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Posted on Aug 11, 2015 | 8 comments

End of Summer

End of Summer

Here’s what we did today to celebrate August, the summer harvest, and the ending of the season. It required a book from many seasons ago. Those cringingly cute craft books you see for 20 cents at yard sales or used book stores (or when Nana cleans out her garage)? Go ahead and pick one up – you never know.   Instructions: 1) Assemble materials. 2) Painfully drag kids through making one object each. 3) Do the rest yourself.     This is a fairly intricate project for 4 and 6-year-olds. Mine kept up fairly well with the tracing, pooped out on the cutting, and revved back up for select gluing, painting and stuffing. Be forewarned. Even with all the hand holding, it was worth the afternoon, I think. I finally got something that celebrates the end of summer up on our seasonal banner. (Click here to see the original banner that turned into a holiday and seasonal tradition.) And it led to a sunny late summer evening outside, painting other items from...

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Posted on May 28, 2013 | 3 comments

Wildflower Walk

Wildflower Walk

The kids and I went wildflower hunting the other day.     Considering we live in a suburb, it’s not all that easy to do. Also considering spring has fairly well sprung, we had even fewer choices. But it was a nice day for a walk, and this gave us a purpose. The following is what we came up with, entirely from objects found in the neighborhood, and around the house.     Some call them weeds, some call them wildflowers. Ha.     And some weren’t flowers at all.         This year of living life to the fullest began with stopping to smell the flowers. These gardenias are particularly, pungently, gorgeously fragrant. They insist you breathe all the way in just to get as much of the scent as possible.   The bonus is that all this hard work hunting in the sunshine made for two very sleepy, nap-compliant children. The perfect surprise ending. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share...

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Posted on Mar 20, 2013 | 0 comments

Playroom (One For the Kids and One For the Grown-Ups!)

Playroom (One For the Kids and One For the Grown-Ups!)

Having houseguests is great for home decor. You rearrange things for them and when you put them back, you can end up with entirely different rooms. This is what happened when my dad came to stay this week. This was particularly useful for us, since we are on year two of moving in to our house. My dad stayed in our office. One night, as Cute Banker and I were sitting on the couch, looking at the toys in the living room – our living room, the grown-up space – we thought: Hey! Why not move the office stuff out here and put alllll the kids stuff in the room? It took care of two issues: 1) having a visually calming adult space (while simultaneously giving the kids their own space), and 2) filling up a huge empty wall in the living room. Cute Banker and I were starting to feel like college students, with no art on the giant wall, and no clue how to fill it up. I...

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Posted on Dec 22, 2012 | 0 comments

Deck the Smalls

Deck the Smalls

You know those adorable photo cards people send you every Christmas? The ones printed on the thinnest rectangles of slightly bowed photo paper that simply won’t stand up on their own? You prop them against the sturdier, folded, cards but they angle away, and eventually slip down, taking other cards with them, and they drive you crazy all season? Okay, maybe it’s just me. Or, you put them on your refrigerator, but you really don’t want them on your refrigerator, but you have no where else to put them that they don’t fall down? Or get knocked over by a cat tail, a stray breeze, or the breath of a spider? Again, maybe just me. Whether or not you suffer from Fallen Photo Card Syndrome, I thought of something fun to do with them this year. Since they are almost always pictures of children, I taped them to the wall in my kids’ room. They add to the festive decorations in there and I think the boys like seeing...

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Posted on Oct 16, 2012 | 0 comments

Resident Artists

Resident Artists

When you don’t have any art for your big ol’ wall, commission some! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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