This is a project I have wanted to get done for a long time. Josie is now wearing a lot of Ada’s old clothes and finding the right size before she outgrows them was becoming a challenge. So we went to Ikea and found these bins. Their clear sides and tops make it easy to find a specific item. Clothes are labeled by size and stacked on Metro Shelves. We got all of our shelves cheap on Craigslist. It is freezing here this morning, but finding Ada’s hat was easy.
One of our favorite additions to Ada’s play kitchen are these colorful wool felt balls. They have been served as everything from blueberries to soup to tea. It is also easy to make your own felt balls if you would like a simple project. You can find beautiful felting wool here.
The dishes are a lovely ceramic children’s set from Ikea. (I much prefer living with a few broken pretty dishes than ugly sturdy ones). The fabric “pancankes” are pieces of vintage prints that Ada requested from the sewing box. We found them long ago at a flea market and they were meant to become a quilt. A few stitches and stuffing made them into food. I love watching kids invent from beautiful, ambiguous materials.
The supplies in the art room were getting out of hand, so we made a trip to Ikea. Lucky for me, we took a wrong turn into the kitchen section and discovered these wooden silverware caddies.
I like that two small trays can stack the width of the large tray. Supplies for a specific project can be grouped and carried to another room. They would also be perfect for small tools and house projects. Ikea’s site is notorious for not allowing you to buy directly, so you will need to make a trip. (You can also find them here, but they are more expensive). Clear zippered pouches keep small supplies visible but contained.
We keep a square of floral oil cloth under Ada’s easel. It wipes off with a sponge and the retro patterns are always so cheery. Now I don’t spend so much of my precious time in the studio cleaning up after the kids.