This new season brings with it a time of nesting and creating. One of the ways I appreciate nurturing my family is through creating beautiful spaces in our home. I find that when the living and play spaces in the home are newly arranged and redone with creativity a new sense of interest and play emerges.
.: Two chefs busily create a lovely herb salad and soup! :.
.: Happily these chefs share their masterpiece! :.
Now that the gardens are slowing down, we find ourselves inside baking more. The children incorporate this piece of their home life into their new outdoor kitchen space created for them on the front porch.
.: Sitting for a moment on his 'Lunch break' these Tiger Lily stems create a lovely spaghetti! :.
.: Placing ingredients into the soup! :.
I appreciate watching their play take them to the herb gardens. There the children enjoy taking their baskets to gather fresh herbs for use in the recipes of the day.
The scents coming from their kitchen are as delicious as the dishes that come from our own kitchen. The salads they create look beautiful and are reminiscent of the herb-infused salads we also create at home.
.: Each new dish smells so good when scented with herbs from the garden! :.
It has always been of great importance to let our children's imaginations soar through "Kid - powered'' toys. More times than not those toys are not toys in the typical sense at all. Stems of dried Tiger Lily's are cut to length creating Spaghetti Chestnuts are added from our findings under a tree. Herbs, clothespins, and buttons even play a role.
.: Enamel-ware bowls, pans, and pitchers washed and dried with vintage cloth napkins :.
.: Playing in the bubbles to clean sparkling dishes that will soon be dried in the sun! :.
Everyone enjoys taking their turn washing dishes and setting them out in the sun to dry while the towels get hung on a line that sits next to this outdoor play space.
.: Yellow, Blue, Red--the cheerful colors of our day! :.
Certainly these memories and fun outdoors are brought back with them as our family sits down to dinner indoors. This play generates enthusiasm for the process of washing the dishes to be dried and put away for tomorow's meal.
.: Wringing out a vintage cloth napkin to be dried on the line :.
.: I wish you and your children a beautiful time of play! :.