Sunday, 23 July 2017

A miniature swimming pool!

A little while ago, after seeing someone else's post on instagram, I became obsessed with the idea of making a miniature swimming pool. I just could not get the idea out of my head and so in the end, even though I had other work to do, I had to make one!! I am one of those people who can't concentrate on what I am 'supposed' to be doing if I have a burning desire to do something else. Once my pool was made and photographed I could finally concentrate on my work again. It was quite a relief!

Vinetta is extremely pleased that she has her own personal swimming pool and she has spent lots of time sunning herself by in and dipping in and out of it. It has been so hot lately!

I thought I would share a few pictures of how I made it. My first idea was to use one of those blue plastic ice cream tubs but I couldn't find one anywhere! I went into all the supermarkets but all the ice cream tubs seem to be white nowadays. When did that happen? Instead I decided to use a wooden box that I just had sitting on my desk. I quite liked the idea of that because I would be able to paint it in the exact shade of sky blue that I wanted to. I did also think of doing a mosaic sort of pattern inside it but as this was an extra project I was giving myself on top of my other work and looking after my baby, I couldn't really justify spending the time on that. 

Once I had painted the box I gave it lots of layers of yacht varnish so that it would be waterproof. My next thing was to find some sort of base to sink the box into. I bought a big cheap photo frame and used the board at the back of it. I cut a rectangle into the piece of board stuck the box into it with loads of hot glue. For the tiles I went to the pound shop and bought a four pack of plastic lino tiles. They were actually wood effect tiles but I knew that if I cut the tiles small enough, it wouldn't look like wood but just nice warm coloured outdoor tiling. It was easy to cut the lino as you just have to score a line down it with a craft knife and then you can actually snap it off in strips and squares. I stuck the squares down with PVA glue, leaving little gaps between each square so that I could put grouting between them. It was quite fun doing the grouting! I reinforced the underside of the pool by sticking beams of wood along the edges and this also served as somewhere to stick the fencing onto. The fencing was made from lolly sticks which I already had lying around. And then that was it! My pool was made. 

I so enjoyed taking it outside and filling it up with water. I loved how it looked. I must admit, I am very, very pleased with it! I wish I could shrink and jump in it myself!

However, I have actually been swimming in my grandparents pool lately so I can't complain too much. It's been so fun introducing Celestine to the water. She doesn't actually seem that excited by swimming yet but I think she is warming to it! Here's a bit of a blurry picture (just because it's very zoomed in) of us in the pool taken by our friend Becky a few weekends ago. I really like it though. It's so summery. Wish we could have got one of us all together! We had such a nice weekend when she and her boyfriend came to stay. We had a picnic in the park, went swimming, played games, made chocolate cake and ate nice food.

Vinetta has also been in the big pool a few times. Before I made her her own personal pool she had no other choice! Well, actually when you're that tiny, you can just hop into any old bucket or bowl of water I suppose, but still! 

I always think: imagine how deep a human size swimming pool would be if you were only four inches tall!!

So there we go. A miniature pool and a big pool. Hope you've had a lovely weekend!

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