June 2010 archive

Beautiful Uses of Tape

| DIY Home, Grown-Up, Tween to Teen

It’s such a basic material, and even without the newly popular colored tape, you can’t imagine how people can make such beautiful things with masking, packing, and electrical tape.



Two examples of the work of Mark Khaisman. Yes, these are made with translucent packing  masking tape, mounted on a lightbox. Found via My Future Me.


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This is a window screen made from masking tape. Yes, I promise. Found via Apartment Therapy.




Rebecca Ward amazingly transforms spaces with colored masking, duct, and electrical tape. Found via The Jealous Curator.


Korean-born artist Sun K. Kwak covered nearly 3 miles of wall space with an installation of black masking tape. Found via Creative Fluff.

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Indoor Swings Take 2

| Decor, DIY Home, Grown-Up, Nature

It’s not like me to repeat a topic, but this first swing sent me into a tizzy. It’s amazing. Nothing else to say. And a few more great swings to follow…


Designed by Johanna Richter as a piece of jew­elry for your home, the Swing Neck­lace is made from 10 feet of felt balls. Hand­made in Ger­many, avail­able at Sleek Iden­tity. Found via Handmade Charlotte.


The ME & U swing from Softline is a perfect indoor swing for the entire family. The removable upholstered covers are great for cleaning and comes in great colors! Found via Minor Details.


With some potting soil, seeds and a bit of water, Marcel Wanders’ Swing with the Plants truly comes alive! The seat is cleverly designed to double as a planter, allowing the vines to grow directly up the ropes. Suspend outdoors to turn your garden into an enchanting, pastoral getaway … or install indoors and add a bit of nature to your interior! Available for sale at Generate.


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July 4th Garlands

| DIY Home, Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up, Holidays, Nature, Parties, Tween to Teen

I know it’s only June 25th, but if you are throwing a July 4th party, get your decorations done so you can focus on the food next week. Garlands are the easiest way to decorate—they have a sweet nostalgia to them and they have to potential to cover a large area. Here are a few of my faves…


Flag garland by Saltwater Kids, via The Crafty Crow.


Starfruit print banner by The Long Thread, via The Crafty Crow.


4th of July party banner by Modern June.




Martha Stewart has a ton of great July 4th garland ideas!

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The World Cup, Part Deux

| Grown-Up, Nature

To celebrate the US win yesterday, here are more fun soccer/World Cup finds…

Color fustal ball

World futsal ball

If they asked my opinion, I think the World Cup ball should actually have a world on it! Found via Chroma Labs.

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Visit the New York Times for a cool interactive tool that takes you through a timeline of the World Cup balls. Found via Black Eiffel.


Bas & Daan designed this shirt in support of the Dutch soccer team. From the website:

A lot of football players celebrate by pulling the shirt over their heads. On the inside of our supporter shirt, we printed the heads of the 3 most popular players of the Dutch national football team. So now, when the Dutch team scores you can pull your shirt over your head and become a legend!

Found via Design Mom.

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A Portfolio: Lauren DiCioccio

| Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up


Pink organza embroidered bags, shelf installation

When fine art mixes with a craft technique, I’m always intrigued. Today I found the amazing work of Lauren DiCioccio (via Handmade Charlotte). DiCioccio tediously embroiders rather banal object replicas; the common “thread” in her work is the fast-approaching extinction of everyday manufactured media objects. About her pieces, DiCioccio says…

My work investigates the physical/tangible beauty of commonplace mass-produced media-objects, most recently: the newspaper, magazines, office papers and writing pads, plastic bags, 35 mm slides. These media are becoming obsolete, replaced by the invisible efficiency of various technologies. In some cases, this transition is a good thing- faster transmission and distribution of information, streamlined systems, openness to user input, less waste. But a hole is left behind by the disappearance of these everyday objects. What will happen when we no longer touch information? When newsprint does not rub off onto our fingertips? When we no longer write longhand?

Here are some examples of her work:


19MAR10 (Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton)



Pair, 2010


Vanitas Objects


This World of Ours
Hand-embroidery on organza, altered found objects
approx. 12″ x 12″


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A Simple Birthday Party

| Food, Grown-Up, Parties

As I’ve mentioned, life has been hectic lately, and my husband’s birthday fell right in the middle of that chaos. So I had to go low-maintenance on his birthday this year, but yet I didn’t want to sacrifice any thrill factor. So I went with a store-bought food theme, all based on his favorite cities in which he’s lived.


Representing Buenos Aires, we had empanadas from Ruben’s Empanadas. They were the only restaurant that made their beef empanadas with raisins in them. This is very important in an Argentina empanada (at least a Northern Argentine one).


Michael and I both grew up in Atlanta, and we, along with every southerner, love Chick-fil-A. If you live in New York, you may be wondering how the hell I scored such loot. Well, I drove to Jersey. Yes, I drove to and from New Jersey in horrible traffic just to get these golden sandwiches (plus waffle fries and sweet tea) for my beloved. In retrospect, it was worth it. In the moment, I was hating myself. Especially when my phone died in the process.


I almost forgot New York (duh), so I made it the beverage with Hudson Whiskey.


Ok, it looks totally unappetizing, but I swear it was one of the most delicious things I’ve ever eaten! It’s a King Cake from Gambino’s Bakery in New Orleans, where M went to college. Inside every king cake is little plastic baby. It’s customary for the person who gets the baby in his or her piece to buy the next celebration’s king cake.

All in all it was a festive night, and I didn’t have to cook a thing. All I did was drive, arrange, ship, and make little city flags.

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A DIY Tent

| Early Elementary, Everyday Crafts, Nature, Preschool

The dog days are starting…no doubt about it. After a smothering hot Father’s Day in New York, there is no denying that today is the first day of summer. And summer = vacation, and vacation = camp, and camp = tents. Here are few you can easily make on your own, for your very own backyard (or fire escape).


This is a more bohemian tent, one where you’d sip jasmine tea, rather than rest your body after a long day’s hike. Styled by Danny Seo for Parents Magazine. The green fabric are these curtain panels from PB Teen.


I love this traditional-style tent DIY fabric pup tent. Get the instructions at Readymade.


Ok, this one is a little O.T.T., but check out the amazing details (like the nook at the top for dolls and the removable flowers on the side) at Ikat Bag.

Happy First Day of Summer everyone!

PS…I’m sorry for my absence last week. Family in town + work duties + 6 months of pregnancy left me too exhausted to think. But I’m back; I promise!

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Party Favors

| Parties

I just realized that last week I posted my 100th blog post. The Violet Hours is still an infant, but for an infant, she has many, many friends.

So thank you for reading,commenting, and linking…and as a thank you, take one of these goody bag ideas home with you.

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I love how these striped bags can go with absolutely any party. Found via Oh Happy Day!


Give a favor that keeps on giving, like these oilcloth lunch bags. Found via At Home with Kim Vallee. 


How cute is this idea of a candy kabob as a favor? Check it out on Handmade News.

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Make an iron on decal of every party goer’s initial. So adorable, you can’t go wrong. Found on Oh Happy Day!. Original post by Lovely Design.

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Me Love Sharpies

| Everyday Crafts, Grown-Up, Tween to Teen

Do you get that warm and fuzzy feeling when you see the rainbow pack of Sharpies at the store? The creative use of these permanent markers is endless…

Babalisme baggie art

Babalisme sharpie drawing

How cute are these Sharpie decorated baggies? Found on How About Orange.



Have you ever made your own Shrinky Dinks? Just use #6 plastic and permanent markers. Find the tutorial here on Curbly.


Check out these gorgeous Sharpie tie-dyes on Sharpie’s Uncapped page.

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The World Cup

| Food, Gifts, Nature, Parties

Last night I uttered words that I never thought would leave these lips: we need to discuss our World Cup weekend plans. In most American households, The World Series, The Super Bowl, or even The Stanley Cup get high billing, but in mine, this every 4-year tournament is paramount to any sporting event. (Olympics who?) I simply can’t pretend to totally care, but mix a little design and entertaining into the sport, and I’m game.

fabric soccer ball

fabric soccer ball

Fabric soccer balls by Klas Ernflo. Each is sized to match a real soccer ball and made from wool. Not sure if I’d want to kick it or pet it. Found via FFFFound. Gift for my unborn son? Perfect! Available for sale at Partners & Spade.

soccer tape

soccer tape

I saw this soccer tape by Magis at ICFF this year…just tape up a wad of newspaper and that’s all you need to DIY a soccer ball! Found on Design Revolution Road Show.

soccer cupcake

Throwing a World Cup party? Make these cute cupcakes, using the 100-Calorie Oreo packs. By Karen Tack for Parents Magazine.

soccer mug

Maybe I’ll buy this vintage mug for my husband for his morning coffee. From Neat Old Shiz.

Goooooooaaaaaalllllll! (Just practicing!)

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