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Wednesday 15 February 2012

Tricia's "first" third Birthday!

Lanterns over the birthday table - a family tradition
For those of you who are new to this lil' blog of mine, it is actually Tricia's 3rd birthday but its her first birthday with us.  Tricia is adopted so it is extra fun and exciting to celebrate this birthday for so many reasons. Not the least of which is that T knows it is her birthday and has been prancing around the house for weeks singing "Happy birthday Tri-SHA".  I am particularly excited because she is such a girly girl (for now) so I get to have all the hearts, pink and glam my heart desires.  The theme?  Obviously hearts and rainbows... I will post more pics as the parties unfold.
T helping Daddy "paint the box"!

The main reason for this post though is to share the excitement Ry and I are feeling as we just finished and set up our homemade play kitchen... This is the kitchen I dreamt of all my life and while T may not appreciate it fully right now, we are hoping that all our kids and their friends... and our friends can enjoy it for years to come.

Check out our before and after shots below and come over to play anytime!!  Funny thing about all this... Tricia still has no idea what we have been building in the basement.  She calls it the "box" and was more than happy to help prime it :)

PS - tomorrow the baby chicks come (1 day old) so that is the other exciting thing this week and I will get posting about them too, there is just no time when so much fun happens all at once!  Ok, here are the photos.

Cabinet #1 - the Fridge

Cabinet #2 - the Stove/oven
Cabinet #3 - The Sink

Starting to take shape :)
Looking like a kitchen, but too serious...
Tada!  It's my dream come true!  Oh the meals we will make together!

THe dishes are a combo of collected Asian grocery finds, Costco from Mimi, Ikea dishware and the dollarstore

The oven and sink cabinets are painted with magnetic paint, I just have to find some more fun magnets I have stashed somewhere... why can't I ever remember where I put things to keep them organized??

6 burner gas range just like her mamas!!

Utensils ready at hand
I want to freak out with excitement over this bread pan inspired "icemaker"

So there you have it.  The results of many hours of marital bliss enjoyed in the basement complete with fumes, cold beer and the intense thrill of having so much love for a little gal that this labour of love was as fun for us as we hope the kitchen is for her...


  1. wow guys, this is just amazing! I'm so impressed with all the detail.... do you think the blueprints could be scaled up, we have a kitchen renovation coming up in the next year or so?! great job!

  2. I can't get enough of this kitchen!! Seriously can't wait to come play. Poor Tricia will have to do lots of sharing with her Aunt cole. I am going to need to learn that too!! I love the silver and green combo!!

  3. This is TOTALLY awesome. One day I will make one of day! Yours is BEAUTIFUL. Love the colours!

  4. This is fantastic!Congratulations on your new daughter. I was lucky enough to have a brand new 6m old nephew and brand new 9m old niece, good luck.

  5. This is amazing! One of the best I've seen so far.

  6. Looks really fun. I wish you would share how you made the water dispenser in the fridge door. What did you use at the top and bottom of the bread pan. It looks so stinkin' cute. I'm sure it will be loved and played with for a long time.

  7. Thanks so much for your note! THe water dispenser was a bread pan but then I glued a square potato cutter in the bottom for the 'grate'. THe top piece was an antique jelly mould that I had a stack of laying around, pretty random but now in 2014 it still looks great! However, there has been a lot of 'cooking' with chalk so it could use a vacuum ;)

  8. Can you share how you made the stove burners?

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