Monday, May 31, 2010

Our Waldorf-Inspired Playroom!

I think the playroom is 'done'. (Well...we'll see what the future holds, but for right now we're very content). We found a new setup that includes the playstands that Gramps built and a gigantic low table I found for $8 at Goodwill that functions as a 'block table' area. After one more 'purge' of extra toys, I'm feeling really good about the mix of natural, handmade, thrifted and a few select store-bought items that make her new environment. I think we'll be spending a lot more time down here!
The playstands have found a space as the corner of Alex's 'house'. The shawl that makes the roof is a very special Pashmina that Brad brought Alex from Israel! Our (mostly Goodwill) baskets are filled with our shells from Mexico, stones and driftwood from the North Shore, sticks and pinecones from our backyard, antique wooden spools and home-dyed playsilks!Alex's Doll from Grandma Mary and antique wooden spools (thanks GrandMama, for collecting and saving those!)
The kitchen section of Alex's 'house'. Grandma Mary, Papa Bob, GrandMama and GrandPapa Jones had an 'in' at Pottery Barn kids for the stunning kitchen set about 2 years ago. The artwork on the wall is Auntie Rorie's (circa 1995), and the table is Mama-made! She often enjoys long teas with the natural tea set that Auntie Carrie picked out, and runs a pseudo grocery-store with the cash register from Gramps and Grams. Grandma Mary made the 'Alexandra' pennant that hangs over the area.

Daddy and Alex build a 'village' with a mix of secondhand and handmade blocks (from Gramps) on her new table. Uncle Willy's old LARK Toys Noah's Ark watched over, complete with Mama-made wooden animals!

The 'large motor' area. Grandma Mary and Papa Bob picked out the slide for Alex as a housewarming gift last year, Daddy made her balance beam, the bookshelf was a garage sale find ($5), and the swing and jungle gym are relics from my own childhood, and teacher GrandMama supplied the word walls and alphabet charts in the hallway!

If I haven't said it before, THANK YOU to all our loving families who support our vision for our home environment! It is so special to form a complete playroom filled with items gathered and handcrafted with intention and love!

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