I’ve had an idea in my mind for well over a year on how to turn a small space of wall in the girls’ room into a multi-purpose play space that involves interactive ‘art boards’.
The free space in their shared room is tight, and when one surface serves multiple purposes – the best!
I started last Christmas (I know, ages ago) by building a mirrored board for dress up play and by adhering a chalkboard and whiteboard together (on reverse sides) to stack in front of the mirror.
I played with different ideas for the back of the mirrored plywood – felt board? big metal clips for a painting easel? (bad for carpet) and finally settled on a magnet board for posting projects and playing with magnetic alphabet letters, scenes, etc.
I can’t believe this project took so long to finish (it was on the back burner for ages – but always on my mind), and I’m so thrilled to have this ‘maker’s space, part 2′ complete. Be back soon with suggestions for building (mounting the mirror, painting stripes, working with spoonflower on a wallpaper design for the magnet board, etc).
Happy, happy Monday!
PS Maker’s space part 1 right here. Awesome flamingo painting by Elise of Make29.
Happy weekend! A few links to send you off…
The opening wall gallery and the beautiful stag head ferns make me want to visit this store’s new Design Shop asap.
This backsplash tile is sort of what I had in mind for our new bathroom remodel! I think it would look killer in small doses in a Spanish home.
I’ve read a few posts on better iPhone photos… but this one was most applicable for me and my favorite.
Collectively, (who I was first introduced to at Alt in June) has done the unthinkable – they have created a report on the real blogging #s behind sponsored content (read = $). I love how their co-presenter, Ashlee, put it: “Asking a blogger what they charge, what they earn, or to show you their real stats is like asking someone if they’re pregnant… you just don’t do it.” :)
I also just discovered this honest look at blogging and income and am so grateful that the curtains are being pulled away on some of these topics! (as a blogger it’s a big challenge to put yourself out there to navigate sponsorship and affiliate networks.)
Just as I begin leaning on neutrals, a home like this makes me want to add little snippets of color everywhere. Hmmm… but then there’s always calming neutrals…
Yes to this lace kimono!
…and this tassel necklace.
AND if I had a waist right now I’d pair this with a navy tee.
I’m working my way through A Winter’s Tale and I feel as though it has a slower start than I expected. The reviews have been amazing though.
Ahhhh have an amazing, relaxing weekend all. We have very little on the agenda and that’s exciting.
PS Taylor and her ‘get-in-my-belly-NOW’ approach to food. She’s actually really quite good with a fork and spoon… really, she is :).
I was at the nursery the other day picking up packs of flowers for our front yard and a new trellis for our veggie garden when a table of beautiful succulents caught my eye. I have been really wanting to replenish our wooden succulent planter box on our outdoor table but the cost of those little succulent pots has always kept me from taking on the project.
(picture from back when I built the planter, it’s looking a little sparser today)
As I was sitting there musing about choosing one or two to bring home, a caretaker from the nursery (is that what they’re called?) stopped by to ask about my selection. I had heard about succulent propagating before and asked for his thoughts. He told me that he regularly snipped and regrew new succulents at his home and that he thought it was the easiest thing ever. After further quizzing, I found myself with two new succulent varieties that were ideal for my own cuttings.
Careful instructions included snipping cuttings from natural stems, breaks or separations on the plant.
At this point I assumed that I would soak them to encourage root growth. No, no, he assured me – allow them to dry out and ‘scab over’.
And so now, the drying commences. With any luck I will have baby succulents ready for a ‘firm planting’ (that’s what he calls really packing in the soil around my newly propagated succulents) within a week or two. (I’m not sure if the below leaves will do anything on their own, but I thought I’d let them scab with the best to see what happens.)
And then my planter box will be merrily full again! And maybe I’ll have to expand out to some of the other succulents that are growing in our dryer California yard.
I will keep you posted.
PS thank you all so much for your words after yesterday’s post, I’m working on a ‘village resources’ post as a follow up and hope that it’s helpful!