What you do in your house is worth as much as if you did it up in heaven for our Lord God. We should accustom ourselves to think of our position and work as sacred and well-pleasing to God, not on account of the position and work, but on account of the word and faith from which the obedience and the work flow. ~ Martin Luther

Monday, April 08, 2013

Birthday Weekend

We celebrated Andrew's birthday over the weekend and what a beautiful weekend to do it.  Ahhhhh, spring....I can feel your tip-toeing.  I can hear your whispers.

I do feed him, by the way.

Andrew has been a cowboy for so long,  I thought a change of perspective might do him some good.  I've wanted to make him a teepee for so long and really intended to for Christmas, but then never did (as usual).  I knew if I didn't do it soon he might outgrow the coolness of it before he could ENJOY the coolness of it.  Seven seems like such a teetering age, teetering between young and old.  But I just won't think about that right now.

Instead of unwrapping a present, he unwrapped his eyes.

The whole tribe.

 Since there are other little indians running around this place, I wanted to make it large enough to accommodate a whole tribe and/or some REAL play and not just sitting in it.   A great thought- but, it turns out, not very practical for a bedroom that is nearly the same size as the teepee!


I used these two teepee tutorials.  This one for the size/constructionThis one for the lacing/opening.  I used just over one canvas dropcloth...if you made it even the tiniest bit less huge, you could get away with buying just ONE dropcloth.

I made a fleece fire pillow, too, using the fleece supply that never-ends.


No underage pipe smoking happened during the taking of this photo.  Ps.  I love Corynn's expression.

We ended the night with another bonfire.  The edible kind.


Julian said...

TOTALLY awesome!!! How cool! Love the cake too! Happy birthday!
Ps. I have four boys my younger ones would like this!

Miranda said...

My 10 year old would love this! I bet Andrew is beside himself! You after one talented woman. :) I wonder how difficult this would be for a never really caught on to sewing person like myself?

Tracy said...


beth said...

as ever, just the cutest - every bit.
happiest spring to you and yours.

Anonymous said...

If I could have become a Mom I would have wanted to be like you. You (and your husband) are teaching your kids fantastic life lessons and having a blast at the same time.

Rebecca said...

Miranda- the first version (the one I used) is just a bunch of straight seams. The second version (the one I used for the lacing and opening) is completely NO SEW. I opted for the sewn one because I knew it would be bigger-but the no sew one looks pretty spacious too. Give it a go!

Anonymous- just about the BEST comment ever. Thank you.

...they call me mommy... said...

Holy Moley woman!! How COMPLETELY fun! :D Love it!!!

Feed that kid, would ya?? ;) Love the peace pipe! :D

Riahli said...

Wow! You are seriously amazing, and your kiddos are super lucky I must say. :)

Abigail said...


I love this enough to steal. You'll know where to look when it vanishes one night.

Your Very Own Thieving Chum.