photographer | slp | language & literacy | love good design, engaging books, reggio emilia, documenting | @averyandaugustine on instagram

founder of littlelitbookseries.com | @littlelitbookseries on instagram

m@michelle-sterling.com

 

 

Entries in wooden toys (44)

Friday
May082015

nate's 4th birthday

Since Nate loves chocolate, we had a chocolate party for his 4th birthday which included a chocolate tasting and chocolate fondue.  We nibbled on Woodblock Chocolate 70% Dark, Mast Brothers Maple Chocolate, Videri Chocolate Factory Dark Milk Chocolate and Fruition Toasted White Chocolate.  We also had chocolate fondue and a salted caramel dark chocolate fondue with shortbread, Speculoos cookies and waffle strips for dipping (we used Julian’s Recipe Belgian Waffles).  For the salted caramel dark chocolate fondue, I added a couple of tablespoons of Fat Toad Farm's goat's milk caramel and some sea salt to semi-sweet chocolate chunks, heated it up 30 seconds at a time in the microwave, stirring in milk later on to make the consistency smooth.

The felt ball garland colors were originally inspired by a set at Hello Maypole, but I think they might have been sold out at the time, so I ended up purchasing a set of felt balls in the same colors from Benzie Design.  One of Nate’s favorite gifts was a funny little donut cat (yes, exactly what you’re thinking!) from Etsy shop Marnin Saylor.  I also got this adorable pretend chocolate fondue set from Hape Toys for the party, which was a hit with Avery and Nate.  Now they can have fondue whenever the mood strikes!

Thursday
Mar262015

dollhouse book nook

This beautiful dollhouse by Paloma's Nest is more than a dollhouse.  Read my post on Honest to Nod to find out more!

Wednesday
Dec172014

the jolly postman


I was introduced to The Jolly Postman by Janet and Allen Ahlberg years ago.  It is truly a treasure—it’s an interactive book about the funny letters that a postman delivers to the denizens of a fairy tale world and it includes actual pieces of mail stored in envelopes throughout the book (like a rueful apology note from Goldilocks to the Three Bears).  This unique book pairs well with the Stamp and Sort Mailbox for an afternoon of sorting mail, writing letters and laughing over the silly correspondence in The Jolly Postman.

Friday
Aug082014

a summertime tradition

This little detail is part of my latest post for The Land of Nod.  If you're curious, check it out at Honest to Nod!  Thanks to The Land of Nod for sending us their cleverly named What's That Stand For Stand.

Thursday
Jul242014

nate the photographer

Usually Nate likes to be behind my camera while I'm taking photos, looking at the LCD screen and waiting for photos to pop up.  This makes it a little hard to get good photos of him at times since he’s always exiting the scene!  Here he is figuring out how to use a camera.  We purchased this camera by Little Sapling Toys at least a couple of years ago and it’s held up pretty well.  I love buying traditional wooden toys over toys with a lot of electronic features because my kids can engage with them in more creative ways.  I like this camera because it has the important elements of an SLR: a viewfinder, spinning dial, lens that turns to “focus" and a pretend LCD screen on the back to view photos.  I need to teach him how to say "Say cheese!" next.