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.

nooks for books (and their owners)

There is a saying that “children are made readers on the laps of their parents” but I’m thinkin’ these little reading nooks would give mum and dad’s laps a run for their money.

All different in style but each with its own quirky features we love every one of them.  Which one is your favourite?

image courtesy of ohdeedoh.com

 

 

 

 

image courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

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And whilst we are on the subject of reading (see what I did there?) how about this for a little weekend project.  IKEA (yes, them again) spice racks transformed with some paint and clever placement on the wall (or chest of drawers) make THE perfect book shelf.

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image courtesy of blogs.babble.com

Happy reading.

rock star cubby houses

I am currently on a quest to find a fabulous cubby house for our three boys to enjoy.  I always had cubbies growing up and they are the scene of some of my greatest childhood memories.  So, my mission has unveiled some AWE-SOME rock star cubbies that can and will only ever sit on my “dream list” but I had to share them with you.  Which one is your favourite?

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1. Orange two storey (source unknown)

2. Wonderland (source unknown)

3. Pirate ship (image courtesy of poshtots.com)

4. Vintage caravan (image courtesy lindycottagehill.blogspot.com)

for lego lovers (and their mamas)

Mama of three boys = serious lego collection.

Take into account we also boast a substantial “vintage” collection that my in-laws saved from my hubby’s childhood (that’s another story) and I am always looking for clever clogs ideas that use these timeless coloured blocks in any way other than the norm.

Here are my three favourites;

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Lego Key Chain Board Thingy
This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” ideas.  Simply attach a piece of lego to your key ring and a lego board to your wall and you’ll never need to scream “where are my keys” again.
(Image courtesy of pinterest)

Lego Maths
If your little one is not that interested in Maths, this is a great way to get their attention.  The dog wont eat their homework ever again …
(Image courtesy of thesixkents.wordpress.com)

Lego Play Table
We have done this using a cheapie bedside table (ours is IKEA but I have also seen them at other department stores for under $20).  Glue lego board onto the table to assist little ones to play at a suitable height, and (here is the best bit) keep the lego contained in one area. We have storage tubs under the table. Suitable for duplo through to lego.

(Images courtesy of skiptomylou.org and meetthedubiens.blogspot.com)

spray that again sam

After two days of rain our little crew is starting to bounce of the walls with pent up energy so I think we’re going to need a bit of this “quiet spray” at bedtime.  You can whip up your own version with a couple of drops of lavender in a spray bottle of water.  Works a treat to help the little darlings (and even mama) relax.

photo courtesy of mrskarensclass.blogspot.com

Another great idea is the Monster Spray – terribly handy if your little ones have nasties hiding under their bed or in their wardrobe.

photo courtesy of theboysstore.com

What other sprays would you find handy at your place?

 

 

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