Monday, November 21, 2011

Rhythm In Our Home : Creative Spaces (theirs)

I admit that sharing my girls' craft cabinet may seem a bit odd for a rhythm post but stay with me here. Creating is a huge part of our rhythm, it is something that happens in an organized manner once a day as well as spontaneously several times a day. To facilitate this, we have a few creative spaces around the house.

I thought I would share the girls' main creative space with you today. It is the cabinet which holds our nature table display, located in our dining room. The cabinet itself is actually a kitchen island that was given to us for our home in Louisiana (back when we first got married), but it works perfectly for holding some of the girls things.

The (very shallow) drawers contains just a few items. The one to the left holds our travel crayon roll-up, a basket of popsicle sticks and our special 'family drawing night' sketchbooks.

The drawer to the right contains our bird watching supplies: binoculars, book of North American birds and Oregon specific bird literature.

You'll notice that the main doors have a child safety lock on them. There is a good reason for this. You might remember how my little C likes to view the world as her canvas, well, we found that keeping the crayons locked up helps her with her urges to color the floor, walls, table, fridge, dogs, what have you...K knows how to open it if she wants to get something out and she(for the most part) remembers to lock it back up afterwards.

When you open up the main doors you'll find on the top shelf: our crayon caddy filled with Stockmar beeswax crayons in both block and stick form, a branch pencil holder made by my blog friend Nicola, with twig pencils from Marina, and a tin filled with LYRA colored pencils .

On the shelf below you'll find drawing paper, stamps and stamp pads and a jar of stickers not pictured because we were out when I took these pics.

The door to the left of the main doors opens up to reveal more handwork type crafts. On the top shelf we keep our homemade playdough, fabric and wool scraps, burlap for sewing, embroidery hoops (to hold the burlap while sewing), and a jar with buttons, needles, and embroidery floss.

The bottom shelf hold assorted pom poms and pipe cleaners as well as a bowl of colorful wool yarn and K's knitting tower

And then over to the right hand side of the main doors is more creative goodness.
We keep the girls painting supplies on the top shelf, which include appropriate sized paint brushes, empty paint jars and holders, and painting rags. You'll notice that the watercolor paint itself is not in there. It's kept in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.

The shelf below holds their modeling beeswax, slate boards, travel chalkboard and chalk.

We keep their painting/coloring/creating boards behind one side of the cabinet for easy access, and their smocks hang on the other side.

There you, a tour of one of their creative spaces. Hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions about anything, don't hesitate to ask!

Please remember - this is just our family rhythm and what works for us at the moment. This isn't meant to be hard and fast rules on how rhythm should go in every one or any one's homes. I just thought to share it because I receive quite a few e-mails asking about our home rhythm, and I also just wanted it documented for myself so that I may remember these times when they are older and/or on to another rhythm.

Thank you, again, for joining me in the rhythm fun! Here is the linky list. If you have a (new or old) link you would like to share about your family rhythm, please enter it below so that we all may see. Then please link back here in your post. I look forward to seeing your inspiration!
Thanks friends!

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