When we moved into the studio in May it quickly became apparent that Cora wanted a special place of her own. A place where she could keep her personal treasures safe from Lyra "the destroyer" as she so lovingly calls her little sister.
Angelic she may seem, but this kid is a whirlwind of the best kind of little kid trouble.
We had all the leftover paint from this hanging wall organizer project, so the girls and I went to Lowe's and got the wood and trim we needed to make custom shelves in their closet bedroom.
First, I explained, we needed to sand the wood.
Cora is an earnest kid, "Is this good, mom?" She kept checking.
"Don't worry, mom, I'll sand yours too."
Thanks, bud. I've got a lot of work to do, after all, sitting here taking pictures of your adorable-ness.
Okay, I digress.
We worked on this project over a couple of days while Lyra napped.
Next up? Painting:
I let Cora pick the colors from the rainbow assortment we had on hand. She picked pink, pink, yellow, and green. (Hey, at least it wasn't ALL pink!)
Her painting was meticulous for an almost four year old (we did this project way back in May/June when she was still three).
Once they were installed I drilled holes on the front left and right sides and strung thin bungee up in lines from top to bottom. This way the girls could easily get their books in and out, but if there was an earthquake, the books wouldn't fall forward and down onto their sleeping noggins.
Cora can't reach the top green shelf so I reserved that shelf for some of my things.
The hot pink shelf is Cora's "special shelf." Lyra can't reach it and Cora places all her treasures there.
And the bottom two shelves hold a lot of their books.
I loved doing this project with Cora. That afternoon on the steps sanding with her is a stand-out favorite Cora memory for me.
Cora, when you read this one day, know how much I love you. And how much joy I get creating things with you, and for you.