plastic fantastic

Here’s another great crafty idea that also helps you recycle your old plastic bottles,cups and lids!

I just LOVE the colours in this and think it would look amazing hanging in the kids outdoor play area, cubby house or deck.

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is three a crowd?

I am the middle of three girls.  Growing up, I shared a bedroom with my big sister.  We had matching olive green chenille bedspreads and seventies floral wallpaper.  When we were young we didn’t fight and really loved sharing a room.  Thankfully, by the time crazy girl hormones started to kick in and arguments became a regular thing, mum and dad had extended and we all had our own little haven to escape to and decorate however we liked.

Whilst our home extension plans remain a bit of a pipe dream right now, my hubby has been ‘lobbying’ to have all three of our boys share one bedroom.  The main selling point is it would give us a free space to convert to a dedicated play room – my dream come true.  On the down side, it may mean that the two good sleepers we currently savour might lose their mojo thanks to middle sized son, the not-so-good sleeper, who is regularly heard still talking to himself or his toys as late as 10pm, despite being put to bed at 8pm on the dot.  And when I say talking, I mean loudly conversing with make believe characters including sound effects and the whole catastrophe.

So I’ve been searching for inspiration and ideas on how to make a room for three work.  Thankfully we don’t have the gender issue so that makes it a little easier but we are working with a relatively small space.

I found these and like bits and pieces about each of them.

Clockwise from top left;
emmas.blogg.se
stylishlyeverafter.blogspot.com
decoratualma.blogspot.com
babydeco.blogspot.com

Do your kids share? How do you make it work?

love a bit of whimsy

Love this room?

Get the look …

From left to right:
Wooden cake stand
French suitcases (set of 3)
Sofie doll (by Esthex, Netherlands)

From left to right:
Little One Umbrella Print (by Printspace)
Wooden magnetic family puzzle
Bunting wall decal (by Love Mae)

little french coin purse

And so ends another therapy session for me, mama of three boys who wont ever have a little pink room like this in my home!  (I love you anyway boys).

I see red.

How fab are these rooms with a splash of red?

Not sure which one I could claim as my favourite as there’s a little bit of something fabulous in all of them.  I am, however, particularly partial to the big red “R” for the Dude, the red dresser and the spotty noticeboard (I love a pink and red colour combo, although I’m not likely to have a chance to use it anytime soon!)

Clockwise from top left – images courtesy of;
thebooandtheboy.com
atypicaltypea.com
centsationalgirl.com
houzz.com

 

 

 

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.

 

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

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)

source unknown

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.