Three cheers for tractor paper

July 11, 2012 § 2 Comments

This is what we buy for the kids to draw on. They are prolific artists in this phase of life and go through many sheets each day. $3. Cheap and plentiful.

Thrifty couture

July 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

School clothes and larger sizes are coming up in the thrift store search. This week I found three yards of linen fabric for $3. Shirts from H&M and Target, and jeans from Gap and Children’s Place. All for $9.47. My girl wears size 8-10 at the waist, but I have to tailor off 2-3 inches at the bottom. And she isn’t really chubby! I love these colors.

Treasure box

July 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

This gentleman is spacious and very sturdy. He was $10 at the thrift store.

Pinterest project- drawstring lego mats

July 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

Legos are one of my favorite toys, and our family spends hours playing with them. The lego mat is an easy way to keep them corralled. It is both storage and play surface and makes clean up easy. It prevent bruises from stepping on legos and keeps the baby from eating stray blocks. I have made two. The first one is made from vintage striped fabric and muslin and is about 54 inches wide, the width of the muslin. The drawstring is in a casing between the layers

This second one I made bigger, out of two thrifted sheets, and the drawcord just goes through grommets from back to front of the mat. If you are thinking of making one,  I like the bigger grommets of the second mat, but the internal casing for the cord of the first mat.

Home again

July 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

We have returned home after our time of travel. We were gone 52 days and came home to a few weeds, but nothing else terrible. I had fears that our fridge had spouted water all over the floor for a week or other such tragedy. The fridge is possessed and has done that before. Our home is such a blessing, wide and peaceful. And we are reveling in it. It took almost a week to get home to CO from Miami. We had car trouble in GA, but in providence we also had a terrific mechanic, a swift tow truck and taxi, a convenient hotel, and a kind friend to drive us home for lunch and help us pick up our miraculously repaired car. The kids did well all the way to the end. The whole last 2 days of driving we listened to Little Women. There are a lot of hours in that book! And a lot more to the story than I had remembered from our childhood abridged copy. Never ever read abridged books.

Living in Miami for a month was great. We enjoyed the marine iguanas in our development lake, and harvested the mangoes in our neighborhood. Smoothies are our favorite thing to make with them. Having no toys and few diversions in our little condo, we did activities every day morning and afternoon. We found great libraries and went to playgrounds, the beach, splash parks, play dates, the zoo and the pool. We loved the Miami zoo and rented a ciclofan to tour it. They are Italian vehicles kind of like a bicycle golf cart. Pedaling and shade and  very cool locomotion all at the same time. I want one! I like hot weather. And I like being with my husband. It was a really great trip for the whole family.

The kids really wanted to find a coconut to eat. They had a ton of fun busting it open. But it was not edible.

 

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