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Pet friendly house

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

We often disregard out pet friends when we design our homes. We all love them as one more in our families so we should have them in consideration!

Here are some ideas for our friends in terms of house design and furniture!

From Door knob:

From DenHaus:

From Houzz:

From Trend Hunter:


Activity blanket

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

I wanted to buy one of those activity blankets for babies to play away on the floor but when I saw how much they are I decided to make one myself!

I used IKEA fabric in one side and red bed sheet on the other side.

The size was exactly the size of a cot duvet this is because I am planning to put the duvet inside the pocket that I made with the two fabrics.

I wanted the blanket to be able to stimulate all the baby senses so at each corner we have different activities.

In one corner I made a fish that if you touch the fins it makes a noises (I filled the fins with plastic sheets that make noise)

In another corner there is sea weed made of felt (to let the baby to feel a different texture)

In another I have a wave made of cotton (soft fabric this time)

In the last corner I have a crab.

All the toys at the corner can be removed (to play somewhere else) and are placed in the blanket with ribbons.

I also made some long rectangles with jingles on them that make a lot of noise when you shake them ( I might regret this one hahahah)

In the middle of the blanket I have a big octopus and lots of different ribbons from different textures.

I hope my baby likes it!

Motion Power

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Motion Power! How cool is this? a Company called New Energy technologies has developed a road-based energy harvesting system to capture kinetic energy of decelerating cars and trucks and convert it into usable energy.

The way it works is that passing vehicles drive along a contiguous deformable roadway surface. This surface compresses a fluidizing system that interacts with mechanical fixtures to produce electrical energy.

The company says the power from the 600-vehicle,  could be used in commercial applications, to light up electronic billboards or marquee for an entire day!

It sounds really cool to me!

Everyday design

Friday, July 19th, 2013

In my opinion there are a lot of things that we use on an every day basis that could do with a bit of redesigning.

I found on line a couple of things that have been redesigned and that are very very cool.

If you are like me and do not like to put your toothbrush on the sink (you never know who cleaned it last) take a look at this ingenious design from Ryan Harc:

I love this Klip that you can take around to put your favourite drink every where you go. you can buy it in the MOMA:

I love this one, unfortunately is only a prototype but as soon as they have it I buy it! I hate horrible looking gang man but this one is so beautiful! I found it in swiss miss


Changing Pad

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

I went a bit made on the changing Pad business.

I did an initial one that I am going to use every time I am carrying my changing pad bag. Then I decided to do another one for days that I do not want to take with me the whole changing bag. It is a changing pad that has incorporated pockets on it so I can store everything I need. Like the baby powder, some cream or nappies. Again I made two of the pocked baby pads, one for me and another to leave in my parents in law house.

The first changing pad that I made to carry inside of my bag is this:

I made it with matching fabric to the changing bag. The fabric is from IKEA but unfortunately it has been discontinued! I got the link from Meremade blog. If you want to follow her wonderful tutorial click here

The other changing pads that I made that have an incorporated pocket for the changing pad facilities are made by the inspiration from the We all sew website . Although I have to say that I made them slightly wider since I was afraid the baby would not fit. I guess this is the voice of the never had babies mum 😉 I am sure he would have fitted in the other one. I also never bothered on rounding the sides. I am terrible with the scissors! I think that if I would made this again I would actually made it narrower and longer so I would not have to remove each time the items from the pocket every time I would like to change the baby.

Here is how they look:

With the left over fabric and towel (I used for the inside to make the pads softer) I also made some burb clothes here there are:

The other style:

Earth Blocks, like LEGO but green!

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

I am a LEGO fan and I hope that my little boy becomes a LEGO fan too. There is still something that LEGO should improve, their environmental foot print.

I found these blocks that they are “LEGO like”  and are made from natural materials—scraps of cedar bark, coffee beans and green-tea leaves—that have been blended with polypropylene for rigidity.

Earth Blocks are softer around the edges than the classic toy. As a result, they don’t snap together as tightly as LEGOs do, but we have to say that they are really cool!

You can buy them in the Guggenheim store.

Shaping Silestone

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

My friend Ilaria sent me a while back a cool kitchen worktop that we should all consider by Campanas.

The brilliant thing about it is that you can customise it for your needs on an every day basis. If you do not believe me have a pick!


BBQ party

Sunday, July 7th, 2013

Is  my brother’s in law birthday around this time of the year. Every year he likes to organise a BBQ for his friends.

This year I am going to suggest him to take a look at the Hostess with the Mostess website! they have brilliant ideas/printable for bbq parties.


Harvesting your garden and surroundings

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

I should stop bloging while hungry because I can only think of food entries 😉

Now that we are in full bloom this summer I recommend you all to go harvesting all those blackberries, plums, berries, elderflowers, what ever you can think of and start making jams, drinks EVERYTHING!!!!!!!

If you would like to learn from a pro read this link from Ballymaloe web site about the art of jam making. Also take a look at this cool web site from Edible Ireland about the things you can cook by foraging things around your garden or local forest!

Bon appetite!

Saving space furniture

Monday, July 1st, 2013

I am currently trying to redesign our space and trying to get space from the non existing space. We live in an small apartment so any help to try to get a bit more of space or make things more workable is welcomed! I found this great web site, Resource furniture, that sells  great furniture that can save you up space!