(re)capturing the fun & wonder

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Hoping to do my bit to help out

I was floored by the breadth of the devastation in Myanmar this week. I’m happy to help bring attention to the good work of my pals over at BlogHer. Please take a minute to click over and donate what you can.


wunderkammerNever heard of a Wunderkammer before? Totally ok because I hadn’t either before happening upon this photo on Design*Sponge earlier this week. I had to look it up because I was so intrigued (Look at me, Ma! I’m still learning!). Very simply put, a Wunderkammer is a cabinet of curiosities.

This collection is the creation of nancy mims’ daughter. Nancy is the designer behind mod green pod — I am so not surprised that her daughter would be so creative.

I love how very scientific this looks, and the fact that her spelling and handwriting has been captured forever in this moment. When we go on walks we almost always come home with little somethings from our travels, I’m thinking we’ll have to do something along these lines one day.

Rain makers

Rain maker
Our local Art Center hosted it’s Preschool Family Days this weekend. This fun event was focused on the under-five set. Tor was extra happy to finally be able to play with the big kids, and the olders, well… they’re always up for a bit of fun.

One of the projects was to make Rain Makers. So, so easy to do at home, you’ll be certain to have everything you need handy. Here’s how:

  • Tape two empty toilet paper rolls end to end (or just use one, or use a paper towel roll… whatever you’ve got wasting away in the recycling bin)
  • Decorate a sheet of paper.
  • Glue your artwork around the rolls.
  • Tape a small paper cup or sturdy paper to one end.
  • Fill with a cup-full (or however much you feel like) of dried beans.
  • Seal the other end by taping another cup to it.
  • Shake, shake, shake!


Update: One of my brilliant readers suggested a great alternative to this that I think would be loads of fun for older children. Check out Christine’s tips for making a more authentic rain sound:

I remember making these by using rice and inserting pins (the small
metal flat headed type) into the paper towel rolls and then securing
them by wrapping tape all around. The pins slow the rice down as they
fall to the other side of the tube and make a beautiful soft rain sound.


Five Things Most People Don’t Know About Me

How sad is it that I actually got a little thrill at being tagged? Even though my work life has been completely webified for the past 12 years, I’ve only had a *real* blog for about six months and this is my first tag.

Anyways… I’ve been tagged by Sarina over at Trini Gourmet — a great site for learning about Trinidad and Tobago through its food. She’s posted Five (Foodie) Things Most People Don’t Know About Me. Do pay her a visit.

1. I wake up almost every night in the middle of the night and have to stay up for at least an hour. Sometimes it’s because the baby is hungry (or bored), sometimes it’s a dog pushing me out of bed, or barking at the arrival of the New York Times. Recently, it’s been the cat sneezing on my head. Occasionally, it’s one of the olders with a bad dream. But really… even if there’s no one there to wake me up, I’ll still do it, and be up for an hour or so.

2. We are planning to move back East in a few months. I am having the bestest time ever daydreaming about what we will do with the house and garden. I really don’t care if we do all the things I’m dreaming about, I just love the process.

3. I hate looking for a new job. Really, truly hate it. I hate the process. I’m totally fine with interviewing and all that, it’s just the part about finding the right opportunities… blech.

4. I wish I was more of a Martha, just to be more organized and in control. I want pretty much everything else about me to stay the same. Oh, except for my temper. I’d like to not have a temper.

5. I signed up for flylady.net in October 2001, and have been getting her emails practically hourly every since, and I don’t think I’ve gone to bed with a shiny sink more than a dozen times in the past five years. Sigh…

My first tags go out to: