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Valentine’s Day is a major holiday in our home – not because we want to re-create cheesy mall jewelry store commercials, but because I personally love swathing the house in red, hearts, glitter and craft projects.
I have a fair amount of Valentine’s-y decorations, but this year we picked up a few big packs of styrofoam hearts and hilarious, colorful cut outs to glue on them with glitter and stickers.
These made up not only the majority of our fun wall / door art, but also acted as giant Valentine’s to share with friends and family too. Add in a couple of wreaths, homemade heart garland and things with sequins – you’ve got yourself a cool decor thing going on.
And sometimes it’s the little colorful touches that make Ella excited for _______ <enter month / holiday / season here>. Fun bowls with thematic candy, trinkets to give to visitors or stickers are just as gasp inducing as a giant lit up Christmas tree.
Fun kiddo ideas on Pinterest
I’ve been collecting more happykiddo-related ideas for home, weekend fun and kitchen antics here on my ‘happykiddo’ Pinterest board – would love to see what you’ve been up to as well!
Our family is addicted to awesome wall graphics, but up until this point we’ve geeked out mostly around Blik decals that turn our boring walls into galleries of awesomeness.
But yay!! Today I found a new place to fulfill this inherent desire to cover every inch of blank wall with something colorful – Wallcandy Arts.
Today, I am completely adoring their cupcake decal: removable, re-usable AND functional (chalkboard scribbling, what what?).
Here’s a sweet little girlie embroidery pattern from ninimakes to make a pillow out of or adorn a summer-y onesie. Leave a comment about how you would use this pattern and Nini will email you a PDF pattern.
I’ve been excited about embroidery projects (with many thanks to the fabulous Sarah at Sew Crafty!) lately – still working on a mini series of Dia de los Muertos sugar skulls patterns to hang in the dining/craft room.
I bought a super cheap package of 3 small-ish glass frames from Ikea (yay Ikea!) to stretch the fabric and look pretty against our wild colored walls. I already have used embroidery hoops to stretch funky fabric in Ella’s room, so I’ll be adding some funky details to those as well.
Fun, crafty times with needle, thread and red wine. Seriously.
*sigh* I’ve been seeing so many completely cute little girl beds lately, and then today I found this World in Pink bed set from Boodalee that I sooooo want. Ella really needs to sleep with the Eiffel Tower and the Shangri-La. Right?
I’m totally not wanting to rush Ella out of her crib, but rather am collecting ideas on ways to make her bedroom even more unique to her funny little personality.
In the next couple of months I’ll be painting a mural in her room – lots of fun color to complement the funky paper flower-balls I have hung on the ceiling over her bed. She still needs curtains, a fun rug and some major Ikea storage for her veritable mountain of toys (and random shopping bags and boxes that she likes to collect).
All I can say is that decor8 has NOT been helping me as far as not wanting to do any more house shopping for a while, as she has posted a 2-part Baby & Kids Online Shopping Guide: read part 1 and read part 2. Read at your own risk!
While decorating books and magazines are great sources of inspiration for room design, I like this Flickr ‘Go To Your Room’ group even better to see what real Mommies and Daddies are doing to create special spaces for their special little people.
We are currently sharing a bedroom with Ella and also happen to have a landlord who is mentally allergic to any wall color but white, so our room decor is simple at best.
In the next few months we look forward to giving the baby her own little corner of the house – perhaps with color-by-number wallpaper and other whimsical elements. Until then, we’re just enjoying the coziness… Link via Kiddley
After a while, you can only take so much of the cutesy gingham and ribbon baby announcement and birthday party invitations. If your kid is a rockstar, then why wouldn’t you want to promote him/her loud and proud like, say, Woodstock or a noisy yet intimate indie rock concert at CBGB’s?
That’s where Rattle ‘N Roll comes in – send them a picture of your munchkin and they whip you up an awesome gig-like poster or mailable item because, as they say, some of us were just born cool.
Maybe it’s a feng shui thing, but I really dig having cool mirrors on walls. These mimmo store mirrors are exceptionally cool and great for a little Ella’s room — not too silly girlie, but just the right amount of garden cuteness and shiny.
They could also really spice up an old door or boring piece of furniture. Neat.
They say that kids grow like weeds, but I prefer to think that our chicita will grow like a funky hot pink flower thank you very much. That said, this hot pink flower growth chart is ROCKING to keep track of how tall our short person is getting.
Mark birthdays and special dates with happy butterflies! Yay! If happykiddo was gonna’ be a little guy, I’d totally spring for the space growth chart. Very cute and functional.
Mathmos offers a pretty swell alternative to those silly boring Fisher Price-esque graphics projectors they sell for kids rooms.
The Space Projector gives your favorite kiddo some funky graphics to watch rotate gently on the ceiling or wall as they slowly drift to sleep. I like the oil wheel slides they offer, but prefer the nifty graphic slides – as they look less like a bad hallucination and help support young industrial designers.