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Henna Hands by Kids


Henna Hands by Kids

There is a fad brewing in our house. My daughter and her friend, both 11, came downstairs the other day and showed me their hands. OMG, so beautiful! They had both created the coolest designs on each other with gel pens. Wow!

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

They called them “henna hands”, named after the Indian tradition of painting on your body with henna dye. She is now a self-proclaimed pro. All of the little girls at art camp have been waiting patiently for their turn with the henna girl.

She uses these super duper neon gel pens. They don’t smudge when dry, but wash off instantly with water. And they are scented! So your hand smells fruity and delicious.

kids can create henna hands for their friends with washable neon markers

I tweeted the company who makes these cute little gel pens, and they assured me that YES they are non-toxic. Phew, because the henna hands have been the perfect summer craft in our house for the last two weeks. I love when my kids tap into their own creativity and go with it!

xo, Bar

 

Etsy Finds for a Shared Space


Etsy Finds for a Shared Space

I’ve been on Etsy a lot lately because I’m trying to solve a space problem in my house. We have a room that is a shared space…half living room, half art area. I don’t want it to look too kid-ish since it’s my living room, but I still want it to be fun and playful. Here are ten of my favorite things that I found.

bohemiam kilim rug on Etsy

one: For the floor, this bohemian kilim rug by Water and Jewel is so super cool.

artwork on Etsy

two: For the walls, this banner by Jimmy Marble is just the kind or artwork required to set the mood.

pencil holder on Etsy

three: This pencil holder by Less and More is a must-have for the craft table.

wind chime garland on Etsy

four: This tiny wind chime garland by Irona Works is so pretty.

ice cream cone cookie cutter on Etsy

five: I am so digging this cutest-ever cookie cutter by Libimova, and she has others! Essential for playdough time.

natural soy candles on Etsy

six: I can’t wait to try these natural soy candles by The Neon Cactus.

marquee light on Etsy

seven: These hand-made marquee light letters by Saddle Shoe Signs are the BOMB! So vintage and unique.

industrial wall light on Etsy

eight: This industrial wall light by Southern Lights is just the thing to give the room a little edge.

banner on Etsy

nine: Every room needs a cheer banner…this orange one from Betawife is perfect.

canvas basket on Etsy

ten: This geometric canvas basket by Love Joy Create is mandatory to throw stuff in last minute when company arrives!

And in my research, I also came across the perfect table and stools from Ikea.

I love the idea of having a shared space because…well honestly, the kids just want to be where you are anyway. And now they can make art and create while the grownups relax with their wine! At least that’s what’s happening in my dreams.

xo, Bar

{I found many of these shops on Poppytalk’s curated Etsy Collection}

 

25 Halloween Ideas


25 Halloween Ideas

Here is a list for all of you out there who, like me, doesn’t get very excited about decorating for Halloween. My kids are always begging me to ramp it up. And we get over 600 little trick-or-treaters coming to our house every year (that’s a fact), so the pressure is always on! Over the years I have become less of a grinch and really tried to embrace the season. I have collected lots of vintage goodies, and we are always making our garlands and decorating pumpkins. But still…I have to really try hard when I bring up that box from the basement.

In this list I tried to stick to things that I could see myself doing or making. There are decorating ideas, kid crafts, DIYs, food creations, printables, and lots of links. Here we go…

1st row: DIY easy paper garland by The House that Lars Built // stuff candy into a plastic glove for goody bags // homemade paper pumpkins by Mer Mag // DIY felt ghost garland by Live Laugh Rowe

2nd row: vintage cat garland (and lots of other goodies to purchase) found at Vintage Halloween // DIY paper ghost garland by Skip to my Lou // paint stripes on your pumpkins (plus tons of other great pumpkin ideas) from A Subtle Revelry

3rd row: washi tape your pumpkins! (find wash tape on Etsy) by The Grant Life // candy wrapper garland (save wrappers from this year for next year) by Art Bar // DIY “boo” wrapped pipe cleaners by Cakies // zombie pumpkins by Valley Girl (get giant eyes here)

4th row: vampire teeth make a gruesome but healthy-ish snack by Learn Create Love // orange paper garland found on Etsy but that you could make yourself with this stamp // cutest pumpkins with carrot noses by The House the Lars Built // hang witch hats for easy decorating (see image for more details)

5th row: cutest clementine jack-o-lanterns by Buzz Mills // pretty yet still creepy front entry decoration by Martha Stewart (includes templates) // black cat and other free clip art by Matthew Mead

6th row: DIY paper spider webs cut like snowflakes by The Heart of Mine // scatter fake bones and dirt in a wheelbarrow (this is my fave…so easy) // simple white pumpkins on the mantle from my own house // mummy dogs by Our Ordinary Life

7th row: DIY ghost garland with tissues and cotton balls by Peppermint Plum // mummy making craft with masking tape by No Time for Flashcards // DIY goblin garland is a great collage craft for a group of kids by Art Bar

Last year I posted about 31 homemade costume ideas, so check that out if you need inspiration! Also, here is a little article on decorating for Halloween with things you have around the house. And lastly, these blogs all have great Halloween ideas: Babble, Apartment Therapy, Good Housekeeping, Design Mom, Creature Comforts, and Handmade Charlotte.

This weekend we will be getting our act together and putting out all of the decorations, carving the pumpkins and finalizing costumes. Follow me on Instagram if you want to see what my kids will be wearing (at this point it is still a mystery)!

xo Bar

 

Best Blankets {favorite 20}


Best Blankets {favorite 20}

The leaves are starting to change here in Connecticut, and the mornings are crisp enough that we are creeping into the winter storage every morning to find sweaters, vests and cozy socks. Every year at about this time I wish I had one of those houses where you change the slipcovers, drapes, pillows and linens from summer to winter. (Does anyone even do that anymore? Maybe I’m thinking of a different era…like Gone With the Wind.) I get tired of looking at the same worn out stuff, and I would love a fresh look. That’s why I am drooling over these blankets!! It wouldn’t take much to change out blankets from summer to winter, right? Here is a list of 20 blankets I would happily own:

1. Red gingham wool blanket by Margaret Howell // 2. Alpaca blankets in lots of different patterns from Asher Market // 3. Lambs wool green striped blanket by Forestry Home // 4. Blue wool camp blanket at Schoolhouse Electric // 5. Swedish red cross cotton blanket by Pia Wallen

6. Buffalo plaid wool blanket by Schoolhouse Electric // 7. Organic cotton blankets made in Germany by Coyuchi // 8. Gray + pink handmade granny square blanket from Etsy // 9. Chunky baby alpaca knit throw at Garnet Hill // 10. Natural wool basket weave blanket from Toast // 11. Striped wool throw by Coyuchi of Canada // 12. Graphic black + white mohair blanket by The Fest Collection by Mae Engelgeer

13. Red striped wool blanket made in Canada at Toast // 14. Green Kantha quilt at Sundance // 15. Blue ticking quilt by Sally Campbell // 16. Wool navy plaid Soho throw at Alder & Co. // 17. Red flowered Kamala quilt from Sundance // 18. Woollen plaid blanket at Toast // 19. Merino wool green striped blanket from Fine Little Day

And finally, number 20. I couldn’t write a list of favorite blankets without including a DIY. These knit blanket tutorials are from my favorite store/website/blog ever… The Purl Bee from Purl Soho. Check it out (and prepare to fall in the rabbit hole).

Happy Wednesday!

xo Bar

 

 

Kid Postcards {from their art}


Kid Postcards {from their art}

My son loves to draw. He has sketchbooks by his bed and draws at night. Whatever pops into his head, he puts it down on paper: a clock, the sun, a pencil, a hockey puck, sports logos, lots of penguins. I love this about him. But the sad part is, he thinks he’s bad at drawing. He often will rip out pages (garbage full of crumpled paper in the morning), and he is super sensitive about comments. Please don’t ever say anything constructive (his art teachers have learned this over the years). He will cry. It breaks my heart!

So I had this revelation last month. He was about to embark on some heavy thank-you note writing after his birthday bash so he needed some notes. I have a postcard business so all three kids have tons of thank-you notes. But this time, I surprised him by taking his little drawings and creating a postcard with them. I was worried to show him, but guess what…he smiled very big!

We even framed one of his drawings. He felt proud and was happy with his work. Yippee!!

If you want to make some for your own kids, you can go to Late Night Cake and get started. If you don’t have a scanner, you can photograph your child’s art (which is what I did) and email them to me.

My son has been so excited to share his postcards that he is writing to everyone he knows…. how great is that?

xo Bar