Lately I saw, in a shop, a toddler card game that helps with adult-child communication about emotions. I liked the idea of creating a dialogue with my daughters through a game, however, I did not want to start a conversation that was forced by the pre-made cards, because it would limit them. The theme of the first game was “What is your biggest fear”.
Finally we got a new (second hand) table saw for the woodworking shop. And of course the first project with it will be a stand to put it on. The design is inspired by our workbench, so it will be assembled with mortise and tenons, but this time the tenons will be cut on the table saw. It took about an hour to make the tenons this way (it took me a couple of days to make those of the workbench by hand) and they were very consistent in size.
We wanted to try out these birds a long time ago, because we really love their shape, and finally the opportunity came up with this mobile for our friends and their fantastic newborn twin daughters.
As you could see from our previous post our workshop gets a little messy from time to time and a bunch of pieces of wood rolling around the shop (literally) was starting to be a problem (and potentially a hazard).
For a workshop of any kind, two things are fundamental: surfaces and storage. You need solid and wide surfaces to work on and large and secure storage capacity to store your tools and materials when you are not working with them.
Here is a very simple and fun idea for a birthday present or a very quick DIY project.
It requires very basc sewing skills, and a few rocks!
The socket for the closing rope.
Sew the ribbon to one side of the bag
Secure ropes with a knot
Choose colored rocks, buttond or whatever…
First, cut two pieces of cloth, and prepare a socket to hold the two ropes that are going to close the bag. On one of the pieces sew a grid using a colorful ribbon and sew the three sides of the bag. Use two ropes or laces to make two loops around the top of the bag.
Remember to choose 10 rocks, beads, buttons or whatever you prefere, as long as they are of two distinct colors, to play the game.
And there you have it! If needed you can look here for the rules and strategies to the game. Enjoy!
We found in our attic, completely covered in dust, an old wood and cardboard suitcase. This is how we brought it back to life. Continue reading