Mimish Designs’ Storage Beanbag is a clever place to stash stuff.
The beanbag chair unzips to reveal space for storing plush toys, out-of-season clothes, bedding or other soft items. The top of the chair is filled with polystyrene beads to create a comfortable, squishy seat or ottoman.
The beads are enclosed in a removable bag, so you can clean the chair’s shell. The chair comes in Microsuede, which can be machine washed, and cotton, which must be dry cleaned.
Thirteen colors are available.
The Storage Beanbag is made in the United States and sells for $149 at mimishdesigns.com. Shipping is free on orders in the United States.
Artist Christine Schmidt believes it doesn’t have to take a lot of skill to personalize an item and turn it into something special. She shows how in Yellow Owl’s Little Prints: Stamp, Stencil, and Print Projects to Make for Kids (Potter Craft, $21.99 in paperback).
Schmidt, who runs the online store Yellow Owl Workshop and wrote the hand-printing guide “Print Workshop,” filled the book with instructions for making hand-printed items that are practical yet meaningful enough to be kept as treasures. She’s also a mother, so she designed the projects to be achievable by sleep-deprived parents with little free time, little patience for meticulous details and no special equipment on hand.
The projects run the gamut from handmade birth announcements to plates decorated with charming handprints. Included are party decorations, wall art, rugs, toys, tote bags, baby clothes and more.
Q: I baked vegetables on a tray with olive oil, and the oil burned onto the tray. How can I get it off?
A: The product I always recommend for situations like this is Dawn Power Dissolver. It’s not a dish detergent, but a pretreatment. Spray it onto the dry tray and let it sit awhile before rinsing. You may have to repeat if the oil is really stubborn.
The product can be hard to find, so call around to stores in your area. I’ve seen it at a supermarket, and in the past I’ve been told that some Ace Hardware stores carry it.