It’s the Little Things

By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
December 10, 2021

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  • My, my! What beautiful and tempting things you sell! Quite an awesome thing to find in my inbox at 3am. . .

  • I completely agree with your sentiment that the “eye” developed during any craft for line, color, and pattern then expands to all different things in life. Also devoting oneself to a high level of care also translates to other aspects.

  • Every year I buy one or two new Christmas ornaments for our tree. I look for something made by hand or something that is special to us. This year I bought the llama ornament and liked him so much I bought the sheep as well.

    I’m using the smaller Bornn enamelware dish to hold the soap dispenser in the powder room.

  • I’m glad I snagged the little watering can before it sold out. It’s wonderful for my crazy collection (hoard?) of houseplants.

    Such a good point that knitting leads to an appreciation of color, form, pattern, and things lovingly made by hand. I was a trained designer before I took up knitting, but growing up in India I saw all these things everywhere. So who’s to say what led to what?

    There is an artist and designer in all of us. If you observe children closely you know this is an undeniable truth.

    • I saw Bill McDonough, the sustainable architect, speak many years ago. He pointed out that we somehow teach the creativity out of children. He said that if you go into a kindergarten classroom and ask the children to raise their hands if they can sing, all their hands will go up. But if you go back to that exact same class in 9th grade, none of the kids will say they can song. It was so clear and truthful that it has stayed with me all these years.

      • Loved your point! So true. Most think of little children as initially blank slates but also sponges that soak up everything before them (how they ultimately synthesize all that info is a story unto itself). But it is their unlimited imaginations that have not yet met with constraint that give us lessons everyday, smiles, amusement, and the certainty of their potential. Today schools act independently of parents to fill their heads with specific information never to be challenged while at home parent similarly fill their time with scheduled activity and hopefully some moral molding. But the value of free time, to muse, to play pretend, to imagine rarely seems too often to be a very low priority which I rue. The imagination has to be exercised with time to “run,” be influence gleaned from various senses and only optimized by those that are taught freedom to think, re-imagine and asking as many questions as occur to them “How?” “Why?” What if…?” are deserving and as important to development as book knowledge. Most of all, learning to think through trial & error, believing in potential of new and original thought to solve problems is no longer prioritized by most. Creativity springing from active imagination is too often smothered by priorities oof STEM teaching – not unimportant, but I believe may be enhanced by fertile imagination & encouragement to think outside boxes. I hope it is not a wholly lost way of raising children and indoctrination is what diminishes potential.

  • So pleased to see metal book stand! I still have the one my mum got me for Christmas fifty years ago — and it still works!

  • I bought the wooden salad spoons and they are awesome! Gave them to my husband for Hanukkah. He makes beautiful salads.

  • The metal bookstand is absolutely, hands down the very bet one I’ve ever had! I use it with my ipad, phone, books, charts, etc! It’s PERFECT!