Friday, July 21, 2017

Forget About Losing Your Pen With This Simple Hack


Who doesn’t love the pretty notebooks? It’s one of the most important daily essentials for every maker, every mom, and by far for every maker mom. That’s where all the ideas go to simmer on the back stove before you’re ready to make them happen. And this is the place for all the to-do lists, of course! Where would we be without momma’s to-do lists? Not even planned. 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Five Awesome Childish Installations to Get Inspired

How to make a busy-board? Besides having few tools and some supplies - which helps - you also need a certain mindset. You can achieve it. Shift your view from adult perception to childish desire to fool around with things.  

Try to remember what you messed around with most when you were a toddler. Did you turn off the light in WC all the time? Locked up anyone outdoor in freezing cold? Pulled the rotary phone off the hallway table? Let's refresh these emotions.

A great way to find inspiration for DIY toys is children museums. Oversized objects and tactile experiences bring the childhood vibe back. Skip the science and go straight to interactive play installations. Yes, usually it’s gears and wheels and construction blocks, but quite often they do get more creative. Let me share with you some of my favorite ideas.  

#1
Sky Villages by James Paulius for Brooklyn Children's Museum. A great idea on the intersection of interactive installation and building blocks. And clouds, of course, that’s exactly why it’s N1 on my list

Image credit: James Paulius

#2
A Cork Pixel Wall by Tali Buchler for Community Center in Zichron Yaakov, Israel. Nothing new about using cardboard and wine corks. But Tali did a great job by creating a unified space with holistic and stylish experience. 

 
 Image credit: Nirit Gur-Karby

#3
The Journey of Chinese Characters at the Beijing World Art Museum. I love how this installation is so visual and stuffed with knowledge. And still on the fun side thanks to an abundance of the hands-on elements. It’s worth going all the way to Beijing! 

 
Image credit: 2x4 Inc

#4
Circle-shaped rooftop playground of the Fuji Kindergarten in Tokyo. This concept is perfect. How do you get the kid not to run away from you? You don’t. You loop the runway and stand there sipping your green tea while the kids are trotting by again and again. Genius! 

Image credit: TED

#5
Obliteration Room by Yayoi Kusama - now on display in Singapore National Gallery. A marvelous piece. I adore how Madame Kusama found a way to document the transforming magic of children’s touch. A new challenge for me. I'd love to incorporate some elements with a similar effect into busy-boards. Gotta brainstorm about it! 

Image credit: The Art Elephant


So, how to get inspired? Consider your upcoming busy-board your kid's own private interactive installation. And now, do your best! Try experimenting with shapes, sounds, forms, textures, materials, kinetics and visuals. Maybe, you'd like to make it all black-and-white for your baby. Maybe you'd like to include more fun faces for the emotional development. By the way, you can make great faces on busy-boards. Try combining door-chain and two rollers - check this Princess board to get the idea. Also, you can set a whole area of your busy-board for magnets, stickers, or include a lego base sheet. Embrace the endless opportunities! 

Do your local children museum has an installation you and your kids enjoy? Feel free to share in the comments section - that’s where ideas are born!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Badass Skull Spruce-Up For Pedal Car


Emir is spending most of his time in our country-house now. It's a small funny house in the middle of spacious green meadow right next to the beautiful pine forest. I just couldn't be more happy for him. However nice expat living was, our activities were limited to apartment and school, occasionally - parks. But here he has all the outdoor he could ask for. It also comes with two dogs, grandmother, three cousins, auntie and uncle and numerous friends.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I Lived in Vietnam for Two Years - And Here's Infographic

So, we repatriated back to Ukraine from Vietnam now - whoop-whoop! And while my reverse cultural shock and post-relocation depression are in full swing, let me share with you this great infographic I pulled together before leaving Asia. 



There were heaps of fruits, endless workouts with an introduction to running and a hell of a mood swings rollercoaster - the latter not seeming to come to an end. If someone told me a year ago that I will be utterly sad to leave Saigon… Are you nuts? But here I am. 

Apparently, you never notice your cleaning-twice-a-week-included-in-rent lady until she's gone. *Sigh*

Friday, July 7, 2017

Spraypaint Awesome Planet Art in Under One Hour


Have you seen these mesmerizing Youtube videos with the street artists who make astonishing intricate masterpieces happen right before your eyes? They do have much in their performance from the street magicians. Well, guess what? Let’s steal their tricks today.


If you have a piece of board and just some leftover spray paints, you can have a shiny new art for your workspace or playroom in only about an hour. How does it sound? 

Cool. 

So, you’ll need:

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bring in your Junk - Tardis is Coming!


I'm really excited to work on this project: a Tardis board, for real! And not because I'm a fan (I'm absolutely not, though my hubby is) but because my little boy asked for it.

*teary eyes*

I knew this day would come.

Nota bene: I only make the busy boards for my precious little clientele out of store-bought materials. That way I can guarantee them safe from all the hazards the elements could bring - after all, it's still hardware with lots of metal parts.

But when it comes to my own kid, I couldn't care less.

So I dig into my huge crate of old thrift store/junkyard finds, and pull out the most whimsical crazy stuff. Yay! How cool are these rotaries? The numbers will make a great help for brushing up my preschooler's mathematics.

Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait!