Sunday, May 20, 2012

"I'm supposed to attach a brackety thing to the side things, using a bunch of these little worm guys. I have no brackety thing, I see no worm guys whatsoever and -- I cannot feel my legs."

(David Schwimmer as Ross Geller, in the "Friends" pilot)

As I search through my cake pan full of Lego pieces, looking for the item described in my instruction manual, this quote keeps running through my mind. It amazes me that these weird looking things are going to make something that looks like a house!

this is where I am storing my Legos--cake pan to the rescue!
This is the "apple tree house" I am building.
This is the foundation of the house.
Note the red mailbox. Eventually, there are two letters that will peek out.
Progress, with mailbox.
Side window!
The garage door swings open!!

So, I needed a project. During the Great Depression, folks turned to jigsaw puzzles, presumably because you could see your progress. Since my apartment really has no good place to start a puzzle and my interest in Legos was rekindled by my recent trip to the Lego store at 30 Rockefeller Center in New York City, I decided to use some of my tax refund for a Lego set. 

The one I purchased (as pictured, above) was just under $50, my budgeted amount. It makes three houses, so I figure that triples the value. Unlike collaging, where I am using my creative right brain, figuring out what colors and words and images go together, making a Lego house from plan is extremely left brained. Follow the rules and it will come out like the picture on the box. Which is not generally how I roll, but right now it's pretty exciting to see progress, real progress, I'm MAKING something. 

And any time that I am working on my Lego house is time that I am not watching A Few Good Men. So that's good. I'm varying my home activities. 


Holly said...

this absolutely delights me. and what an interesting piece of history about jigsaws and the Depression; thank you for that.

Sarah Louise said...

it delights me that it delights you. I am currently grinning from ear to ear, and that hasn't happened in a while.

I am having so much fun with this house.


Helen said...

Great! Yay of legos!