Now that I have sorted out seating for Fern (shudder, revisit my beanbag nightmare here) I am free to move onto my next obsession... the teepee!
Actually, I've been obsessed with these pint-sized indoor/outdoor tents since I first laid eyes on one in Bed Bath and Table before I even fell pregnant with Fern! What's not to get excited by? When I was little, I used to drape sheets between chairs or over the edge of my bed to create a makeshift cubby; my own little space to escape from the world. Children simply love their own little cozy space; and I would simply have gone crazy for one of these teepees!
Look at this amazing idea, from the cover of the book I got for Christmas, (thanks dad!). Not quite a teepee but sooo gorgeous!
But back to the teepee: I picture Fern curling up on floor cushions in hers, reading books or playing make believe or maybe chatting to a friend.
Why have I not yet bought Fern one of these beauties then, you might well ask? Well, at around $299, the average price for a good quality teepee, the hefty pricetag has sobered my enthusiasm temporarily whilst I find a more cost effective solution. Here are some of my online finds:
... and my personal fave:
oooops, would/should list the credits here but my computer crashed and I lost all the links. I do know that the last one, my fave, is from this link on Etsy though! Aren't they gorgeous??
But alas, I cannot justify $300 for a playtent; I'm at stay-at-home mum now! Lucky for me, I've found a sew-my-own solution. Yes, it would appear that a stack of fabric; a few bamboo sticks; a bit of twine... and the tiniest wee bit of sewing prowess is all that stands between me and a creative and original playtent for Fern!
I am not at all confident that I can do this. But I do feel confident I can buy some gorgeous fabric... and use my powers of persuasion to ask someone more experienced in sewing than I to assist in putting it together! I'm giving myself a Christmas deadline. Watch this space!