Tuesday, December 16, 2008

D.I.Y Toy Storage

It is always a good idea to do a pre-holiday toy purge. New toys will come in, so it is a great opportunity to share gently used toys with a local charity. After purging and donating to the local orphanage I decided we needed to fine tune our organization system as well. Our three year olds toy collection consists of a few firemen, loads of pirates, and pirate paraphernalia. Since our two boys share a room I decided to place some storage boxes under the bed so they would be easy to get to. I found these boxes at a local shop that used them for display. They were a steal so I bought a bunch. A quick trip to the art supply shop for wooden signs and chalkboard paint. After painting the signs I used 3m double sided tape to attach the signs to the boxes. Using chalkboard paint allows you to repurpose the boxes as your children grow. Check out the pictures above!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Give Granola!

Every year I make granola to give to friends and neighbors. I figure that everyone will eat enough junk over the next few weeks and something remotely healthy might be nice. The process is quite time consuming but it nice to be "stuck" at home during the holidays with time to read a book , or watch Christmas specials on TV. Above is the finished product! I always use a mason jar to store it in so it can be reused and will stay fresh.

What are you cooking up this holiday season? Send in your ideas to share!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

If you have been following my blog you already know how neurotic I am about plastic and BPA.  I have blogged several times about safer ways to store your children/baby's food and drinks. I came across this new feeding system by Think Baby. The line has not yet been released and already has a waiting list so get on it! The set costs $42.oo and comes with the above components. Totally free of BPA, lead, melamine, lead, PVC, and phthalates this one is hard to resist. 

Monday, December 8, 2008

A Truly British Tea Party with a Purpose

Today I had a joy of attending a tea at my neighbor Denise's home. She hosted a lovely tea party to benefit Low Country Orphan Relief. A tea party with a purpose. Guests were asked to bring any used clothes, books, school supplies, and toiletries for the children. Bags of goodies were piled up around the Christmas Tree ready to be delivered to the children. The Non-Profit provides aid to children in the Charleston area that are abandoned, abused, and or neglected. The organization basically takes over where the government leaves off. We enjoyed amazing homemade scones, tea, and other traditional British treats. Check out the pictures above....

Saturday, December 6, 2008

My Trip to Lime Blue

With a mission to promote all things local I made a trip to Lime Blue yesterday to do a bit of holiday shopping. Lime Blue, located on Queen Street downtown, makes one feel like they have taken "happy pills". From clay birds, personality included, to owl piggy banks everything is full of life & color. Looking for the perfect teacher gifts? The fish ornaments and clay flowers are perfect, & they won't break the bank either. Still in need of holiday decorations? Check out the "partridge in a pear tree" centerpiece or the garland with clay accents on the mantel. To make your experience top notch Jeff will wrap your gifts for you, and maybe give you a cookie. 

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Recycled Art For Your Garden

The Bloom' in Art Show last month was fortunate to show the works of Doug James, a local craftsmen, who make the most amazing bottle trees and chairs out of reclaimed materials.  The Bottle Tree was placed right outside the studio on King Street,  lit up,  showing the colors of the bottles beautifully. What a great addition to your garden with some nice LED lights wrapped around it.  Doug's family web site also will include the work of his wife, Kendall, an amazing jewelry artist. To see pictures of the chairs, which are extremely comfortable, go to his web site at www.designsbydeck.com 

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Uses for Kid's Art Work

Above are some pictures of notecards I made from my son's art work. I used a paper cutter and made small cards and then tied them together with twine. Don't you think these would make a great gift for the grandparents. Not only are they beautiful but they are free as well! Another great use of finger paintings is wrapping paper. Why spend money on a roll of wrapping paper when it is hanging on your fridge.
Any ideas for other ways to use art work? Share your thoughts...