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Making Trees

The Husband told me only God can make a tree.  Or was that Joyce Kilmer?  In any case, that’s what I’ve been up to lately, at least in part.  I know they look like tubes now, but they’re going to become trees, darn it!

The purpose of this is to get ready for our summer production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  BalletBoy is playing Lysander and Mushroom is playing Oberon.  They’re busy learning lines.  I’m busy getting set pieces and props in ready enough place that the kids can help finish them at our camp.  One of the things I love about homeschooling is that I’m always learning new skills and information, like how to build better with cardboard tubes and how to use magazine pictures of cookies and chocolate to make collage bark.

These tubes, by the way, come to us from The Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC, where I bought eight of them for less than ten dollars.  This is a place where you can purchase remaindered bits and pieces from all sorts of things.  It’s a huge warehouse space and a long-standing Durham institution.  Apparently a similar organization has gotten going here in DC as well and there are many such places on the west coast.  If you’re interested, here’s a list of reuse facilities all over the world.  Even if you’re not about to dress a set, I promise if you have a good one nearby that it’s worth the trip.  My kids find crazy things there for almost nothing, which they put to bizarre, but creative uses.