(1) 8 oz can of stain of choice || We used ASH by Varathane because it created a more rustic vintage look
(1) Rag for staining || We used an old t-shirt
(8) 3 inch screws
1. Cut one 5 foot piece of wood from each of your 8 foot pieces || You will end up with four pieces -- (2) 5 foot pieces & (2) 3 foot pieces
2. Next cut each 3 foot piece in half to be 18 inches || Be sure to be exact when measuring and cutting
3. Lay them out on the ground to form a ladder || I arranged them with the prettiest wood characteristics [knots + chips] to show & we put each rung 12 inches apart but started 18 inches from the ground to allow for a blanket to hang on the bottom bar [Make pencil marks for screw locations at measurements]
5. Finish using stain of choice, being sure to completely cover wood
6. Keep in mind that most stain dries within an hour but we allowed ours to dry overnight before hanging blankets from it.
Our go-to dessert the past few weeks has been s'mores of course, but this past Sunday night for our family dinner I wanted to get a little creative and take our dessert up a notch with grilled angel food cake.
grilled angel food cake
My Mom gave us "Soft Shapes: ANIMALS" when I found out I was expecting back in September 2012. The Soft Shapes series is made for the bathtub, but Olivia loves them outside of the tub too. They are hands down her favorite books/toys. Each has four shapes inside that fit into a puzzle of sorts with one per page. She loves to take them out and put them back in. After seeing how much she loves them, we gave her DUCKS for her 1st Birthday and then I picked up OCEAN last week. These are so much fun!
*I just recently came across these fabulous board books last week and fell in love. I started with numbers and then after seeing how much Olivia loved paging through it and touching each page, I got her shapes. They are filled with raised die cuts that fit into cut outs to teach a child all about each topic. The illustrations are phenomenal & they are unlike any book I've ever seen. V enjoys them so much that I plan to get opposites & colors soon. They are so modern and simple but seem to really get a baby thinking and exploring. Olivia sits in her chair and flips through these and just has a hoot!