Thursday, January 13, 2011

Life in Saskatchewan

Local peeps, we were just asked to help out a little guy in 3rd grade with an assignment on our fine province of Saskatchewan. Specifically he'd like to know about life here, interesting facts and places.

SO when you think of life here, what comes to mind??
What would be on your top 10 list??

Monday, January 10, 2011

Play Kitchen

This has been the biggest hit ....
we built CD a play kitchen for Christmas!

She had one of the plastic kitchens but it just wasn't giving her enough workspace to make all her cupcakes and treats (nor store all her ingredients, food, dishes and bake ware.)

We started collecting all the necessary pieces in the summer.
Supply list:
  • entertainment stand =free on kijiji
This is what it started out looking like just after Moto-Moto cut out the top & sanded it all down for priming:

  • extra cupboard doors = free on kijiji
  • blinds = garage sale $1
  • landscape photo for view from kitchen window = free recycled from an old frame
  • fridge and stove handles and knobs = free from metal recycling depot
  • burner = free from old bbq
  • sink faucet = free (saved from reno)
  • "sink" bowl = free from Mommy's cupboard
  • pot holders & towels = $4 $rama
  • primer = $10 needed something good to cover the old laminated furniture
  • pink paint = $10 oops paint from Rona
Grand Total = $25
plus time it took for Moto-Moto to work on it.

We moved it downstairs just after it was primed and told her it was for Mommy's craft storage... both girls didn't question it even when Moto-Moto painted it pink.
Christmas Eve he put all the extras on to make it look like a kitchen.

We had a lot of tips and hints by looking at this one.

She played with it late into the evening on Christmas Day and most every day since!
I'm still on the look out for an old thin wall mounted phone (pink preferably) and maybe on the far left end of it adding a chalk board for her menu or grocery list... or maybe a framed poster of her favourite cupcake recipe!

We wanted to teach them that Christmas is more about making memories than receiving gifts.

This year we also cut down on buying and focused on 4 gifts (that we first saw here):
  • something they want
  • something they need
  • something to wear
(The need and wear gift was a two in one.)
  • something to read

a special ornament

Plus Santa brought them some little treats in their stocking.