Friday, August 29, 2014

DIY Handle for Apple's Step Stool

Apple's pretty much outgrown his little training potties, but I wanted to maintain his ability to toilet independently. Turning around on his tiny step stool was a challenge for him, so we added a handle to facilitate that move.





A pair of nuts, a pair of bolts, a stick of wood from our lumber pile, and the drill and power sander. Boom. The kid can use the real toilet with much greater ease. Thank goodness.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Scenes from CT

Jack and Apple go outside to investigate some very strange noises coming from the backyard.

Apple has his first discussion about where baby deer come from. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Giant DIY Grocery Bags

Not a tutorial in any sense. Every time I go to make a bag like this, I have to spend a great deal of time reinventing how I do it. I have no patience for following big fancy overworded tutorials to do something so simple, so I wing it each time. This last time around I took some photos to help me remember!








Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Toddler Requires Toy Mailbox, STAT!

So we gathered our supplies and made one.

Apple wrote "mail" in orange. He was very specific about it needing to be in orange.


Oh. Bills bills bills.

Monday, August 18, 2014

DIY Toddler Bedframe

Apple's little toddler-sized mattress was once side-car'ed onto the queen-sized family bed. The extra space was nice.

Then when the family bed had to rise up, it left the little bed behind, and the little bed became nothing more than a dumping ground for laundry, toys, and grit.

would you want to sleep all by yourself way down there?

We wanted to bring the little bed up a bit, so off to the lumber yard in the basement we go.

leftover bits from other projects come in super handy

We had some pine boards 5.5" wide and cut two boards about the width of Apple's existing bed frame from them. We clipped the ends at 30 degrees to avoid catching toes on the bed.

We cut a third piece from 4" wide pine, to the length of Apple's bedframe minus about a foot.

We bolted them together into an I shape. To do so, we used a chisel to cut out two holes in the center piece, then drilled two holes through the end pieces and through the center piece, into the chiseled spaces.  Then we could slip the bolts through the ends, the ends of the bolts sticking into the chiseled spaces where we then attached the nuts. I'm sure there's a carpentry term for this technique that we aren't aware of.

Like so.
Chiseled spaces with bolts in them and nuts screwed on.

And rubber feet at the four corners.

This will lift the existing furring strip bedframe (based on this idea) up almost half a foot from the ground, a good height for a bed this size, we think.

To make the I shape: We chiseled spaces into the long board in which we could screw on a washer and nut to a bolt slid in through the short end piece. We drilled holes for the bolts, of course. And used deck screws to attach the furring strip frame onto the legs, one at each corner.

Finished elevated bedframe.

And now things are better.

Airflow beneath mattress: check.
Height relative to family bed reasonable: check.
Distance from bed to floor reasonable: check.


He slept in it for half the first night! Accidentally, perhaps; he took a very late nap that turned into just going to bed. The second night, he slept in it half the night again; I nursed him down there and then popped up into the big bed when he was out. That was too much trouble though, honestly, and he hasn't nighttime slept in it since. But he takes his naps in it.