If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of the wonderful leafy goodness that is indoor house plants.
With little kiddos in the house, and the actual need to occasionally open the windows… I came up with a plan to make window-opening less of a chore.
Behold: The houseplant windowsill fence.
I had a spare board (1×4, if anyone’s interested), so I bought one of those adorable picket fences they sell to make fairy gardens, and hot-glued it around the perimeter of the board. It didn’t go all the way around, but I liked it that way. Easy, quick, and solved the problem. I placed the board in the right place so that the window can open with out being moved at all, and used a couple command strips to keep it in place.
So, I don’t know if it’s shown much yet, but I have a profound love of woodworking. Something about the smell of sawdust, the feel of well-sanded wood, the look of the grain– it all has a special place in my heart.
So, when I think of what toys I want my daughter to play with, what else? I want her to have wooden toys. (And, being me, I just have to make them.)
I started off my adventure with a pack of plain wooden blocks. Unfinished, sanded smooth, and about 1 cubic inch apiece.
So I got four little containers out, covered the bottoms with a teeny bit of water, and put some food coloring in, about 1 part food coloring to every 5 or 6 of water. I painted the coloring on 4 blocks this way.
She also suggested putting drops of food coloring directly onto the wood, for stubborn spots.
Me, being me, (who else?) I had to try a couple different ways.
See the difference? Pretty striking. 🙂
Of course, I couldn’t stop there! Next, I just sat a couple of blocks in the dye containers.
…and let it soak up into the block, about halfway…
And then pulled it out, tapped the drips off into the container, and set it bare-wood-side-down in another of the colors. (Sorry I don’t have a picture of this!)
I let the dye soak up the other side until the colors sorta…meshed.