My friend's little boy turns 5 tomorrow. B and I have a special bond, besides sharing a birthday. B loves beads. When he stays the night he likes to share my bed - although he knows that five year olds will sleep in the special room with a new night light. I sent him off to bed with a handful of picture books last time he visited and went back to the lounge to find out who had won Australian Celebrity Survivor. Ten minutes later I checked on B, imagine my inward giggles and delight when I realised he had abandoned the children's books and was lost in a stack of beading magazines. This adorable child has loved beads for as long as he could hold them!
A few months ago we were shopping together when he spotted a beaded candle holder and was instantly smitten. It was a long skinny shape and I could not think of another use for it, however, it got me thinking about this old candle holder. A coat of paint, a couple of handfuls of cheap glass beads and I just know he is going to love his lolly bowl.
B was shopping with his Nana and Mum, they are the best op/thrift shoppers ever, when he spotted this cat tunnel. I am told they got no rest - and this kid can nag - until they bought the tunnel for me. I confess to being a little dubious as to whether the boys would like it.
The top and bottom photos are Hamish in the first 15 minutes of its arrival! The middle is Charles just yesterday!
Note: The plants were patients and have recovered to the point where I sent them home - poor things.