How this stay-at-home mum stays sane and has fun one day at a time.

The writing’s on the wall

We delved into the depths of our depressing, 1950s garage at the weekend. It’s a dismal place, small and dark and crammed  with enough crap to open our own junk yard.

While Timbo was busy clearing enough space to swing a cat, I was stealing away bits and bobs for Operation Front Yard – my mission to make our property a fun place for the kids this summer.

Our projects normally proceed at the pace of a morbidly obese snail, so I was chuffed to pull together a blackboard wall in one morning. Best of all, we made it entirely from stuff in the garage.

I took leftover blackboard paint and applied it directly to a brick wall which will one day be pulled down when the neighbouring property is developed. Tim made a T-shaped wooden shelf to hold the chalk and we used two surplus plastic kiddy chairs, not that our kids ever sit down.

The final touch was a little wooden sign using a piece I found in our pile of wood. Apparently it’s part of our cot so I chose not to worry that we’ve been using it for three years poorly assembled! I printed out some lettering and etched it onto the wood, going over it with a Sharpie.

So there you have it – the Burnie Kids Art Gallery. I have high hopes that this space will provide hours of quiet entertainment for the kids. I’ll be lying nearby on a lounger, sunbathing in a smoking hot bikini with my Sofia Vergara body on display, reading a highly intellectual book while sipping an ice-cold G&T. Just try to fit all that on a Tui billboard!

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