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.

…antique drafting stool

I love collecting interesting antiques that are also functional. I used to work in the design industry so anything relating to design and or architecture is of interest to me. I found this amazing drafting stool on Ebay a few years ago and had to have it. Fast forward a few years and, sadly, I no longer have the space for it so I am selling.

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These stools are not cheap, but are an interesting statement piece and functional stool. This is also one of the best I’ve seen.

Antique Drafting Stool…$249

Pick up or you are free to set up your own shipping.

…it must be in the air

Thanks to all my readers that saw my FB post and offered to babysit my kids! ha! The cool weather has moved in for at least a few days and I feel Fall in the air. It’s my absolute favorite time of year. I love chunky sweaters, celebrating my birthday, it’s when DH & I were married, and 2 of my baby’s birthdays fall. It means turning on the fire and using the fluffy blankets that have been patiently waiting. The windows can creak open, the slippers can be worn again….and it’s time to hit some antique shops.

Nina & Papas ended up taking the kids so DH and I could enjoy a Sunday afternoon.

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A selfie with a smile after kids have been dropped off. Next we hit the brick sidewalk for brunch at Lightfoot! Coffee & Eggs Benedict with my Love.

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Yes, it was a bit rainy, but we were still able to see all the little windows with their treasures. Four Shabby Chicks was our first stop. Super cute stuff!IMG_7732

A few antique malls & gift shops.

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You know a shop has to be cute inside with these lanterns outside!

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Yes, I totally need a French drying rack that size of a small child. Doesn’t everyone?

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Love a shop with a mix of old & new. I’m a sucker for a good candle. Couldn’t pass this one up from Creme de la Creme.

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I finally made my way to The Cottage and found a super cute, shabby stool. She also has her wares in Chartreuse and was the vendor I found my library card catalogue that we all love.

Small Room Design

This is the cute step stool. Love a chippy patina.

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A few more shops & then we were back on the road to Chartreuse’s weekend sale. There’s always a treasure hiding in that barn!

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Over the river & through the woods!

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Check out Virginia’s new patio & the vendor selling coffee & homemade goodies! There’s DH getting a coffee before more shopping. I know, what a trouper he is.

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Here are a few treasures I took home. English Country all the time.

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A few metal baskets.

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Chalk board framed in a frilly, French frame.

Almost done, DH! You’re looking a tad tired.

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I never pass up an old map. Always perfect for wall decor. This one is going in Fiona’s room over her new/vintage desk.

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And of course I needed another ladder! Yes, I keep about 6 straps in the car at all time for this purpose.

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Before getting on the road, I totally needed a homemade snicker doodle.

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A perfect afternoon.