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Over the weekend, Roan asked me why we didn't have a canopy over the cozy spot anymore.  Probably 1.5 years ago, we had one for a little while.  It wasn't very durable, though, and was short-lived.  I'll admit that I had been eyeing the silk ones from Sarah's Silks and wishing they weren't quite as pricey as they are.  Magic Cabin offers some, but they are too see-through.  I think children need beautiful places to hide and feel enveloped.  So, a trip to Wal-Mart (gasp!) and five dollars later, we have our own bower.


I used the outside part of a large embroidery hoop and fiveish yards of fabric.
I cut the fabric in half and sewed a sleeve for the hoop to go through.
I tied yarn on the front and back to hang it on a hook in a ceiling stud.
This seems sufficient, provided the fabric stays balanced.

Bower Top

The top might be a little excessively ruffled, but I had plenty of length.
It goes to the floor comfortably with no pooling.
One does have to consider keeping the bottom edges clean.

Sylph from More Magic Wool

Inside, there is a sylph that I made using the instructions in More Magic Wool.
That book started my whole educational journey, believe it or not!
My children are homeschooled the way they are because I learned to needle felt.
They are simply in love with her and Willow holds Laurel up to see her each morning.

Covered Mattress

Here's another transformed space.
I've been using the playframes here for a little while to hide an extension cord.
One of the panels broke off in a game of The Walking Car.
It's on the honey-do list, a fairly simple fix.
It's still cold, so I put in this portable crib mattress, long out of use,
and covered it with some fabric--no sewing.

Sandman from The Children's Year

In its first full day of use, someone settled right in for a nap!
Here's the Sandman from The Children's Year, too.
Such a sweet, soft friend, and it goes well with the verses in Goodnight.

Hearts from All Year Round

And lastly, some paper cutting for Valentine's Day.
These will make a simple mobile to hang over the table for our tea party with Carrie.
The pattern is from All Year Round.  It has lots of wonderful seasonal paper projects.

For more crafting, visit Frontier Dreams.


( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )
Feb. 9th, 2016 01:40 pm (UTC)
Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
Oh what lovely hideaways! The girls got the Magic Fairies book for Christmas and have been eyeing them all up so I'm going to have to up my needle felting game!
Feb. 11th, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Carie @ Space for the Butterflies
Thank you! Felting is so fun. I hadn't done any for a long time. :-)
Feb. 9th, 2016 07:28 pm (UTC)
Well, your house was so cozy before, but now it's even more so. I love the canopy and the cozy spot, especially the mobile above the baby mattress. So sweet!
Feb. 11th, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yes, that mobile brings me such delight.
Feb. 11th, 2016 12:11 am (UTC)
These are such cozy spaces - I've read a lot about the therapeutic/nurturing value of such spots for young children. We don't have anything permanent like this in our home - but we have our share of blanket forts come and go, so that's something. : ) I love the sylph you made - that's really so pretty, and I think she looks lovely against the peachy color. - Stacey
Feb. 11th, 2016 09:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! These are fairly movable. I am often rearranging, though I think we may have found something to last for a good while.
Feb. 11th, 2016 04:58 pm (UTC)
Okay I want to come and relax in your home! It looks so peaceful.
I think your canopy looks even cozier than the silk ones. Ours was ripped by our cats so we don't currently have a nice cozy space and our nice hanging hammock fell out of our ceiling, too (cheap military housing).

Feb. 11th, 2016 09:25 pm (UTC)
Re: love!
Thank you! We had to put our hammock chair up--too much wildness. Oh, well. Wild children and wild cats are worth it. ;-)
( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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