Back to yesterday...while looking for pretty baskets and bins and creative ideas for our out in the open and very unattractive laundry situation, I came across a couple images of branches as closet rods. Perfect! I thought to myself--I'd just trimmed some dead branches from the cedar trees that flank the house, and wouldn't cedar be pretty? Plus Mabel's room has sort of a fantastical nature meets vintage thing going on anyway. I'll do it!
What mom of a toddler doesn't already have enough to do that she can't add whittling a branch to the so-called laundry list of housekeeping? Look at this brilliance!
After the day job, I went home and trimmed a branch down to what I figured was a good length, trimmed off any poky parts and set my mind to shaving off the bark. This branch is cedar, mind you, so shaving off the bark wasn't as easy a task as I'd imagined.
I got about this far.
And then Charlie became interested. I think it was because I'd literally just vacuumed the room for the first time since Christmas.
He had a magical tool that made the entire process go quickly and beautifully. I kept asking if he wanted me to take over, but he said no. I think he was secretly pretending to be the Woodwright.
Now the branch itself is finished, tung oiled and waiting to be installed. Hopefully that will happen this evening because I've got a strong hankering to get back onto Pinterest and play some more.
Do you use Pinterest? What's your handle?