With all the rocket ship riding and magic spell casting happening in your house, you wonder if Captain Imagination appreciates the real world.
Show him what a colorful place it can be with Numsi nursery art. Made by a British installation artist living in Minnesota, the square wall panels depict everyday things (trucks, cars, animals) in stylized, eye-catching ways.
Each pic is digitally enhanced, juxtaposed against bold colors and patterns, and printed on canvas. The results: wall art that’s sophisticated enough for mom and dad, but cartoony enough for a kiddo. What we really appreciate, though, is the subtle combination of things girly and boyish (think an orange digger against a bright pink background).
A birch plywood frame holds each piece, so it can stand upright on a dresser or desk. Alternately, mount one (or several) on the wall to inspire dreams — for real.
Available online at numsi.com, $38-$118.
PaperCourt Press New Year’s Cards
What: Order custom greetings ($2) with pictures of your brood from the Seattle-based stationery company.
Why: Cheerier than your usual e-mail missives.
When: You’ve got mail.
Where: Online at papercourtpress.com.
All-Ages Games and Fun
What: Banish boredom with video games, crafts, and snacks.
Why: A simple solution to cabin fever.
When: Thurs., 1-4 p.m.
Where: Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Ave. NE (206-684-7539). Participation is free.
What: Marvel at candy-covered abodes dreamed up by local chefs and architects.
Why: Proceeds benefit Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northwest Chapter.
When: Thru Jan. 3.
Where: Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Ave. (206-621-9000). Admission is free. Donations accepted.
Photo: Courtesy of Numsi