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Model Ikea

13 Jul
Shoshanna's Room

Planning a room with Ikea site?

I do not know if there is, please reader, more than a Stiod, this will be a request!

You know the most famous Swedish girl, Ikea, has so cool solutions for a relatively low cost when it has to do with furnishing.

The company has, by the way quite helpful softwares to planning, but it does not always help! At least not to me, who has not the sharpest mind in the world. What if, this Ikea girls furnishing had its own model pieces. I don’t know if it would need to be Ikea who sold it, though there is some potential there. But it could fit also other chains such as Mio or whoever sells furniture worldwide. One could have a standard scale, like the model railways things, but a little bigger.

I know architects use some things, but to my knowing they use to make such things by themselves, or am I wrong? I heard of people who even uses Lego to do the work. Please, too much abstraction to me!

Imagine if you had it as ready to use models or even if you could build it home, with your children or your partner or …  in a hobby-like afternoon? A-ma-zing!

So, if you know about something like this, please, comment, or if you don’t let’s hope some “mind behind the things” reads this post and hear our voices>

 

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News wall paper

18 Feb
Newspaper fire orange

Newspaper fire orange (Photo credit: NS Newsflash)

I woke up just some minutes ago and “ideed” (I fouled an idea). Have spent the last six months redecorating a newly bought flat. All the wall papers are bought, but I realized our built-in wardrobes lost any appeal they might have had.

With some decoupage techniques I’ve got, I want to glue newspapers on the doors and get them a bit lively. Googling around I found that there are some ready newspapers-patterned wall papers, they are quite mechanic with a little news repeating on an on.

My idea was thus, to start gathering in some way newspapers from all over the world, with local news from different countries, in different languages, and with advertisements in.

I want this news corner to be unique and meaningful. That would make my bedroom news collection/collage to have a personality, and some news that were selected and had some meaning to those who sent me them.

How to do that?

How to get those newspapers?

Social media, dear reader. That is how it has to be done. So, if you read this post so far, and are willing to send me a sheet of newspaper from your city-tow, I would be really thankful. I intend also to refund you with costs for sending it by snail-mail.

Please, e-mail me if you are willing to be part of my collection.

sonialindblom (a t) gmail. com

Popcorn filter

3 Jul

As I offered Husband to be a collaborator to to Stupid Ideas of the Day and he refused I took the freedom to publish his ideas as if they were originally mine :D.

It happens that husband is the best corn popper at home –  and he uses to do it on the traditional stove with oil and a big sauce pan. Though the popcorns get very big and the most of them pop, there are always unpopped kernels which annoy him.

Then his stiod was just born: a bowl that has holes big enough to sift the spare kernels and hold the tasty big popcorns. This way you will only serve the greatest popcorn without risk to your teeth.

Kernel and popped popcorn

It is just appropriate and does not demand better explaining or does it?

 

 

Publicity for fruits and vegetables

25 Jun
English: Fruit on display at La Boqueria marke...

La Boqueria market in Barcelona (credit: Wikipedia)

Definitely I won’t say how it can be done since I am not that creative etc etc. My last toilet book was “Publicidade para o público” (Publicity for the public). There a guy is teaching publicity techniques etc. But I am ok in knowing only the basics and that such things exist (I am good in many things, so, I’ll skip this extra skill ::laugh::)

The stiod, though can come to existence with the limitation of a sketch as many others I publish, by the way.

While I am enjoying the morning laziness and deciding if I will vacuum clean or read e-mails, I decided watching Sponge Bob for the time being. These commercial TV channels have a lot of commercials (I guess there comes the name of its). The commercial Ads I saw are much of chewing gums, chips, candies – and clothes, games and toys. I guess that is why I am not willing to eat an apple but would gladly take a glass of strawberry quick as soon as I get up the couch.

Long time I am not a kid – perhaps sadly, though I am ok on my thirties –  and I was strongly suggested by the eating of some sugary cereal or Toddy.

But one thing you can observe there is no advertisement for fruits: Fruits and vegetables have brands as well, just as milk etc. And the brand makes the difference in quality, besides, there might have different benefits and appeals.

Why don’t these brands just make some (quick) ad and dispute or get over the market:

Apples “Small Jungle” – the most juicy you can find.

Ananas (usch) “Tupi Açu” – easy to sculpt your favorite shapes (and happy kids with plastic knives making sweet & acid figures while showing a strong attitude).

Travel through world eating “Interfruits” from far away lands to your fruit basket

I don’t mind you laughing of my lack creativity – but I’ve seen worst (check this). Thing is we complain of world problems, kids who don’t eat, but where are our farms, veggies importers? Why don’t they announce their products?

Ops, I guess I am going to look for some greenery for lunch.

Third Party`s Stiod: Silent beer cans

22 Jun
Can of Duff beer, produced in the 1990s by the...

Can of Duff beer, produced in the 1990s by the Lion Nathan brewery in Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It was rest time to me and football time to Husband, Eurocup, you know. Despite I am not paying attention to him, a sound denounces:  He opens the beer can. I come to living room, get a sip and we laugh.

Husband thinks it is not fair, that he has the right to open a beer can without denouncing himself and calling the wife’s attention. He decides that the world beer producers should care about Husbands’ privacy. That is why there should be developed beer can openers with a silent mechanism, yet effective.

Despite I think he has that right, I would stick with the stiod of having a beer barrel home 😀

Toilet seats with springs

18 Jun

Again a stiod I thought of my own – despite I’ve see some fancy version (here) from Japan on youtube, some weeks ago – was thought of before me and has indeed a patent registered. A step further to come to existence though.

My concern toward the toilet seats come from long time ago when I shared an apartment with two boys. They would never fold back the seat top after using the toilet seat. When you get married that comes also to happen sometimes – though seldom home by me.

It is not a good problem if you are wide awake and your toilet room is warm and nice. Take it when you are sleepy in the middle of the night, and the toilet is a heck of a cold place to sit, that can be a distress to marriage. You crawl out bed and snail into the toilet room, roll out your pajamas etc and sit in a freezing cold porcelain. Someone forgot to pull down the soft warm seat to its place.

The invention will help you to save your marriage by not needing to scream of surprise for the cold bottom and not complaining everyday about the same thing. Your fine toilet seat should come with springs, that help the boys to have it up while they need it but will slowly and nicely pull it back to its due place after being left loose.

The patent text I read here.

The picture above is another version that focuses more in the toilet lifter. (here)

 

 

Popcorn race

10 Jun

Get a cold and rainy day. Put together five kids. Add three bowls of popcorn. Mix all together, then turn the TV on and let it be for about an hour.

If your leaving room is clean after that, congrats, you can skip reading. If not I suppose soon your little guests (or kids, if your are a parent) will need more stimulus. In our endless search for distractions for those challenging kids I found out some fun contest:

Kids are to be divided in two groups (little Hugo got to be in the white zone) – we draw and assemble some medals, then start the race:

The group who gets more popcorn into the little bag will get the gold medals, the other team would be given the silver ones.

The floor would get a bit easier to vacuum cleaning and the little angels have a bit of fun – as well as the “old Ant” Sonia.

 

Secular Wedding

8 Jun
Rita and John's Marriage Certificate

Rita and John’s Marriage Certificate (Photo credit: mary hodder)

I thought this would be a perfect Idea for a wedding if I had one again. | Just hope I’ll never need to.

The church thing is quite beautiful I can’t deny.  When I said the definitive yes, Husband and I were in a very cute church, with no many square meters by a still lake in Swedish summer afternoon.

If we did not have that idyllic scene, I’d have something totally different:

  • Instead of a priest wise wo/men.
  • Instead of an altar, a round table
  • Instead of church sermon, philosophy on sharing lives, living together and matrimony.
  • Best men and ladies of honor would have a talk about their conceptions of marriage.
  • The reverends would object and/or defend marriage.
  • In face of it all, the pair is questioned if they agree in doing such a life-long intended binding – and then, the Yes.

 

For a wedding music-  The Valkyries, Carmen, Figaro…

For ceremony guests, round tables with wine and bread. The decoration would remind a cafe, with plenty of luxury, why not?

 

All this arrangement would make you marriage go under the sign of common thought and not empty promises.

 

 

Pregnancy test

7 Jun

It has been a good while you can go to the drugstore and buy a pregnancy test. Before that you’d have to go to hospital and wait until one give you the result: positive x negative.

The first tests you would pee on a piece of special paper and wait some minutes and get the result: one line – negative, two lines positive.

But we are ahead on time, years after I was terrified doing one of this home exams, I wished  thought it was possible it was happening after one day delay in the period.

Go to the drugstore and they sell me some stripe I would have to stick into a glass with urine in it and wait some minutes. One line – negative, two lines positive. Ok with the plastic free tech. But you have to be quite handy to not pee your hand etc. Than, into the frenzy of getting one or two stripes you just freak flatter out and drip this disgusting pee all over.

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Idea: Some chemical you pour into your toilet and it will react with your urine and change color. For example: blue positive, red negative or which ever colors.

That is, just using a common pine detergent in my toilet it changes its color. I read some years ago of a liquid you poured into the swimming pools and it would show if someone kissed in it. So we are half way to the do-ability of the idea. One change in color, the test is going on and negative. Other color the test is positive.

You are allowed to know if you are pregnant or not in a very cleaner way. 😀

BTW  – it was negative :’-(

Stiod News – Facebook Kids

4 Jun

It has been less than two months Stupid Ideas of the Day are online, and it seems that someone out there have already listened to one of the ideas: the facebook kids. I was googling for more information, but couldn’t find more than the piece of news I saw on TV this morning. And it is in Portuguese, but the TV news show reports that Facebook is already planing to create some sort of access to kids under 13.

Check the program here.

That might be my self-esteem/pride but the features they kind of announced are quite similar to those published by this humble blog. Let’s hope it comes to. My little niece is learning to read and write in such a hurry because she hopes having her own facebook page.

😀

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