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getting crafty for father’s day : DIY kites 06.12.2013

With Father’s Day right around the corner, we thought it was the perfect time for a little craft that you could do with your kid! Bonus: it can be a gift for dads AND a fun little activity for Father’s Day! So, grab a few supplies, and let’s have some fun!

Materials: skewers, tape, string, tissue paper, glue stick, scissors, needle and ribbon for decoration

Step 1.  Layout your skewers in the size that you want for your kite

2.  Tie off the center stabilizers and tape the supporting skewers

3.  Cut out a piece of tissue paper the size of your kite with a 1-2 inch boarder

4.  Cut thick fringe on the edges and glue the tabs around the skewers. Continue this around all four edges.

5.  Place the glue side down on another piece of tissue and repeat steps 3 and 4. Adding more layers helps to strengthen your kite! The more you add the stronger it gets!

6.  Once you have finished your layering  (we liked 4 layers the best) you can use your needle and thread to poke through and around your stabilizer at the top (its best if you can thread it through the tape so it does not tear).  Tie this off and then do the same at the bottom. Keep some slack between the two ties, this is what you can hold onto to fly your kite.

7. Add a tail! This can be anything you want! We used ribbon, yarn and bows!

8.  Decorate! Paint and stickers work great!

9. Take it outside and give it a shot!

We hope you guys all give it a shot, we had the best time letting our little guys decorate these kites!

We know we have already introduced you on previous posts, but this brilliant idea is all thanks to our absolutely incredible intern, Jordan Key! Not only is she an awesome designer, but we have uncovered a craft genius! She’s basically our very own in-house Martha Stewart and we are so lucky to have her! Thanks Jordan for coming up with this fun activity and for your daily brilliance!!!



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holilday gift guide 2012: for the guys 11.30.2012

shopping for the guys can sometimes be a challenge, but there are SO many cool guy gifts out there, it doesn’t need to be! here are some of our favorite ideas for the men in our lives!

{1. leather iphone case (which can also be monogrammed!)  2. Woodcut book, 3. New Balance 574 in blue, 4. The Baldwin Ryan Camo (a Kansas City company!) 5. bamboo bluetooth stereo speaker, 6. bamboo eco-friendly globe 7. forage necktie 8. RVCA Men’s zip hoodie, 9. another KC original: Dizzy Three air-roasted espresso flavored vodka – perfect for spiked hot cocoa!}

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spotted: men’s shoes with a hit of color 09.28.2012

we spotted this in the window at Cole Haan this weekend and just about flipped out! It’s so refreshing to see men’s shoes getting to have as much fun as women’s! LOVE the little hits of color in the soles and laces–they’re even better in person, although a wee bit on the pricey side. Check ‘em out here!

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let’s hear it for the boys: j. press neckties 04.26.2012

I just stumbled across this site, J.Press. Maybe the guys out there are familiar? Anyway, I was totally drawn in by the fun color palettes and patterns of these ties (a picked a few of my faves above). Makes me kinda want to wear a coat and tie to work.

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  1. Ali

    >I love the rainbow stripe tie!

    April 26, 2012 3:57 pm

Let’s Hear it for the Boys: graphic tees 03.26.2012


This post idea came when I was watching American Idol and saw Heejun Han’s t-shirt and became obsessed with it (upper right photo). I thought, why not find a few other cool t-shirts for guys, so here you have it.
Links: Split Hexagon Organic Tee, Color Theory Tee, Bicycle Organic T-shirt, Colours in the Sky Tee, Collision Theory Skyline Tee, Rockstar Tee

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