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Special Spaces

Recently I was surprised to discover a special space.  It wasn't a place that had been hidden.  On the contrary, it was within plain view.  All along.  Perhaps it was made special by the fullness of the branches of my favorite tree, the glorious lighting that can only be achieved at dusk, or the quiet in this little pocket of our landscaping. Whatever made it special, I knew that I had to create this into a magical space that my children could come and enjoy- a natural clubhouse, secret meeting place, or place to think, sip tea, paint, read, or imagine.  Let me share it with you.


The photos were taken in the early morning hours which gave this unskilled photo taker an advantage, however the space is perfectly shaded which lent itself nicely to hanging tea light lanterns throughout.  The candles (even the large ones) are electric - no need to tempt the 9 year old.

I made this simple string of flags from felt and a juvenile fabric collection I purchased last year.  I also made the table cloth with the same fabrics mixed with a bit of linen.  Don't you love it when something that has sat finds its purpose?

As much as I adore looking at Mamakopp's creations on my window sill, I believe I found a perfect home for two of her flying insects.  I am hopeful to add more of her lovely work to the branches of these trees.

A perfect place for the birdhouse Andrew made for me last Christmas:

A place to create:

A place to put the art supplies away but still be accessible for the next time:

Every space needs at least one of these to remind the visitor that the air has life even if it's not visible:

And finally, one of our majestic mesquite trees.....

This space is in no way complete.  I have inspirations of adding other lovely items that would enhance the calming characteristic of enjoying life beneath the trees.  Now, time to grab some books and the kids and enjoy the space.  The sun is now high and the shade is calling to us......



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Reader Comments (3)

Dear this is so pretty. The basket for art supplies, the flags of fabric that was just waiting to be used, the insects, the lanterns.... precious time will be spent here. You have vision! I absolutely adore it! Now maybe a firepit for marshmallow roasting....????

August 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLorilee

I wish we could come over and hang out there together... it looks beautiful.... just like the rest of your home. The tablecloth is sweet- fits perfectly. I know the children will enjoy it.

October 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

What a wonderful, lovely, inviting space you have created - I want to come there and create just from the pictures!! I love banners of any kind, so the felt and fabric banners, along with the candles and hanging creatures are my favorite details. Just wonderful!!

October 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJen

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