Creative Parents Make the Best Stuff

When I was a kid, I knew several neighborhood kids who had really creative parents.  One was a ventriloquist, one was an architect who designed his home in the fancy suburb up the street, a few were artists or musicians.  My parents, while awesome, weren’t really super creative.  They always encouraged my creativity, but they modeled a more (to them, anyway) practical lifestyle.  So I was always in awe of my friends who’s moms and dads had huge imaginations and talent to match.

In one of those random click-scroll moments while I was looking for a topic to write about for this post, I found this video of a marble run built around the perimeter of a really lucky kid’s room. I want one in my current room.  How soothing would it be to watch a marble roll around the room before you fell asleep every night?

There’s also an Instructables, the basic instructions are free, the detailed plans are for paid members.

Frieda Kahlo’s studio dollhouse.  This may be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.  All daughters should have a Frieda Kahlo’s Studio dollhouse.

Ooooh, look at the adorable tree house.  I’d live in a house like that for real.  Me, the cats, a big fluffy bed and a table for the laptop.  In a tree.

Speaking of adorable, if this were purple and made of Scrabble tiles and sequins, eight year old me would have loved this.

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And last but not least, grandparents gifted this entertainment center repurposed as a play kitchen for their 2 year old granddaughter.

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By [E] Selena MacIntosh*

Selena MacIntosh is the owner and editor of Persephone Magazine. She also fixes it when it breaks. She is fueled by Diet Coke, coffee with a lot of cream in it, and cat hair.

One reply on “Creative Parents Make the Best Stuff”

I am not hardcore craftsy at all, can’t handle carpentry tools. However I did set up elaborate train systems which overlapped, had double levels for my sons’ wooden trains. I made cutesy lunches, using Elio pizza rectangles (edible cardboard reallly) which I sliced as their initials, or cut into puzzle pieces to be reassembled. I sometimes did theme lunches like octopus hotdogs with goldfish crackers. I have sets of stamps and stickers for my kids’ stationary which they can personalize. I bought cheap white sneakers when the boys were very young and took paint markers to draw favorite cartoon and story book images.

My husband is excellent with tools and has built an elevated tree house,standing road signs, and a customized top for the boys’ mini jeeps.

I spent a lot of time creating home forts, complete with Christmas lighting systems, and hidden entrances, but the kids would tire of them after a week’s time. No good deed goes unpunished.

My inspiration were the Japanese housewife friends and neighbors. Those women are crazy mad. Just google bento lunch box.

Both kids are teens now, so I will save my skills for….grandkids?

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