It actually looks more complete now than when I took this picture, so I'm making progress.
For a while now I've been wanting a marker/chalk board for our school area, but didn't like the price of anything half way decent. I thought it was going to have to be put on the back burner for awhile, until the other day I was in the playroom, and realized I already had what I wanted. Last spring I bought a kids art easel from Ikea, mostly because it was really cheap and I had such a nice cleared out playroom to put it in, more than I thought the kids needed it; and there it has sat, neglected and taking up too much room, since. Sooo... I took it down to my shop, cut off the legs, and glued on a piece of trim for the eraser tray, and now I have a new marker/chalkboard. I love when I can use something superfluous that I have, and turn it into something I need.
This was definitely a spur of the moment project. Anna is going to her cousins Birthday party in the morning, and I suddenly realized tonight, after it was too late to drag the kids out to the store, that I forgot to get her a Birthday present. I didn't want to make a quick dash to Walmart in the morning, and just get something. (Probably plastic, breakable, and something I wouldn't want for my kids, so why would I want it for my niece?) I started thinking about what I could make with what I have on hand, and I came up with this. I think it is perfect for her, since she loves to dress up, and it suits her fiery personality.
The last thing is a little doll for my little niece, who I have yet to meet. I hope that a little of my love goes to her through this doll, and that she wont be too much bigger before I finally see her.