Some of you may already know that I am taking an AMAZING online art course called Pages and Paint with incredibly talented Sarah Ahearn Bellemare. In the first week of the course we (students from all around the world), were charged with gathering supplies, creating a work space and creating an inspiration board. Our job was then to photograph all three and post them to our private flicker group. I’m finally getting around to photographing my space. I still need to tidy it up a bit before I’ll let anyone see.
So until I get those photos up, I’ll share with you how this flurry of artsy activity in this house has sparked a whole lot of…well, artsy activity (not that we have a shortage of that here ; ). Lil’S has decided that she too needs a space of her own to do her “work”. She spent this morning and most of the afternoon gathering and arranging, choosing her furniture and her art pieces. When she was satisfied she sat down and drew a picture of her sister who was playing nearby. “Look mama” she said as she showed me her drawing. “This is great. I love my new space…but I’m gonna need something with drawers”. Already she is planning an upgrade!
She sat at her desk and carefully chose which drawings and paintings she wanted to put up over her desk. She fussed over the perfect placement of everything; which containers she would need…
The final result. She wanted quite a few supplies within reach and so there ended up being paper and books under her desk and beside it in a basket. Maybe she does need something with drawers after all! PS. I love that she drew on her chalk board “Scarlett’s work space”…just in case there was a question.
And now for the rest of her room. The title is a bit inaccurate, as none of us actually have a room of our own. This room was supposed to be my craft/art space but J’s treadmill didn’t fit where it was supposed to and so I lost my dream of a room of my own. The girls use it as a playspace (which now include’s Scarlett’s work area). Here is what the rest of the space looks like:
The girls love it because of this fascinating old key. They love to pretend to lock the closet (it doesn’t actually lock), take the key out of the lock, place it gently into their apron pockets, walk around aimlessly for a while, only to arrive back at the closet where they withdraw the key from said pocket and insert it into the lock, cautiously look around (lest someone should see what is held within this magical closet), turn the key and dramatically open the doors. Repeat.
And then there is the “horse corner”. What is it about girls and their horses? The two riding horses were given to us by our dear friend Heather. Her daughters had outgrown them and they were a happy addition to our home. I made the harness you see on the white horse out of ribbon and metal washers. I suppose I should get around to making one for the other horse sometime…maybe I’ll show you how if I do…
This is Mrs.Iverson’s kitchen. She is quite serious about her “cooker-maker” duties here and in our real kitchen. Here is a question: see that doll house to the left? I would have killed for it as a child. I thought my kids would love it. They don’t. They don’t play with it at all. Maybe once in a blue moon. Yet they won’t let me get rid of it. They are little still so maybe I should hang on to it and they will hit a stage where they do want to play with it? Thoughts?
There is a whole other corner of the room that I didn’t photograph. It holds our old coffee table that is the perfect height for using clay and playdough, colouring and painting for Mrs. Iverson. Beside that is another bookshelf with toys and musical instruments. Clearly this shelf belongs to the Mrs. Sometimes I see little scenes like this and totally crack up.
So there you go. Another room shared for those of you who have been asking for more house stuff. I promise to share my new space soon. Until then!