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The possibilities are endless for what you can frame on your walls with this wallpaper aptly named “Frames”.

Go right ahead, put a photo, drawing, hang your blue ribbons,  paste on a little bling or use your creative skills and attempt to paint something in one of the frames. It’s simply up to you! You’ll love how interactive it is.

“Frames”  by Taylor & Wood for Graham & Brown  is only $50 per roll, so you’ll still have some cash left over for markers and paints.

What do you think? You’re Framed?

You must try this! Santa Claus and his amazing PNP (Portable North Pole) console will be online during the entire holiday season. With just a few clicks, this technological marvel will let your loved ones receive a personalized message from Santa Claus himself, sent directly from his village in the North Pole. It is not only very cute, but FREE. Give it a try, we have been using it every year and must say it was a fun little video message that Oliver receives from Santa.
Welcome Santa to your house with the important cookies.  Share a jar with your friends and neighbors. Make It Do will show you how to craft the cheery covered jar and Bakerella has the recipe with the ingredients to fill the jar.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>    Remember Rudolph too. A fun craft for the family to make together: Popsicle Stick Reindeer to make and hang on your tree or gift away. Expat Mom has the steps, one, two, three. rudolph

Sock and Glove

Easy to make…easy to love!

If your house is anything like ours you probably have a “Department of Missing Socks” also. Do not mourn the sad loss a mate. Look what you can do with some of your favorite mateless socks.

Sock Elephant

Step-by-step illustrations and instructions can be found in the Sock and Glove book by Miyako Kanamori.  There are thirteen delightful projects that are quick to make-and certain to amuse and delight.  You can have new menagerie, including monkeys, elephants, piglets, bunnies, and even an insouciant fish.

These whimsical creatures make perfect gifts and inspiring companions.

 

pallettableedited2Hello, I am Brooke from Start at Home.

I am a self professed DIY addict! Nothing makes me happier than finding something old and worn and turning into a treasure. Well, I may have to take that back, nothing makes me happier than finding something FREE that can be turned into treasure. So, on that note let’s jump right in.

Who doesn’t love a good pallet project, or at least enjoy admiring them from afar? I know I do. If you’re anything like me “FREE” pallets are always a little enticing and stirs up that creative energy which needs an escape.

Look how much fun this pallet table is I made for my 2 daughters. The pallet top was left raw rood with a dark stain to show off the character of the old worn wood. Since pallet wood is already worn it is great for kids, a few more dings and scratches can’t hurt it! If you are worried about splinters use a Polyacrylic to seal it up!

pallettableeditedwithsign

I know many of us don’t need a reminder of what to do in the kitchen, but just in case you do, I have created these large letters. These too are stained, to bring out the grain and imperfections, after all aren’t imperfections the root of character?

Kitchen Edited

Painting your pallets is also a great alternative. Since pallet wood is usually pretty rough, painting it perfect is not necessary, just get that pain on there and sand it off a bit in places to let the wood show through. These worn frames make the perfect display for my energetic girls!

pallets

The possibilities with pallets are endless, so next time you find that old sad looking pallet don’t be afraid to pick it up and experiment, after all it is probably FREE!

Post by Brooke from Start at Home.

Totally Kids fun furniture & toys is proudly featuring the art of Studio Dog Star for the month of June.  Stop in and see the colorful paintings by local artist, Jenn Nicholson Paskus.

dogs art at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Erin gone to the dogs at Totally Kids fun furiture and toys

Look, our Erin has totally gone to the dogs!

Big Dog at Totally Kids fun furniture and toys

Jen received an art degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1995, with a concentration in painting and printmaking.  Her love of dogs continued with her dog walking business from 1995 to 2003, where most of the inspiration for her work came from.

Jen uses vibrant colors to reflect the emotion and joy that animals bring to our lives.  Her abstract palette and stylized forms capture their character and represent the connection that people feel with their pets.

Along with Jenn’s collection, she is able to create custom paintings for people and their pets.

Visit www.studiodogstar.com to learn more about Jenn’s work.

Minnesota’s Got Talent!  If you know of other local artists interested in displaying their work at Totally Kids fun furniture & toys, have them contact Kate, our marketing coordinator.  She can be reached at 952-881-2425 or kate@shoptotallykids.com.

 

 

Training Dresser

How About This?

What do you think about a training dresser? The drawers are cleverly shaped like the appropriate clothing items. Even your youngest helper should be able to find the sock drawer.

It comes in two gender specific designs made from all kid-friendly components that are  hand crafted and packaged with care in Eastern Washington by the crew Mountain View Cabinetry.

Hats off, well shorts, shirts, socks and pants to designer Peter Bristol.

Girl's Training Dresser

Dresser drawers shaped like clothes

The Minimalist  Mom suggests “stop folding laundry!” She says

“with many loads of laundry washed every day, not folding t-shirts, jeans and underwear saved her hours a week.” With that concept and this dresser, children could be given freshly washed laundry that was never folded but  just sorted  right  into the drawers.

This week’s Recipe for Fun is one that you can not eat, but a sweet treat to give any Mother. Gather up the family and make a Family Fingerprint Ornament.

Mix up a salt dough of 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup cold water until it has consistency of play dough. Flatten into a circle and then press each family members fingerprints into it.

Bake at 250 for 2 hours. Cool overnight then spray with metallic paint and you’ll have a treasured Mother’s Day gift in time for her special day this Sunday.

Another option is  bronze Custom Fingerprint Jewelry by Brent & Jessica Williams as pictured.

Can you even imagine how surprised your kids would be if they drew a picture that comes to life as an actual soft object to play with and cuddle?

This can really happen, just send your child’s picture to Sunny Little Studio and they will create a custom handmade soft toy they will come to treasure.

Orange ya glad you sent this picture in!

If you love Peeps, it’s that sugary marshmallowy season once again. Last year we posted our favorite Peeps dressed and undressed. This year’s Washington Post Diorama Contest 2012 had so many great entries. Our favorite was not the one that took first place place. Ours brought back memories of last April’s Royal Wedding.

Remember the Royal Wedding  at Peepminster Abbey? Even Victoria Peepum was there.

There was Peepa Middleton with her show stopping dress, and the long row of satin buttons.

Look over there…it’s Peepatrice and her sister sporting their royal  Peepinators.

“Just Peeped” to live happily ever after. But how did that sour faced little bridesmaid get into the picture?

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You can still view at least 40 of the entries with titles like: Peeping Up With the Kardashians, iHeaven — Steve Jobs’ current project, Romney Family Road Trip, or Mount Peepmore.

It was a fair vote – fair and square for the Peeple’s Choice winner. Oh no, another Peep show.

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Good Friday & Easter Sunday – What’s Open & What’s Closed? Here is a list with answers: Good Friday & Easter Sunday Closing Info

Do you, or do you know of anyone today who actually runs to get a Yellow Pages when searching for a telephone number?

Last night in the entrance of Annie’s condo,  we had to walk past 2 mountains of plastic bags housing new Yellow Page Telephone Books. It appeared that residents were ignoring their existence all together.

If you’re not going to let your fingers do the walking, what do you do with your Yellow Pages?

If you are stumped, here are a few suggestions:

  • Child booster seats which can created by covering them with fabric remnants.
  • Tear out pages to use with kindling to light fires for stoves, BBQ’s or bonfires.
  • Door stops.
  • Make a pencil holder.
  • Window wipes which are ideal for cleaning windows with a simple mixture of vinegar and water.
  • Yellow Pages step aerobics, duct tape books together to use in stair-stepping exercises.
  • Make paper mache.
  • Fire starters for fireplace, grill or woodstove.
  • Recycle – Less than 10% of all phone books printed are recycled, even though they can be recycled into everything from ceiling tiles to cereal boxes. Visit  Earth911.com to find your nearest phone book recycling center.
  • Garden mulch – shred a few pages at a time as they’re great biodegradable weed blockers.
  • Make several hundred paper airplanes.
  • Perfect origami paper.  Instead of buying expensive craft paper to make paper cranes or flowers, use the pages of the Yellow Pages. The words and see-through pages give the origami a interesting look.
  • Make your voice heard. Sign a petition to the Yellow Pages Association insisting that they move to an “on-demand system” of distributing directories.

  • Save them, they could become collectibles?

These bows could be standard fare for a very long at Totally Kid fun furniture & toys with our supply of Yellow Pages. At least I find it to be a good idea. We will see what Megan thinks about them.

How About Orange has a perfect pictorial for this bow making project if you too would like to put your Yellow Pages to good use.

Merriment Designs shows us how to up-cycle the yellow pages into wrapping paper.