Podcast 32 – OMG, I can’t believe I got time to podcast

Listen to Podcast 32

The bed we bought -Simmons Natural Care – their eco-friendly line

Corn MAiZE at the Pumpkin Patch

Oregon Zoo – they have discounted admission every second Tuesday!

Giraffe Growth Chart from Quilts, Bibs, Blankies…Oh My!

Archival Boxes

Note: I am currently working on getting better directions worked up in Adobe Illustrator, but for now, here are the bare bones.

Sponge Bob’s House Tent (a Pineapple) …Flora calls it “Boppy ‘Ouse”


1 large-sized cardboard box (roughly a square with each side measuring 3 feet)

Six 8-inch sections of thick wire (we used extra Romex 12-1 wiring)

Four 10-ft lengths of pvc pipe – 1/2 inch thickness.  Cut each pipe into three 3-ft segments. Once you’re done cutting you should be left with twelve 3-ft sections and four 1-ft sections.

Six 45-degree angled connectors (1/2 inch size)

One T-connector (1/2 inch size) for connecting the chimney to one of  the sides

One 90-degree connector (1/2 inch size) for creating the chimney look

One end cap (1/2 inch size) for topping off the chimney

One piece of light cardboard (I used a cereal box)

5-ft of sew-on velcro

9-yd of orange fabric

1-yd of green fabric

1/2 yd blue fabric

blue painters tape

bunch of duct tape – we used white to match (found at Joann)


Connect 3-ft segments of pipe together with a 45 degree connector (should have 6 pairs).

On one pair of pipes cut pipe about 4 inches down and attach T-connector.  Using a scrap piece of pipe cut in half (2 six inch sections) and connect with the 90 degree connector and top off with cap.  This should form the chimney.

Drill two holes on the bottom of each pair to thread wire across. (We did about 3/4 inch up).  Thread wire through the pipe, down through the cardboard, up through the cardboard on the other side, then twist wire tightly and trim.

With great excess of tape, wrap around the connecting poles until it looks like a huge mess.  Then use some more tape.

Cut 6 four inch strips selvage to selvage (45 inches) of green fabric.  Fold in half, so it is 22 inches long, right sides together, and sew up each side.  Turn right side out and slip over the top of the pipes.

With one person holding a side of orange fabric, cut triangle-shaped trapezoids, overlapping the pipe about an inch.  After each shape is cut, pin together, creasing the fabric so when you go to sew, you just sew along the crease-line.  It helps to leave over night to let the seams “set.”  Measure the long bottom of the triangle, and attach a piece of fabric that length, so it covers one whole side of the hexagon-pyramid.  Then sew 5 sides together, leaving the side with the chimney un-sewn as that will have velcro the length of it, and the door which needs a little bit different care.

For the “door” measure two pieces of orange fabric that overlap 4 inches.  Fold over the long lengths and sew a quarter inch finishing seam where the kid will be running through. On the left side of the door, cut a door out of blue fabric that is approximately 8 inches wide and 20 inches tall, with a rounded top. Sew the two pieces to the trapezoid piece above it.

To the left of the door panel cut a circle out for the upper story window.  I used a plate and traced around it, then cut a smaller circle a half inch away (not going all the way to the line I drew) so I could cut every inch or so trapezoids around the circle and could fold over 1/2 inch pieces while I sewed 1/4 inch seam.

For the chimney top cut a circle out (i used a bowl) and cut a wedge out (it should look like Pac-Man) and fold it down until it overlaps into an appropriate looking cone shape.  Tape together with strong tape, then over that tape with blue painters tape.  Over the white pvc pipe of the chimney parts wrap with more blue tape.

On the sides that connect at the chimney sew velcro all down the entire length of each side so 1. it can be taken off to wash, and 2. you can easily put it around the chimney.  There are more finishing steps you can do (sew the top and bottom of the structure so no raw edges show…serge the inside seams, etc. )

Flora loves playing in this: http://www.youtube.com/oregonruvalcabas#p/a/u/0/rOD5DBGm3-g



  1. Virginia said,

    October 6, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    So glad you found the time to podcast again!!!! Just one possible issue – the link to the podcast isn’t active, no downloads from itunes either. Here’s hoping it downloads soon – I have work to do while I listen to other podcasts – but – I want to hear updates on your family.

  2. -debby, chester ny said,

    October 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Yay! I knew you would come back 🙂 Nice to hear from you. BTW, unlike Virginia, I had no trouble downloading it from itunes . Looking forward to hearing more.

  3. Gretchen said,

    October 7, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Yay! A podcast! iTunes is downloading it while I type this!

    Welcome back!

  4. Debby said,

    October 9, 2010 at 9:58 am

    So nice to hear you again! Love the videos! Cute cute kiddies!

  5. Janet said,

    October 13, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    I was so excited to see that you had a new podcast up. I enjoyed how you brought all of us listeners up to date on yourself, Anthony, and Flora. I am glad everyone at your house is doing so well and that your husband encourages and supports your pod castings.
    I wish South Dakota had places like the corn maze. It would be just a blast.
    Thanks for the instructions for making Flora’s pineapple house. I am so going to make that as a monthly classroom project where I work. I work with children that are 2 years-old. They would love it as much as Flora. I saw the You Tube video and I could just see the kids I spend time with everyday just raving over the tent like Flora does. Don’t know how soon it will get to the top of my project list but it is there for certain. I’ll send you pictures when I get it together.

  6. Dianna said,

    October 29, 2010 at 8:31 am

    I just got to listen to this today! Thank you for sharing, and thank you for the update! I’m a relatively new listener, so i have plenty of past episodes to catch up on. As a mom of seven, I thought the heads up you gave to mom’s expecting number 2 was sound advice.

    Have fun and take care! Looking forward to more!

  7. November 15, 2012 at 5:21 am

    I discovered the podcast a little late but still enjoyed it 🙂

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