Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Story Stones

This looks like something easy to make (or buy) with a lot of potential.  As a teacher, I know that the number one question when it comes to creative writing is "what should I write about?"  I've seen all kinds of solutions to this problem - random illustrations from books hung around the room, jars of popsicle sticks with a sentence starter on each, class brainstorming sessions to think of ideas...I have never seen these.  And of course, they're not even meant for the classroom (although my mind still goes there first).  They're just meant for playing with, and how fun!  And again, you could make them using recycled paper and stones you find at the beach, encouraging responsibility and respect for nature, and creativity.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Porch Party

I haven't really looked into the details of this event, but I really like the idea of it.  A porch party.  Imagine walking down the street and everyone has something going on, on their porch.  One house might have a band, the next has drinks, across the street they've got some kind of game going on on their porch and next to them there's a few tables full of snacks...I love how this brings neighbours together and encourages people to talk to each other.  It lets you open up your home without having to do the usual vacuuming and dusting, since it's just your porch!  So great.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sharing a Bedroom, PLUS an adorable garland idea

There is a lot that I really like about this room.  I like the colours.  I like the crib (we have the same one!) I like the reminder that you don't have to move to a giant house so that each of your kids can have their own room.  I like the vintage decor, which is most likely second hand and doesn't all match.  I like the framed graphics with their names and birth dates and special features about them.

I LOVE the doily garland!  I so often see doilies that are gorgeous, no doubt about it, but also just not the right thing for my house.  But this is SUCH a sweet way to use them.  Another birthday party idea I think!

Amazing, Terrible, or Just Weird? - Painting a Couch

Check out this post where someone painted a couch.  Not the wood parts, the fabric parts.  Part of me thinks - wow, this is so awesome.  The other part of me wonders if that could possibly be a good idea...A definite diy, money-saver, but perhaps no one will ever want to sit on the couch again?  Hmmm.  Thoughts?

Monday, May 9, 2011

Strawberry Party

I just love themed parties and I thought that this was a really sweet one.  And it's not commercially or expensive. My daughter's birthday is in June, which just might be the perfect time to throw this party....We'll see...