photo credit: charlene prince birkeland/crazedparent.orgThe 80-degree weather in my hood made me feel like staying in the garden all day. Only with kids home on summer break, it means finding ways to get them involved beyond pulling weeds and having water fights (always more of the latter than the former).
If the weather is nice in your area, here's a way to bring crafty projects outdoors: make garden art.
I saw this idea at Sunset magazine's Celebration Weekend and thought it would be a cute project for summer. Also? A fun activity for summer birthday parties and as a gift for grandparents or other special friends.
You can use any small terracotta planter. Run about 12- to 14-inches of 1/2-inch thick rope through it, and tie a knot on the end that will remain inside the pot. Then, let your kids paint the planter using washable acrylic paint. When the paint is dry, an adult should spray it with clear acrylic spray to preserve the color so it doesn't wash away.
What do you do with them? Hang them from a tree branch! Or you can take the
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photo credit: charlene prince birkeland/crazedparent.orgThe 80-degree weather in my hood made me feel like staying in the garden all day. Only with kids home on summer break, it means finding ways to get them involved beyond pulling weeds and having water fights (always more of the latter than the former).Read More »from Camp Shine: Get crafty idea no. 3 - Outdoor art
If you want to help the kids make a Father's Day card or gift this year, rest assured that you still have plenty of time to get crafty. We can always count on our favorite craft blogs and sites for ideas that are kid and budget friendly. Check out the slide show for simple DIY Father's Day cards and gifts for the special dads in your life.
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Mon, Jun 15, 2009 5:05 PM EDT
photo credit: charlene prince birkeland/crazedparent.orgLittle girls love toting around purses. It always helps when that purse is just the right size for tiny hands.Read More »from Camp Shine: Get crafty idea #2 -- DIY purse (with some parental help)
Skip to My Lou recently highlighted a DIY purse for little girls -- the tutorial was created by the bloggy gal at The Object Project.
Here's what's awesome about this project: your daughter can pick out her own fabric (and perhaps repurpose a cute pillow case or other piece of clothes at home), help you measure and cut the fabric, and even participate in the actual sewing of the bag. Also, I dig that the handles are small bracelets that canbe used later on when the purse is no longer being used.
That said, a parent will have to be involved to supervise the cutting of the fabric and the sewing, unless you have an older daughter that has some sewing experience.
I made the above purse for my 4-year-old niece using 1/4" yard of Tinker Bell fabric (US$3), cute buttons (US$2) and rubber bracelets I found on sale for two bucks at Anchor Blue. The bracelets are sold in packs of
photo credit: charlene prince birkeland/crazedparent.orgI'm on a little staycation this week but I wanted to post a few things I saw over the weekend at Sunset magazine's Celebration Weekend. (I wrote about my visit to the Sunset test kitchen last week).Read More »from A modern cabana that's for the dogs
One of the big draws each year at this event is the "dream house." This year, it was something called the Modern Cabana, a space-conscious, prefab building that is dreamy and eco-friendly all at the same time.
The cutest addition to the dream house on display was this dog cabana at your left, an idea that the folks from Modern Cabana just came up with before the event. The dog house is made of wood and the grass and flowers on the roof to help keep the dog house cool while adding a flare of green hipness. I don't have the exact dimensions, but I can tell you my 65-pound Lab could easily make her way into this puppy abode.
Downside? It's pricey at 500 bucks. That said, I've seen some dog homes and kennels that cost as much.
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Shine Food – Wed, Jun 3, 2009 9:07 PM EDT
photo credit: charlene prince birkeland/crazedparent.orgIf you're a foodie and dig the design and garden/outdoor concept of West Coast living, chances are high that you love Sunset magazine. When the magazine lands in our mail pile, my husband and I quickly call dibs on it. It inspires many of our home decorating ideas and gives us ample reasons to host dinner parties so we can test out recipes. In fact, I even post a "test kitchen" series on my personal blog (and sometimes here on Shine), which was inspired by the Sunset test kitchen.Read More »from A foodie's dream: Touring Sunset magazine's test kitchen
Sunset is hosting its annual "Celebration Weekend" on June 6 and 7, and I earlier this week I got a sneak peek at what attendees will get to see on Saturday and Sunday. (I'll be sharing more photos and stories over the next few days.)
First stop, the Sunset test kitchen. It's made up of four "kitchens" that include gas and electric stoves and a host of appliances and different work surfaces that make your eyes big with envy.
Sunset's Food Editor, Margo True, explained that each recipe published by Sunset
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Wed, Jun 3, 2009 8:03 PM EDT
photo credit: makeandtakes.comHere's a simple tip to help you get through those "I'm bored" moments with your kids: make a summer tub of fun.Read More »from Camp Shine: Get crafty idea #1 -- Make a summer tub of fun
Make and Takes has a fantastic list of inexpensive and essential supplies to include in the tub of crafty fun, such as popsicle sticks, straws, glue, and beads.
Other things you can add? Scrap fabric, pastels, stickers, different types of paper, and buttons. (My kids have spent hours coming up with ideas and art with just a big jar of buttons.)
More Camp Shine ideas:
Cooking with kids idea #1 -- DIY strawberry fruit leather
Camp Shine: Get outside idea #1 - Bubbles, bubbles, bubbles
photo credit: junkcamp.blogspot.comI tend to write more about dogs because I have a canine companion. I'm also highly allergic to cats and since I can't own one, I don't pay attention to cat gear.Read More »from A DIY bed fit for a feline prince(ess)
But I can appreciate the coolness of this cat bed that was made by the blog proprietor of Junk Camp.
The bed is an old table, turned on its bottom and accented with scrap trim, finials and paint. Pretty clever.
Check out the rest of the photos at Junk Camp. And if you want to make this table-turned-cat-bed, directions are also posted. (I'm sure it would make a sweet dog bed, too!)
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Mon, Jun 1, 2009 10:14 PM EDT
Kimora Lee Simmons' Twitter accountIn case you haven't heard, Kimora Lee Simmons gave birth to a baby boy over the weekend. The baby daddy is actor Djimon Hounsou. The new guy in the house joins Kimora's daughters, Ming, 9, and Aoiki, 6, from her previous marriage to Russell Simmons.Read More »from Live from the delivery room: Kimora Lee Simmons uses Twitter while in labor
Here's another interesting detail about Kimora's new baby: She used Twitter while she was in labor and also to announce his birth (see image). (No word on his name yet, but I'm sure we'll find that out via Twitter, too.)
Call me crazy, but I still can't get used to the idea of reading tweets from expectant moms while they are in the process of giving birth.
I know everyone has their own way of dealing with the stress of labor and delivery, and perhaps posting updates on Twitter is one of those ways.
Or maybe we're losing our ability to live privately and in the moment--even during something magical like childbirth--without technology glued to our fingertips?
What's your take on using Twitter, Facebook, blogs or other social media apps
- Charlene Prince Birkeland, Shine staff | Parenting – Fri, May 29, 2009 10:59 PM EDT
My husband sent me this YouTube video and it's absurd and sad all at once. I can't believe I missed it when it originally aired last year.
From the kid's account of his joy ride to the grandmother's response on how she'd punish him if she knew she wouldn't get arrested, it's definitely a Press Play to watch.
photo credit: getty imagesI was catching up on my blog reads and was amused with this post over at Red Velvet Art (RVA). One of the RVA gals has a boyfriend who works at a Starbucks in Hollywood, Calif. And he dished on recent orders from a few celebrities who are regulars at this location.Read More »from What's your signature coffee order?
During one week, actor Adrian Brody bought "oatmeal, yogurt, and a Naked Juice." Renee Zellweger's order was an extra detailed one--a "triple grande, non-fat, extra hot, no foam, latte." (Can you see the baristas rolling their eyes?)
When I visit Starbucks, I usually order a tall non-fat latte or a grande Chai, no water, non-fat latte (try it...it tastes much better without the water). At my local independent coffee shops, I always get a small non-fat latte.
What about you? What's your signature coffee drink?