Tree Block Fun

So I’ve had it in my mind to buy Ellie some tree blocks for her birthday this year. I had seen a few sets online and although they were rather pricey, I loved the look and thought of her building with earthy tree blocks and so I thought I would buy them. Something kept me from doing it though. And then our neighbor’s tree lost a large branch in a wind storm a few weeks ago. The branch had the most beautiful bark and I had it in my head to maybe make our own. I had my Dad drag the large branch over to our yard and there it sat for another week. We rent our house and with it comes a weekly gardening service to trim trees and mow the lawn. Well, the gardeners were here a couple of weeks ago and decided they would cut that large branch down to smaller chunks and take it away with them. I stopped them before they loaded the smaller logs up in their truck. “Wait, I’m saving that!” I ran out to them! I think they thought I was nuts but I was thankful they cut it into log sized pieces. Well, that very same week, I stumbled upon this post by Dawn about making your own tree blocks and it really inspired me that I could do this and make Ellie her own tree blocks. With some help from my strong husband and his wood working tools, we worked together to cut up some smaller block like sizes for Ellie and then I spent the next day or so, sanding the edges on each piece and finishing them with a bit of beeswax and jojoba oil to make them shine. They turned out lovely and it was almost therapeutic, sanding and waxing into the wee hours of the night after Ellie went to sleep.
I saved myself a lot of money by making these myself and even though it was a process, it was a fulfilling process, that I thoroughly enjoyed. (As you can see, I couldn’t wait for Ellie’s birthday to give them to her).
tree block 1

waxed

sanding

waxing all

blocks

building

 

Weekending!

zoo flora

 

zoo baby

monkey!

flamingos

elephante

strolling

gorilla

giraffe runs

happy dappy

fennec

watching dinos

blocks

giraffe on tree block

playing zoo

banjo sundays

It had been quite awhile since we had visited the zoo, so this weekend, we packed everything up before nap and headed up to the Santa Barbara Zoo for a morning of fun. The rest of the weekend was spent playing, catching up on laundry and lazing about outside, playing banjos, taking afternoon walks to the park and a little bit of painting and crafting here and there. Jeff cut up a large branch from our neighbors yard and I sanded and sealed them with beeswax for a little homemade set of tree blocks for Ellie (I’ll post more about that this week. I’m a bit giddy about our new tree blocks). It was a very nice weekend and a nice way to welcome in June. How was yours?