Welcome summer!

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In celebration… I decided to create this very functional and FUN centerpiece for the island in my kitchen. I saw something similar to this in the Rachael Ray magazine this month… I don’t normally look at this mag as cooking isn’t my thing (see last post!!) but my mom was in town and she loves it. this was something that they showed for a dinner party w/ kids…  that you could line the table w/ butcher paper and let them color during dinner etc.  well, I decided that it would be the perfect cure for boredom for my kids. They love to sit and draw, write and color. Nothing is more inspiring than a whole bunch of art supplies and a stack of white paper!  I bought this serving tray at target, along w/ the plastic cups, new markers, pencils and crayons… and well, I had to buy the gobstoppers cause they looked so cute with the dots on the tray. I think it’s important that the kids practice math, journaling, spelling… that kind of thing. I am trying to come up with a ‘routine’ that even I can stick with that will include some constructive activities…
But when all else fails… quincy quiet for ½ hour coloring is golden!  Easy enough.
I am loving the bright colors! Just had to share…

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47 Comments

  1. Monique 24 May, 2007 at 5:15 pm - Reply

    Ahhhh, I just bought a TON of supplies for the girls and they have been perfect little angels (okay almost perfect)….but that is just a WAY cute way that you organized it. Cute stuff.

  2. kelley pierce 24 May, 2007 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    seriously copying this idea. what a wonderful thing–so fun, so creative and a little quiet time for mom to boot. gotta love it. also love the gifts for the teacher–gonna do that too but i still have 2 more weeks until our district is out.
    thanks for the great ideas.

  3. stephanie 24 May, 2007 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    What a neat idea!

  4. bethy 24 May, 2007 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    cute! thanks 🙂

  5. Shannon Lowe 24 May, 2007 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    oh my gosh! I was just at target today (buying a cute clock! 😉 ) and I almost bought this tray just because it was so “happy”…
    I think I need to go back! Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Nicole Ward 24 May, 2007 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this idea. Love it! I guess I’ll be at Target this weekend!

  7. catherine feegel-erhardt (MMM 2007) 24 May, 2007 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    the erhardts are so going to have one of these on the table….
    thanks for the inspiration!
    catherine

  8. Sara 24 May, 2007 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I totally saw this and wanted to do it!! Awesome job Heidi. I also saw that tray at Target and wanted it for summer. Now I have a reason for it 🙂

  9. Gramkas 24 May, 2007 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    OK you outdid Rachel Ray big time!!! I love it!! You are so not a slacker…you put this together in less than 24 hours after I left. It looks like a great “baby sitter” for a few hours.

  10. Sharon 24 May, 2007 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I want this on my table and I don’t have kids (but I do love doodling on the table while I wait for someone to bring me dinner)! Maybe I could invite my niece over a lot so I’d have an excuse! Love it!

  11. Sue M 24 May, 2007 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    Keep those ideas coming. My husband is staying home with the kids and “Camp Dad” sure could use some fun ideas. Last year they learned how to seal coat the driveway and window replacement.

  12. kim b 24 May, 2007 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    I am going to make this for my table tomorrow! I am such a copycat! My kids can draw for hours!

  13. Bonafyde 24 May, 2007 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    LOVE IT! Awesome idea!

  14. LN 25 May, 2007 at 12:40 am - Reply

    Wonderful, fun and functional center piece for kids!!!! Love it!

  15. Idan Asinely 25 May, 2007 at 3:08 am - Reply

    cool idea!

  16. Marty 25 May, 2007 at 5:20 am - Reply

    I am heading to Target! Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. Shealynn 25 May, 2007 at 6:22 am - Reply

    Very Cute! And VERY inspiring!! I did end up doing your beach towel and magazine idea for my daughter’s teachers, and they LOVED it! Thank you for so much inspiration!!

  18. jackie 25 May, 2007 at 6:36 am - Reply

    Awesome idea….I might try this idea for our upcoming family reunion. We have alot of small children. Thank you.

  19. Kim Bolyard 25 May, 2007 at 7:12 am - Reply

    awesome idea…I am off to target right now.
    peace
    kim

  20. tina 25 May, 2007 at 8:03 am - Reply

    What a great excuse to buy all those awesome bright colors Target has right now. I am loving the blue with the red strawberries myself (bought the strawberry placemats to decorate the walls in my DD bedroom! The fresh art supplies are on my list as well – now it’s to make mommy happy too!
    Please share what you come up for kiddos this summer – I am in the same boat and getting there too!
    You rock woman!

  21. Brenna 25 May, 2007 at 9:07 am - Reply

    What a fun idea. No kids in my house but I just had to comment. The picture along looks so fun. Might need to incorporate that into scrapbooking somehow. Thanks for sharing Heidi!

  22. Brenna 25 May, 2007 at 9:08 am - Reply

    What a fun idea. No kids in my house but I just had to comment. The picture along looks so fun. Might need to incorporate that into scrapbooking somehow. Thanks for sharing Heidi!

  23. Brenna 25 May, 2007 at 9:11 am - Reply

    What a fun idea. No kids in my house but I just had to comment. The picture along looks so fun. Might need to incorporate that into scrapbooking somehow. Thanks for sharing Heidi!

  24. Pineconegirl 25 May, 2007 at 9:42 am - Reply

    This is perfect. Who doesn’t love brand new supplies and what a great way to insure that everything gets back in place when you are finished with it.

  25. Leah 25 May, 2007 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Way cool idea, I am copying it ASAP. Much cuter than the shoe box with everything mixed up and broken, and missing lids that I usually have around.

  26. Leah 25 May, 2007 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Way cool idea, I am copying it ASAP. Much cuter than the shoe box with everything mixed up and broken, and missing lids that I usually have around.

  27. Jamie 25 May, 2007 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Very cute idea!
    I saw that adorable tray at Target this morning.
    Hope you and your family have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend!
    Jamie ~ Alabama

  28. Raven 25 May, 2007 at 11:49 am - Reply

    That is SUCH a fabulous idea! That whole polka-dot/candy line at Target has me drooling every time I see it. Going to buy this tonight & do it for my little ones (and okay, myself, too!). 🙂

  29. Tam 25 May, 2007 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Hope you and your family enjoy your Dream Dinner meals. We don’t have DD’s around here but we have other places that are the same thing. Let me tell ya. They are a total lifesaver. My hubby and I are always getting food from there. It’s so quick and easy. Well worth the $$. Enjoy!
    Tam in Tx

  30. Crystal 25 May, 2007 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    I am so doing this for a birthday present for a little girl next month! Thanks for sharing all your fabulous ideas!!!

  31. kimberly 25 May, 2007 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    wow loved this idea it is absolutely fabulous….mine is already set up and my kids havent left the table for over an hour ….i added the cute candy placement under the tray off to the side a little so you can see how cute the candy and polka dots look and of course had to put candy necklaces in one of the cups….heidi you are awesome thanks for all your heart and soul you put into your work and products !!!!!!!

  32. Karen K 25 May, 2007 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Oh so cute. I love this idea for me, but I’m going to set it up in my department (I manage a Creative Service department) — I want to get them away from their Macs and get their hands dirty! Thanks Heidi!
    PS Of course, I’ll have to make this for my own studio! haha

  33. Paul-ene 26 May, 2007 at 12:35 am - Reply

    Gotta love the smarties in there and yummy candy.~hee
    Great set up……love it! So full of color and looks like so much fun. TFS!

  34. PROLIX from la Normandie 26 May, 2007 at 4:35 am - Reply

    itsa paradise island!!!
    cool!
    Prolix
    {ThE fReNcH tOuCh}
    artsy english-français blog
    http://prolix.typepad.fr

  35. Laura 26 May, 2007 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Hah! Brilliant! Especially for living in AZ and needing some indoor downtime activities! Thanks!

  36. Marilyn 26 May, 2007 at 9:14 am - Reply

    Love it! I am going to be doing this also. I have all our stuff hidden in the closet and with the hot AZ weather, it’s nice to have something fun out at all times. Thanks for the great ideas. You are a fabulous person, keep it up!

  37. Ashley 26 May, 2007 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    This is a fabulous idea…I may have to copy!!
    😉 Thanks for always having something cute to share!

  38. Kristina Lewis 27 May, 2007 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I love it! Thanks for posting this, how inspiring!

  39. kerry davis 28 May, 2007 at 5:18 am - Reply

    I am totally going to Target to copy your centerpiece!!
    Your new garage doors ROCK – they are so elegant looking, I really love ’em.
    Are you keeping your baby boy’s name a secret??? I’m dying to know what it is. I love, love, love the name Capri. . . Okay, and if you *are* keeping it a secret, you can just send me an e-mail and I promise not to tell. ~ Gosh, I am really not some crazed Heidi Swapp stalker. =)

  40. LenaS 28 May, 2007 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Ha, I almost bought one of these trays to alter as a gift for your B-day…glad I didn’t now. We must B on the same wavelength! Great idea!

  41. Brooke 29 May, 2007 at 10:45 am - Reply

    That is so much fun!

  42. Samm 31 May, 2007 at 12:28 am - Reply

    Hmmmmm, lovely pens and sweeties, what a fab combination!!!
    Samm
    http://samm-l.blogspot.com

  43. Sara 8 June, 2007 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I love that idea for the island!! How creative – I know my kids will totally enjoy it! Guess I’m off to Target to get some supplies – thanks for sharing this awesome idea!!

  44. sara's art house 15 July, 2008 at 4:53 am - Reply

    So cute!!!!!!

  45. Deb 15 July, 2008 at 5:44 am - Reply

    That would look GREAT in my new school room. Thanks for the inspiration.

  46. Michie 16 July, 2008 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    I love this – and I think my daughter would love it too. When I first saw it, I thought it was on a Lazy Susan – that way you could just spin it around to get what you want. 🙂

  47. apple 18 July, 2008 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I love that idea. I did something similar for my art stuff. I just bought a lazy susan and put my art supplies just like that in cups. I love it b/c everything is right at my reach.

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