Summer-Activity Caddy

I found the cutest, shabbiest tool box at Luckett’s Spring Market this year. It is wonderfully chippy with lots of little nooks and crannies on the interior. I have had it sitting on my kitchen table, filling it with fruit for the kids to grab. Of course, now that it’s the dog days of summer we need a bit more than fruit to get through!

I decided to fill it with activities that they can grab when I hear the dreaded phrase, “I’m bored.” As a introvered person that is never bored you can imagine how much I hate this phrase. There is always something creative one can get into.

I filled the caddy mostly with items that I already owned so I really did not spend any money. Some of the items I added were games, books, cross stitch kits, knitting needles and yarn, colored pencils, notebooks and a few little green faux plants to make it pretty.

My Fiona Tate happens to be the best knitter in the house. We love these balls of yarn that include about five colors. She’s taught everyone in the house how to knit.

I also love these Exercise Dice to keep kids entertained, exercising and hopefully tired 🙂

We love a good joke book over here and I recently purchased a few family devotional books to discuss over dinner.

The kids also have the option of writing everyone little notes with these sweet notecards that I purchased at The Urban Farmhouse.

I imagine I’m going to have to add and edit a few items as kids get, ahem, bored.

Adoptable Kitties

Hi, My long, lost loves! How is everyone? So I’m still moving around furniture, going to barn sales as well as trying my hand at watercolors and oil painting, raising humans and….saving lives. Cat lives. If you’ve followed me for a while you know that my pets always find a way into my photos and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I started working at local shelters socializing and caring for cats and walking dogs. This Spring I started the foster process after wearing DH down!

Ivy, Clover and Holly (from left)

It has been such a special experience and one that I will not stop doing for the rest of life. I’m primarily working with Homeward Trails, which is such a special organization. They seek out animals in need all over the county and outside of the US. They will take in as many cats and dogs as possible from shelters that cannot care for them. I’ve even received a request from a coordinator to grab a flashlight and head over to the 7-11 because someone spotted a mama and her babies hiding amongst the trashcans.

Since Spring is kitty season, we took in a mama and her three babies. It has been an unbelievable experience watching Mama nurse her 1 lb babies and care for them and keep them alive. We almost lost Clover to pneumonia early on.

Holly (Girl), Clover (Boy) and Ivy (Boy) are all available for adoption RIGHT NOW.

Holly
Clover
Ivy

As a girl that loves God, I know that offering empathy is, well, pretty much everything. I am trying to teach my kids this concept more than anything else. Right now my family is not able to travel to Kenya or build homes in Honduras, but we can offer shelter to the littlest of creatures.

Ivy, Holly, Clover (from bottom)
Clover
Mama, Clover and Ivy
Ivy

I love this process so much that we also are fostering Lulabelle. A sweet five year old that has been living in and out of homes and is slow to trust. Sweet Lulu. Greta discovered recently that she loves the piano. If we play the piano, she comes running and rubbing. It’s quite amazing. Lulu is also available for adoption.

Lulabelle

If you have space in your home and heart for any of these babies, please email me. I pray for the perfect homes for these Loves. cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com

Mora Clock Redo

This is a reproduction Mora clock. Sadly, not a $5,000 antique Sweedish Mora clock. But, I think it’s still cute and it gives my living room the look I want.

I feel like after Christmas is a perfect time to refresh and rearrange. I get so excited to put away Christmas decor and move furniture! Like, so excited!

A few days after Christmas, when DH was a work, I asked the girls if they could help me move a few pieces around. This all started because I bought a small sofa for the end of my bed in the master. I needed to put my white furniture someplace. I dreamt about it, thought about it for days and planned the whole thing out in my head. I just needed muscle and to cross my fingers in the hopes that the look would work.

The girls literally helped me carry down pieces of huge furniture and we had a great time doing it! I was so excited that I found a spot for my Mora clock and asked if the girls could paint it for me. They are old enough that I could literally leave them alone to do the job. They were thrilled!

Here’s a look at the beginning stages to the end. They taped off the glass part of the clock without me even telling them and go to work.

PS – I used Annie Sloan Old White and sanded some edges.

Coo-Coo