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The Daily Buzz: Baby, kids & maternity fashion, gear and gadgets

The Daily Buzz: Baby, kids & maternity fashion, gear and gadgets

Qatar Sprouts a Towering Cactus Skyscraper The Minister of Municipal Affairs & Agriculture (MMAA) in Qatar is getting a brand new office building that takes the form of a towering cactus. Designed by Bangkok-based Aesthetics Architects, the modern office and adjoining botanical dome take cues from cacti and the way that they successfully survive in hot, dry environments. Qatar is fairly barren, covered by sand, and receives and average annual rainfall of 3.2 inches. An excellent example of desert architecture, MMA’s new building is designed be very energy efficient and utilizes sun shades on its windows. + Aesthetics Architects GO Group

Carambola Flowers by Carmen Sprung If you’ve been following me on Flickr for a while, you’ve probably seen this picture of Carambola Flowers before – I folded them ages ago! But since my Pro account is going to expire in a few days time (and I don’t feel like upgrading it again), a lot of my old photos won’t be displayed anymore. So I decided it would be a good idea to share the very best of them on my blog! These absolutely beautiful origami flowers were designed by Carmen Sprung and I just love them! Each flower is made from a single sheet of paper, not from a square though, but from a pentagon. I would recommend using fairly thick and strong paper (80-90 gsm) to fold them – Tant origami paper will be just the right choice! Description Video tutorial presented by Sara Adams of Tags: Carmen Sprung, Floral

10 DIY cleaning tips and remedies Argh! Crayon on walls! Stains on the carpet! Tomato sauce attack! 1. [Image: Posh Living on] How to clean your mobile phone: We don’t want to gross you out too much, but according to Mashable, you mobile phone could be ickier than your toilet seat when it comes to germs. [Image via Geeksugar] How to clean bath toys: Despite having a bath with your children every night, bath toys still need a cleaning ritual of their own to get rid of soap scum and mildew. [Image via] How to get spaghetti sauce off plastic: Kids looooove spaghetti, so you’ve probably whipped up a fair few batches of bolognese sauce in your time. [Image via Dishin & Dishes] How to clean crayon off walls: If there are children in the house, crayon masterpieces on your walls are pretty much inevitable (no matter how many “only on the paper” rules you make). [Image: PaulSteinJC on] [Image sporkist on] [Image: Rd. [Image: stevendepolo on]

emily k Gift Ideas | Present Ideas | from Mollie & Fred, The Online Gift Boutique English to French, Italian, German & Spanish Dictionary - 25 clever ideas to make life easier Via: Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw). Via: Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls). Via: Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Via: Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. Via: Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone / iPod in a bowl – the concave shape amplifies the music. Via: Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags. Via:

A CUP OF JO the cube projectThe Cube Project – University of Hertfordshire How to cut glass | JADERBOMBJADERBOMB I posted a picture about 1 week ago on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter of me cutting glass using just string. I got LOT’S of requests for a tutorial on how I DID THIS! So here it is. FINALLY! You will be able to learn how to cut glass. I want to warn you. It’s best to triple your yarn because it will burn longer! Soak it GOOD! I like to tie my yarn where I want my glass to “cut” then quickly pour polish remover over the string again. Get a big bowl with ice and water ready. VERY IMPORTANT! Slowly turn your bottle. You can’t let the flame go OUT then dunk it in the ice water. YAY!!! I reallly hope you enjoyed this tutorial because I had ALOT of requests for it! © Copyright jaderbombllc, All rights Reserved.

teacher gifts I really need to figure out my camera settings and learn how to take better pictures! Thankfully our next speaker at MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) will be covering this topic. Yeah! Hopefully you can get a general idea despite my terrible picture. I was going to take more pics but then my camera battery died. I'll add that to my growing list of things to do today. Anyways, you could use this idea to alter any spiral notebook but I really like the steno books with the spiral at the top. I had taken this picture before I decided to start a craft blog.

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