Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Today was our first art class at Mister Jones in Bermagui. The kids had a great time making funky clay bottles. Matt, the artist and class facilitator - I'm happy to not say 'teacher' on purpose as Matt was far from the stereotypical role of a teacher that we all know. For unschoolers like us Matt was perfect! His manner with the kids was exactly what unschoolers would want for their kids to flourish and be inspired. He was at their level - down there, on the floor, doing the clay work along side them, showing them and then working with them.
He had funky music playing and a funky little tortoise shell kitten roaming around, relaxed and chilled out in the sunny, funky studio space. I can't get away from that word. Funky, funky, funky! The bottles the kids made were pure FUNKY! Each one was individual and totally unique. The kids were entranced by Matt's class and focused and enthused and excited. Lewi turned to me a couple of times and said: "this is so much fun, mum!"
Here's some photos of the funky, Matt-Jones-at Mister-Jones fun we had today.
Thanks so much, Matt. Can't wait until next term:)
Monday, March 29, 2010
Ah de do ah de do da day
He whistled and he sang 'til the green woods rang
I hope I've got the words right....Oh the days of primary school and Singing And Listening time! I loved that part of school. I still have some of the old Singing and Listening books. The Gypsy Rover was one of the songs I remember singing away to...the crackling audio recording from Singing and Listening blaring, rebounding off our classroom walls.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Everyone can make a nook for themselves. Whether your nest is large or small, rented or owned, renovated or not -a nook only needs to have a few essential items to make it special. Combine these three elements and I promise you many, many special times of rest, relaxation and recharge.
What Every Nook Needs:
1. Somewhere to sit. You might have a favourite chair or cushion, a bean bag or daybed; maybe even a rug on the floor. Anything that is comfortable and cosy and begs you to sit.
2. Something pretty. We all have things that we own which we love to look at and be surrounded by. An old vase with a bunch of flowers picked from the garden; a photo of someone we love; an ornament or nik nak, a candle....anything that gives us visual pleasure and conjures up feelings of cosiness and contentment.
3. Somewhere to put your cup of tea and chocolate. A table, an old stool, a tea chest, a wooden box, a pile of old books, an upturned metal bucket...anything that will be stable enough to hold your comfort supplies is all you need.
Here are some ideas to get your creative nook-making juices flowing. Now, where else can I make a nook in my nest?......
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Suitcases and containers can be transformed into gorgeous storage spaces. I love this idea. Portable too! I have lots of suitcases that I use as part of my feathering but many of them are empty. When I see this creative use of a suitcase I am inspired to utilise mine to their full potential.
Bright and bold. Funky storage;)
The use of blackboard paint has become very popular, particularly in kitchen areas. Kids love to be able to draw in spaces other than designated ‘craft’ areas. I love the idea of being able to leave messages for family members and shopping lists for the week on these doors. The only trouble for me would be the dust factor. Dustless chalk would be good!
How cute is this? This has a very Swedish feel to it. I love those red crosses. Although this is actually a child’s bedroom, this cabinet could quite easily become the First Aid space for your nest. Like a little sick-bay corner that you can retreat to when you need it;)
How pretty! I love the soft pink and blue. My friend, Rae, would love this;)
This looks like a little converted medicine cabinet to me. What a great idea for a study or office space or even a rumpus area for the kids to have all of their bits and pieces safely and decoratively stored. We’d always be able to find a sharpener here! (Do you have that issue in your house…the disappearing pencil sharpener?).
I love pigeon hole storage. This would be a lovely idea for my son, Lewi’s collection of fossils, skeletons and rocks. I imagine it could also be a jewellery makers heaven too.
These days we have so many things...perhaps too many? But while we're debating and mulling over consumerism and trying to decide what to keep and what to get rid, of we need somewhere for it all to go....hence the importance of storage. There are so many funky storage ideas out there: trunks, suitcases, armoirs, shelves, built-ins, cabinets, tins, jars, boxes and so much more.
I love seeing ribbons and paper stored as part of the feathering of a nest. Red, blue and white looks so feminine here. How lovely would it be to have a set-up like this just for wrapping gifts and storing all those bits and pieces we keep for birthdays and Christmas?
These are some storage ideas that I love. I hope some of them might give you some inspiration too;)