Yarn-wrapped sticks may not be your idea of dÃ©cor, but are you willing to give yarn flowers a go? I spotted this idea in Februaryâ€™s Country Living and thought it was worth trying. Crafter Lauren De Bellis came up with wintery blossoms, using a tool from Clover to make her perfect poms. I tried it the old Girl Scout way, wrapping the yarn around three fingers, and while mine lack the perfect circular form, they were quick and fun. For the flower stems, I snipped some wild grapevines and attached with a dab of glue, then got out an old milk bottle. A smaller-necked bottle would definitely work better, given the weight of the yarn, however. â€” Sarah L.
When I received the invitation to the upcoming baby shower of one of my dearest old friends, I was delighted — due not only to the prospect of spending quality time with the mom-to-be and some of our old crew, but also because the invitation itself was breathtaking. Her mom had the invites printed at Polka Dot Design, a site specializing in custom stationery and gifts in fun, modern designs. Of course they’ve got everything from kids birthdays to weddings, but I was really impressed with the assortment of helpful personalized party collections for baby showers, like the fabulous, Mardi Gras inspired Festival du Bebe collection seen above. These coordinated accessories (like monogrammed napkin rings, favor tags, and thank you notes) are a super-simple and affordable way to add a touch of polish to that special day. — Megan B.
Spotting this fun, easy, do-it-yourself project over at Saltwater Kids was perfect timing. Iâ€™m hibernating from the arctic chill currently rattling my windowpanes and have officially run out of anything worth watching in my Netflix instant watch queue. Bored, cold, and struck with cabin fever, Iâ€™m planning on putting my down time to good use this weekend and making these bird seed ornaments which will be a Valentine to my backyard feathered friends. Check out the easy, cheap (around $3 for all the supplies!) tutorial at Saltwater Kids complete with gorgeous pictures. — Katie D.
If you’re fans of They Might Be Giants, you’re now humming the song “Birdhouse In Your Soul.” Well, I have a secret to tell: now you can have your very own glowing little friend who watches over you from the outlet, too. The Blue Canary Night Light was created by Brock Tice in homage to the song (and for his new daughter). You can read about it here or here, not to put too fine a point on it. But what really will put a bee in your bonnet is that you can purchase the Blue Canary Night Light at Amazon for $14.99. And even if you don’t want one for yourself, read the Amazon reviews. They are nearly as entertaining as TMBG themselves! — Mary T.
Three years is a very long time to put off something, especially when that something is a personalized birth print that youâ€™ve been dying to order and hang in your only childâ€™s bedroom. Cue severe mom guilt. I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s the fact that we just celebrated her 3rd birthday last week, or that I found out that Iâ€™m pregnant with her brother or sister, or that I stare at the blank wall above her bed every day, but I am FINALLY getting my order in. I fell in love with these illustrated prints by Swedish artist Isabelle Norman SÃ¤llstrÃ¶m the moment I saw them. Donâ€™t worry, she prints in English, too, and delivers to many places around the world. Just thought Iâ€™d pass along her website in case there are any other, ahem, guilty procrastinators out there. — Ginny F.