Repost – Book Trap

Book-Trap

A friend reminded me of this old blog post. At the time I wrote it, it was the most popular blog post I had ever written. It got a lot of hits because it was shared by a popular Daddy blogger, Daddy Types.com. My boys are now teenagers. I still occasionally lay out a book trap. Recently, I laid out a library book about Steinberg on the dining room table. I didn’t catch anything. I’ll keep trying.

Do you ever lay out traps for your kids?

xo jam

5 Ideas I will steal from Remodelista

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This morning over coffee I looked through this Remodelista book. It is full of gorgeous ideas. Below are the 5 ideas I hope to steal from this book. The images below are not from this book. They are images I found on the internets. If you click on the image you will be taken to the source.

>> Dan Flavin Inspired Lighting

CCS Bard College , photos by chris kendall
CCS Bard College , photos by Chris Kendall

On page 73 of Remodelista is an example of using Dan Flavin inspired lighting in the angle where the ceiling meets the wall. It’s a high ceiling and the materials are raw. It works. Perhaps I could use this in the basement where I perform large messy craft projects. It is such a delightful surprise.


>> Trompe L’Oeil Runner

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The only set of stairs in my house are to the basement but they are a fabulous set of old homemade stairs. Many of the steps are worn and rounded from so many years of use. It would be fun to paint the whole thing pale gray and give it a trompe l’oeil runner in a pop color like this green. And why not add this spill landing as seen above? I know, right.


 

>> Store Cutlery in  Mason Jar
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I’ve actually seen this done in restaurants but I didn’t think to do this at home until I saw it in Remodelista. Now the cutlery is always on the dining room table where we need it.


 

>> Clipboards as Bulletin Boards

clipboards-on-wallThere is space just above our family desk to mount two clip boards, one for each of my boys. It would be a good place to hang important school forms.


 

>> Splatter Painted Floors

splatter-painted-floors

I have yet to update my kitchen. We tore up the hideous linoleum because a dirty bare floor was an improvement. It could be a decade before we can update my kitchen so in the meantime I think I will splatter paint the floor. Remodelista has a nice post about New England splatter-painted floors.  

This book is a Portsmouth Public Library book. If you are a member, you can place a hold on it here. xo jam

Dyeing Workshop w/ Shabd in Kittery, Maine

I am so excited to finally announce that Shabd Simon-Alexander is coming to Kittery to teach a dyeing workshop.  Amelia Davis of Folk and I will be hosting the workshop at Buoy Gallery on Mother’s Day weekend (May 10 + 11, 2014).  Shabd is an internationally renowned textile artist and designer.  Her recently published book — TIE DYE — is a must have for modern crafters.   More details very soon — but for now SAVE THE DATES!

shabd-grid-450-wideIf you have any questions about the workshop or want to reserve a spot for you and a friend email me at recovergirl360@gmail.com. SPACE IS LIMITED.

Shabd will be staying at the newly renovated Hotel Portsmouth for the weekend.  Follow The Hotel Portsmouth and Shabd on Instagram to get the inside scoop.