March 23, 2012

NEW: Extra Protection Custom Cases

Happy Habitat personalized phone cases are now available with Extra Protection! Extra Protection is a removable black rubber liner that subtly wraps around your phone, giving it a little padding between your phone and the hard-shell case. The rubber casing covers the power and volume buttons. 

Some FAQs:
Will this protective liner save your phone if it gets ran over?
Probably not.

Will it keep it dry if it falls in the toilet?

Will it decrease my odds of getting a cracked screen if it slips out of my hand?

Can the case work without the liner?

Can the liner work with out the case.
Yes, but what's the point?

Get 'em in the shop with the design of your choice.

March 20, 2012

I found Barcelona in St. Louis!

We took a mini-vacay last weekend to St. Louis to do some kid stuff. I looked online at The City Museum and thought it definitely looked like fun for the kids. When we walked through the doors, I was completely blown away. I was immediately reminded of the architecture of Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. The City Museum is made from recycled materials found within the city-- little items pieced together to create a kid's fantasy land- there's old machinery, planes, tile. It's mosaics remind me so much of the melting wonderland at Parc Guell in Barcelona.

Here are some shots I took upon entering:

Some more great images of The City Museum



And here's a small taste of Antonio Gaudi:

Mosaics from Parc Guell, Barcelona
Antonio Gaudi interior
Casa Batllo, Barcelona
Parc Guell, Barcelona
Parc Guell Barcelona
Casa Batllo, Barcelona
The Most Wonderful Place on Earth- Parc Guell, Barcelona
Photos don't do either place justice. Truly magical.

March 16, 2012

I Spy HAPPY Art: Lara Harwood

I'll let the art speak for it's self...

Love the message on this one.
All from Lara's Website.
I imagine these to be even better large and in person. 

March 08, 2012

New in the shop: Polka Dot Case with your NAME!

Personalized iPod Touch Case with Name
Personalized Polka Dot iPhone Case with Script NamePersonalized Name iPod Touch Case Polka Dots

 I had some requests for names on cases, so I made Polka Dot iPod Touch cases for my niece and neighbor. Pretty cute, right? These guys are now available in the shop. I haven't experimented yet with putting names on the other patterns besides the Polka Dots, but if you'd like to see what it would look like, just shoot me an email, and we can try it out!

The first one I did on the name on the side, but have since changed it to the middle--
but I make it either way.

March 03, 2012

happy lucky #13 my love...

OH! and holy moly... just realized it's the 1 year anniversary of Happy Habitat! One year ago today, I started this blog. I had no idea I would open a store and still have something to say one year and 87 posts later. 

Easy DIY Pelmet Box

In an effort to make my office look decent quickly and inexpensively, I put up a pelmet box around my windows. I wanted to share this because it's SO EASY. One of those things that looks good from the outside, but you'd be surprised to find out that it's actually just tape, staples and foam core board. There's really no reason to make it more difficult with different materials, because this works! I had bookmarked Jenny's tutorial a while back, and it came in handy. This is one of those things that you can really just figure out yourself: 1) Cut the foam board to size, make sure and cut 2 sides making sure that it's deep enough to clear the depth of your windows and blinds or curtains-- then it just got taped together. 2) Cut fabric and batting to size 3) Staple working from the inside going out, alternating from top to bottom 4) Tape the fabric down for extra smoothness (I used clear packing tape, but duck tape would have been stronger) 5) Tape L brackets on the back-- I used some old wood blind brackets and they just hang on the top of the window. I should probably put a nail in one of the holes for extra security, but it's done fine just sitting on there. The pelmet box frames the window and adds some pattern and color. Simple, cheap and effective.

DIY Window Treatment- Pelmet Box

Easy DIY Window Treatment
My Fabric was just a bit short, so I had to have seams on either side,
I thought I was doing a great job of matching up the pattern, but FAILED,
so I covered it with some ribbon trim.
DIY Window Pelmet Treatment
My piece was so large that I had to put together 3 pieces of foam board.
To strengthen it, I put extra pieces of foam board over the seams.
You can see my brackets here. I had a bunch of leftovers from hanging wood blinds--
of course I took the shortcut and only put 2 brackets up instead of 3,
so I was left with a bunch of these guys.