Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Those with young children around, in particular, can have a tendency to hate plastic toy clutter. Poor quality plastic toys and trinkets can invade a space, quickly taking up room, and it can also be a reminder of wasteful consumerism. As someone who has loathed my share of I will break in an hour or less plastic toys, the following artists with a strange approach to recycling them is sort of captivating to me. Oh Barbie. She has taken an abstract turn with these jewelry designs from Margaux Lange. An early love of the Barbie doll and all her infinite and imaginative adventures… read more

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, is an organization that began in 1946 in order to assist women and children in receiving basic nutritional and humanitarian services. There are a reported 768 million people worldwide who do not have enough water, according to UNICEF statistics. On a daily basis, 1,400 children lose their lives from diseases that are tied to a lack of clean water. UNICEF’s presence can be seen in countries all over the globe, where the organization has helped to provide sterile water and sanitation services. The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide fundraising event held by… read more

Seeds Of Wonder

Seeds Of Wonder

You don’t have to be an avid gardener to appreciate the sophisticated splendor of something as seemingly modest as a seed. The Seed Site provides a realm of information about the life of seeds. A compilation of botanical information, including instructional resources for harvesting, storage, germination and planting are covered. Identification descriptors and many other helpful materials are also offered. Helpful links answer advanced questions as well as the basics, like is it an annual or perennial? Educational tools for scientific and teacher resources are available like themed project supplies for making diagrams, templates, seed packets and identification cards. There is also… read more

Nature Isn’t What It Used To Be

Nature's changed

Human relationships with nature are vastly different now to what they were even a generation ago. We have moved from a utilitarian relationship to romantic attachment to the new world of electronic detachment. Today, many people live in a world that is technologically advanced yet environmentally severed. Where once people spent more than half their life outdoors, today so many of us are glued – from breakfast to bedtime – to an increasing myriad of screens. Today, nature is mediated, modified, and managed out of people’s lives. For example, publicly and privately many people no longer acknowledge (or in some… read more

Indoor Playgrounds Are Not Just For Kids

Indoor Playgrounds Are Not Just For Kids

Sometimes, more often than not, adults need a reminder that the daily grind doesn’t have to completely take over and squalor the fun. The following unusual pieces would remind anyone in the room to pause and enjoy a few moments of unexpected entertainment. An indoor see-saw – you could philosophically say that it is made for inviting a conversation about balance or something, but that would not really mask the fact that it is really just pure fun. That could be said of the Twin Bench. According to the designer, it emits fairness between those seated. It really is just… read more

Have Fun Being Green

Have Fun Being Green

Adopting a green way of life often has its challenges. At times it can be harder being responsible than just not thinking about consequences, and sometimes we forget that revelry is a necessary human component. It’s important to remember that there is a fun side to being socially responsible. Adults and kids alike can have some good, green fun with these ideas. Did you know you can make homemade marbled paper, stationary and cards using shaving cream and food coloring? Use biodegradable shaving cream or make your own organic formula. In addition to using it for the project, whip up some extra and store in… read more

Get Outside and Climb a Tree

Climb a Tree

When former US President Ronald Reagan said, “If you’ve seen one redwood tree, you’ve seen them all”, he spoke from a belief system rooted in his disconnection from the natural world. All human communication emerges from belief systems. In the case of environmental communication, beliefs (the complex fusion of feelings and attitudes) inform how we variously see ourselves in relation to the nonhuman world. In an age when environmental beliefs play a critical role in whether society shifts toward sustainability, it’s important to be mindful of our belief systems. Particularly important is the need to be watchful of the environmental… read more

Fun At The Cardboard Box Office

Fun At The Cardboard Box Office

A love for cardboard boxes usually starts early, and sometimes it never goes away. One family has found a creative way to use up their excess cardboard, and it just might be genius. Leon and Lilly Mackie found themselves covered up with cardboard boxes after an international move and an addition of a new member to the household. After the seemingly endless supply of boxes began to empty, the couple had an idea for reusing them that became their weekend entertainment. And the Cardboard Box Office was soon up and running. Turning the ordinary boxes into handmade versions of scenes… read more

How To Make A Floor Cushion

How To Make A Floor Cushion

Home accessories can carry a hefty price for their small packages. Throw pillows and floor cushions provide comfort and may get tons of use, but they can be expensive to buy. Making a hand sewn floor cushion isn’t too big a challenge for a crafty set of hands, and not only will it be cheaper but it will be an original design. Living With Punks offers several easy to follow tutorials for making a range of floor cushions. This catalog inspired pillow features contrasting thread and piping accents. It also has a handle for toting from room to room. The… read more

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Beat Indoor Boredom With These Activities For Kids

Weather events have been extreme over the past few weeks, with many experiencing either blazing hot temperatures or frozen days, depending on which side of the globe you are on. It can be easy for kids to become bored being indoors, and introducing a few new things to do can break a case of the stuck in the house doldrums. Family Education has a good roundup of imaginative things to do, and many just require some time and household items. Kids will enjoy games like coming up with unnecessary inventions and spin the globe. For silly conversation, everyone will want… read more