The joys of camping… in your basement!

Looking for an original activity, with lots of laughs, to surprise your little ones and give them a taste of summer? Why not suggest the joys of indoor camping… in your basement!

Every child will have fun organizing this very special evening. You can start that afternoon: first, put up the tents and lay the mattresses out on the floor, then get to work transforming your basement into an enchanted forest. Brighten up this space with Christmas garlands – they’re a great way to reproduce the most majestic starry skies. A small improvised campfire made from cardboard and tissue, with a few camping chairs placed around it – and there you go: you’re all ready for an outdoor evening of songs!

Add a soft, woolly touch to your little darling’s room

Looking for something original and personalized for your little one’s décor? Texture contrasts are becoming the new “in” thing – so why not go bold and put a mix of materials together for a great-looking effect? Today, I’ll show you a decorative piece that’s easy to create at a very low cost, which can blend in nicely with the existing décor: a homemade mobile fashioned from balls of knitting yarn.

Materials needed…

  • Styrofoam balls (choose the sizes and quantity you want)
  • Approximately half a ball of yarn per Styrofoam ball, depending on the size of the ball (color choices are up to you)
  • Small finishing nails
  • The process…

    1.To start off, I wound the yarn once around the Styrofoam ball, then tied a knot.

    2.I then wound the yarn around the ball until it was covered completely.

    3.Once I was done, I tied a firm knot to hold the yarn in place.

    4.To hang the balls, I used yarn of the same color (a piece of fishing line could also have done the trick), which I tied into a knot around the ball. Finally, I attached the length of yarn to the ceiling with a finishing nail (you’ll find that it’s easier to hang the ball if you tie a small knot at the end of the piece of yarn or fishing line).

    A low-cost, designer-style deer head wall mount

    While foxes are a new thing in the design world, deer have always been seen here and there, in the form of hunting trophies… but that has changed in the past few years, with more and more people including deer or moose heads in their décor. As a big fan of the rustic Country style, I really like any décor that includes deer heads – but I’m NOT a hunter! For those who, like me, aren’t big on hunting, or perhaps if you do hunt but have yet to bag something ;) , I’ve found the perfect solution for making a deer head part of your décor at a low cost. It even blends nicely into a very contemporary décor!

    Materials

    Here’s what I need for my DIY project:

  • 2 foam board panels, 32” X 40”, for a head measuring approximately 16” (L) X 20” (H) X 14” (D)
  • Around 10 sheets of white paper
  • Utility knife (Exacto)
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Printer
  • Pencil
  • Sandpaper – the finest grade available
  • Step 1: I printed my pattern (actual size) on sheets of white paper, and then used my scissors to cut out each piece.

    Click here to download the pattern (PDF)

    Step 2: I then traced the outline of each piece on the foam board with my pencil (using a pencil meant that I could erase any marks that remained on the cutouts).

    St Patrick’s day : A green day for all!

    St. Patrick’s day is very popular everywhere : it is the time of the year when you wear green and go out with hats, headbands, glasses and all the funny things that are designed especially for this celebration …

    Here are a few thematic recipes that the kids will enjoy doing, and a recipe with a short video for you, dear parents!

    For the kids, clover shaped cookies! These are the ingredients you will need :

    clover shaped cookies

    clover shaped cookies

    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1 cup butter, softened
    • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    Click here to read the complete recipe :

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cream-Cheese-Sugar-Cookies/Detail.aspx?evt19=1

     

     

    A non-alcoholic green punch

    A non-alcoholic green punch

    A non-alcoholic green punch : these are the ingredients you will need.

    • 1 container {2 quartts} Lime Sherbet
    • 1 {46 oz} can Pineapple Juice
    • 1 {2 liter} bottle Ginger Ale
    • Click here to read the complete recipe

    http://pocketchangegourmet.com/st-patricks-day-punch/

     

     

     

    Black Velvet

    Black Velvet

    For the grown-ups, the classic Black Velvet! These are the ingredients you will need :

    • 1 Guinness beer
    • Apple cider

    Click here to read the complete recipe :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aedJK38EEsI

     

     

     

     

     

    Visit our moodboard to inspire you with plenty of  other green ideas!

    Right out of a fable!

    In follow-up to the blog post on trends in 2014, I’ll now introduce you to a little animal that we see quite often today: the FOX, which I refer to as the “new” owl. I call it that, but it doesn’t replace that very popular bird, which is still around and remains just as charming.

    This little red creature is all over the place: in interior design, it takes the form of cushions, wall decorations, and night-lights, and also pops up in fabrics. On the fashion end, the fox is used in jewelry and clothing for the whole family, but it’s especially cute on baby clothes.

    I suggest you look at a few pictures for inspiration!

    Complete Pinterest board:

    Follow South Shore Furniture’s board Foxes ♥ By South Shore on Pinterest