Last weekend, I got it in my head that I was going to make Dora a fairy tree house. I was trying for one that looks like the above tree house from Magic Cabin, which actually is a kit that you assemble. I went out and bought a lot of supplies to build the thing. When I went to the craft stores to buy wood rounds, I had a real hard time finding them. It seems that the craft stores in my area don’t carry them, like they do where other bloggers live. Also, the few that I did find, were all extremely oval shaped, which I did not like. After I got home and sat down with some DIY instructions, I realized that none of the pieces that I had found were large enough to serve as a base. I also learned that working with wood that you find while hiking is a little more complicated than I realized. If you don’t want it to rot or have bugs, you need to treat it. After doing extensive research online, I concluded that there was no way I, personally, could do this project for less money than buying a professionally made one would cost. I would however, spend a lot more time and frustration if I did it myself. So I bagged everything up and returned it.
While buying the items, however, I got a small splinter in my middle finger on my right hand. It hurt like a dickens at the time, but I was able to remove it fairly easily. The next day, however, when I woke up, it was swollen, pussy, and extremely painful. I washed it, applied Neosporin, and kept it as clean as possible. As the week progressed, the skin seemed to heal, but my finger hurt more and more and swelled to the point that I could no longer bend it. So last night, I finally went to the doctor. They had to drain it (after giving me a numbing injection right into the site, ouch!) and put me on antibiotics. It ends up that they see a lot of patients for splinters, especially in the summer. Who knew!?!?! Not me, that’s for sure. I’ve had a lot of splinters in my 43 years and never had one do anything like this. This only took three days to go from a splinter to major infection, which is kind of scary. There was even discussion of the possibility of my losing my finger if not treated properly!!!!
Anyhoo, I felt that this story was a really good one for my new blog subtheme: “It could have gone better…” ‘Cuz let’s face it, this project definitely could have gone better. And it also is a very good example of why I am not much of a DIY person. Disaster stalks me everywhere I go in the DIY world.
If you are feeling brave or actually have some experience with working with wood, there are some DIY instructions for making play tree houses at (also, the last I read, these people managed to not only build these things, but still have all of their digits, so obviously they have some talent that I don’t):