Monday, June 20, 2011

the fort

We did it. we finally build the boys a fort. and by "we", I mean tim. it was a beast to put together. it took five full days in 102 degree heat. we arent going on a vacation this summer and i have a new baby so we were desperate for something for the boys to play on and keep them busy. they absolutely LOVE the fort. we've added a bucket and pulley system. batman and the blankets ride up and down in the bucket all day.
so far, the fort has been a coffee shop. a toy shop. a pirate ship (this is the case most often). the imagination and play time is endless. perhaps i should book an advance reservation at the ER.
I soon will add a pirate flag and a sign. i think it'll Say, "find your inner pirate". its for the adults. the boys have no trouble finding their pirate. its us adults who struggle. enjoy the progression:

Monday, June 6, 2011


in these economic times DIY has become THE trend. its all about the do-it-yourself and save money.
A while back i saw a great memo board that I like that had tear off paper. It was in one of those super high end magazines and when I saw the price my eye began to twitch. no way was I paying that much! I can make it!
i didnt want to spend a dime but i wanted a great product. heres what i came up with:

this is a piece of scrap wood that i had. I soaked it in a tea bath to get an older vintage look. then I took two old rulers, screwed one to the top and one to the bottom. they hold the paper in place but the bottom one also serves to tear a clean line. I robbed an iron towel rack i had and added the iron bar to the top. the paper roll is from lowes. its the paper in the paint isle. i added string and a sharpie. and i love the results.