Thursday, August 14, 2014

{Pretty, Happy, Funny, Real}

The treasures in my schoolroom as I begin the new year.

My amazingly talented friend Mary made this schoolroom sign for me with the name of our school and our motto cleverly tucked in with other of my favorite things in life.  Yes, alas, coffee is a major part of my life! She makes these  one of a kind pieces with things she finds around her house like cardboard, old music sheets (her husband is a music teacher), and scraps of material and wrapping paper.  The one word for her work is:  CHEER!  This is one of my favorite things.

The little blue box holds my rosary and the stein is from my dad's college days.  The flowers are from a wonderful tea that my good friend Theresa put on for my lovely daughter's sweet sixteenth birthday.  

My mom made this little school house over sixteen years ago when I first began to home school.  This is a treasure everyone in my house loves.  And whenever any child sees it they inevitably say: "Ohhh"

The pencil holder Eldest Child (now 23) made for me in Kindergarten.  It still makes me giggle whenever I look at it.  

I LOVE bookends don't you.  These hearts are so fun.  I found them at T.J. Maxx. If you go there regularly they have some amazing treasures for really cheap.  

Boxes from JoAnn's Fabrics.  They hold all my Latin cards, math flash cards, etc.  Very fun!

These were made by my friend Leslie P. who is absolutely obsessed with Lily Pulitzer and bling.  Leslie made costumes for my plays for many years and we were such creative partners in crime together.  I would say, "Can you do this?  For absolutely no money?" And she would cheerfully say, "Oh Sure!"  And she always did.  Someday I will post the wardrobe door she made for my play:  The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.  She's a creative genius. 

This shawl is the ONLY thing I have ever crocheted in my entire life.  

A new drum set!  He's pretty amazing already!

After an epic game of Monopoly with his younger brothers, Thoughtful Child bids us farewell for another year of college.  He is wearing a suit because he packed everything he owned in a carry on duffle bag and the suit wouldn't fit.  He looked very GQ until I got to the shoes.  Then it was more like Mr. Noodle from Sesame Street.

They will all fly away one by one.  They do not belong to us, but to God. Sigh!


  1. I love that - 'I would say, "Can you do this? For absolutely no money?" And she would cheerfully say, "Oh Sure!" And she always did.'

  2. Your schoolroom treasures are adorable. Makes me want to go to school there! We have a teen in our neighborhood who is a drummer and he seems to play almost all day, all summer long, right by his attic bedroom window. You can hear it for blocks around. Luckily we live in a pretty tolerant small town and most have the attitude that they like seeing teens doing something constructive rather than out getting into trouble.

  3. Hi Mrs C.............I think I would love living in your small town! I like that attitude about teens. Thanks for your comment. I love hearing from other moms out there.