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MINIDIY - Potato Stamping

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A few months ago, for my mother's 60's birthday every sibling and grandchild prepared a personalised tea towel for the birthday kid! 

Léonore and I had some fun stamping with potatoes and carrots on the the towels - have a look! 

What do you need? 1 - A blank tea towel 2 - one potato 3 - one carrot 4 - one knife 5 - special fabric paint

What do you need? 1 - A blank tea towel 2 - one potato 3 - one carrot 4 - one knife 5 - special fabric paint

Cut (straight) the potato in half and carve out your favourite motif - of course we did a MINIHOUSE! For the carrots we jut cut off the ends to do a DOT-pattern!

Cut (straight) the potato in half and carve out your favourite motif - of course we did a MINIHOUSE! For the carrots we jut cut off the ends to do a DOT-pattern!

Fix the tea towel on the table with masking tape - remember to use a protection (newspaper/cardboard) between your fabric and your table) ! 

Fix the tea towel on the table with masking tape - remember to use a protection (newspaper/cardboard) between your fabric and your table) ! 

Léonore at work!

Léonore at work!

For more potato stamping come to L'ARMADIO DI OLIVER tomorrow - Saturday June 21st and create your personalised tote bag! 

MINITECTURE - Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam

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If in Rome in 2014, please visit Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam play-net sculpture at MACRO! 

Kids are encouraged to climb in the hand crochet nylon cell-like structure and detect the world from above or upside down! 

Recently, I found images online at architecturenewsplus of the same installation in a different setup - Tezuka Architects created a wooden nest that surrounds Toshiko’s Net. 

MINIPLAY - Confetti

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In the weeks leading up to carnival, one may observe Rome covered in confetti - sidewalks, piazzas and foremost playgrounds. And I never really understood why? 

In my memory, confetti has been banned from kids parties since the late 80s, due to its not so sustainable impact on the environment. 25 years later, I move to Italy and the public space is covered in little paper snippets. Why? 

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Yesterday, we were at the playground and my daughter was very intrigued by all these new coloured snippets and paper streamers introduced to her all so well known play area and was soon part of the local spiel. 

While watching my daughter from a distance, I observed another northern-europan parent running around the playground and telling his 2-year old to collect all the carnival papers and put them in the trashcan. The dad was furious and tried to get the Italian parents involved to clean up the "mess" at the playground. 

The locals stood around nodding but not moving one bit, just saying "It's for the kids!" - There I had my answer! 

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MINISHOP - L'armadio di Oliver

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Here in Rome, we have a very special little second shop for children clothes : L'armadio di Oliver! It belongs to Oliver's mom - Claudia, a dear friend of mine!

An interior designer and photographer by trade, Claudia - a Danish girl who came to Rome 14 years ago, opened her trendy second-hand store after the birth of her son Oliver. 

Because sometimes those little cute clothes deserve a second life.

Claudia put together an excellent collection of French, Scandinavian, Dutch and American brands. They are presented clean and pressed as if they were new. 

Here are my favourites of the fall selection:

BOYS

BOYS

  1. Shirt by WHEAT (new) - 9M - 15€
  2. Pinguin Onesie by URBAN ELK - 3M - 12 €
  3. Striped Jumper by ZARA - 6M - 18€
  4. Cardigan by GAP - 3Y - 22€
GIRLS

GIRLS

  1. Japenese-style Gilet - 2Y - 50€
  2. Yellow Cardigan by NAMEIT - 2-4M - 20€
  3. Star-Denim-Shirt by ZEF - 6M - 22€
  4. Owl Dress by SOFT GALLERY - 4Y - 30€
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Looking for special little gifts - A selection of handmade pacifier holders are also available.

You can find L'armadio di Oliver  in Monti, Rome or on Facebook.  

* If you can't make it to Rome, I am sure Claudia will ship whatever you saw and like to wherever you are on this planet! OnlineShop coming soon!

MINISTOP - Tram Depot at Testaccio, Roma

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Just like the French have a goûter – snack time around 4pm, Italians have the merenda.

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In Testaccio, an outdoor café popped up. In a corner of the park, a group of young people revisited the concept of kiosk and outdoor café. They are offering fresh juices, smoothies, cocktails and of course coffee. They also have a variety of snacks.

Located on Via Marmorata, occupying the sidewalk as well part of the park, the 60’s inspired furniture creates a perfect setting for merende!

Come and join Léonore and me next time! 

Kiosk at the corner of Marmorata and Gelsomini!

Kiosk at the corner of Marmorata and Gelsomini!

the DJ table!

the DJ table!

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