Free Play

I am an avid reader of SwissMiss. I especially appreciate her Friday Pack Link. It’s always a well curated list of fresh things that I haven’t seen before.  This past Friday I saw this teaser below.

- The Overprotected Kid: A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

I followed the link over to the article in the Atlantic. It’s about a new kind of playground taking hold in the UK called “the Land” that allows for risky play.

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At the Land playground, adult “playworkers” watch over the children, but rarely intervene. (Hanna Rosin)

It looks like a documentary is being made about the Land.  The director, Erin Davis, lives in Vermont.  Wouldn’t it be great if this documentary could be screened at the New Hampshire Film Festival in October 2014? It could inspire a Land playground on the Seacoast!

The best part of this whole story is that I shared the Atlantic article on FB, and my Aunt Hep (by marriage) emailed me the message and photos below. Talk about inspiring.

Hi Jen,
I was interested in your Facebook posting about playground ideas, and thought you might be entertained with photos of a playground we built at the local elementary school in 1972.  Our parent teacher group had $600 to spend and found that we could buy one slide, so we decided to go DIY. We solicited materials from the town DPW and got lots of retired power poles, used tires and one nice piece of conduit pipe.  We had a meeting where people could make hands on designs from bits of dowel, O rings and other stuff.  Once designs were selected, the designer was captain of the team to build his or her item.  We had a work day.  We were lucky that the town had dumped swept up road sand in the area for years, so it was an easy surface to build on.  After everything was built, we had another work day to paint the poles in order to minimize splinters.  All ages pitched in that day.  Money was spent on paint and metal rods plus the balance beam which was good lumber.  The playground lasted about 20 years.
xox
Hep

Just look at these pictures.

Playground 1, '72

Playground 2, '72

Playground 3, '72

playground 4, '72

Playground 5, '72playground 6, '72

Playground 7,'72

The balance beam is my favorite.  I CLEARLY remember making my own balance beam in my yard when I was a kid.  I made it with found cement blocks and a plank of wood.  I imagined I was practicing my Olympic routine, over and over and over again.  I remember it as clear as day.

Pale Denim

I’m loving pale denim lately. The ensemble below is by Rachel Comey.

rachelcomey-pale-denimThe top above got me searching on Etsy for similar tops.  I found this one (below). I love the style, and the price is right — only $28.00.  Seems a little heavy and big for summer.  Maybe it would look good with layers in the Fall.

denim-jacket-etsy-475I love this jean-on-jean look below.  So easy to re-create with a secondhand man’s denim shirt.

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And if you are crafty you can try to turn it into a State-like smock.  Check out their fun styling video.

state-smock-450I’m also liking pale denim bottoms like these drawstring jeans below.

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I bought a couple pairs of elastic-waist, pale denim, granny jeans.  They only cost about $2.99 a pair. I guess no one else wants them. Go figure. Below is a pair that I hemmed and pegged.

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Look at how cute Frankie has styled her granny jeans.

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The images in this post and more can be found on my pale denim Pinterest board.

Condo for Sale in Dover, NH

Dover NH Condo

BTW – My sister is selling her super cute condo in Dover, NH.  It is easy walking distance to downtown. It is the top floor of the barn in the back.  It faces a big back yard. I believe pets are allowed. Double check on that.  The porch is the best part.  It feels like you are in a tree house.  Great mix of sun, shade and privacy.   Contact the realtor with questions please.

Freak of the Week on Crispina

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I am the Freak of the Week on Crispina’s website.  Click on the screenshot above and see what it’s all about. Crispina offers great looking workshops.  Someday I hope to take either the Sweater Chop Shop or the Potholder Rug Weaving Workshop, or both.  Her workshops for 2014 are posted on her website.  Below are examples of Crispina’s work.

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You can follow Crispina on Facebook and Twitter or visit her Etsy Shop.