Monday, January 27, 2014
Buy Extra Large Eggs Next Time...
It can't end well.
This morning, I was almost done with the work room when Tessie bounded in. She asked, "What are you going to do with Amare tomorrow?"
I promised that I would do crafts with him the last time I talked to April... I thought something with egg cartons and painting them... Maybe googly eyes involved...
I got out the only intact egg carton I have. I usually only save tops. I saved this especially for him.
Then the fun started... Tessie got involved.
She started with, "I'll bet that you can't make me some furniture with this stuff."
That was all it took. The six year old jumped in the mix and decided that would be more fun than cleaning...I should be working on Daisy's cottage, but what's an hour out of the whole day?
I decided to go along with her and see what would happen.
I cut one of the cups in the shape that you see in the first photo. It reminded me of the tulip chairs from the 60s. I only had to trim the arm to pack piece a bit and roll the arms around a paintbrush.
Then I took her advice and made the bottom out of the center piece that sticks up in the middle of the carton. I cut that piece down to 1 1/4" and used a pair of curved cuticle scissors to cut an arch in each side.
Then I covered both pieces with white felt. I didn't want a lot of fluffy padding. As you can see, I cut a couple of Vs out of the front so that they would fit as the seat and the other side went up the side.
After the felt, I cut out some T shirt knit to fit the front of the tulip and a long piece to wrap around the base. I trimmed them to about 1/2" all around and glued them on with white glue, very sparingly. On the back I wrapped the edges around, glued them and then cut off what pleated here and there. Most of it stretched to fit. The last thing for the top was to stretch another piece over the back, glue it in place and trim it around the edges
I cut one of the bottom pieces that you see on the side into a flat piece to fit the seat of the chair and covered it the same way as the rest.
I did the same with the bottom. If ever get talked into doing this again, I will put the traditional wire legs or cone legs on the chair. I am not loving the ones that Tessie came up with.
I am seeing stone birdbaths and garden statue bases coming out of the tall cone pieces...Here we go again. More stuff to save. I am wondering how much larger the cartons are for extra large eggs.
I am now going to lock Tessie in a closet and then I will put a primer coat on Daisy's cottage. No more egg carton fun today!
See you tomorrow.