Sorry everyone, for the long absence.
We've been busy the past two weeks - first, we all had colds,
and then my parents came, all the way from Singapore!
They'll be here five weeks, which is absolutely lovely.
So in recent days we were occupied with recovering and
getting the house ready (i.e. repeatedly cleaning the same rooms
of the same toys which seemed to magically reappear
at the same places five minutes after putting them away).
I've been making stuff - sewing mostly, but haven't had the time
to put them in pictures. I even have a couple of tutorials ready to go,
except I haven't gotten round to learning how to scan patterns
into the new computer with the relatively new scanner
(new to me, anyway). So once I've figured all that out,
I'll post the tutorials.
In the meantime, here's what we made today -
a cardboard car for the kids. Usually when I make something,
the ideas and plans churn in my head for a few days before
I am ready to execute them. But yesterday, Emily decided
she needed a cardboard car. And fast. Now, in fact.
Managed to hold her off with the (true) excuse that we didn't
have any boxes. But she wouldn't be put off, and the longer she waited,
the more complicated and fancy her "car" idea became - first it was
a car for her dolls, then it was a car for her and Jenna, then a car
for her and Jenna and their dolls with seat belts. Then it was
a carriage with a roof. Then a sort of utility vehicle.
Finally it was bedtime (phew).
And this morning she asked for the car again. And I thought
we'd better make it before she got enough ideas to ask for an
amphibious-bus-cum-sedan-chair-cum-flying-saucer. So we set about
making it, with no plans in my head except that it needed to have
some nice wheels. Somehow found two diaper boxes (visible
in the photo) and used them inside-out. Gives the kids a surface
to decorate and avoids telling the whole world which stores
we shop at for necessities.
It essentially has two small boxes for bench seats, a smaller box
for the engine/dashboard, two paper plates glued together
for a steering wheel, a wooden disposable chopstick for the
steering column, another box in back for a trunk/boot, and paper
shapes for the headlamps, taillights and wheels/hubcaps.
Grandma and I put it together (hooray for help!)
I realize it is about the boxiest car I've ever seen, but at least
it's generic in shape. This way, with some imagination, it can
be a fire truck, bobsled, canoe, race car, convertible, non-waterproof
submarine, amphibious boat and bus! Perhaps even a princess
carriage, if we decided it came from a zucchini rather than a pumpkin.