This time of year we get a lot of catalogs. Most go right into the recycling bin, but there are a few that are saved and looked at again and again.
One of our favorite toy catalogs is Magic Cabin Toys.
The girls have been desperately wanting these tree blocks.
Cherry Tree Blocks
49.95 for 39 pieces though is definitely outside of my budget. Luckily my pal TJIC was able to help me out with this. TJIC, among many other things, is a woodworker. The more I looked at these blocks the more I suspected that he could make these blocks in his sleep. When I mentioned it to him he said he'd be happy to cut the logs I found- I think he's happy for any excuse to work in his shop.
First I raided my dads firewood pile for a few pieces of wood that were narrow and had not been split and then I found a few more in the woods on the dog walk.
This morning I handed over the bag of six logs to TJIC and asked him to cut them into regular length pieces so that they would each be unique, yet good for stacking. About ten minutes after I handed them over he called to let me know that they were done.
After picking up the blocks we headed over to Michael's where I was able to find a few thin and wide slabs of log to use as platforms for the blocks.
After dinner I dumped all of the blocks on the floor of Lily's room and the girls got busy.
Here's what they did.
The kids loved these! Blocks are always great, but these lend themselves to a different sort of structure. Being able to create a forest or a fairy house using such a raw and unfinished material really inspired them.
I was especially happy to be able to recreate these on the cheap since the girls are really hoping to get these dolls for Christmas!
Magic Cabin Fairies
Fairy Forest Home
Those babies are $99. Seriously. I think that by combining the blocks, some sticks and some bits of silk fabric the girls will be able to create even better fairy houses.
Now if TJIC would only become a doll maker as well...