Backyard Playground Makeover

July 8th, 2017|DIY, KIDS|

If you’ve followed along, you will have seen a few posts now where I’ve done different projects for a playground makeover.

The goal of the entire endeavour was to get a few more years of use out of our backyard play set / treehouse…  I needed to “Tween it up” to make it cool enough for my girls to want to play in again.

I’ll go back to what we started with:
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Finishing up the Playground – Outdoor Art

July 7th, 2017|CRAFTS, DECOR, DIY, KIDS|

Do you ever sit in your yard, front or back, and think “I wish I could add some colour”?

But the idea of painting your fence seems too daunting, permanent and possibly expensive?

My backyard playground updates included colour for the structure itself, but nothing for the fence for those exact reasons.

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I didn’t want to commit to painting the entire fence and […]

Repurposed Plastic Jug

June 28th, 2017|KIDS, ORGANIZE, REPURPOSE|

I trash-dove this morning.

Okay not really into the trash and I didn’t really “dive” – more like I snuck a plastic jug from my friend’s recycling.

After you see what I did with it, you’re going to go in search of recycling to pilfer as well.

I’ll start with the need, so you know where I’m coming from;

that is how my children store their goggles – thrown over the edge of the pool […]

DIY Chalkboard – part of our treehouse upgrades

June 21st, 2017|BUILD IT, DIY, KIDS|

Chalkboards seem to be all-the-rage now – people are trimming anything and everything with chalkboard paint to create message boards, labels, jar lids, gift tags – you name it and it’s probably had a coating of chalkboard paint to make it better.

Our backyard playground / treehouse is no exception – but where do you find a 3′ x 4′ chalkboard to fit this tall expanse of wall?

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Candy Bar / Candy Buffet

June 18th, 2017|GAMES / FUN, KIDS, PARTY IDEAS|

My girls have danced around the house all weekend reminding me that there are only “9 days left of school”.

At this point, actually learning anything is mute – it’s all about treat days and field trips to celebrate the end of another school year…. essentially a month-long party with a bit of math squeezed in.

Last week Madison had “Candy Day” at school.

I’m not sure why her teachers thought that jacking thirty 11 year-olds full of sugar was a good idea, […]

Outdoor Summer Games – Tic Tac Toe

June 17th, 2017|GAMES / FUN, KIDS|

I will admit that there are a LOT of pins with ideas for creating tic tac toe boards in fun and unusual ways.  Ladybug and frog rocks, chalk paint and frisbees on the lawn, paper plates in hotel rooms – there’s even a version of tic tac toe with lego.  It’s an easy game for any age and one that can be played just about anywhere.

Having written that, I do have a new, unique take on this fun, outdoor summer […]

Drawer Shelf – easy storage and decor solution

June 16th, 2017|KIDS, REPURPOSE|

This is going to be a short post today – I mean, what more can I say than “drawer shelf” for you to know the entirety of the project?

I’ve had this drawer sitting in my garage for months.  I was going to make a butler’s table, I was going to use it for a small herb garden, I was going to use it to store pillows or a couple of blankets…  but I never got around to any of those.

Learning Pottery – A great family activity

June 14th, 2017|CRAFTS, KID'S CRAFTS, KIDS|

A few months ago I showed the results of my first-ever pottery class.  The finished pieces weren’t stellar, but they were SO MUCH FUN to make!

I’ve been looking for an activity that the girls and I can do together.  Not me on the sidelines or in the crowd cheering – but an actual activity that we could all take part in and have in common and talk about afterwards.

I hoped learning pottery would be it.

I signed us up (as well […]

Treehouse / Playground Makeover

June 12th, 2017|BEFORE & AFTER, DIY, KIDS|

I’m so excited to announce that I’ll be working with Clancy’s Rainbow and Benjamin Moore on this next project – which is a doozy…

Treehouse / Playground makeover!

We purchased this commercial grade treehouse / playground years ago for $250.

I KNOW!

The hotel that it belonged to clearly didn’t know the going price for outdoor playgrounds, so we ran off with a steal.  Like RAN, as fast as we could with 16 foot 6×6 posts.  (visualize the Ikea lady speed-walking yelling […]

Tire Project – treehouse seating

May 24th, 2017|KIDS, REFINISH/REPURPOSE|

I’m in phase III now of a treehouse makeover for the girls; I’ll show you phase I and II in another post, but today I wanted to show you our tire project from Hubby’s old snow tires.

This idea stemmed from an image I’d seen from ItsyBits&Pieces:

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Isn’t this perfect for a teen/tween hangout?

Unfortunately we don’t have […]