Little Bits “Make it Count” award of the month goes to Spare Change for creating Shades of Green, a beautifully simple necklace for all ages that comes with a silver pendant on a linen cord and acts as a gentle reminder that change occurs little by little; by sowing the wild flower seeds on the back of each card we're taking a small step in making our earth a prettier, healthier home for the butterflies, humming birds, and honeybees.
Each Pendant comes packaged on a gift card with Gandhi’s famous quote:
“Be the change you want to see in the world”
Every necklace has a packet of wildflower seeds attached to the back side of the card for planting.
My daughter Manon is at that great age of almost five, and time and how it passes is of great interest to her. She wants to know that she's going to be seven "soon." How do I describe the two year gap?
She quotes the time as "thirty o'clock" and wants to know why this is so funny?
In order to help her understand time and how it changes I have started a nature table area in our home and a calendar with a batch of white stickers from staples that we can write on to mark special days, and how they were spent so that a few days later I can point to three days past and say....remember three days ago when we went to the park and ate marsh-mellows?
The literal exercise of counting it out is helping her understand. Now her cousin is coming for her fifth birthday and I am trying to show her the distance between today and friday when her beloved cousin arrives.
A nature table is something I was introduced to in my Waldorf School in Detroit. It was a small table draped with colorful silks that reflected the colors of the season, and held trasures that could be touches and explored. Our summer table had a bright yellow silk to represent the sun and had vials of sand, starfish, pebbles from the stream, fresh flowers, leaves and sticks...and every time we went on an outing we were on the lookout for something from nature to bring back to our table. The kids loved to bring guests to see it and could talk about the day it was found, and what the weather was like that day, and how the discovery came to be.
I'm just about to start our autumn table which is my favorate, and I'm looking for the leaves to start changing so that I can replace our summer days with fall.
Little Bits Blog is involved and registered with Blog Action Day:
What would happen if every blog published posts discussing the same issue, on the same day? One issue. One day. Thousands of voices.
What it's all about:
On October 15th - Blog Action Day, bloggers around the web will unite to put a single important issue on everyone's mind.
In its inaugural year, Blog Action Day will be co-ordinating bloggers to tackle the issue of the environment.
Please come back, join the movement, forward this on to friends you know who might also want to register their blog.
Whew! There is a lot going on right now...
Our most recent and exciting development is that we are opening our second location at
The Village at South County Commons in Wakefield off of Rt 1 on October 1st of this year , and even more exciting is the fact that we have finished our childrens book titled "Little Bits Begins With You," which we will try to publish in the spring of 2008.
The childrens book concept has been on my mind since starting the company and it's only recently that I was able to get it written with the help from my thirteen year old niece Alexa.
The inspiration of the story is to help parents and kids realize that it will take action on everyones part to pitch in and contribute their little bit to better the health of the planet.
In the beginning we urge parents kids to reach inside to find their inner super hero to help "save" the planet," and introduce six super heros that kids can identify with who are all doing their little bit in some way.
Earth Saver capes and T-shirts will also acompany the book, and we can't wait to find a publisher (or save the money to get it published ourselves!)
I am in love with this new product by Hip from Holland called "House."
The concept is brilliant and takes a kids love for boxes and forts and allows you to unfold the package and put together your very own "blank" house that you can them decorate and create into whatever you want! My kids and I put it together last week and we decorated it with felt, buttons, markers, feathers, magazine photos and in addition to keeping us busy for hours during the creative process, they are still playing with it!
It's been a puppet show, a fort, a hideout, a fairy house, a post office and a jail.
It can go inside or outside, is biodegradable, has windows, doors, and a mailbox, all precut, is as easy to put together as a gift box....and when you are done playing it lays flat for storage. It's $50.00 and makes a great gift.