Her birthday gifts have turned into one of my favorite annual crafting adventures, for sure. This year? I think I might have just outdone myself. (A.k.a.? What the HECK am I going to do next year????)
With a little inspiration from my own childhood, I decided what this girl needed most was a good fort! Something that will last her for years and can supplement hours and hours of make-believe.
I knew I wanted it to be sturdy and easy to take down and set up again - that way it could be used outside, inside, brought to Mimi's (Grandma's), etc. I settled on PVC and canvas and after a little Google search, I came up with this for inspiration! (In general, I used her instructions really more as just guidelines and kind of made it all up as I went along... perhaps I will have to come up with my own tutorial at some point...)
Ryan was in town the weekend I was set to make it so the two of us made a trip to Lowe's and then set into putting the pieces together!
Long story short? The final product:
JP, Luc, Ryan, and I also tested it out briefly. (For those who were wondering - four adults can comfortably watch TV from it.) I wanted to cover the entire thing in polka-dots but the boys convinced me that she would have fun making "cave paintings" on the walls so I settled for leaving them blank - who doesn't love a little fingerpaint??
And, as you can see, it breaks down to be a nice little bundle!
P.S. Rozalyn also had a clown at her birthday party. Daisy had some interesting new "magic words" for us - including, "hocus pocus, chicken bones choke us" - ummmm... boy, have things changed since I was a kid!