Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A place of their own

Just one more reason to love willow trees....

A few sheets, some clothes pins, and voila--you've created your own world.

Remember how much you loved making forts as a kid? I think I probably had a dozen standard forts around the yard and neighborhood plus all the temporary ones we'd make with some sheets and heavy books around the house.

Why not recreate the magic a little bit? I loved sitting in this "Willow Retreat" as much as my girls did. :)


P.S. In that first picture, yes that is a real scarecrow about to be implanted into the vegetable garden and yes, that is a real chicken strutting around my mother's back yard who randomly decided to take up residency. That is, until it decided to help himself/herself (I'm not a chicken gender expert) to my mother's vegetable garden. He was led, crumb-by-crumb, out the back gate which was promptly shut behind him. Free rent is one thing. Being a produce theif is quite another.

P.P.S. So as not to get disheartened or discouraged or to get the wrong idea that I spend my days making Lemon Lavendar Cookies and sitting peacefully in sheet forts with my two angelic little girls, let me be candid and say that about 5 minutes after that last image was taken of  my youngest, she vomitted--right in the middle of our fort. Then my oldest cried. And that was the end of the Willow Retreat.


  1. That's the prettiest "retreat" I've ever seen. How fun.

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  3. Cute idea and yes, so whimsical! I would have loved to play here as a little girl! Great blog- I'm your newest follower! Please stop by my blog

  4. Beautiful! It reminds me of a willow tree I used to play under as a kid.

  5. I love it! I used to play under my grandmother's willow tree all the time when I was little. I would of loved something like this!

  6. Can't wait to make this for the girls this spring! We don't have a willow tree but I'll try circling the branches of the big tree in the backyard! Maybe it will turn into mommy's hideout!

  7. GORF--good ol' reliable fort. Looks so inviting on a hot day. I've blogged about this same idea for inside on a rainy day! (


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