Thursday, March 27, 2008

hens, hippos, and houseplants

After DQ went to school to day, Stinkerbell told me she wanted to make a chicken. Two paper plates, five hand prints, a scrap of yellow, and two huge google eyes later we had this adorable hen. Stinkerbell said she wanted hang it where we hang their artwork but then decided she wanted her to sit with the chicks we made earlier this week. I got it all arranged and then was told I needed to turn the chickies around so that they could face their Momma. :)

Don't you love Sandra Boynton. The hippos are too cute. I think that someday, I will sketch one onto some fabric and embroider one onto some clothes. Today we were listening to Doggy Train and Blue Moo. I think they are every bit as good as Philadelphia Chicken. The songs are very fun.

The Going to Bed Book is one of our first Boynton's. I used to be able to recite the whole thing with my eyes close and turn the pages at the right places. ;)

Take the poll and tell me what your favorite Boynton is. :)

In the kitchen, I have plants, pedestals, mirrors, and other junk sitting on top of the cabinets. Up until Tuesday they were disgracefully dusty. I've been taking down a few plants every day and giving them a shower, adding new soil, and cleaning their area. Now it looks bright, shiny and green up there.

The photos are taken from down in the entry. The blue pot sits on the ledge that goes around the kitchen and is directly above the stairs going down to the lower level.

The section of cabinets you don't see are too dark for plants and have lots of extremely dusty baskets that will need to be cleaned.

I have ideas for redoing some of this are this summer. We will see. Many of the plants have long histories with me. I think the newest is five-years-in-my-possession. The oldest dates back to high school. Many of them are from friends and are meaningful for that reason.


  1. Adorable chicken, The Going to Bed Book is one of our favorites though the swing your partners round and round one is a close second. Wow, you have plants that are not dead. The longest I have ever kept a plant alive that wasn't growing on its own outside was 6 months. Then I had Rachel and that poor thing died right there and then.

  2. you definitely have a green thumb!!
    your plants are beautiful...and make for a very cozy home...
    I love Stinkerbells' chicken..
    you are a very good mommie to help your girls make so many cute crafts...

  3. I'm going with Moo Baa LaLaLa, only because i've had it the longest. The Belly Button Book is a very close second.

  4. The chicken is very cute. I love the story that goes with it. The plants look great.

  5. Anonymous2:45 PM

    She is so cute. I've not read any Boynton books.

    I enjoy plants too, they bring a bit of life into the home. My favourite is my orchid, which, so far, I have managed to sustain quite well.


  6. Goodness. I love ALL of the Boynton books!

    But, I had just read "Snuggle Puppy" to my granddaughter, so that was my favorite this day!

    My grandson's favorite is "Barnyard Dance".

    I made a transfer using the picture from "Spin with the chickens now" and I LOVE it.