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Archive for May, 2012

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Drawing with Wire

Got some lazy summer days in your near future? These wire creatures, found in FamilyFun Magazine’s May issue, would be a fun craft to try!

(images courtesy FamilyFun Magazine)

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Making lemonade out of lemons (literally).

The holiday weekend was a real scorcher! A couple of days before the weekend, a neighbor asked if we’d like to co-host a lemonade stand on our street. The somewhat spontaneous event went against my standard planning protocols, but I was up for a quick and easy project (and, if truth be told, I was in no hurry to tackle what would be a slow and tedious yard project.)

I was also curious to see our little entrepreneurs at work. Their dedicated focus lasted about two hours, and they were only temporarily distracted from their post by a cute little dog walking by. Business was slow, thanks to being halfway down a dead end street, but the highlight came when a woman zipped down the street and pulled over in her car, after seeing our strategic sign at the top of the street which said, “Feeling hot and thirsty? Lemonade stand!” She then headed back up the street. Many thanks to all of our sweet neighbors, who made it a point to stop by for a treat and some conversation!

Thinking of hosting your own stand this summer? Check out “lemonade stands” on Pinterest for some visual inspiration!

Friday, May 25th, 2012

One Sweet Barbecue

Here’s one barbecue which will cause a double take. Who would have thought that using three lollipop sticks instead of one turns your cupcakes into minigrills! Duncan Hines’ clever recipe uses Tootsie Rolls, jellybeans, Mike & Ikes and a detailed combo of Starbursts and caramel for realistic candy “meat.”

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

(image courtesy Duncan Hines, found via Lil Sugar)

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Coolest Swim Cap. Ever.

Love these fun animal swim caps by Finis. There are six species to choose from, including a reef fish, shark, otter, polar bear, angel fish and hippo. The only bummer? The youth size is designed specifically for smaller heads. I guess that rules out the adults!

(shark diver image courtesy FamilyFun Magazine)

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I Wish This Was…

Check out these stickers made by Candy Chang; they’re an easy tool to voice what you want, where you want it. Candy states, “Many cities are full of vacant storefronts and people who need things. Just fill them out and put them on abandoned buildings and beyond. The stickers are custom vinyl and they can be easily removed without damaging property. It’s a fun, low-barrier tool to provide civic input on-site, and the responses reflect the hopes, dreams, and colorful imaginations of different neighborhoods.”

Got big (but secret) plans for something in your neighborhood? It’s time to get the word out and get people talking with these. Or start small with some change you want to see in your household!

(found via Design Mom)

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Chalk it up to Water

We certainly don’t have a shortage of sidewalk chalk, which we’ve been amassing for several years now. We’ve pretty much tried it all… pastels, neon, 3D, molds, etc. but one thing that we had completely overlooked until recently was water. Call it a happy accident resulting from simultaneous activities of spraying off the porch and chalking because the vibrancy of the colors was quite shocking! I recommend wetting the pavement first and having a light spray over the area, which will create some interesting color blends as well. Happy chalking!

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Tapigami at Bay Area Maker Faire (part 2)

More shots and details about this amazing installation!

Tapigami was created by Danny Scheible. It consists of a surreal cityscape made entirely of masking tape with a fabric-covered coat hanger backdrop. Danny, a Sacramento-based artist, describes Tapigami as an interactive, ever expanding, self generating, social sculpture and art installation, designed to recreate and redefine the way in which we interact with daily life and art. The largest Tapigami installation ever created was unveiled at this weekend’s Bay Area Maker Faire: a 1,500 square foot city, made out of 80,000 individual sculptures. Guests of Tapigami were invited and encouraged to make there own creations and add them to the walls of the exhibition space!

(images courtesy Cargo Hoo)

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Tapigami at the Bay Area Maker Faire

LOVE this masking tape installation that the Maker Faire posted on Facebook this morning! The Bay Area event was held this weekend at the San Mateo Event Center. You can find upcoming events across the country here.

(image courtesy Bay Area Maker Faire)

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Play with your food, seriously.

If you’re looking to make mealtime a little more fun, check out this fun project by Alexis Birkmeyer. The instructions on Oh Happy Day walk you through the steps in creating artwork on plates that then become backdrops for a multitude of food scenes. Who knows? Kids just might forget they’re eating vegetables!

(concept, styling, and photos by Alexis Birkmeyer, via Oh Happy Day)

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

How Common is your Birthday?

Check out this cool table which shows data listed each day of the year with a ranking for how many babies were born on each date from 1973 to 1999.

The least common birthday was February 29th. The most common? September 16th. Just one more reason why the holiday season is so busy. Blame it on the mistletoe!

(infographic by Matt Stiles, The Daily Viz, data source:, Amitabh Chandra, Harvard University)