This week I have been…
Creating… a craft cabinet for all of our craft supplies, which are used regularly by our children for creating art, craft and design projects. They love it, and since we no longer have ‘screen time’ in the mornings at the weekend, they can often be found sat at the table creating, sometimes in silence on their own, sometimes nattering together or listening to music, all whilst we have a much needed lie-in or in-bed-catch-up (no innuendoes thank you!) with a nice cup of tea! They amaze me at what they create, I bloomin’ love it! Here are yesterday’s creations:
Here’s the craft cabinet:
The craft supplies in each drawer are:
Paper, card (different colours, sizes and textures)
Pens, pencils, colours, felts
Scissors, glue, sellotape, hole punch, paper fasteners, stapler (teach how to use safely)
Blank cards and envelopes
Tip: keep paint and glitter in either a locked container in the cabinet or somewhere out of their reach, so that they have to come to you to be able to use it and so then you are aware that they are using it and enable appropriate use (such as on a tray or newspaper, so that the excess glitter can be poured back into the containers). I’m quite laid back about mess, but realised I could make the clean up easier for everyone by monitoring glitter and paint use.
Experimenting…with the challenging of not buying anything new for three months. In a simplicity/minimalist blog I was reading recently, a family is doing a year long challenge of not buying anything new for that time. My husband thinks it’s a bit gimmicky and prefers this idea:
Waiting one month between thinking you need/want to buy something (a large-ish purchase) and actually buying it. (from Clutterfree with Kids, Joshua Becker, author of the blog Becoming Minimalist.
I have personally decided to challenge myself to not buy anything new for one month with a view to repeating it again for the next month and so on. Whichever route one chooses I just like the shift in thinking that it creates. From the default switch being set to buy (and think about it afterwards), to being set to don’t buy (and think about what else you could do to get what you need or achieve what it is you need the item for, could you borrow it or buy it second hand). You get me? Hope so.
Setting…up a book club. I used to be in a book club but then we moved away from the area. I really enjoyed my time in the club, I met some lovely, interesting people and read some truly great books that I would not otherwise have thought to pick up. After trying to find an already established book club in our current area and finding that they’re all full, I’ve decided to set one up myself. There’s tonnes of help and guidance online on how to go about doing it. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Have a smashing bank holiday weekend!