How Are We Doing?
We have 2 Little Free Libraries in Olympia Fields: outside Sergeant Means Park, and the Peace Pole LFL outside the Post Office.
We have 3 in Park Forest: next to the Pace bus stop in Downtown Park Forest, on Forest Boulevard across from the Police Station and on Lakewood Boulevard outside the Library.
My mother recently emptied the contents of her china cabinet and asked me if I wanted an assemblage of fancy crystal salt & pepper shakers that had been stored (unused for years). I took them all, fill them with garden posies (by definition a small bunch of flowers), and display them where they catch the light. It never occurred to my mother to use the shakers for anything other than salt & pepper. The best part is that, by removing the tops, we never have to bother about polishing the sterling silver again. These crystal shakers remind me that the smaller we keep our containers, the more we create an overflowing into the great fullness of life.
Here is another idea to try at home this summer:
Mini Ocean Instructions
The project starts with a clean plastic bottle (we used recycled water bottles).
Pour in ¼ cup of sand and add a handful of small shells (you can also add small colorful stones, fish, etc.)
Mix a drop of green and a drop of blue food coloring into 6 cups of water.
Then use the tinted water to fill the bottle halfway. Add a pinch of silver glitter.
Fill the rest of the bottle with mineral or baby oil, leaving as little air space at the top as possible.
Run a line of hot glue around the inside of the bottle cap, and then quickly screw on the cap to create a spill-proof seal.
Make waves and send the shells, sand, and water tossing and tumbling for a beautiful ocean in a bottle.
I sat on the beach and a beautiful wave
Came tumbling right up to me.
It threw some pink shells on the sand at my feet,
Then hurried straight back out to sea.
It ran away swiftly and leaped up in foam;
It bumped other waves in its glee.
I think it was hurrying to gather more shells,
To bring as a present for me.