The stress of the last couple of weeks should’ve thrown me into a tornado of bourbon drinking and emotional eating but luckily, I found my coping mechanism. A fruitful one too.
Before hubby left to see his dad, he asked me how I was. I showed him my projects. It’s how I cope. It’s like I’m on creativity overdrive, which is a good thing because my little one is loving it.
We were throwing out a sidetable and I decided to upcycle the two drawers in it. For the first one, I found the idea from Midwest Living and created a miniature fairy garden for our visitor fairies (Tinkerbell, the tooth fairy, the blue fairy from Pinnochio etc). I bought some flowers, herbs, soil mix and raided Spotlight for some craft materials (construction sticks are awesome!).
For the other drawer, I took inspiration from Nice Girl Notes and upcycled the drawer to a dollhouse. I made the little house and bench for the garden, as well as the furniture for the house. We went to a local (but huge) hardware store carrying our drawer and asked the guy there if he could cut some pieces of wood for us to use as partitions. The guy driving a forklift transporting huge timbers of wood was kind enough to take a break and cut up the perfect sizes for us. He was probably amused seeing us carrying around our semi-finished dollhouse in a huge timber warehouse. Maybe I should ask for a powersaw for my birthday.
I love looking at what we’ve done together. My little one had a blast painting the drawers, gluing stuff together, picking the wallpaper for the house (I used scrapbooking paper for the wallpaper, and bought some wood glue for the sticks) and making up stories about them.
In hindsight, it would have been so much cheaper to just throw the table out. But it wouldn’t have been as fun and therapeutic as what we did with it.