Showing posts from February, 2011

Rise and shine

wonderful early morning sun! Also a most revealing phenomenon! Time for some polishing of sterling silver.....I'll probably find any  possible excuse I can come up with during the day but also start making plans for laying a table at this Easter festivity.
This is what the table looked like last year!  I'm not a fan of typical Easter arrangments,  still I cheerish the gathering of  family and friends  over a good meal, so does my chef de la cuisine.  I better be done with the table before he sets off, taking charge of the kitchen. What did your Easter tables look like....what will they look like??

The Crises of Development

Much of what the adults in a Montessori environment (home or school) need to do for children, is related to the developmental crises of infancy. Dr Silvana Montanaro describes these crises in her book, Understanding the Human Being. She explains that if a child experiences complete resolution of each of these crises, then they should emerge from the period of infancy (the first three years of life) with a basic level of trust in the world, in themselves, and in their ability to function as competent and worthwhile participants of social life. The key for parents of young children is to know what the crises are, when they occur, the characteristics of each crisis and also, most importantly, how to adequately assist the child in moving through each stage, and on to their next phase of development. It is most important to understand that whilst we as adults may have a negative connotation attached to the word ‘crisis’, in the period of infancy, it presents a very positive opportunity for…


med nål o tråd En nypa inspiration...
Some vintage lace.....
Egentligen tycker jag klädsömnad är lite väl
nå'n gång blir det väl sommar o fest igen!

❤ Ia ❤

Some old lace mending turned into evening wear.


hum hum hum....bara förnamnet! Även kaffemaskinen får sig en riktig rengörning emellanåt!
Byggnadsställningen är fortfarande kvar???!!!!????
Vissa nöjer sig med färskt nytt vatten i sin skål/glas. Även om vi har olika morgonrutiner så kör vi lite färglöst 
 tills värsta morgonfrisyren har lagt sig!
Morgonsolen är obarmhärtigt avslöjande vare sig vi vill eller inte. Vem drog upp rullgardinen så här tidigt??
Fast det här funkar ju också...när man är trött i håret på takläggare.

⌚ Ia ⌚

One fatigue family saved by a fresh and rinsed coffee machine,
no wake up calls are needed in this household. It's all taken care
of by the roofers, now returned after all the snow shoveling.

Me and my mate Valentine

home alone after long wonderful weekend. A house filled with dear friends and family,  sharing meals, memories and future. Today I'm up for final preparations having a plate of limestone cut to protect the wooden floor in front of the tiled stove. Precise measurements are done using some leftovers of an  old plaster board. Makes it easy to readjust the round part for  the tiled stove and have a perfect template made for the stonecutter. Odd remains made of nature's own materials add significant elements into interior decoration. Sometimes perhaps unexpected but also a great way of recuperating old building materials. . Flourishing lines of sandstone painted in mortar, aged cast iron,  limestone from the nature's quarry in contrast with fine silk damask.
❤Valentine's Day❤
P.s. Our youngest tuned in (longhaul) on Skype for a dinner chat with everyone. Most appreciated.....❤❤❤

Materials for Cognitive Development

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Materials for Weaning

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Materials for Hand Development

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The Visual Mobile Series

The Visual Mobile Series can be made at home by you!

As a part of our Parenting Support Package - Symbiosis, you will receive the popular booklet Montessori Mobiles and More which gives you step by step photo tutorials for creating the full Visual Mobile Series for your newborn.

En liten stund senare

Wrapped up nicely for protection upon delivery. Ten minutes later........unwrapped! Merged into daily life..... Romance blending with rough. A mix of  structures and materials trying not to overdo  one certain style, tuning up or down. Life savers , while walking the aisles of  the annual Furniture exhibition!

Anyone for pink..

eller andra ljuva pasteller som stämmer  med ljusets återkomst? Detta fenomen har  intresserat mig i många år i inredningens värld. Redan nu kan man se en förändring  runtomkring sig i klädval och inredning,  Jag har numera förstått att det kanske inte har  med årstiderna endast att göra utan att även  det Nordiska ljusets påverkar oss, mer än vi tror. I år har inte bara mina kunder utan även jag  själv har ramlat dit, den gustavianska lilla soffans rosa sidentyg gör mig oerhört glad och lyser ikapp med ljusets strålar genom fönsterrutorna i väntan på våren. Glad blir jag också av mina kollegors fantastiskt fint utförda arbete under min frånvaro. Vissa moment i  verksta'n är fortfarande tuffa för min rygg och jag har lärt mig att ta skeden i vacker  hand och be om hjälp. Mönsterpassat, trådrakt och rätt spända bisband. Nu spelar nog inte ljus eller årstid in helt i mitt val, tyget har haft en stark påverkan i mitt val. För att behålla den rätta karaktären av möbelns stilepok blev valet av sidentyg avgör…


plants, while out of town! Someone should have had...... Alive and well when departing! Now, one of many empty urns.....iofs är ju myrten lite svåra!
Torkat är ett säkrare kort, tycker maken. Jag brukar spara makens buketter ett tag. Still, shared favourites are in good health...
och till sommaren flyttar trädet ut igen! How do you cope with your plants when traveling?
❤Ia❤,  natt piggelin och med en sopsäck torkat