“Kids, and more specially girls, love doll houses, they spend hours and hours independently and quietly playing with them”, those are sentences I have read so many times, and I love the idea of getting a doll house for my daughters with nice furniture and tons of accessories. It is hard to reach an agreement about the essential set we should get, my husband thinks the barbeque set is a must, while I think the playground set with swings and a sand box is a better idea…
As this is a big purchase, I think to have in mind the girls’ opinion is important, so I took them to a toy store to show them the doll houses and see their reaction. Surprisingly, they paid, by far, much attention to a pink baby doll and other glitter pink thing.
I could not believe it!… So I changed my mind: no big doll house, we’d rather try a DIY house first, something easy and fun to build together, a good excuse to recycle some of the packaging around and if we have fun with it, we might get an upgrade to a wooden fancy doll house…
This is how we make our doll house:
Other ideas for reusing packaging? Check these toys or this Christmas tree.
Bugs, spider and snail
This master piece was created with the guidance of Scribble Me Happy, a fun way of unleashing the artist within your kid.
This solitary leaf seems to call others to fall down at the beginning of the season.
When strolling around a city, I usually pay attention to graffiti and other forms of urban art. If I am walking with my daughters, I point out what grabs my attention. And sometimes they get really excited because they find something unusual, different, unexpected or maybe just cute. In response to that, sometimes, and specially, the big sister points out what she finds interesting.
A few days ago, I was driving along Bush St in San Francisco when I realized that one of my favorite pieces of urban art had disappeared, it was a mural on the side of the 447 Bush St building, The Hotel Des Arts. These things happen; one of the characteristics of urban art is that it can last for ages or maybe minutes. I am aware of this ephemeral side of urban art, and because of that, I have been taking pictures of every piece I liked during the last years.
I am so curious about what has happened to that mural. It wasn’t just wiped, or over painted with anonymous paint. Something grew up over it… A house!. I am planning to go with my daughters to the area for a walk. I want to show them some graffiti in the area and I would love to tell them the story of the mural which disappeared under this house.
Do you know anything about it?, Why is there a house where there used to be a mural?.
More info: Lebo, Miami’s Lebo brings Hotel des Arts outdoors.