I've just massacred the summer dress I'm making for Jenna (my serger slashed holes in it) so I thought I'd give up for now and instead share a project other people made.
Grandpa and Grandma made us a picnic table!
It all began when, after replacing our old deck railings with Dave, Grandpa and Grandma decided to make something out of the old deck railing boards. No one in our family can, with a clear conscience, throw away scraps of any craft material, so plans for a repurposed picnic table soon got underway. Not far into the project, they decided that the old boards were too splintery and decrepit to be worth sanding and filing down, so everyone went wood-shopping.
There was planning, measuring,
filing, sanding and staining,
What a beauty she is.
Grandpa designed her to be kid-sized, but with room for growth. See those double beams under the seats? When the kids get older, the top beam can be removed to lower the seats.
There she sits, dreaming of art and craft projects, storybook reading, lemonade-sipping, dolly-playing, birthday-partying, journal-writing, and family-get-togethering. And picnicking, of course.
Speaking of which, we had lunch on our new picnic table today! She bore the weight of three grownups and three fidgety little kids
who loved being able to eat outdoors and take breaks to play on the rope-swing between sandwich-bites.
Emily said it was just like having our own park in our backyard, because we have our own picnic table.
I must remember to make her a fitted coverall out of tarps, so she'll stay warm and safe through the winter. For now though, she'll have the company of three very happy little girls who think their grandpa and grandma can make anything. Emily dragged Grandpa through the aisles of Michaels and pointed out a little wooden easel. "Can you make this for me?"
Grandpa is half-way done. I'll share here when he is!