September 19th, 2014
We finally finished our Colored Beans, project! And the girls are having a ball playing with them. These sensory objects for play are very prevalent in the Waldorf schooling method. We are using these for sensory play and also to make art with. I will definitely post the artwork that we make from these later!
Please note that colored beans are a choking hazard and little kids sometimes think they are candy. So please be very careful.
Okay enough of the safety drill…Scroll down to see exactly how to make these!
So here’s the method:
Buy beans. We used these Small White Beans and these Baby Lima beans. The Small White Beans worked WAY better as the Lima Beans were a bit waxy and took longer to dry and weren’t as absorbent and the color comes off a bit in your hands. But having said that, it is very nice to have a mix of sizes as you can see.
So, you just put some beans in a baggie. Then add a few drops of food coloring, seal the bag and then shake them around until all of the beans are covered in color. To get the rainbow of colors, I used a combination of regular food coloring and neon food coloring. I also experimented mixing different colors together.
I also tried the method of putting vinegar in with the coloring but found that the straight food coloring worked way better…and it’s easier.
Immediately dump them out onto a paper towel or parchment paper and separate the beans. Allow them to air dry for several hours. Et voila!
And you can store them in the baggies or in plastic food containers. They last quite a while.
The girls were delighted at handling these beans and me too. There is definitely something very fulfilling about the feeling of these between your fingers.
Here are the beans drying on the parchment paper.
The colors swirled wonderfully creating wave-like effects. Can you tell we loved this project?!
September 18th, 2014
I have to admit that I really appreciate wonderful crocheted toys and not the average art of crocheting but more specifically, Amigurumi which is the Japanese art of crocheting cuter than cute, little toys. And I love crocheted pieces of fruit. Don’t know why but I find them completely adorable. Check out the lovely Hipotastitch to see more of these.
September 17th, 2014
Okay, so I have been wondering why we don’t have images painted on chairs for awhile now and look what I found on the Swarm Home site? Kids’ chairs with cool and quirky works of art painted on them. These are actually canvases that are repurposed onto vintage chairs. Love that. And take a look at the other very original and arty decor items in Swarm Home. Well worth the visit if you are looking for something different and non-commercial!
September 16th, 2014
Here is a sweet story of a family affair of hand-made shoes for kids, made in London:
Fay, began her career designing accessories for Dries Van Noten in Antwerp, Belgium. Here she developed a sense of style, a love of colour, texture, and an appreciation of the quality of luxury. She later moved to Barcelona and designed her own footwear range for an exclusive boutique in New York. And now she and her hubby, Tom source the best leathers from Italy and he has his shoemaking workshop in the living room of their home.
September 15th, 2014
Stella McCartney is out of the gates this season with a bang! This collection is all about kids being whatever they want to be: Ziggy Stardust, or detectives or bears or glamor girls. And it’s high on stimulating the creativity and imagination of your kids in an amusing and very British way! The range is pretty vast and really caters to every single occasion for all age groups, intermingled with this dress-ups theme. For the full collection, take a look at the Stella McCartney site.
September 12th, 2014
These DIY Pinatas are all wonderful. Definitely too nice to take a whack at! And the teeny weeny miniature pinatas above are even sweeter. You can use the same exact DIY and just scale it down. To find out exactly how to make these, head over to The Journals of Giddy Giddy.
September 10th, 2014
What amazing cakes these Earth and Jupiter structural layer cakes are! They were made by Aussie zoologist and baker Rhiannon from Cakecrumbs.
The Earth cake above was the first one she made and it’s actually a hemisphere. The red layer is orange Madeira sponge, the yellow is lemon Madeira sponge and the white cake was a vanilla buttercake.
She then went further with the Jupiter cake below which is a full sphere. She covered the Jupiter cake with ivory marshmallow fondant and then dry brushed a combination of ivory, brown, and maroon edible ink. The core of the planet is mud cake, surrounded by almond butter cake and tinted vanilla Madeira sponge. To see exactly how she made them, go to her website!
September 9th, 2014
Now for some Fall and Winter fashion!
Anne Kurris is one of my favorite Belgian designers and she has wonderful offerings for this season. She has merged so many ingredients in her inimitable fashion: her trademark animals with reworked graphics, a sort of space-age 60′s retro and wonderful colors and textures of all sorts. And then we have the very sweet and soft Bambi type prints.
Take a look at the whole range right here!