What do you get when you mix Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie, Comedy Central's Crank Yankers, and Dr. Drew's Loveline? Felt, a new show on Logo that uses puppets to act out real couples' sex therapy sessions and "homework" assignments. The show, which debuted last week and airs every Monday at 10 p.m. EDT, offers relationship realities most can relate to and even some decent advice. After screening the first two episodes, I caught up with Brent Zacky, the senior vice president of original programming and development for Logo. Based on what I saw and our conversation, here are four reasons to check out the show.
There's something about crafting with felt that brings out the kid in all of us. Regardless of how it's glued, sewn, or cut, we love the retro feel the fabric brings to projects. It also happens to be one of the easiest materials for young tots to handle due to its thickness — there's a reason so many preschool projects are made from felt!
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we turned to Jodi Levine, crafts editor at Martha Stewart Living, for some advice on crafting with our kids for the big day. "Many years ago my friend Page Marchese Norman and I started a tradition of hand making Valentine's gifts for our co-workers," Jodi shared. "I think we had originally meant for them to be holiday gifts but with the December craziness, Valentine's seemed like a more reasonable deadline! Felt had always been a favorite material of ours. Because felt is nonwoven and doesn't fray, it requires no hemming, making it super easy to work with."
Check out the five easy crafts your lil ones can create with minimal help from mom and dad.
Felt fun for everyone! Plastic toys can contain BPA and other hazardous chemicals leading mamas to search for healthier options. Wooden toys are a nontoxic alternative but as any mama — on the receiving end of a wooden slice of watermelon thrown by baby — can tell you, they can be dangerous when airborne. Check out these 10 felt toys for tots and let the good times roll!
Paper party hats are so 1965. Dress up your family's birthday crown collection (or make a new tradition involving the toppers) by investing in a personalized felt party hat fashioned with your tot's likes, name, or age in mind. Here are 10 adorable and affordable designs from Etsy artists to check out for your child's next birthday.
I never really understood the concept of 'Peas in a pod' but when I saw this cute Etsy find "3 peas in a pod", I think I may finally have it. So, the peas fitting snuggly in this leafy green pod represent the children or is this the whole family? If so, I am going to need another pea, I don't want to put anyone out. Now, I am confused again.
These Peas In A Pod are beautifully handcrafted by Green Man's Shop found on Etsy and based in Israel. They would make a great conversation point for just $26.50. Stuffed with 100% wool, lined with cotton and measuring a huge 11" inches long, these peas in a pod are genuinely a beautiful imaginative toy for children.
This weekend I finally caught up on one of my French cinema Netflix picks, Paris, written and directed by Cédric Klapisch. Set in the City of Lights, the film had plenty of beautiful sights, but it was only natural that the architect character in the movie would live in a hip modern abode. As he walked onto his expansive balcony with stunning city views, I got a glimpse of his cluster of felt rock ottomans. Not only are they a perfect fit for his contemporary home, but I'd definitely seen them before. Wonder where?
Charming as they may be, hanging plates can often cause a rattle that will drive diners crazy when they get up to refill their glasses. To bring some peace and quiet back to the table, just stick two small felt pads or one large one to the back of the springs and it will create a sound barrier between the wall and the plate holder. And it may keep your plates a bit safer on the breaking front, too.
I like the concept of this Felted Stone Lumbar Pillow ($198) by South African textile designer Ronel Jordaan. It has the look of hard stone, but the cushy comfort of any other wool pillow. And, the felt succulents sticking out from between the stones add another charming, nature-inspired element. But I'm not sure I'd actually buy it! What about you?
Etsy seller Love, California was born and bred in Texas, and she's got the pillows to prove it. She makes charming wool-blend felt pillows bearing an icon of the Lone Star State, the cactus. Her Cactus With White Blooms Pillow ($125) is entirely hand-stitched in the shape of a cactus, while the Cactus Topiary Felt Pillow ($60) is square and hand-stitched with a colorful cactus appliqué. If you hail from Japan, you may prefer her hilarious Sumo Pillow ($109); Hawaii, her Hula Girl ($125); New Orleans, her Fleur-de-Lis Pillow ($55); and if you're just an average Joe, her Dark Cross Pillow ($55) might be for you.
Throwing a successful dinner party is already enough of a hassle without your tablecloth slipping off of the table. You've somehow spent 10 minutes assuring yourself that your linens drape equally to the floor. You set the table, serve your feast, and realize that one side resembles a miniskirt sported by Britney Spears. Frustrating? Yes. Easy to fix? Definitely. Just cut a piece of felt to the size and shape of your tabletop, and the textured fabric will prevent your table's linen number from becoming a bit risqué.