To be quite honest, I felt overwhelmingly grateful to y’all yesterday.
You are so encouraging.
After starting my teepee at 5pm on Monday evening, I stayed up till 4:30am to sew the darn thing and draft the post. I actually constructed it in the morning while Will was eating breakfast, threw the globes up and prayed that my camera had enough juice to get a decent shot (did anyone notice the terrible photography? Consider my hand raised emphatically!)
Right after uploading the ‘after photos’, I had to muster the energy for music class/playgroup and I seriously thought that the teepee would be a complete and utter flop. Literally and figuratively. I thought it might flop over at any moment (probably because my boyfriend wasn’t around for the Jeremy-Bower-Sturdy-test — he’s got me brainwashed). And also in the other sense…I thought most of you would roll your eyes and guffaw at the thought of me making a small hut outta sticks and a dropcloth while others are working their booties off making real furniture and awe-inspiring artwork.
But it seems like not only is it a popular thing to tackle (high five to my other teepee-constructing-sistahs!) but you all were just so darn nice about it. You fiercely love. And I love you for that. So from this sleep deprived mom of 1 and a half….thanks.
and here are some better pics…
Open & Closed (old photo on left and better photo on right)
A couple people noted the stuffed zebra. Long story short, we were in Pier 1 and Will had a RingPop….ten minutes later I was purchasing a $25 (!!!!) stuffed zebra that had a newly adorned red gotee. I was so upset that I decided to use the new friend to my advantage….for paci-extraction-operation-zero. I simply removed the paci from our lives and whenever Will asked for it, I would say “oh it’s all gone! Here’s Zehbah” (he can’t say zebra…so it sounds like Zehbah)…no crying, no fuss….it was actually the best thing ever and totally worth the twenty five bones.
Some folks asked about the sturdiness of the construction. I don’t know if it’s like the sturdiest thing ever…I mean, I wouldn’t ask him to climb to the top of the poles or anything…it’s not a jungle gym…but since I put it in the corner of the room, the legs mostly hit stuff…so it’s not like he can knock it over or anything like that. The poles are also two heavy for him to lift so he can’t shift them on the carpet easily or move them by picking up. So I would definitely say it’s safe for him.
I also covered the Haven string with a little more decorative rope I found later.
And yes, Will is seeming to enjoy it. He and I played pirate inside the teepee this afternoon. And if you don’t know…playing pirate means putting make-believe telescopes up to our eyes and saying ARGH! alot.
I don’t know if anyone noticed (it would be hard to seeing as how this wasn’t photographed) but I switched out the artwork in the lowest frame. I added the placemat that I got with Sherry while Goodwill shopping. It’s very manlyesque to me….I love the vibe.
Last but not least is the globes. Yes, I hung them up. It was just simply a matter of unscrewing the bases and using a bit of twine and a hook.
I always look for globes at thrift stores and yard sales…I don’t think I paid more than $10 for any one. I know for a fact I got one of them for $1…they aren’t anything fancy but I love them together in mass.
So all that is what I didn’t talk about yesterday during the Pinterest Challenge…probably due to the sleep deprivation. Speaking of sleeping…we decided to transition Will to a toddler bed situation this week. He started climbing out and he’s FAST. So Jer and I figured it’s time. We are still talking methods to get him to develop that unconcious sense of bed-edge awareness….pray. pray hard.
and thanks again. if I haven’t told you lately – you are awesome. but I think you already know that
p.s. I posted the cut list for the outdoor table at the end of the varnish post…happy building!!