Entries from April 2015

ways to display kids artwork

What do you do with all of your kids artworks?  Do you find it piles up so quickly that it gets out of hand?  The art in our home is produced daily which is fabulous on the one hand but on the other I really don’t know what to do with it all.  I’ve always displayed some of it by putting a few pieces on our fridge and blu-tacking others on to a wall (which kept falling off) in the kitchen and then I would change them every couple of months for newer pieces.  I save a few others in a folder and the rest go in the bin at night (naughty mama!).  But it’s impossible to keep all of your kids artwork so I think you have to be selective.

display kids artwork frame

With our new home which we are renovating from scratch I want to be more organised.  Our new fridge will be built-in so I won’t be able to display any art on it.  And besides I want to make a dedicated and permanent space for Anya’s art, not treat it like an afterthought.  So while I was hunting for ways to display kids artwork I came across these slot-in picture frames.  They are designed specially for kids art and come in a range of sizes to accommodate one or more pieces of art.  The frames themselves are very simple so they really allow the art to stand out and can also be used no matter what your decor.  I’m thinking of having an entire wall in a hallway or in the kitchen filled with these frames to make a colourful and fun gallery wall.  But what I love most about these kids art frames is how easily you can slot in new pieces of art.  No tape, no blu-tack, no constantly falling off the wall, no mess, just drop it in and change as and when you wish.  These kids artwork display frames don’t solve the problem of what to do with all the art but they are a fab idea for displaying your favourite pieces easily.

If you have some other ideas for displaying and storing kids artwork, do share in the comments.

P.S. If you want a few more ideas to get organised check out this fab entrance hall storage idea and  some ideas on how to store those soft toys.

vintage school desk ideas kids room

This week I am taking a break from my photography series but it will be back next Wednesday.  In the meantime you can look at the past photography posts as there are already lots of great hints, tips and tricks to help you take better photos and there’s even a giveaway (ending today).  Instead today I’m feeling inspired by these gorgeous vintage desk spaces for a kids room. 

I will soon be decorating Anya’s new room and I am really leaning towards a vintage desk as I think it adds bags of charm and character to a kids room.  The humble vintage desk can be mixed with any other style of furniture you have in the rest of the room – modern, retro, contemporary – whatever!   But a vintage desk doesn’t always have to mean buying an old school desk and chair.  That’s just one way to go for the vintage look but if you can’t find the right one or it’s not the right size for your space, there are other ways to create the look.  Here are six vintage desk ideas that I’m loving for any kids room:

vintage school desk ideas

If you can find the right vintage school desk and chair for your room then go for it!  It has so much charm and character and I especially love it set against black and white decor as in the room above.  It’s simple and really allows the desk and chair to shine. 

vintage white desk for girls room

A kids desk doesn’t have to be an actual vintage desk.  In case you can’t get your hands on one almost any used table will do, like  in this picture above. It’s looks like a used white table and an old, worn chair which together create a vintage feel that’s complimented with all the vintage inspired decorations – so lovely and fun.

vintage school desk ideas

If you’re going for a vintage desk look, there is no reason why you can’t totally customise your look like this seriously cool desk above.  Using vintage wood, leather belts and lots of creativity, they’ve made a very cool desk and complimented it with a vintage stool.  Also, customising your desk means that you can fit it in to any sized space you like.

 vintage desk for two kids

If your desk space needs to have room for two kids, you could of course get two mismatched vintage school desks which would look really cool or you can do something like they have done above.  Trestle style tables are all the rage at the moment so getting your hands on a vintage one probably won’t be too difficult and paired with vintage chairs, it looks great.  Lots of character, lots of charm and a nice spacious desk for two.

vintage desk with lift up lid

Remember those chunkier vintage school desks that had the lift up lids to store stuff?  They can sometimes look very heavy especially in a small room so I love what they’ve done here.  They’ve removed the legs and screwed the desk bit to the wall and paired with a vintage stool.  You still get the whole vintage desk vibe but in a modern, fresh and uncluttered way.

small space desk ideas

For just a touch of vintage, you can get a vintage chair and pair with any desk including a brand new modern one.  In the picture above, I love the simplicity of the space.  A simple shelf has been used as the desk and paired with a vintage chair all brought to life with that colour blocked wall.  This look, like many others, really can fit in with any style of decor you choose for the rest of the room.

So a vintage desk for a kids room doesn’t always have to be an old school desk.  Of course if you can find one then it’s a great option but I also love how the kids spaces above have taken the idea of vintage and made it their own.  I don’t yet know what look I’ll choose for Anya’s room but I’m feeling so inspired by all the ones above that it’s hard to pick a favourite.  Do you have a favourite?

Image credits: one | two | three | four | five | six

P.S. Have you entered my photography giveaway which is ending today?

happy easter from ebabee

Easter is here – nearly! I am so looking forward to the four day weekend (and the chocolate) even though we are and will continue to be knee deep in house renovations.  The time has come to choose all the fixtures and fittings and this is exciting but daunting too!  I want to wish you all a fun-filled Easter – enjoy the chocolate, the crafts and all the Easter fun.  In case you fancied some blog reading over the long weekend, I pulled out a range of some of my old posts which you might enjoy:

Want some Easter inspiration?
Some of the best Easter egg decorating ideas
The cutest free printable Easter cards
Fancy something sweet?  Here are some indulgent chocolate treat ideas.
Some fun Easter bunny crafts to try over the weekend.
Want somewhere to keep those mini eggs?  These printable bunny boxes should do the trick.

Want to improve your photography skills?
Learn to take some great iphone photos of your kids with these top tips
Checkout the best phone filter apps that will take your photos from ordinary to extraordinary.
Kids never sit still? Checkout this guide on how to photograph moving kids.
A quick and inexpensive way to print your instagram and phone photos plus a giveaway.

Want some easy family friendly meal ideas?
These delicious soba noodles couldn’t be easier to make.
For something a bit spicier, this Indian chicken curry is a winner.
Everybody loves pizza especially homemade pizza!

And a few more…
If this lady’s incredible story doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what will.
How do you get your kids to tell you about their day?
Are you part of a mixed family? How do you give both cultures equal importance?
Whats the best avoiding bedtime excuse you’ve had from your kids?
Have you checked out our new Spring pieces yet?

{Anya wears bunny coat, knit skirt with attached leggings and orange wool lined boots.}

It’s Wednesday and that means it’s time for the next installment of my photography series.  Over the last three weeks I’ve shared some useful and actionable tips on photographing kids as well as some of the best photo filter apps to help turn those ordinary photos in to something special.  I’ve had some fantastic feedback on the series so far – so thank you all for that.  Today I want to talk about a really quick, easy and inexpensive way to do something with all those beautiful photo’s you’ve learned to take!  And there’s even a giveaway in today’s post so keep reading to find out more.

mini square photo book

I’m not the most organised person when it comes to printing the photos I take especially the thousands (yes thousands) of photo’s I’ve collected on my iphone.  While I love the idea of creating amazingly big and beautiful photo books, I don’t always have the time to spend compiling these.  So when I recently found out about a brand new app called Pop book, I had to try it out especially for this series.  Pop book is an app that allows you to create little mini photo books in minutes, using pics from your iphone or ipad.  I’ve made a couple of books and it literally took me a few minutes.  You can do some basic editing in the app (like cropping, adding text or borders) and then you’re good to go, all for just £4.99 delivered to your door.  The books are square, small and very cute coming in two sizes of 10×10 or 13×13 cms, each consisting of 21 photos.

instagram photo book ideas

I can think of so many reasons for making Pop Books.  Firstly, that ever growing instagram feed.  You can turn your entire feed in to a series of mini photo books.  The square format of the books is perfect for this.  The other thing that sprung to mind was my mum-in-law and other family members (especially the older generation who aren’t on facebook) that constantly ask me for photos of Anya.  Instead of emailing one photo here and there, I’m going to start sending them these cute little books every few months.  Also, because these books are small, I like the idea of having two or three perched on my desk instead of a static frame or even in my kitchen where I might put up a string and hang a load of these mini photo books.  Yet another thought I had was to have these printed after your child’s birthday party and give to the parents of the kids who came – what a great party gift and lasting memory that would make.  So many ways to use this book.

inexpensive mini photo book uk

You can do whatever you wish with these books but the absolute best part for me is the convenience of creating a book in minutes so that you have actual copies of your photos.  You never have to worry about photos being lost or deleted or wiped from your phone because you will have at least a small little hard copy.  And I also love the easiness of gifting these to family or friends.  All you need to do is download the free Pop Book app and you can start creating little photo books now.

THE GIVEAWAY:  Now the best bit – I’ve joined with Pop Book to give 5 lucky ebabee readers the chance to win one of these books.  To enter leave a comment on this post and follow my facebook page to stay in the loop.  Five lucky winners will be chosen at random.  Giveaway closes on Wednesday 8th April at midnight (UK time). Any entries after this time will not be counted.  Sorry, this giveaway is only open to UK readers.

This is my new, go to quick, easy and inexpensive solution to printing your phone or instagram photos but there will be more ideas coming on what you can do with all those beautiful photos you take.  Lots more to still come from my photo series but in the meantime why not check out the previous articles:

How to take great iphone photos of your kids
The best phone photo filter apps
How to photograph kids on the move

This post is brought to you in partnership with Pop Book.  All ideas, words and images are my own. Thank you for supporting my work with carefully selected partners that support this blog.

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to everyone who entered. Congrats to Sarah, Stephanie, Natalie, Sam and Alice – our winners.  If you want to find out about more giveaways, follow our facebook page

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