Urban harvest

August 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Our subdivision has a number of apple trees in the ornamental landscaping. And this year seems to be a bumper crop. We walked a little way from our house and picked a nice bucketful to make into applesauce. Apple picking is always a wonderful experience. Complete with the requisite squished apples and buzzing bees. And ours have worms and everything. I think they are nearly organic as they are not cared for as an orchard.

Pinterest project- boot tray and game storage

August 17, 2012 § Leave a comment

Filling a boot tray with rocks seems rather silly, but it makes muddy boots infinitely more stylish. Or anything wet coming into the house. River rocks are least expensive at the Dollar Store.  We have also found the rocks useful for other things like one memorable rock skipping contest.  We also used them (scrubbed) as filler to bring a wine demijohn up to the proper lever. Handy things to have around.

Those purple and black shoes are Merrell Pace Gloves. Best shoes ever! They are minimalist runners and I use them daily and cannot say enough about how comfortable and durable and washable! they are.

One other little pinterest handy helper we have used is to get travel soap containers to corral card games. These work perfectly and are hardy for travel and kids.

Flea market finds

August 16, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

 

For my second trip to Mile High this summer, I got a blissful few hours of solitude and a selection of fun finds. A few more wooden hangers for the closet. $2. Some day I will have enough to get rid of the plastic ones.

A dollar fan.  How to bring joy to a 6 year old in two seconds flat.

$1 for this set of stamps. Still in the $16 packaging. Endlessly useful for school and creative activities.

Keens, always the keens. Little ones for the little one. $4.

We have been on the lookout for trains. The 4 year old turns five soon and this will be his gift. This box is huge! And very full of train building fun for years to come. $20.

And 3 vintage Fisher Price play stages. I had these. I loved these! $13. The car elevator still goes up and the school bell still rings. Now I’m in the market for the little cars and people.

The workspace- and ladder chandelier

August 15, 2012 § 3 Comments

So the ladder I got this weekend, I cut it in half. Cringe! It was hard to do, so beautiful it was. But the two halves are perfectly at home in new places. I sanded them and wiped them down and put on a sealer. I hung one above my worktable, and I thought I’d show you this space. Because it is my favorite. 27 square feet of lovely color and inspired order that makes creating easy. The room is on the main floor right by the living room and 15 feet from the kitchen. So convenient. I always work to place the making space and the kids play and school room right in the main living area. Neither of them works well in the basement or a bedroom. Soon the ladder will be hung with half done projects and inspiration ideas.

That is a cape in progress.

And lest you think all is perfect, here is the other two-thirds of the room. Theology library, music room, electronic and computer workstation, waiting to be craigslisted repository, and ironing spot. I’m working on that blank wall. Do you see that soup crock on a plaque? My husband is a really good cook and won that chili award. His interests are so varied. He needs a wall of memories and appreciations.

Balance bike- product recommend

August 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

My oldest children are 6 and 5. They are working on using a 2 wheeler, but mostly just fall over. We got this balance bike through kids Woot. (Our brand is Treehaus, but any balance bike is probably good.)  And every minute for the last week the kids are riding it. The oldest has gotten the hang of the balance and can now ride the two wheeler! The thing they like best about it is they are allowed to ride it inside. It has rubber handles and no pedals to gouge things. It is adjustable and so fun to zoom around.

New pillow

August 14, 2012 § 2 Comments

I bought a new pillow. Full price! It was at Home Goods and of course I love the color, but it was that corner trim that I wanted. How unique! No mere piping here.

It is on the sewing table because I fray-blocked the edge of the butterfly and glued it down. The butterfly applique was sewn only in the middle and floppy and frayed. How may things do you buy and alter as soon as you get home? I do that a lot.

Picking

August 13, 2012 § 1 Comment

I snapped this up yesterday. A 12 foot orchard ladder. Just wait til you see what it becomes! Lovely smudgy thing.

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