Thursday, August 18, 2011

Toadstool hopping- from trash to play equipment

There was a crazy lady spotted in Dutch Harbor the other day. Loading her car with trash from a local company. It was a strange and mystifying sight....but with oh so much excitement, she ignored the looks and carried on LOL.

Okay, so I saw these beauties sitting outside an electric shop and I just had to stop and ask if I could have them. They looked at me like I was crazy but told me sure and even lead me to the back of the warehouse were they had piles and piles of them. What are they you might ask?....well, they are cable spools. And they come in all shapes and sizes. So that crazy lady in Dutch Harbor carrying stacks of these things out to her car was me, and yes...I did have a plan for them LOL. Toadstools! Paths of toadstools, perfect for balancing, jumping, and frolicking outside on!

Transformed with a little ingenuity and spray paint....those beauties became ......these........



And of course, I couldn't leave the electric warehouse with only toadstools....Not when this perfect table set right there waiting to be snatched up. Big enough that the wind here will not be an issue, a coat of spray paint, and 2 toadstool chairs, it is the perfect outdoor spot for a snack, play, or anything else A can come up with. Although I have to say, DH was not thrilled about lugging the thing from my car to its new home. I have to give a big shout out to the two guys who took a break from their work to load this thing in my car.

A loves the new addition to her outdoor play area. I couldn't get her off them that night. She was out even in her night gown. I would say these are a hit!



I love our play area- all salvaged materials. So Awesome!


PS- These are anchored down by some pretty heavy stones due to our high winds, and will be brought in when we have our winter storms packing winds over 100 mph, but they are sturdy enough as they are if you attempt to replicate at your own free play area, and don't live in the"birthplace of winds" :)













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