June 21, 2007
I've been meaning to post my worktable that Ryan built for me so here it is…
It's great to have all my sewing stuff in one place AND I can leave it messy without having to walk by it every two seconds- which is how it was when it my stuff was in the dining room. I have a few more things I want to get for here but it's great for now. Someday I may even sew something again! Next up…
I mentioned that I moved a little bookcase in our study for Keely. I've filled it mostly with educational goods and a few baskets that our loosly based on the Montessori kits idea. I read some about Montessori in college and every once in awhile I come back to it for inspiration. I really dig a lot of the Montessori goods. Too bad they cost so much. We just made up our kits with things we had or cheaply found goods at thriftstores. Keely made a few "kits" of her own too. There's a "pirate" basket where she keeps all her things that she thinks a girl pirate would need and a bean bag basket too. She seems to be enjoying it so far. All of her "artist" things are also there. She has a basket of paper so she can get it herself. She draws a lot! And now she is taking tape and hanging up all of her pictures on our walls. It's quite a sight. She calls this space her "artist" school or her "smart" school, depending on which activity she decides to do. Apparently, you can not mix the two. I have more I plan on doing/organizing/gathering for her, but for now that's how it is.
See that wooden cylinder thingie on the left? It's a pot maker. You take a scrap of newspaper and wrap it around it, push it down and it makes a little pot. You can fill it with dirt and seeds for early spring planting. When your seeds sprout enough, you then take the whole little package and plant it outside, paper and all. Groovy? I found it for $2. but I've seen it in catalogs before.
Another thing I've gotten together for Miss K is vases. She's picked some out (.25) and I had some. She LOVES picking flowers outside and filling her vases. She gives us flowers all the time now. It's such a simple idea that pleases us all greatly. Alright so that's mostly indoor stuff, now for outdoors. We are trying
to come up with a kiddie/nature space in our yard for her. It's just not coming together yet. I want to do a butterfly garden or maybe a senses garden for her (soft plants like lambs ear, smell good flowers, edible plants and herbs etc.). I also want to put out a birdbath and try to encourage some neighborhood frogs to move in to our place too. I'd like to incorporate some observation things for her too- like a rain gauge and some more bird feeders.
I think I need to narrow this list down though. Ya think? We do not have that big of a yard and don't have tons of resources or mass amounts of free time to tend to all of that. It's just some stuff I'm thinking about right now. We'll see if anything more than a rain gauge goes up out there.
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