(at the workbench) – the apprentice

 last week ended unexpectedly with a sick kiddo, but here they are finally finished toy tool sets for the young woodworker’s apprentice .  I’ve listed a couple sets today and will probably be able to finish of two or three more sets with the remaining beautiful walnut that i’ve been working with.

i’ll also have another finished project to share later on this week too… hope you’re having a great week and enjoying gorgeous spring weather!

(at the workbench) – shake me

simplicity is often best…
here is one of the couple projects I’ve been working on this week. 

I love the native hardwoods I used and the beautiful contrasting wood grainsand the playfulness of the maple and cherry wood spots against the recessed holes that masquerade as spots as well and how all together this detail conceals where the shaking rattles sound is coming from!…..This is one of the things I like most about rattles…. 

that they create a bit of a puzzle for the little ones. I can remember when my daughter was young how she amused herself by making wonderful little sounds as she moved through the house. How wonderful it is to be a little noise maker!
I’ve combined the classic wooden toy with another everlasting childhood toy: stacking blocks
what better fun than to stack, tumble, tip, shake and of course general happy baby noise making!

(at the work bench) – anna’s very curious

well it shouldn’t have come as a surprise …

that anna would take interest in a little fish,

how could she know, it wasn’t made for her ….

but for other curious little hands of baby, after all anna’s pretty little paws can’t shake a little rattle …

while the little fish tell about the undersea adventures and other such fishy tales,  today I’ll have a few new toys to finish for the little ones again … though that’s not likely to make our dear anna any less curious ….

(around the table) – parts of the whole

…. with the piece of a puzzle, the whole is formed….

on one of those quiet weeks  …. just beginning to feel right after days home sick … and ready for a little something special …..

my daughter picked up this project…. made from the most simple of templates found in this book  ….she set out on her own to make several felt balls.

 as she sat quietly …. picking up pieces ….arranging the parts this way and the other ….making shapes and stitching together the little felt diamonds …. she began to see … little star pockets one way and rounded balls another ….

happy chance encounters with the softest of geometry (sometimes to the count of 6 and other times to the count of 10) …

the shapes and pieces that form the whole though simple ….

…. made from a wonderful afternoon full of discovery.