We have been blessed with some pretty amazing weather down here in Houston the past few weeks. As a result, there has been quite a bit of tree climbing going on in our front yard. And not just by our children. We have even been finding other family’s children up in our tree on occasion! Which we totally love by the way. And although the big kids had no problem getting up, thanks to our oldest daughter’s climbing gear and ingenuity, the little ones were left on the ground. Or worse yet, parents had to hoist and catch their babes into and out of the tree. No bueno, right?
Instead of going out and buying a ladder I decided to make one. This isn’t my typical “woodworking” project in that I only had to make few small cuts with a chop saw but it was fun nevertheless! And it was as simple as could be.
– Wooden Dowel Rods – 1-1/4″ , cut to 18 in long
– Twisted Nylon Rope, measured to the length from the ground to the limb the ladder will be hung from X 2 plus 4 feet.
– DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint
– Paint Brush
– Rustoleum Painter’s Touch in Matte Clear
– Miter Saw
– spade drill bit, 1/2 in
– Measuring Tape
The whole project is super simple and the first thing I tackled was adding fun designs to the ladder rungs. This is totally not necessary but adds a fun detail. Let me just say though, I grossly underestimated the difficulty of painting on a curved surface! I came *this* close to telling you a white lie by saying the kids did this part…
Once I painted all of the ladder rungs and coated them with a quick spray of clear spray paint for protection, I set aside one of them to serve as the guide for the rope and the rest of the ladder rungs. Each rung is 18 inches so I went in 3 inches on each side and using the clamp to hold the rung in place I drilled a hole for the rope to go through. A knot would be tied in the rope below the hole to keep it from slipping when it came time to assemble.
After the holes were drilled, I went to work assembling each step using this easy method of tying knots for rope ladders. Each step was approximately a foot apart. All in all there were a total of 6 steps.
See all the monkeys in the tree? I couldn’t keep them out and they are out there playing even as I write this!
My own tree trunk table is coming soon and I’ll share it as soon as I can. But here are some I’ve found that I love. #1 is my fave! 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
It’s been a while (I know…so cliche), but it’s a super rainy day here in Houston. Like 100%-chance-of-rain kind of rainy day. I have an old stump that’s calling my name but the weather isn’t cooperating so I thought I would write.
The holidays were good to AIMM. I had my 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Etsy sales which was extra exciting! No small thanks to Etsy for featuring me as a Fresh Shop. Imagine my surprise when I opened up my daily email from Esty and saw my face and art staring back at me!
What a stupid quote they found though. Err, is that really written in my shop somewhere? Oh well…ha!
I have a pretty strong hunch that the feature had a lot to do with the amazing photos that Ashley and Jared took as well. Other Etsy sellers take note – it’s worth it to splurge on great photos if you stink at taking your own like I do.
Guys, I am so thankful. Although these couple of sales may not seem like much to others, it totally does to me! This means there are folks out there that value what I am doing and are actually willing to pay me for my work. How cool is that? Which brings me to my next topic…I don’t want to lose momentum.
But first let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, I had this amazing group of women – Alicia, Ashley, Christina and Linnea. I had just started Homespun and similarly, these ladies were on their own creative business adventures. Once a month we would meet to talk about our individual goals, struggles and areas where we could help each other. Man were we productive! I think these ladies know, but I absolutely cherish these talks/therapy sessions. Things change though. Babies are born, cross-country moves are made and businesses are shuttered.
But here I am, on another creative adventure with AIMM. As much as I wish I could put that group back together again it just isn’t possible. So I am on a search for a new mastermind group. I am looking for 2-3 ladies with creative businesses who need some accountability and encouragement like I do right now. Interested? Help me keep this momentum going and send me an email – briannalland[at]gmail.com so we can chat!