House Plants On The Loose

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.


Blocks, Part Two!

I said I’d polish the blocks, and polish them, I did!

I used a beeswax wood polish (also from my sister’s blog), which I already had mixed up, from when I made a katana, yea these many moons ago.

See how much deeper the colors are? Just lovely!
See how much deeper the colors are? Just lovely!


The basic method of this is pretty straightforward:

  1. Get some of the beeswax-and-oil goop from whatever container it’s in.
  2. Smear said goop all over the surfaces of whatever you want polished and protected, until every bit is covered. It shouldn’t be thick on there, just enough to make it very shiny; maybe a bit slippery.
  3. Let all goop-covered items sit for at least 15-20 minutes. (I let mine sit for a couple of hours, because I got distracted, and it made zero difference.)
  4. Wipe off any excess polish with a soft cotton cloth.
  5. Enjoy your pretty bit of wood!

I also used this polish on my black walnut buttons. 🙂 Just goes to show, a good method is the gift that keeps on giving.

Baby-Safe Colored Blocks

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.

Next, I pulled up this lovely tutorial from my sister’s site.

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.

The four on the left are dyed with drops of coloring painted directly on the wood. The four on the left were diluted.
The four on the left are dyed with drops of coloring painted directly on the wood. The four on the right were diluted.

See the difference? Pretty striking. 🙂

Of course, I couldn’t stop there! Next, I just sat a couple of blocks in the dye containers.

green, yellow, blue, and red!
green, yellow, blue, and red!

…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.

These really came out nice.

Yaay! They look so festive.
Yaay! They look so festive.

I’ll polish them in the morning. ^_^