Wednesday, August 27, 2014

For the Love of Books

I recently discovered library book sales. I had no idea how many great books were being retired and sold by our many local libraries. My favorite library is constantly having discounts on their books for sale and frequently have a table designated for free books.
I've found so many great books, including some for homeschool, and my shelves are quickly filling up with books. I've found plenty of great classics like Jane Austen, The House of Seven Gables, and Shakespeare plays. This Field Guide to Early American Furniture was free.
Books like The Trumpet of The Swan, Rebekah of Sunnybrook Farm, Roll of Thunder Hear Me Cry and The Book of Indians have also found their way home with us.
This small stack of books has since doubled and is continuing to grow. Do you take advantage of library book sales? I like to call it being an opportunist.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Anatomy of a Mug Swap Box

This is my first time doing Mug Swap, which is basically like secret santa with mugs - and in August. It's also pretty similar to the favorite things swap I participated in previously. Here's what I came up with for my partner. I was going for a beachy theme which is convenient, since I live in a beach town, err.. city.
The tea and mug were from Home Goods and that notebook is a Scout Notebook - cute, right? I found the miniature gel pens at Target and the chocolate bar at a local organic grocery store. The soap (above the pens) was a DIY from this post and the necklace was a project from this WhimseyBox kit. Lastly, the shells are from one (or more) of our days spent at the beach.

I hope the recipient likes what I chose! Did you (or have you) participated in Mug Swap? If so, spill the details of your box!

Psst.. You can see many other Mug Swap participants and their gifts by checking out #mugswap14.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Act of Taming Toys

For months now, I've been in the process of turning our girl's shared bedroom (the one that used to be our'sinto a functional space for sleeping, playing, and storing everything in between.
After painting the room but before hanging the black-out curtains, I installed this wall full of shelves. I used Rubbermaid shelving tracks and 1" x 12" boards of pine (similar to the makeshift desk). I picked through every 1" x 12" board in Home Depot to find the prettiest ones I could. Since I won't be painting them, the more intriguing knots, the better. I'm still in the process of waxing the shelves - three down, two to go - but the summer heat has put a halt to that for now.
I've been holding off on sharing this room until I found the perfect collection of baskets for child safe toy storage. After months of searching Home Goods, Target, and thrift stores I've come up with nothing. Once the right one - or three - come along, this room will be well on it's way to manageable clutter.
Otherwise, these shelves have held up nicely to all those thrifted books I can't seem to stay away from. Although now that I've typed that I'm beginning to notice a slight bow in the middle shelf - uh oh.

Overall, I love 'em. They are extremely functional but they could still use some baskets for additional storage. For now, though, they work just fine and help keep some of the toys tamed.
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