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astronaut kids bedding we love: houston, we have bedtime!

Does your kid gaze up projected stars on the ceiling, dreaming of galactic travel to far away universes? Or perhaps you wish you deploy some anti-gravity techniques when it comes to cleaning up toy messes? We fell for these Astronaut bed sheets that we discovered via BoredPanda. The photo-printed linens feature an actual astronaut’s suit that was on display in the Museum Space Expo in Noordwijk, Holldand. Available at Snurk for 60 Euros. Of course, you might need to install mirrors on the ceiling to enjoy the full effect. One small step for mom, one giant leap for bedtime!

vintage chairs ready for the dip-effect

Could someone buy these chairs please? They’re on sale now at Three Potato Four, a set of four for $165. They are the perfect style and size to create the faux “dip” look we love so much. Why don’t you buy them and fix them up yourself? We would, but we just don’t have the room!

Click here for some color inspiration on how you can transform them into something mod and wonderful.

quick ikea hack: a cut-to-fit hallway rug

We had a potentially dangerous situation brewing on our upstairs landing. The no-slip rug pad under our colorful cotton rag rug was no longer no-slip. In fact, it was quite the opposite. It seemed to be pro-slip, especially when playing fetch with a clumsy laboradoodle. One day, I feared, some one was skid right off and down the stairs. We spotted the Ikea PS 2012 wool felt rug and decided to take it home and make it ours. Larger than the space, we rolled out and carefully customized it so it would fill the floor, and bleed a bit into the rooms that it led to. This part of our old wooden floor is especially creaky, so having a run is essential. With a firm rubber backing, this baby is not budging a lift, so puppy and kid can freely skip across. At $99, it was certainly cheaper than achieving a similar effect with Flor tiles, which I found never stay in place. Plus, it is super cheery! In honor of its design, Isadora decided to wear all polka dots today. How wonderful is that?

post off: what’s your new year’s home resolution? here are my five

So it’s January 7th yet and I haven’t really thought about resolutions yet. I thought I would use this post to carve out a few things that we have been talking about doing to our home this year. It’s so easy to forget all the things you casually toss off at dinner “We really should get a generator this year” or “What about in-wall insulation?” that having a starting list would really help.

Here are a few things that I would like to accomplish in our little dwelling in 2013.

1. Find a new way to display our kid’s artwork. As Isadora gets older, her masterpieces are becoming, well, more masterful! Right now we display the best of the best in her room, but there’s a bit too much in the mix there — what with photos of friends, local artwork and a rotating selection of posters on her closet door. (Yes, it’s starting already! Luckily we’re in the Magic Tree House phase and not a Justin Bieber one yet.) I like this wall that I spotted on Houzz.com. It has a mix of frames, canvases and cut-outs.

2. Make our attic a fun place to hang out. We finished our attic off when we moved in two years ago and honestly we haven’t done much to it since then. It holds our old couch, a cast-off rug and bare white walls. Isadora loves playing up there even though it’s colorless, and it’d be great to start moving some of her toys upstairs.

3. Organize our kitchen. Our place usually looks pretty tidy — until you open a cabinet. Pots and pans are stacked haphazardly and the pantry is worse. We keep buying foods we don’t need because they’re buried. We’re wasting time and money and it’s got to stop!

4. Make our backyard livable for the dog and us. Last year we spent a lot of energy (and money) planting pretty things around the border of our yard. Then we got a dog. Now we have a bunch of mud holes where there used to be plants and the grass is a spotty, clover field mess. How to fix? I don’t know — rocks? But we gotta figure something out.

5. Be ready for the next Sandy. This one is probably at the top of the list. We had a real wake-up call in October when the storm hit our area. We were insanely lucky to not have any property damage to our house, but we realized how little supplies we had to live without power for a few days. We are stocking up on water, firewood, non-perishables and more. We have hired an electrician to help us get set up for a generator, and must get that done before July. That’s our goal.

I could go on, but I don’t want to over-commit and then feel guilty that I wasn’t able to keep my resolutions.

What about you? Do you have any New Year’s Resolutions for your home? Please share!

holiday how-to: making angel noodle ornaments

The other day my resourceful husband, who’s also an extremely hands-on dad, saw a link on our local Baristanet site that gave instructions on how to make noodle ornaments — cute little angels made from different kinds of noodles to hang on your tree or give as gifts. Apparently it’s a Swedish tradition, but in our house, noodles are always on the menu du jour. We had most of what we needed already in our cabinets: Glue, a Sharpie, paint brushes, string, farfalle, elbows, rigatoni. A trip to Michael’s and we got the rest of the supplies — wooden beads, white gloss paint, metallic scrapbook paper.

This project took several days to complete and is a little tricky, even for nimble fingers. You have to be patient and wait for the glue to dry before adding the next element. Also, the dry pasta is extremely fragile; we crushed a couple just picking them up too carelessly. Still, it was fun to see our little choir singers come to live. This week we’re giving them out as gifts to all those we want to say a special thanks to.

Here is the step-by-step for Noodle Angel Ornaments:

What You Need:

Macaroni elbow pasta (note: make sure they are not the curly kind)
Farfalle Pasta
Tubettini Pasta
Rigatoni pasta
Wooden craft beads 3/4″
Craft/wood glue or hot glue gun (we used both and the glue fun works better)
White gloss- spray paint — be warned: it’s stinky!
Paint brushes
Metallic scrapbook paper
Scissors
A fine black sharpie
String

1. Glue the noodles together to form angels. Make the head and body separately. We started with rigatoni body and the farfalle wings.

2. Next, glue on the tubettini to the wooden balls. Spread the glue over one side of the wooden ball and place the pasta around its crown and back of head. Leave the hole on top empty for your string. We went back and filled in blank spaces with extra “hair.”

3. While the heads are drying, add the elbow arms to the body.


4. Let dry completely and then glue the heads to the bodies. Let those dry, perhaps overnight.

5. Spray paint the angels white — in the basement or somewhere where you won’t fill house with fumes. Let dry overnight.

6. Glue gun folded pieces of paper — about 3/4″ x 1/2″ — to the arms.

7. Draw on the angels’ faces with the sharpie to draw on your angel’s face.

8. Glue a loop of string in the hole at the top of the head.

7. Let dry and hang on your tree.

Do you have a favorite holiday craft? I’d love to hear about it!