And stuck polka dot beads in a row to make a back fence for the deck
and drew a wrought-iron gate,
which I planned to throw open to usher you in for the grand tour today. But -alas - I have no more photos beyond these, because suddenly I remembered that Kate had asked for a piñata for the celebrations tomorrow (could my time management be more abysmal?). Fortunately not a papier-mâché smash-up piñata, because that would take a miracle to get done in time. And not one of those pull-open pinatas, either, because Kate was frightened to death by the prospect of having to rush with other kids for candy when the trapdoor flew open (and cried at the last party when this happened). So tonight I made her a low-intensity, low-suspense sort of piñata instead. And I threw out all the cardboard leftover from these two projects so the visiting grandparents could have their closet AND guest room back. We now have so little cardboard in the house that I'm slightly insecure. But -oh - the catharsis from cleaning up after a massive project! I think that these days I finish projects just so I can enjoy cleaning up after.
And now, to bed. Tomorrow we celebrate Kate and eat (store-bought) cake!