The Bells are being frugal this Christmas. Actually, at the risk of sounding like a pompous gobshite, it's more about reducing the amount of plastic in our house than money, but nevertheless, our kids' main presents this year have been homemade.
Sophie is getting this:
It began life as this:
...and cost a grand total of $11 on Trade Me. With a few purchased extras, and lots of bits and pieces we had lying around, we turned it into a very cute piece of furniture that will hopefully store away a great deal of Sophie's food play paraphenalia. I suspect she is going to have a career in catering with the fervour she puts into her cooking games, and now she has a sturdy kitchen to help boost her imagination - not that she needs that!
The costings for it are below:
$11 - Entertainment Unit
$15 - Sheet of custom wood for the back
$10 - Wallpaper paste (annoyed I had to buy a whole packet for such a measley job!)
$10 - Recycled tap
$3.90 - Bowl for sink
$20 - knobs and handles (I went high end ;-) )
$6 - Clock
All up, $75.90. Not bad, and could have been even cheaper if I bought cheaper handles. I was just stressed because Mitre 10 Mega were getting a tad shouty on the loudspeaker about imminent closing, and I grabbed impulsively. Entirely their fault, the money-grabbing beasts!
We encountered a few tricks along the way, such as using the Speed Brush to paint the veneer, as the enamel paint showed every single brushstroke otherwise.
And here is Caleb's sandpit:
It's made from macrocarpa sleepers left over from our vege garden (actually, 'left over' is misleading - we haven't finished the job yet!) and larch capping. We weren't happy about using treated timber to make it due to arsenic leeching into the sand, and going by the fun they had in it this evening, many hours will be spent in there. We also bought fancy sand - special super-dooper sandcastle-making stuff!
Have a fabulous Christmas all, and thank you all so much for reading my blog!