Archive: Rainy Day DIY

MVP of DIY: Handmade Charlotte’s Rachel Faucett

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“Keep yourself in motion. Don’t focus on the destination just the movement,” says Rachel Faucett, publisher, maker and cofounder of DIY blog Handmade Charlotte. Faucett combined the laser focus and drive she learned from playing professional tennis and created a crafty force to be reckoned with. She dazzles with her kids’ craft project creations for Etsy & Anthropologie and contribuites to brands like Disney Interactive, Martha Stewart, Joann’s and Michael’s. Turning her passion into a full-time career, Faucett has established a destination blog for families looking for the coolest rainy day projects, delicious recipes and all-around creative inspiration. In the works this season are found object color wheels, pom pom, acorn, leaf & gourd crafts. Faucett shared a fun fall project with Babesta, so roll up your sleeves and get crafting!

what you need:
PRESS LEAVES IN A BOOK (recommended leaves: Tulip & Maple, leaves from a common grapevine).
Take a good look-What Animal Do You See?
Animals with ears work well b/c of the leaves’ shape.
Transform the leaf into a fantastic fox, curious cat or an omnipotent owl.
Display and play!

Punch Out Pleasers: Paper Dollz Hit the Babesta Beat

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We are super proud & excited to announce our newest addition to the Babesta Beat! Paper Dollz come in four styles that fit each personality and attitude. Create your own outfit of the day (#ootd) remixing all the great Babesta styles including Mini Rodini, Nobodinoz & Molo. We even included fun accessories and toys; scooters by Micro Kickboard, plush toys from Elks and Angels/ Gogo’s Chop Shop and backpacks from Agatha Cub. Punch out the clothing from head to toe (shoes included; Akid & Dr Martens) and your mini stylist is on their way creating the latest trends for Fall/Winter 2015.
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Beat the heat with a Fun Movie!

Who doesn’t enjoy movies? It is a great getaway from the burning sun on summer days! Here are a few that have been (and will be) released this month of July. Let us know how you like em!

1) Despicable Me 2

minions are throwing an ice cream party!; photo by: universal studios

A personal favorite. Even as an adult, I enjoyed this movie so much. It is the sequel to Despicable Me that was released two years ago. Despicable Me 2 was released on July 3, 2013. D.M. 2 is filled with more action and more funny and heartwarming moments. The main character, an ex-villain, Gru must find a villain that took all his minions! He has a few leads on who the villain is, but he faces so many obstacles! Gru also falls in love, can’t tell who it is!

2) Monster’s University

Mike & Sulley; photo by: disney/pixar

Children will almost absolutely love this movie! I’m hoping everyone watched the first, Monster’s Inc. In it, Mike and Sulley are best buds, scaring kids, and also saving them. However, in Monster’s University, it takes the audience back in the past, to when Mike and Sulley first met. This unfolds the journey of how they become best friends; they were not close in the beginning!

3) Turbo

Turbo and his clan of snails; Photo by: dreamworks

A super fast snail? No way. Snails that talk? Snail Indy races? Too much to believe? Released on July 17, Turbo is the story of a snail who wishes to be the fastest snail. He gets his wish, but now he strives to become a racer in the Indy 500. Will he make? If he does, who wins? You will meet so many talented snails!

Definitely a great way to beat the heat! Afterwards, you and your young babe can whip up something yummy at home! Babesta has yummy food making kits that will teach our city babes how to cook while having lots of fun! Check out our chefs post!


Thrifty Thursday: Wild & Wolf 20% off today & tomorrow at Babesta

Just got our Wild & Wolf back in the store – some magical gifts for summer birthday parties and for today and tomorrow only, we’re offering 20% off. We read in Departures that with the return of Arrested Development, magicians are totes “in” so you can help kids get their magic on with some tricks of the trade. (Gotta love G.O.B. Bluth as a role model). Balloon Animals, Juggling Sets, Magic Tricks and more!

For 20% off all Wild & Wolf on Thurs & Friday, use code WildMay.

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The Babesta Window – Behind the Scenes!

We had a great time crafting for the window this week. We made some pretty nifty hanging geometric "lanterns" out of neon colored plastic straws and ribbons. They give a little dimention to our window and give our little Uglydoll models a super cool environment.  We were inspired on Pinterest (go figure!)

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We think that these would also make for a great, simple party decoration! Hang them over the birthday table!

First gather your materials! You'll need ample amounts of neon straws, curling ribbon, scissors and fishing wire to hang. 

1 the ingredients

Cut the straws in half and then take 3 halves. Feed the curling ribbon through the staraws.

3 run ribbon through straw

Tie the string with the three straw halves to form a triangle and tie it off. 

5 tying ribbon
6 tying ribbon 2
Now take 3 of your triangles and lay them flat. Tie them into one big triangle.

7 making triangles

With your one remaining triangle, tie it to the top of your large triangle so it should look like this. 




Next bend the 4th traingle at the top down and tie it to the bottom triangle on the left bottom side.  At this point it should look like this. 

4 stringing the straws


8 making the cubes

Now all that is left is to tie off those two triangles at the bottom with string and you should end up with a 3D diamond. 
9 holding the cube
and Voila!

11 pre hanging straws
Now it's time to hang them with the fishing string!

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Sunday at the MET: Good Taste/Bad Taste : The Evolution of Contemporary Chic

On Sunday, June 17, Iris Apfel (age 90) and blogger Tavi Gevinson (age 16) chat about what it means to be chic in the 21st century. This "possible conversation" will happen alongside the "impossible conversations" between Schiaparelli and Prada at the Costume Insitute exhibit (which is amazing!). The dialogue will be moderated by Judith Thurman, who wrote the intro to the exhibition catalog for the Schiaparelli/Prada exhibit.

Free with admission. 

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Good Taste/Bad Taste: The Evolution of Contemporary Chic

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium