Throw Paint Filled Eggs at Canvas

July 31st, 2015



Here is a super fun craft for the weekend: Throw Paint Filled Eggs at a Canvas! This is the kind of craft that is so much fun for kids because they don’t have to think and plan. Actually, it’s so much fun for anyone. Who wouldn’t want the satisfaction of hurling paint laden eggshells at a canvas and seeing the art being created as it drips down?! All you do is fill the eggshells with paint and go for it.

But of course, check out exactly how to do it at Growing a Jeweled Rose and all the right materials to line up and the lowdown on how to get the best effects.

Have a beautiful weekend.

Much love,

Jeanne xoxo





Timorous Beasties Wallcoverings and Decor

July 30th, 2015

timorous_beasts_2My socks were completely knocked off when I discovered these Wallcoverings and Decor by Timorous Beasties. This incredible studio is the brainchild of Glasgow duo, Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons, who met studying textile design at the Glasgow School of Art. Although not considered specifically children’s textiles, I find many of their designs, especially the ones with insects and birds would be incredible in children’s rooms. They also design and produce ceramics, lampshades, furniture, rugs and fabrics.

By the way, Timorous Beasties takes its name from a line in the Robert Burns poem, ‘To a Mouse,’.

And not only do they create gorgeous home furnishings, this award winning shop has brand clients which include Famous Grouse, Nike, Fortnum & Mason, and Philip Treacy. The Studio’s collection of cultural design commissions includes the Edinburgh International Festival 2009 graphics and book covers for Penguin, Magna, and Granta.

Timorous Beasties opened their first retail shop in 2004 on the Great Western Road in Glasgow and London showroom opened in 2007.






Martha’s Vineyard

July 28th, 2015




I’m back. We just got back from our vacation on Martha’s Vineyard and as you may have noticed, this year, I took a break and completely unplugged. But I am glad to be back and full of new ideas so keep tuned. I blogged about the magic of Martha’s Vineyard in this post right here. And this time, I thought I would spoil you with random shots.

The girls have really come to love this place and look forward to our trip every year.










Colored Sand DIY

July 17th, 2015



This Colored Sand DIY is so easy. The girls always beg me to buy colored sand and I never knew what it actually was. Turns out it’s salt! Okay, so you’re probably thinking I’m daft that I didn’t know that until now, but well, we all have gaps in our knowledge. But seriously, the only thing you need for this craft is cheap salt, chalk and the jars. Get the full scoop on exactly how to make these right here.




Caldecott Winner – The Adventures of Beekle

July 16th, 2015



Here is our latest book pick: The Adventures of Beekle, The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat. And yes, he won the 2015 Caldecott Medal with this creation! (BTW, here is the complete list of Caldecott winners from 1938 to the present).This mystical story starts on an island in a far away land where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but after being overlooked time after time, he sets off on an incredible Odyssey to a busy city, where he eventually meets his perfect match and at long last, is christened, Beekle.



Dan Santat melds classic storytelling with breathtaking art, to create a profound tale of friendship, and the courage to search for one’s place in the world. That part is what I think is so important for children in this quickly changing world.

Dan Santat is also the author/illustrator of Sidekicks and the winner of the Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators for Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World) by Mac Barnett. And this is the fellow  who is responsible for creating the Disney animated series, The Replacements. Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, and a variety of pets.

If your appetite is whetted, you can purchase it right here, right now!






Pitti Bimbo International Childrenswear Fair, 2015

July 15th, 2015



Well, here it is. My rundown of the Pitti Bimbo International Childrenswear Tradeshow, 2015 which was a huge success. This 81st edition of Pitti Immagine Bimbo (Florence, 25-27 June 2015), the premier international childrenswear fair, finished up at Fortezza da Basso launching a message of confidence and energy for Italian and international kids fashion. The final attendance figures confirmed the high levels achieved a year ago: overall there were more than 5,600 buyers in attendance over the three days of the fair, making a total of 10,000 visitors.

I am sharing some of the most striking images to give you an idea of what it was like to be there!







And the title theme this year was PITTICOLOR (below) and revolved around color and colors in which we are constantly immersed. The language of color is also one of the fundamental codes of kidswear. This project was curated by Oliviero Baldini.



And now for some stunning images of the Pitti Color Party!





Other themes were ITALIA WOW, (below) which focused on collections and brands that are of course, Italian.









If Studio Ghibli Film Posters Were Made As Traditional Japanese Woodcuts

July 13th, 2015



We are huge Ponyo fans at our place. And if you and your kids are fans of Studio Ghibli animated films also – then you might find these Studio Ghibli posters, which have been made as traditional Japanese woodcut prints, pretty amazing.

Inspired by legendary Japanese artists like Kawase Hasui and Hayao Miyazaki, illustrator Bill Mudron has come up with a series of posters that marries past and present art forms.

Using wood-cut techniques by Hasui, Mudron reimagined Miyazaki’s films with a different aesthetic, one that throws a traditional light on contemporary art. Among the Studio Ghibli’s films he illustrated are My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Porco Rosso, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and Castle of Cagliostro.

‘I just happened to see ‘The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness’ last summer a week before getting my hands on a copy of a two-volume book about Kawase Hasui’, Mudron said in an interview with The Creators Project.

‘I was so blown away by the Studio Ghibli documentary that a lot of it was still swirling around in my brain when I sat down to pore over Hasui’s work, and so I thought trying to combine the aesthetics of both would be a fun experiment’.




“Of all the Japanese print artists that I’ve seen, Hasui’s are definitely the most modern-looking—they often almost look like comic book art—and so marrying them to the aesthetics of a Miyazaki animated film wasn’t too hard,” Mudron says. He illustrates his prints entirely in Photoshop, constantly glancing between his screen, a stack of Studio Ghibli reference books, and the aforementioned two-volume book about Hasui. But getting the style down wasn’t his greatest challenge, he explains: “The roughest part was balancing the colors, weirdly enough.”

This experiment has obviously touched a chord, because Mudron’s online store has been swamped with orders. Here is his online store for the whole collection.


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Atlantis, The Bahamas – A Review

July 10th, 2015



Summer is here and I’m dreaming full-time of all the place we want to go with the kids that I have been keeping under the lid all winter. That exciting surge of summer energy as well as my yearning for adventure peaks…as I’m sure yours does. Apart from going to Martha’s Vineyard last year, which I blogged about here, we really did do something that was on my bucket list. We went to Atlantis in the Bahamas! And I even blogged about an aspect of this experience over here on my other site.

The girls are dying to go back. Solène spent the entire time, (once she got over her fear) in a constant state of marvel. She kept turning around and seeing something new and saying, “Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness”!
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DIY Cloud Mobile

July 9th, 2015



You can create a fabulous DIY Cloud Mobile with this simple tutorial & free pattern from Petit Poulou. There is a download of the pdf right here. It’s in French but pretty self explanatory and if you have questions, Fanny will answer them! And while you’re there, take a good look because there are other wonderful things on that site. I’ve spent all evening exploring.