Who doesn't want their shanty to be a bit savvy, a bit clever, creative, a bit sensible, sharp and ingenious?! But hey, let's face it, most of us are living on a shoestring. Here's how I'm doing it my way, making our nest a Savvy Shanty.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

In honor of Thanksgiving, and the Native Americans that saved the lives of the Pilgrims all those years ago, here's a little post about a project we did as a family a few months ago. Now before y'all get all politically correct on me, yes I realize that not all Native Americans lived in tee pees and in fact it was only the Plains tribes that used them. But listen, Miss Priss has taken an intense interest in all things Native American and requested that we build a wigwam. Well that was a bit more than my mind could process so I gently encouraged her that we build a tee pee instead.

Well Big Daddy was all over this idea, being able to put to use those important Boy Scout knots he learned all those years ago. And here's how we go about family projects. He researches them to the inth degree and I just jump blind. This is why we work. However, his research told him that this little weekend activity was gonna cost on the upwards of $100+! That's when this whole little gig almost came to a screeching stop. Psha! $100, please! We shall hunt and gather in true Native American style.
Well free bamboo poles scored after chatting up a man at a garage sale ( he had a whole forest of this stuff and apparently it grows like wildfire) and was eager for us to chop as much down as we like. A quick stop at Big Lots for a couple extra canvas drop cloths. Throw in some rope and a staple gun. Bing-bang-boom! We have a tee pee!

Now the moment it's done, Miss Priss squeals, "Now we have to decorate it!" Hum, guess that apples didn't fall far from the tree. She invited all the kids on our street over to help "paint it with Indian designs" and started gathering 'furniture' for the interior!
So here's to you and yours! May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

PS. Update: you can order one of these from Restoration Hardware for $229.
Click here to see an overpriced tent!

PS. all pics were snapped with my phone. I aplogize for the poor quality.

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