Visual Cues


I am going to blog as often as possible this week, simply because I’m just not feeling like blogging. Can you tell? Does that reasoning make sense? (I know, me neither.)
When I redid the family room last week, Ian and I spent an afternoon tasking ourselves with checking every marker its usability, tossing the dead soldiers, and sharpening all the colored pencils (add it to your Christmas list moms…an electric pencil sharpener is the gift that keeps on giving, trust me). I sprayed a clean soup can with white spray paint to hold the colored pencils. And? What do you know? Suddenly everyone wants to draw. Imagine!

  • wishes, true and kind

    March 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    Great photos! Just looking at that top picture makes me want to do something creative!

  • Dag

    March 29, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I am not one bit surprised, they look soooo inviting!!

  • Islay

    March 30, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Love that top photo, and it’s made me even more excited about item 10 on my To Do list – ‘order art and craft stuff’!

  • Zelia

    March 30, 2010 at 1:19 am

    I sometimes feel like that….
    oh! great photos you have… i love pencils, even if i really can’t make anything of them!

  • sarah

    March 30, 2010 at 3:43 am

    makes me want to!

  • Erin | house on hill road

    March 30, 2010 at 5:01 am

    the allure of freshly sharpened pencils is really hard to resist!
    (and i hear you on the blogging. i should just do that, too.)

  • feather

    March 30, 2010 at 6:28 am

    so funny. so every mom knows the fascination with electric pencil shapeners? it’s a regular noise around here. for no reason.

  • Mama Urchin

    March 30, 2010 at 7:39 am

    I wonder if an electric pencil sharpener would fit in an easter basket?

  • emily

    March 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

    love your reasoning. right there with you on the feelings behind it (obviously.). and dying for a good strong electric pencil sharpener – the kind that plugs in and doesn’t break after 2 weeks. our crank sharpener (which we love) is now hanging in b.’s room – which is great for him, but not so convenient when i’m in the kitchen with a dull pencil. (ps – tossing dead markers is one of my favorite tasks.)

  • Mrs Soup

    March 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

    It’s so amazing how a pretty display makes everyone want to touch…

  • greta

    March 30, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Oh, good idea!! Spray paint the can. I like it. I just use theese awesome red and yellow, Caffee Bustelo coffee cans, but I like the idea os adding new colors. Spray paint is my friend, but I hadn’t considered this.
    Thanks for more inspiration.

  • Kelly

    March 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

    great idea! I’ve been wanting to get a bit more organized around the crafty area.

  • mary

    March 30, 2010 at 10:47 am

    so funny, the only thing I asked for this christmas was an old school pencil sharpener that I could screw into my desk. I was so tired of never having a sharp pencil. After sharpening 20 or so pencils in a row I regretted not asking for an electric one.
    Amazing how a the little things we do inspire so much.

  • elizabeth ~ so wabi sabi

    March 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

    all those sharpened color pencils are so inviting.

  • kristen

    March 30, 2010 at 10:59 am

    isnt that the best feeling, having art supplies for the kids already to go and in working order. i love. and appreciate your post.
    thank you.

  • Ann

    March 31, 2010 at 4:31 am

    I just adore a pot of freshly sharpened pencils! Although, I do wish that my Alice (20 months) would use the expensive beeswax crayons I bought her, & not suck the ink from crayola felt tips…
    Thanks as ever for the beautiful blog!

  • Dee

    April 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I was just saying today we should get an electric pencil sharpener. (I am tired of finding pencil shavings everywhere!)

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