Week at a Glance:
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden
- Edited by Richard Lewis
- Illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats
- Handmade Mother’s Day Gift by Kids
- DIY Stepping Stones by Kids
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: In a Spring Garden
Why we love this book:
This little gem of a book is no longer in print; consequently, this copy is gently loved. But in my world a gently loved book is a book filled with love from a past life time. Gently loved actually makes it more special. In A Spring Garden is a collection of simple spring poems edited by Richard Lewis and softly illustrated by beloved children’s author Ezra Jack Keats. People often ask me how I select the books I give away at waddle-ah-chaa. Well, it’s quite easy. I have a true love for children’s literature and when I find one that makes me laugh, cry, scratch my head . . . I snatch it right up for a just the right time.
I’ve been saving In A Spring Garden for some time now. Saving it for just the right time. We’ve been gardening and enjoying a great deal of poetry recently so it felt like just the right time to share this graceful classic.
A Case of Spring Fever!
I must begin with a confession . . . I have spring fever! It’s been going on for quite some time now. It began with the warm sunshine and cool spring showers. The dirt outside has been beckoning me, hence we’ve been spending much of our free time outside nurturing our butterfly gardens, tweaking our water garden courtyard and bringing to life our fairy houses (coming next week). Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner and since gardening sooths my soul, I decided to ditch geography and homeschool post and spend the next few weeks gardening with you and your kiddos.
Before we head out to the garden, I just need to finish-up my confession . . . the other big source for my spring fever condition is my ongoing obsession with the beach. Talk about beckoning me! This sand between my toes, waves washing over me thing is a serious condition with which I suffer. In December, we did it. We went for one of our big life goals. We purchased a beach condo rental to share with other families. Since November, I have traveled from Texas to Florida four times. I totally (and I mean totally) updated the condo and now I’m busy renting the condo to other beach loving families. It’s been one huge undertaking and it has consumed much of my time. Not to mention, I often find myself dreaming of that “unbelievable pinch me” view right off my balcony. Until I return, I’m left with my day dreaming.
Stepping Stones DIY by Kids
My Mother’s Day Gift
Last Mother’s Day, I enlisted the help of my kiddos to make me a special Mother’s Day Gift. Writing this, I realize it’s a bit awkward to have my own children make me a Mother’s Day gift. Oh well, it was a fun project so I don’t think I scarred them too much. Earlier in the year, My Man of Steal and the kiddos made me a lovely water fountain. It was totally perfect but I couldn’t find round stepping stones to go around the base of my pond. That’s when I decided the kiddos and I would make some decorative stepping stones. The stones turned out so cute that we are going to make one-0f-a-kind stepping stones for both grandmas this Mother’s Day. Both of them enjoy gardening so these will be a unique gift personalized by the kids.
- Quick-set concrete
- Flower Pot Trays 10″ (I found at Dollar Tree)
- Marbles, Tiles, Stones (Again, Dollar Tree)
- No-Stick Spray
- Clear Spray Sealer
- Sand Paper
- Large Pot or Wheelbarrow for Mixing
- Hoe or Shovel for Mixing
Step 1: Prep Flower Pot Trays (Molds)
- Spray each container with inexpensive no-stick spray to help with removal of the stepping stones when they are dry.
Step 2: Mix the Concrete
- follow the directions on the bag
- add water slowly
- you DO NOT want soupy concrete
- this is really a trial and error type of thing
Step 3: Fill Flower Pot Tray with Concrete
- I liked the little pebbles in the concrete as it gave it a more rustic appearance.
Step 4: Decorate Concrete
- The kiddos made designs with the colored marbles.
- They experimented with adding leaves to create natural textures.
- The leaves need to stay on the concrete as it dries to ensure the design of the leaf sets.
Set 5: Dry Overnight
- You can clean-up the marbles after the concrete dries.
Step 6: Sand Rough Edges
- We gently sanded the edges and cleaned up the marbles with a damp rag.
Step 7: Spray with Clear Sealer
- I used a satin finish because I wanted a more natural look than a gloss finish.
Step 8: Display In Yard!
- I had enough stones for around my fountain so Miss Enigma is currently using some of the extras as dance floors for her fairies.
- I just know those fairies are out there dancing in the breeze as I type.
Make a Concrete Viewing Seat
MacGyver used some of the concrete to make himself a fish viewing seat for the pond. He put a giant leaf in the bottom of a large plastic flower pot. Then he filled about six inches of concrete. He sits there each morning and feeds our koi by hand. Yes by hand. And yes, they actually eat from his hand.
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
- A year later . . . after being out in the sun and rain and being walked on daily . . . a nice patina has developed on my Mother’s Day stepping stones.
We’re Giving Away one copy of In a Spring Garden edited by Richard Lewis
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Do you have Spring Fever? What are your symptoms? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)
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