yourself for a long couple of weeks of “I’m bored” you might like  some of these favourite boredom buster colouring ideas all from our little store …

clockwise from top left:
seedling (new zealand) – my little book of BIG ideas $9.95
seedling (new zealand) – jumbo pastel pencils $19.95
djeco (france) – velvet colouring cards (you cant go outside the lines! great for learners) $9.95
french “colour your own” doll range – available in fox, robot or princess from $24.95

 

 

over the rainbow …

Got an old bookshelf needing some ‘refreshment’? I am loving this fabulous rainbow number.  Puts a smile on my face just looking at it.

Looks amazing here displaying dinnerware in a kitchen/dining area but I can also see it looking divine in a baby’s or kid’s room, showing off books and other favourite stuff.

And whilst we are on the subject of rainbows, we just HAD to share this little beauty.  Sure to take the grey out of your next rainy day …

image courtesy of gwennypenny.com

Gotta get me one of those mats.

 

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finger painting without the fuss

If your little ones love to splodge around and enjoy a bit of finger painting then I am betting YOU will love this idea!  Squirt paint into a large ziplock bag, seal and hang on window, door or table.

They get all the visual rewards without you having to hose them down afterwards.  Everyone’s a winner!

 

geography nerds unite

My name is Julia and I am a geography nerd.

My Dad was a Social Science high school teacher so I grew up surrounded by maps, globes and encyclopaedias.

I was especially besotted with Dad’s world globe that sat on the desk in his study.  My sisters and I would close our eyes and spin the globe, randomly pointing (pin the tail on the donkey style!) to stop the globe from spinning.  Wherever we landed was the destination for our next imaginary holiday.

From my late teens, I went on to travel the world and explore many unusual corners of it.  I like to think that globe inspired those travels just a bit.

Now, whether they like it or not, my kids are growing up surrounded my maps and globes and it is our hope they too will explore all corners of the world.

Today’s collection features some world inspired goodies we hope you’ll love …

Clockwise from top left:

1. Personalised world map print – www.rudyandthedodo.com.au
2. Yellow world globe – grahamandgreen.co.uk
3. World globe lamps – source unknown
4. Jumbo floor puzzle – world map – www.rudyandthedodo.com.au

Clockwise from top left:

1. World map satchel – http://www.etsy.com/listing/96698599/blue-world-map-prints-large-messenger
2. 63 pierce puzzle – world map – www.rudyandthedodo.com.au
3
. Mini world globe – conranshop.co.uk
4. Plastic inflatable globe ball – source unknown (but we paid $3 for one years ago and have had hours and hours of enjoyment out of it!)

And a little fantasy find to finish …

uncommongoods.com

the drive in – coolest party ever

Growing up in Lake Macquarie (near Newcastle) a trip to the “local” drive in was a bit of a hike but most definitely a very special occasion.  My two sisters and I loved the fancy little speaker outside dad’s driver window, buying popcorn from the kiosk and being able to snuggle under our blankets to watch Herbie the Love Bug.

Drive-ins are few and far between these days but how is this for a fab recreation of one?  Makes the perfect setting for a ‘movie night’ party for the kids.  Here, a trampoline covered with a large white sheet makes for a fab screen and the little personalised cars all lined up in a row are just too cute for words.  You could take things a step further and ask guests to decorate or personalise their own car as part of the entertainment.

Either way, this party idea gets the triple thumbs up from my three little guys.

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