How to Make a Dress-Up Trunk

This post shares how to DIY a fun dress up trunk that can inspire years of imaginative play!

Morning routines in our home consist of waking up, drinking milk, brushing teeth, and looking for the best set of heels to wear in my closet. Actually, that’s my toddler’s routine, and she’s been doing it since about age one. Not even two yet, this girl has mastered a runway strut! After regularly watching The Wiggles, she’s also a fan of their song “Dressing Up in Style” where they sing “dressing up is so much fun, you can dress like anyone, you can use any clothes you find!” So for her birthday this year, I crafted a dress-up trunk that should get her through the next decade of imaginative costuming.

Dressing up let’s a kid live out their imagination by creating a costume to go along with a story they’ve created. I also love the art appeal of a dress-up trunk as it can be a catalyst for performance art, where the artist uses them-self in a live performance instead of traditional art mediums like painting or sculpture. Example, I’ve witnessed my kid put on a cool hat and flower lei, then proceed to play her toy piano with her feet and quietly scream with her eyes closed.  It was an amazing moment.

Read on to get some ideas for how to make and fill up your dress-up trunk! Continue reading “How to Make a Dress-Up Trunk”

How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot

This post features tips on how I DIY’ed my own cake smash photoshoot. 

Your baby is about to become a one-year-old toddler. Commence crying, freaking out, or rejoicing that you’ve nailed down year one of parenthood. In that year, you’ve captured their first moments from their first day at home, their first steps, and even their first lemon slice.  Now it’s time to capture their first taste of birthday cake! (i.e. the cake smash)

You most likely caught those other moments on a whim with your smart phone (because, let’s be real, you take at least 100 pics a day of them with that thing.) To capture this particular moment, you can do a full on production, be your own creative director, even build a set in a make-shift home studio. And you can do it all for less than $20, saving you hundreds compared to what professionals can charge. Continue reading “How to Create Your Own Cake Smash Photoshoot”

Edible Art: Punk Inspired Spaghetti with Garlic Butter Wine Sauce

A fun spaghetti recipe inspired by Sex Pistols album art.

Music and art are the catalyst of inspiration behind all my recipes and projects. This one combines both as it’s inspired solely by an album cover that currently hangs on the wall in my toddler’s room; Sex Pistol’s Never Mind the Bollocks.

One day, she requested pasta for lunch… okay she requests pasta, popsicles, and pickles everyday. She’s been really into that ‘p’ sound lately as she’s learning to speak, so I decided to ‘p’unk up the ‘p’asta to look like the ‘p’ink and neon green ‘P’istols album! Continue reading “Edible Art: Punk Inspired Spaghetti with Garlic Butter Wine Sauce”

How to Host Your Own Kick-Ass Baby Shower

This post shares how I planned and put together an awesome co-ed baby shower with a small budget.

Some folks may cringe when they hear the phrase “baby shower,” with their minds going straight to the traditional boring fete from days of yore. Honestly, that’s where my mind went for a split second when planning my shower. But screw that. Hosting a baby shower is as simple as throwing a rager with a hint of “look at my belly!” So bust out the kegs, ’cause you’re having a baby!

This post is all about getting your party inspiration flowing, simple organization, and fully planning out the essentials. Have fun, let’s start this up!

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Edible Art: Kusama Inspired Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles

A fun pumpkin truffle recipe inspired by the artwork of Yayoi Kusama.

This is the second recipe I created after being inspired by a memorable visit to Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama‘s traveling exhibit “Infinity Mirrors”, when it was at the Hirshhorn Museum in DC. So what do Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffles have to do with contemporary art?

Well, reflecting (har-har) back to the time I took my little spawn nugget to see the polka dot displays made famous by Kusama, I remembered the walk-in exhibit “All the Eternal Love I Have For the Pumpkins.” Created with LED lit pumpkins reflected for eternity in a black glass lined room, the sea of polka dotted gourds glowed for as far as the eye could see. My baby was so taken by this display, I watched her head sway left to right as she gazed at the illuminating yellow light emitted below her.

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How to Put Together a Time Capsule Gift

How I put together a time capsule for my kid to open on their 18th birthday.

“Treasure the time you have with your baby. Before you know it, they’ll be walking out the door to start life on their own.” If I had a dollar for every time that parenting tip was brought up to me, I wouldn’t have to live a DIY/frugal life. Just kidding, I still would, because creating art is the best!  Yes, it’s true, time does totally fly by.  The world as we know it changes, and babies grow up.

So capture time. Trap it in a box. Duct tape it up, and hide it away. Pop artist Andy Warhol did this on a regular basis. Continue reading “How to Put Together a Time Capsule Gift”

Edible Art: Kusama Inspired Pink Chocolate Chip Cookies

A fun recipe for pink cookies inspired by the artwork of Yayoi Kusama.

How to make Kusama Inspired Hot Pink Cookies #diy #yayoikusama #dotsobsession #art #edibleart #pinkcookies #diyartmom

Recently, I took advantage of the kid’s nap time to attempt cleaning up my computer while luxuriating with a plate of cookies. Organizing all of my photo folders from the past year, I of course got sucked into the rabbit hole of staring at baby pictures . Whilst recalling all the memories of her learning how to sit, crawl, and eat, I came upon a folder of pictures from our first trip to a museum exhibit.

“Dots Obsession- Love Transformed Into Dots” – Yayoi Kusama

We had gone to DC’s Hirshhorn Museum to see Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama‘s exhibit “Infinity Mirrors” Continue reading “Edible Art: Kusama Inspired Pink Chocolate Chip Cookies”

How to Do Your Own Maternity Photo Shoot

This post is how I planned, prepared, and completed my maternity photo shoot with the help of friends.

One of the funnest days during my pregnancy was getting some of my girlfriends together, hitting up a giant street art mural for a maternity photo shoot,  and going out to lunch after to eat all the things.  It was a day full of inside jokes, swollen ankles, and was strategically planned in advance.

At the time, I suffered from severe “pregnancy brain” and had utilized to-do lists on a near daily basis throughout my 2nd and 3rd trimester.  What a great, and totally legit excuse; I used it often. Continue reading “How to Do Your Own Maternity Photo Shoot”

How to Make a Paper Mobile

A DIY tutorial on how to make a fun paper mobile.

The cherry on top of an all out decorated nursery is, drumroll, … a diaper genie. Just kidding, a mobile of course!  Honestly, it was the last thing on my mind when designing everything for the art themed nursery, but considering there was already art on the walls, floor, and shelves, the ceiling was screaming for something too.

Traditionally, nursery mobiles are hung above the crib so that the baby is entertained and stimulated whilst laying down.  I used that as inspiration while constructing this floating piece of art, wanting to use a variety of shapes and colors to peer at from all angles, but especially when looking up. Continue reading “How to Make a Paper Mobile”

Fun Frame-able Ideas to Art Up a Kids Room

This post shares some quick and easy DIY art hacks to decorate any room.

Shortly after my daughter’s first birthday, we ended up moving to a small apartment, and with that came the loss of our beloved art nursery. That move inspired the metamorphosis of a nursery to a toddler room. But with the smaller space and the restriction of changing the paint color and limited holes in the wall, a new challenge of how to decorate was initiated. It’s still a work in progress, and definitely a “make it work with what you’ve got” situation. Continue reading “Fun Frame-able Ideas to Art Up a Kids Room”