Sunday, September 01, 2013
So I always seem to scheme up ideas of things to create. I didn't get pics, but it was recommended that Ivan use a slant board for school and they are crazy to find (only at therapy sites) and even worse to ship (4 times the cost of the item for shipping alone), so I made one. It's a clip board that tilts up and sits on the desk. I made his school one out of a clip board, binder and wood scraps to make it sturdy. It's blue and covered in the plastic of the binder. The one for home was much simpler, just a clip board with 2x4 triangles on the underside to slant it up.
First I broke tile pieces and arranged them. Then I tried using some cement we had, but it was not good anymore, so I tried to use another material we had and ran out, then neither of those stuck well, so I ended up re-gluing the pieces over and over again. AND I could never remember exactly how they went as I'd pick them up to scrape and re-glue- so that was a bit infuriating.
Then I grouted it and we ran out of that- thus a trip to the city- cause there isn't any in town!
Finally, I used a sealer to weather proof it. We used old pennies. The middle one is our wedding year- 1998, my birth year is to the left and an American penny is to the right. I wanted to put in the birth year of each of our kids, but didn't have all the right years.
I found my old shutters that hung over a small mural I had made in the nursery we had in Abilene, Texas. Knowing I was not going to paint another one, I reused the shutters to make a treasure box.
I would have liked paint that matched better, but was using what we had. This was all made from scrap pieces and screws we have. AND I overcame my fear of the circular saw for this project AND decided that Brian needs another drill/screwdriver some day.
And for Isaac's 3rd birthday, I made a small portrait. My sister noticed that a few members of the family are not represented in portraits- like her youngest- Isaac and my youngest Emora. So I got one done ;) I was pretty excited to hear that he loved seeing himself in it. It's not perfect, but close enough to recognize him.
Now seeing them together, I notice that he was looking straight at the camera and somehow I made him looking off to the side and made his smile more crocked, oh well! I've still so much to learn...