Okay, I know rehashing old cardboard posts in lieu of sharing new cardboard posts is a major cop-out. Especially for someone who's purportedly a cardboard addict and who's been posting nothing but sewing and drafting nonsense for yonks. Unforgivable. Before you hurl virtual rotten tomatoes my way, let me say that I am going to be making a cardboard thing soon, but it's a present for someone who reads this blog, so I can't share that yet.
Back to the rehashing - Kate was playing with the old cardboard Faraway Tree last week, in a location in our house that actually had half-decent lighting, so I thought I'd take some pictures to share. Several reasons:
- the rare nice lighting, as earlier said
- the actual use of the Tree as a treehouse with wooden furniture
- a transparent (i.e. not posed) example of how one of our handmade toys gets playtime
- an update on how well (or not) one of our handmade toys has held up over time and use.
As you can see, it hasn't collapsed yet.
Even under the stress of all that furniture.
And all the parts work, including the elevator and Slippery Slip
(all hail cardboard).
However, as you can also see, one of the tree legs has had to have a splint to hold it straight. That's the little rectangle of masking tape, under which is a Makedo hinge fixed at 90 degrees. Very useful, those Makedo hinges.
Kate has peopled the Treehouse community with all her wooden peg doll friends, including party-Rapunzel
Also the rest of the original Treefolk, of course. We're missing Bessie and The Angry Pixie, unfortunately - they haven't been seen for quite a while :(
Incidentally, I had grand plans to paint Kate a whole new set of peg dolls of herself-as-all-the-Justice-League-of-America superheroes, including Zan and Jayna, the Wonder Twins (anyone remember them?).
As if I had the time.
I got as far as picking out the wooden blanks, painting their faces skin-color and then leaving them to dry for more than a year.
I don't know what the road to good intentions looks like in your house, but mine is covered with cobwebs, is riddled with striped construction road barriers and usually leads nowhere.