Saturday, January 12, 2008

A Toddler's Treasures.

This is a funny story, I thought I would share. Earlier this week my son, Liam and I went for a walk around the neighborhood. Along the way, he started picking up sticks,(mostly so he could poke me with them). As we kept walking, I spotted part of a hubcap on the side of the road. Since it is part of a car wheel, and very shiny, I knew Liam would love it. When I gave it to him, you would have thought I gave him the most fantastic toy ever made! He was so excited. Anyway, he walked down the sidewalk picking up more sticks and banging them on the hubcap. When we returned home, I didn't want to make him throw away his treasures, so I suggested we display them in his room.
I found a vintage cannister, that I never use because the lid is missing the handle. Luckily, the hole was just right for our sticks. I placed the sticks on a shelf in Liam's room and then hung the hubcap behind it. (Yes, the wooden figure is from Ikea).
Now, Liam points out his "mirror wheel" to me all the time. I love this idea, because he feels like he has a part in decorating his room, and I can remember a fun afternoon we shared together. Please excuse my painting, I painted it for a class I took in the fall. I copied some talented artist's good painting, and came up with my not-so-good version. Although, Liam likes it because he says it looks like "moons and stars."

14 comments:

In(side) the Loop said...

Carolina - You have the CUTEST boy ever!! And I love how you enlisted him to be creative too. What a great afternoon for you both!

Pink Wallpaper said...

such a sweet story...i can't wait until my daughter is old enough to share her treasures with me. i love the way you displayed them...how special!

Freshly Found said...

What a special expedition! Memorable for both of you. Found and Re-purposed decor - My Favourite!

nunu pepe' said...

Thats just precious!! You are a very good mother!!

Sheri said...

Great story! I love they are were not so quick to dismiss his treasure as trash.

I wish we could find neat stuff like that. Living in a new neighborhood, though, we are more likely to find rusty nail and splintered wood fragments. Not something I am so keen on the kiddos handling. :P

House & Life said...

what a great blog! Found you from Pink Wallpaper, and will definitely be reading. Thanks!

Carolina Eclectic said...

Thanks for all the nice comments, from everyone.
I completely agree with Courtney that I do have the cutest boy ever, and the smartest, most charming, and funniest... that is my unbiased opinion :)
P.K. Your daughter is adorable, I know you will have so much fun with her as she gets bigger.

ALL THE BEST said...

Such a clever mom!! Not only does it look great, but it has a story...I love it!

Carolina Eclectic said...

Thanks A.L.T. I'm so glad everyone has enjoyed this story.

caroline : my pocket said...

Yeah, me too! I was so touched... I love how you made it into a part of his room at the end, my mum would always have us leave the sticks by the door (we collected whole bonfires of the stuff) and any dirty finds from the outdoors.

He is simply adorable too though, such a sweetie... :) THank you for sharing, xoxo

Carolina Eclectic said...

Thanks Caroline!

frecklewonder said...

such a great story! he's a boy after my own heart-- a treasure can be found anywhere!

looks great in his room, the display you put together could easily be part of a hip design magazine spread :)

j said...

my little brother loved cars (well, he still does)and he had a couple of hubcaps in his room, too.

I remember how much he loved them, and I can just imagine your little boy's happiness when you gave that to him.

It's wonderful that you make what is important to him a part of your home

Carolina Eclectic said...

FR: Thanks for the compliment, you are too kind.

J: My son LOVES cars too. He lives and breathes them, that's why I had to put the hubcap in his room.