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
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. 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 …

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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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kid’s artwork – it just keeps multiplyin’

Mention ‘kids artwork’ to most parents and their response will be a mixture of sentimental pride and despair over how or where to keep it all.

As a public service to paper laden parents everywhere, we have scouted around to find our favourite (and ever so simple) ideas to keep those masterpieces both contained AND enjoyed.

Clockwise from top left:

Wires – these are actually curtain wires from our good friends at IKEA * with artworks pegged on with metal curtain clips (image courtesy of loveofinteriors.blogspot.com)

Yellow frames – these are painted onto the wall however I have also seen a similar effect created with removable tape.  Love a bit of whimsy.

Blackboard wall – with frames drawn to suit shape and size of the latest artwork.  Easy to update with a bit of imagination!

Good ‘ole white frames – simple, fresh, easy and affordable to add to as your collection grows (and, boy, does it grow!).  The colours of the artworks really pop against the white too.

*Although it may appear so, we are NOT sponsored by IKEA.  They just have lots of clever and affordable ideas (Mr IKEA, if you are reading this, we are happy to receive a generous sponsorship proposal from you – just sayin’!)

Here is another terribly original idea if you want to take your displays one step further than the wall!  Baking or tracing paper artwork wrapped around existing lamps (be sure to check fire safety of paper)

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Lastly, if you just can’t bear it any longer and need to hide some of it away, these drawers from (gulp) IKEA*, are the perfect solution and can slide under most standard kids desks.

image courtesy of ikea.com

We have plenty more storage ideas for artwork so stay tuned for those in the weeks to come.

 

 

crowning glory

It seems the germy season is upon us with lots of little ones, including mine, coming down with all kinds of lurgies.

At our place it’s currently The Dude’s turn – he’s been asleep for almost 24 hours and hasnt eaten for just as long.

Inspired by this beautiful Marc Johns artwork I’m going to make him a little paper crown for when he does finally wake up and hopefully start to feel better. It will only take me a minute to make but is sure to put a smile on his pale, sad little face!

As many of you are possibly in the same situation right now, I thought I would share the idea along with some more inspiration just in case your sick ones are not bed ridden and cabin fever is starting to set in.

King for a day – image courtesy of easypreschoolcraft.blogspot.jp
Princess – image courtesy of pleasant-home.com
Four foam crowns – image courtesy of firstpalette.com
Wire City – image courtesy of allthemountains.blogspot.com

Everyone loves a crown and even sick kids like to rule an empire every now and then.  And the best thing is they are super dooper easy to make (even if you are not a hands on mama) and I am SURE they work just as well on girls as they do on boys.

button it kid

image courtesy of spearmintbaby.com

This is a project you can do on your own or have the little poppets help you out (provided they are past the “put-everything-in-your-mouth” phase).

Simply draw the letter of choice then glue a random selection of buttons over the top.  Frame in a white box frame or whatever frame takes your fancy and you have a terribly fabulous original artwork.  They look especially fab above a cot or bed.

 

love the love lock

I recall, at about the age of 9, carving my initials and those of my one true love (hello Timmy Field!) into a tree trunk to ensure history would forever be recorded.

Had I known about this fab idea I would have left that poor ole gum tree be and headed off to the local hardware instead.

The love lock bridge.  Where lovers carve their initials in a padlock, attach it to the bridge, and throw away the key.

image courtesy of designmom.com

Have you ever been to a love lock bridge? Do you know of one locally?  This one is in Cologne Germany.