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quick tip: hat rack puppet stand

27 Jan

DwellStudio hand puppets, Baby Gear Inc $15 each

Wish we had room to do this at home.

I have an odd fascination with retail display fixtures. They just seem to hold so much possibility. Near my old office building, south of the Garment District by Penn Station, the streets are dotted with stores like this one (on 29th Street).

Anyway, it got me thinking what else they could be used for. As mentioned in previous posts, we’re collectors here at the Daley house. (It only takes ‘just one more’ to go from a few to oh-crap-another-collection, natch.) So when I found these adorable DwellStudio puppets for Fionn’s room (at top), the race was on to figure out a proper display.

Of course!

Hat Display Rack, Only Garment Racks $130

“Captain Blueshoes” Pirate Sock Zombie Puppet by Underroos on Etsy, $35

How much fun would it be to fill this up with puppets, especially the kind sold by Underroos on Etsy? This one is Captain Blueshoes, but there are so many great “Sock Zombie” puppets to be found on in her store.

But if you’re a few puppets short of a true collection, a wall-mounted display rack is a great decorative touch, especially in places where a picture won’t fit (e.g. high up, vertically, etc.)

3 Decorative Wall Hat Racks, Ebay

There are tons more, new and vintage, to be found on Ebay. Have fun browsing.


quick tip: cradle sheets for changing pads

24 Jan

Munchkin disposable changing pads, $7 for 10

Discovered this by accident the other day. In another instance of things being more complicated than they need to be, changing pads come in different sizes to accommodate different changing tables. So this tip may not work for everyone.

Changing pad by Serta, Walmart, $25

This is my changing pad. It measures roughly 16″ x 32″. When we were decorating the room, I had a hard time finding a changing pad cover in a color I liked. So I ended up buying a fancy, soft and velvety white cotton cover. What have I learned in the past four months? Two things that don’t go together are white changing pad covers and babies being changed.

An easy fix is to stock up on disposable changing pads (as above). But another option is a cradle sheet. Very few people use cradles anymore, but I found it indispensable early on. A cradle is larger than a bassinet and smaller than a crib – in fact, the mattress pad measures 18″ x 36″. See where I’m going with this? Once baby grew out of his cradle, I found myself with cradle sheets in an array of colors. And that’s what’s great about cradle sheets for changing pads.

Baby Cradle Sheet, $6 each

You can’t beat the price, and the color range is so much better than ordinary changing pads. In fact, cradle sheets come in different sizes too, so you’ll probably be able to find the right dimensions. It’s a great way to match your decor and save money (and hassle) in the process.

quick tip: expedit upgrade

22 Jan

Saw this on Ohdeedoh today and thought it was too good not to share.

A great way to customize your Expedit (or any flat-pack MDF bookshelf) – get a roll of wallpaper, contact paper, or wrapping paper. Line the particle-board back wall with your paper first, then attach it to the back of the unit with the little nails they give you. Voila.