She's Just A Lazy Girl Who Wants To Eat Cookies
We have a timeline of scheduled posts for you all here, but sometimes life is better than your plans. Our motto is and always will be about shining light on how amazing everything could be if you take the expectations you have and use it as a guideline rather than a scale of success or failure..It's easy to get sucked into wanting everything to be or look PERFECT, but we're not perfect. We are fearfully and wonderfully made, but we are not perfect. So we thought what better story to share than the amazing day we had with our nieces where we completely messed up our fort idea and somehow turned it around for the better??
When your sister, the mother of your beloved nieces, calls and tells you the girls have the day off of school - you drop everything & run to them!
Its amazing getting to watch them grow into amazing people, having been there the day they were born. Olivia is now 13 going on 30 & Ana is quite happily 11 - but they still aren't too old (hopefully they never will be) to have "creative days" with their dear ol' aunties. One time we invented "Trolltopolis" (a cardboard city made for trolls). Another time we built a fire place out of scraps for Halloween, a different time - fairy garden. Once, we grabbed all of our mother's sheets and built a tent at the base of a tree (complete with chandeliers of course). The list goes on & on...
Well yesterday we decided that this geometrically sound fort we saw looked "easy enough" so we went for it! Grabbed some cardboard boxes and duct tape & ran with it!
Evan was helping Andie clean out a closet under her stairs (to turn it into a reading nook for the girls) at first so Emma (who can't add or measure or calculate anything) without any instructions or dome-calculator (like the one we've attached below) decided to start tracing out the triangles & squares needed to make this dome-like tent.. Evan came out & saw the plan we laughed at the mess and kept on going! Being young sisters, we were so proud of them for keeping the bickering to a minimum, mostly we just laughed at them picking on each other, Olivia calling Ana a bookworm, and Ana saying that Liv is just a "Lazy Girl Who Wants To Eat Cookies." Haha (in light of the sisterly love on which we've based our blog, that's the name of this segment..)
We didn't make it very far into the assembly phase before realizing this wasn't going to work exactly as planned - so we rearranged the triangles and came up with a totally different shape & LUCKILY, thank the Lord, it all worked out!! So the plan went a bit awry and we ran out of tape there at the end..(actually we had JUST enough, but our edges would have looked nicer had they been taped.) We ended up with more of a Circus Tent rather than the Geo-Dome we were going for and wouldn't change a thing.
Its important for us to share with you that about half way through we were SO tempted to give up & forget the whole thing, but were glad we didn't because of how much we all enjoyed this weird triangled fort we'd created together! (Never mind the fact that our soul-sister nieces were watching us being babies) haha. Below is the documentation of our day complete with fundraiser cookies!
Enjoy your day!
And remember its okay if things don't go exactly as planned, we ended up loving our version of the triangle dome way better! (Sorry the picture quality isn't as good as we'd like, we only had our, outdated phones to capture All-Uh-Dis!) Let us know whatcha thinkin'!! ;)
Left: Goal - Right: Outcome
Tools we used:
Tools we SHOULD have used:
How to: Do It Better
Quoted Metal Trays:
BACK STORY OF COURSE:
Our sister Andie, who will make apperances here on occasions, received one of these metal trays as a christmas gift this past holiday season. It was SO cute, we all fell in love with it and had one of those "we could do that!" moments, so we gave it a go!!
A couple of weeks after she received that gift, we just so happened to be antique shopping and came across a pile of four metal trays and the shop owner said we can have 20% so that was LUCKY!! Haha.
We are so proud this is one project that we actually "got around to doing" !! Below is the supplies, step-by-step process and the mishaps we had along the way i.e. things to look out for!!
Also we found it was easier to work on these with a partner, you'll see why:
(all of this [excpet the trays] can be found at your local Hobby Lobby)
STEP BY STEP:
(please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns)
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!! Hope you have as much fun with this project as we did!! And try not to yell at your sister like ONE of us did..when your stamp slides out of your hand and you ruin your favorite tray!! HAHAHA it's all for fun.
From Ours to Yours
If your family is anything like ours, you know that a home is ALWAYS a work in progress, there may be an end goal, but it's no where in site..
There's always something old that has to go, or be repurposed, or redone, and redone..
Here we will be sharing with you all of our "home-mades" (DIY's)
From furniture to crafts and everything in between, we're big on using our hands and getting down and dirty when it comes to creating anything, life is messy, and we love it!!
We'll have all of our attempts here, how it started out, how we hoped it would turn out, and how it actually did turn out..Ha. Good or Bad, and if it came out a little more sideways than straight, we'll let ya know what you can do differently to better your outcome!