The holidays and progress on the Manush Bari

We’re not really into big festivities round here – it comes with being far away from family, and Amie isn’t into presents and all that (yet). We spent some lovely days with friends in NYC. They’re into big get-togethers with hour-long conversations, heaps of good food and frequent bursts of laughter any time. You find yourself in the middle of that wonderful city but you just can’t make yourself get up and go places!

Perceiving a definite slow-down on other blogs, I decided to take a little time off too. The free moments here and there I devoted to the “bari” or “badi” – as Anja called it, in Bengali: the little house I was making for Amie, I mean the Manushes.

I spent more time on it than I planned to, for several reasons: the paint was such that it needed several coats, I changed the colors and design midway through, I got very, very into it and, much to my surprise, Amie let me work on it once in a while. It was very relaxing, in the evening after she had gone to sleep, to spend 15 minutes with it. I’ve never been a knitter, but I guess this comes close.

Baba Manush on his new staircase (c) Katrien Vander Straeten

Baba Manush proudly surveys his domain from his new steps.

Baba Manush on his new staircase (c) Katrien Vander Straeten

I used two Annie’s Homegrown boxes: Cheddar Bunnies and Mac’nCheese. Seeing how heavy-footed those Manushes are, I made the staircase very strong, with reinforcements and lots o lots of cellotape!

dollhouse almost finished (c) Katrien Vander Straeten

Then I decided to change the color scheme

It needs a little more work, some finishing touches. Hope to report back on that soon!

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  1. I LOVE IT!! Wow, Amie is one lucky baby…This badi is fantastic, I love the way Sen Dada is standing on the stps surveying his property with pride! Super Katrein!

    We had plans for a NYE party but baby got sick and we cancelled…we were so organised for a change, we even had balloons..sigh. Maybe next year we’ll be able to have a celebration? Just put her dowm and am going to have some beer and pizza with DH to bring in the new year.

    Happy New Year to Amie, you and your dh.=)

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