Category Archives: Crafts

Kai started work on a doll house (for his peg people)

After seeing one that somebody else made (protecting privacy by not mentioning who because it just occurred to me that I haven’t asked!), Kai has been wanting to make a doll house for his peg people for a week or two now. He’s been trying to find good cardboard to use and try to figure out what to make, how to make it, etc.

Finally, after a trip to Costco, he had a box he wanted to use. He got to work.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

He got frustrated by tape.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

Then, he started to get the hang of things.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

He decided to add a garage and was very overjoyed with the results.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

Parker-cat was less thrilled. He wanted the box for sitting.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

The bendy dolls move in.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

They came via car, by the way.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

“The peg people family collect cars and have their own airplane.” – Kai

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

Then, while I was doing dishes, he made a bookshelf.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

And had a massive use of tape. I think he was trying to build a roof.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

Eventually, he dug out some of my stencils and started decorating the box.

Kai, working on his doll house for his peg people

I don’t think he’s done. We need to find more cardboard to make the “floors” more stable. And he talked about building furniture after was done. I’ve also offered up scrapbooking paper I used to use for art purposes for him to use as wallpaper, flooring, etc. I’m not sure if he’s going to use them or not. That is, however, where he found the stencils.

I also made a Pinterest board of “DIY Doll Houses” to let him look at pictures for inspiration. If you’re interested, you can find it here.

Penguinville… and Spiders.

The other day, Kai sat down and started to work on making spiders (he has been interested in them lately) out of Playfoam. I’m linking to the specific brand because we’ve had this stuff since Christmas (gift from Kai’s grandparents) and, while we do nothing to preserve it, it’s still really soft and easy to play with almost ten months later. It gets stored in a plastic bin, but that’s IT. The whole box is right around $15 right now and it gives you TONS.

The Playfoam gets pulled out from time to time. Kai started off making spiders (he counted all the legs and informed me that three eights is twenty-four), but then he moved on to making what he called “Penguinville” at the south pole in Antarctica.

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Black Widow up close:

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Working on Penguinville.

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He insisted on making these videos.

 

Anyway, this was a great way to spend our Saturday evening. After a long day of running around doing errands, it was nice to just unwind and have fun.

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Cool Pants.

Rocket

During the Superbowl, I made this on one of Kai’s pairs of jeans. He wasn’t home, but when he finally did see them he said Kai. “Aah! I LOVE rockets! And everyone will see them and say ‘Cool pants.'”

I’m glad.

Because all I see is “error there, error there, error there”. But I haven’t embroidered in a few years. It was… enjoyable. (Frustrating at times, yes, but enjoyable.) And I’m thinking of doing it again soon.