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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Reading Workshop

     My kids are so excited about trick-or-treating tonight despite the lingering drizzle from Sandy. This year we have a robot, a kitty, Jake {from the Neverland Pirates} and a boy who wants to dress up as a girl. {I know, I'm not a big fan of this choice but the rest of his 10 year old friends are doing this as well so I caved!}. I'm also super excited and honored that Aimee from Its Overflowing asked to do a tour of our home on her blog! I think she's posting it tomorrow, go on over and check it out and while you're there check out all the great ideas she has!

     Today I am going to share with you a space that you've seen bits and pieces of before, Brady and Hudson's "workshop" as they call it.

     When I went downstairs today, this is what I saw:

     Ya, not so pretty! I usually have them do the clean up but sometimes it just needs the kind of touch only an OCD mother can provide! ;)

     They love this space {especially when its clean} because they do all kinds of projects down there and then they can display them on their art wall.

     If you look really close you can see that this art wall is made from guitar strings. {Where there's a will there's a way!} Guitar strings are great for this kind of thing because on the end they have a round metal thing that is perfect for hammer a nail through. For this wall I used four guitar strings and just did a small twist in the middle to join two together. {This has really held up great. We've been using this art wall for two years and it hasn't come apart yet!}

     They have a corner for reading.

     .........and an art table with supplies for crafting.

     This handy little bar was $1.99 at ikea and the cups keep things organized {until they take them all out and scatter them on the floor}.

     This space is divided by curtain panels {another ikea find} and their bedroom is on the other side. You can see that this room is just a half flight of stairs down from the main level. This makes for a perfect set up to see what's going on down there. {Sometimes I'd rather not know! ;) }

Don't forget to check out our home tour on Its Overflowing tomorrow! See you there!

I'm sharing this here:
At the Picket Fence
Tatertots and Jello
Too Much Time
Between Naps on the Porch
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Not Just a Housewife


  1. What a great room for your boys!! They are free to make a mess (temporarily- don't worry I'm one of the OCD moms too!) and play whole-heartedly in their own space. Love it!
    I found your blog through "It's Overflowing" today. Loved the tour of your REAL home - smallish yet huge with great decor and organization! That't exactly how my family of 5 tires to live in our little home, too!
    I am your newest follower! Come see me sometime at

  2. What an inspiring room for you kids. I can tell by the artwork they've created that they can be themselves in this space. P.S. Love your home tour over at It's Overflowing. I think we have a lot in common judging by your story.


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