Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thumbprint Hyacinth

Springtime is here and we all love to have beautiful pieces of artwork with our child's thumbprint, handprint, or footprint all over them!  I made this one very simple with glue, yarn, and paint, but you could add all kinds of fun elements to it!  

Draw a line down the center of the page with a tiny bit of glue and then do the same for the leaves.  If you don't mind a little mess, let your child try to string the yarn along.  This is such good practice for their little hands and fingers.  Once the glue has dried, thumbprint away!

Monday, April 4, 2011

TOMS - One Day Without Shoes

The Little Nook is having "barefoot at TLN" day tomorrow!  Let's all support this wonderful company that is making such a huge difference in the lives of children!  GO BAREFOOT!!!!

"In 2006, American traveler Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

Why Shoes?

Many children in developing countries grow up barefoot. Whether at play, doing chores or going to school, these children are at risk:
•A leading cause of disease in developing countries is soil-transmitted diseases, which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause.
•Wearing shoes also prevents feet from getting cuts and sores. Not only are these injuries painful, they also are dangerous when wounds become infected.
•Many times children can't attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don't have shoes, they don't go to school. If they don't receive an education, they don't have the opportunity to realize their potential."

- courtesy of TOMS shoes

DIY Garden Markers

We have been needing some garden markers for the herbs that we just planted in the front boxes.  Since The Little Nook LOVES chalkboard paint, I decided to make some myself with a can that I still had leftover from the chalkboard room.  Ideally, I would have liked a little rectangular frame, but without my dad's nifty mitering saw and craftmanship, I had to resort to what I know best, paint.

New favorite combo with chalkboard paint:  CHALK INK MARKERS!  Who knew?

Once I painted the wood rectangles (bought them at Michaels and they have lots of different shapes and sizes), I sprayed them with sealant to weatherproof them.  My sister was watering the flowers and "did not know" that I was on the ground below her and sprayed me and my cute little garden markers.  Thank goodness the water beaded right up!

Michael's also sells garden stakes.  You can either nail them together or glue them together, but I recommend spraying your Sealer after you have attached the stakes so that water will not cause these to rot over time.


It always amazes me what a little paint and a dash of cheer can do.  The Little Nook was originally pink and black and is now a perfect cream and sage.  It is so hard to find a good cream color because they often come off as peachy or too blue, but I am loving Sherwin Williams "Nacre".



Trying to add as many elements from nature as possible and reuse/ dad and I found a few trees that a developer was hauling off and asked if we could have them.  We decided to use it for the porch railing.  I absolutely love the way that it turned out!

My dad constructed a tree for the Enchanted Forest while my sister T and I barked it, painted it, and added branches and foliage.

Spray guns for painting are COMPLETELY underrated.  Everyone should own one and I will never paint without one again!

I had more help from my very talented family than I could have ever asked for.  I never realized how wonderful my dad's carpentry skills were, I have a green thumb sister, lucked out with the wonderful sewing skills of my oldest sister T and Mary, my mom took wonderful care of my son while we transformed this adorable little house and went to Home Depot at least fifty times.  The best mother-in-law who brought me Cafe at Pharr chicken salad (my fave) everyday and helped me tremendously with my fabrics! Last, but certainly not least, the adoring support of my husband who has been such a trooper while his wife worked from dawn until dusk.  Thank you all!