Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pull-a-Picnic Wagon

Wahoo! I got second place! I'll take it and run.

That Emilie girl is a hard one to beat! She did great though - a sewing genius.

Now that the competition is over, I'll give you some details on our little blue wagon.

I've had the vision of this multi-purpose wagon in my head for some time now after seeing this picture. It's so nice to have it be reality. Summer activities will be much improved because of it.

It's perfect to haul kids to the park for a picnic, and will be a dream come family reunion and camping time. How hard is it with a baby to find places for naps several times a day when you are away from home? Now if baby will cooperate, we won't have that problem any more.

With a swinging door, I won't have to worry about kids trying to climb in and out and tipping the whole thing over. Relief.

And of course, I had to add a cute covered cushion and coordinating cozy pillows. Perfect for dirty little feet to relax in.

I will be showing you how to make the yellow pillow in another coming post, but the other pillow ideas came from V and Co. Am I the only one that thinks a wagon needs to be accessorized?

Now, thoughts of this wagon would still be stealing my sleep if it weren't for my handy dandy hubby. (He really needs a wood shop so my car can have the garage back). I had some pretty difficult requests, and he made them all happen, beautifully.

However, the request to take a lot of pictures so my readers can make their own, was somehow forgotten. I don't think he gets this blog thing ;-)

So instead, I'll have him insert some instruction here. This makes me very nervous. Don't judge my blog by any of his possible unusual comments. Just know, with my brain and his skills with the saw, we make a good team.

Take it deary -

So this is a first for me. I'll try to explain how I made the wagon the best I can. If you have further questions ask Cami, and I'll tell her what to say.

Materials needed:
1 front and 1 side panel from a crib
1x4 and 1x6 pine
3 inch carriage bolt
2 2 inch x 1 inch hinges
wood glue
nails (1 inch and 1 1/2)
2 5/8 steel rods
8 inch tires
1 inch steel tube
5/8 push caps
6 inch lazy susan plate bearing
1 1/2 lock slide

For the sides I cut our recalled crib panels in half height wise and placed them around the upper deck. The deck was made with 1x4 pine boards nailed on two supports. The tires and axles were connected to 1x4 pine boards. I used a Lazy Susan bearing plate (found at Home Depot) to make the front tire assemble turn. The handle was made of 1 inch steel tubing and connected to the front axle with a 3 inch carriage bolt. The tires are 8 inch hand truck tires.

That's enough from me. Back to you, Cami.

Okay. So unless your like Ana White, that probably makes no sense to you. But I hope it helps any of you desirous of this wagon to make it or find a handy person to make it for you.

Now is the part I brag about my wagon and cute kids while experimenting in Picnik photo editing. I'm trying to get into the digital scrapbooking thing.

Baby gets nervous when the 2 year old holds her.

We shall see if I can stay focused on a hobby long enough to get caught up.

Maybe I should stop blogging.

That would give me a lot more time.

I could go on picnics every day with the girls if I did that.

Naaaa. Interesting thought though.

So, anyone besides my husband think sewing them picnic outfits was a bit much? I couldn't help myself. Actually, I was lucky enough to already have one for the baby that matched her sisters skirts. Good thing too, I ran out of time and motivation.

Perfect opportunity to take some cute pictures and experiment with photo editing.

Speaking of pictures, I've scrimped and saved for months upon months for a DSLR camera. Anybody have suggestions for the best camera I could get for about 600 bucks? This is not a rhetorical question, I would love suggestions if you have any to give.

I never want to have to pay for JCPenny portraits again. That's my justification.

These cuties deserve so much better. (not that I could really ever do that :)

And like I don't have enough hobbies to keep me busy and the wallet empty.

Hope you have enjoyed looking at my kids. I know the Grandma's have!

Till next time!

The Lettered Cottage


Camille @ Camille's Casa said...

I loooove this wagon, so cute. These pics look great too, you always take really good pictures. Congrats on 2nd place, now go play w/ your girlies:)

Emily said...

Congratulations Cami! The wagon was such a great idea and so cute.

Joyce said...

What a great idea! Love the wagon

Congrats on 2nd place also

shabbylisaw said...

I LOVE this idea...if only I had a little one to use it on. Your pictures look fabulous!

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Where was this post 10 years ago when I needed it! This is a fabulous idea and your hubby rocks!

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Covenant Lights by Dorothy said...

This is the most adorable, practical creation! Love it.

Monica said...

the only thing that could improve this is a canopy for the hot sun...I have always wanted a wagon with a canopy on it! Nevertheless, congrats and what a wonderful idea!!

Amanda said...

This is such an amazing idea, it looks wonderful! Well done on 2nd place, so well deserved!

Marianne said...

Such beautiful pictures and the wagon is so cool. I too have one of those cribs and have wanted to do something with it since I find it such a waste just throwing it out when the kiddo is done with it. Thanks for sharing this idea with us.

Abby said...

Amazing job! I'm going to show this to hubby, I need one! The pics are adorable too!

Leslie said...

This is so incredibly adorable and brilliant!!! Love everything about this wagon!

Chad and Mary Beth @ Nothing But Country said...

OH MY HECK!! I love this.. LOOOVE LOVE IT!! Great idea!!

Would also love to invite you to our link up party at Nothing But Country. Would love to share this idea with our readers as well.

Great job!!

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

I love this wagon!!! I totally voted for you for this project because I thought it was awesome! And your girlies are adorable. I hope you all have fun with this wagon.

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I am floored! This is beautiful! I can't believe how big your baby is. I remember when you announced you were pregnant! You changed the name of your blog, but the content is still so beautiful! I am featuring this at tonight!

Dayhomemama said...

I love the pictures of your babes even more than the wagon, so beautiful!! Well done with the crib too.

Kaysi said...

That is awesome!!! I love it!

I'm going feature it sometime next week at my blog!

Alea said...

I just sent you an email about your camera question. I forgot to ask though... Do you have a rough estimate on how much those supplies cost? I am sooo interested in making this!

Kat @ KaydeeBunz said...

This is awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing, our "baby" is getting to big for her crib so this is a perfect way to keep it around and in use!! Im adding this to my "Honey-Do" list right now!

someonesgottapay said...

This is SO cute & looks like a lot of fun. GREAT idea.

Desi said...

Genius idea! Soooooo adorable.

Rachel Sue said...

this is a fabulous idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks! said...

Such a fab idea. Hope you will share at our showoff party tomorrow at

Valerie C. said...

Just saw the wagon on ohdeedoh! (A favorite stop of mine!) Congrats!

Jennalle said...

Really Cute Idea. As far as a camera you can get a used or refurbished Nikon D90 for about $600. Its an amazing camera with great iso capabilities. You can shoot in auto or manual and you will never outgrow it.

madzia said...

It's wonderful!!! Practical and veeery lovely.

Best regards

emily @morefromthemoorefamily said...

I wish I had seen this before my MIL bought my son a plastic wagon... it's adorable and wonderful!!

PS I got a new DSLR camera this spring, it's the BOMB! I have only had 1 professional picture taken (and that was because I had a coupon and it was Easter time and I saved tons of money printing pics). It takes a little time to get use to it, but it's great! I got an ebook by Kristin Duke and it has helped me a bunch to use the manual settings.

If you haven't gotten your camera yet, i can send you the link to where I got mine, great deals!!

Aqsa Rao said...

Good work......
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Anonymous said...

I love your wagon!! Great idea. I have a Sony Cyber-Shot camera and I love it. It is a full HD 1080 still image. Optical zoom 10x and 8.1 mega pixels. I took it to Vegas Washington DC., and San Antonio, and came back with over 2400 photos. They were beautiful. I also have the Panasonic SDR-H80 video camera. You can probably get both for your $600. Try Best Buy. That's where I bought mine.

Cartuxa said...

Congrats on 2nd place, loved this idea! Your girls are soooo pretty!

Anonymous said...

What are the size dimensions on this?

Jennifer Saranow Schultz (aka Hint Mama) said...

Great idea! I featured it in a hint today on my site of daily hints to help make parenting easier & cheaper: