We had boxes of these in my house growing up. Do you know what it is?
It’s a toothpaste tube roller. My Great Uncle Charlie made them—hundreds of them actually. He invented them.
I remember going to Uncle Charlie’s inventors’ shop once when I was little. My eyes were just high enough to peer down the sawdust-covered countertops. Everything smelled of old wood and agitated metal. Scattered among the machines and tools were remnants of fishing reels he’d invented, too, at various stages on their journey to creation.
Back then, I thought Charlie was the only real inventor I knew. Now I find myself Continue reading
In honor of Children’s Book Week, here are 87 great kids’ books. (That should help keep your minions busy this summer.)
Bookmark it, load up your library queue, or head to your local bookstore to pick up a few for someone special.
Most of these are for younger kids, but if you scroll down to the bottom, you’ll find 15 or so for older kids, too (or simply for kids at heart).
Obviously, this isn’t an end-all-be-all list. There are simply too many great ones to ever catalog them all.
How many have you read? Bring back any memories? What would you add? I’d love to hear your responses in the comments!
Recommended Kids’ Books
In a Blue Room
The Story of Ferdnand
A Long Way Away
Superhero Employment Agency
Ed Emberley’s ”Make a World” Drawing Book Continue reading
I want to know the stories of that special someone you’ve lost.
Too many times, we’re encouraged not to talk about such things. But those people are still a part of us. And what better time to remember them and their life stories than Memorial Day? Share with me. Share with us.
Last May, I did this Memory Day project, and it was so appreciated, I’m doing it again.
In the comments section below, write the name (first only is fine) and a memory or two you’d like to share. Continue reading
In honor of Mother’s Day, here are five ladies who taught me about the mother I want to be.
Who are your five? Or for the guys, what mom figures most influenced to you?
Once upon a time, there was a hero.
Source: Shanta Rohse “Der Frieder und das Katherlieschen”
(S)he lived in a world where things weren’t perfect, but they were livable. Then something happened to change all that. At first (s)he denied it. Then someone convinced the hero otherwise. (S)he set off to do something. Things challenged the hero along the way. Eventually, (s)he got to the destination and faced the big ordeal, which was of utmost psychological significance to the hero. (S)he got something in return and went on with life, but it was never the same.
What do you get when you combine these?
A lifelong love of the water lily.
A penchant for Pinterest.
A hording instinct for pretty paper.
I wasn’t sure, but I had a blank wall in my guest bedroom and two blank canvases daring me to find out.
Time for some DIY wall art. Care to join me? Here’s the step by step.