Category Archives: organizing

jamming

I planted a few peas in the garden this morning. It has been such a late spring for us and summer feels so very far away. I can’t believe I’m starting the garden near the end of March!

I came across a nifty little tool via How About Orange that reminded me of what I love best about summer. I can’t wait to use thisĀ  jam label generator.

making books

We love to make books! The little one has been coming home from pre-school with tiny non-fiction books about things like the parts of the flower. The older one loves these blank comic books. I wanted to bring a sense of importance and permanence to the book making so I created a special space for them in our playroom. I am excited to watch the basket fill up over time. There are lots of great resources for making your own little books. I like this one.

finding rhythm

We’ve been struggling a bit with following rules, getting our jobs done and even just getting out the door in the morning! When I saw this great to-do list I thought it just might help us get back on track.

I followed the template pretty closely just changing the size and shape to accommodate the post-its we had on hand. The kids really like it. My structure loving boy especially! I like the flexibility.

My only rule is that I get to put the tasks up there and they can take them off when they are done. We’ve been able to sneak in a few things that we would normally do after school too. Piano practice goes much smoother in the morning when we are all fresh. And the yoga was their idea. Just ten minutes to limber us up for the day (found via Angry Chicken). We change up the tasks as the day progresses. It’s a good bedtime routine reminder too.

pre-reading

My little pre-reader has been working hard on his letter sounds. At pre-school he works with these sandpaper letters, wooden letters and toys. At home we’ve been working with homemade sandpaper letters and images. We made ours by drawing the letter shapes on index cards with white glue and then sprinkling sand on top. There is also a great tutorial for more permanent letters made from sandpaper and wood here.

Playful Learning is another great resource for integrating learning into play at home. Right now we are working on some of the suggestions for setting up a mail station and sorting out some of our writing materials. I’ll share the results when it’s all done!

spaceships

We spend a lot of time in our household with drawing materials. I love how the four and a half year difference evens out when they get down to pen/pencil and paper. One favours markers and the other has already learned that pencils are more forgiving. A favourite gift this year was new sketch pads and a set of markers for one and pencils for the other.

This little organizing box from Ikea keeps it all in check. It’s perfect for carrying around the house and keeping it all in order on the art shelf.

fresh

I’ve been sharing small glimpses of things I have been making in my freshly painted studio space but I haven’t shown you the new walls yet. They used to be a sort of pale green. White makes such a big difference!

I’m still struggling to find natural light but we’ve added some more light fixtures which has been helping a lot.

I’ve also managed to dedicate a small shelf just for things that I love, have made or are otherwise inspired by. Here I have some glass vases that were a gift, a vintage spool of thread, a wooden printing block from India and my beautifully hand-stitched elephant. I’d love to know what inspires you?

colour theory made simple

Have you seen the palettes from Design Seeds? I’m not sure which of these is my favourite.

I love the mustard and teal combo in this one.

These are the colours of my home.

And these are just a great reminder that at the end of these grey days there will be sunshine again.