I hate the look of swingsets. No offense, just saying.
I swore my yard would always be a beautiful garden like in a magazine. Then, along came kids.
I tried to be strong. I bought all of the landscaping magazines. I shopped the nurseries.
And then this happened:
Yeah, I know, right? And that doesn't even count the huge Little Tikes cottage that's not pictured...
In my defense, I have to say the swingset was free, the 2 playhouses were from a neighbor's yard sale for $30 each, and the other stuff just sorta happened.
And then, my kids started to grow. This set was great for my 3 year old, but not so exciting for my 6 year old and his friends. I started to picture a yard without plastic all over it. I don't really "do" plastic. Nuff said.
I thought that a playhouse and swingset would be fun, and then I came across Ana White's Knock-Off Wood blog.
That woman is a mind reader! Seriously, within a week of starting my wishlist and planning, Ana posts these plans on her blog:
I was so excited! In a non-landscapey, non-garden kind of way...
After recruiting my husband and father-in-law to do the heavy work for me, our playset now looks like this:
Drum roll, please!
Please ignore the dead grass. The tools were out for a long time. A very very long time...