Saturday

Q took to tents right away, even before she could walk. And thank goodness, because as a family we are inveterate tent-dwellers. Camping has been a part of both of our lives since early childhood. I think I have always slept better in a tent than even in the most comfortable bed, and a great part of my husband's and my early courtship was based on long camping trips in the desert, sleeping under the stars in my tiny desert tent, with its screened-in roof for easy stargazing.

So when I saw these tepee-style play tents on Etsy (this on is from GracieBeanBaby) I knew that Q would have to have one.
It was an instant hit. What child doesn't love having their own private space to crawl into, and in which to stash their possessions, when the mood strikes? This one is 100% cotton and particularly easy to set up and fold down in a second or two, and stashes discretely in any small corner when not in use. The tent poles are integrated, and secured with a single tie of a ribbon at the top. They also have padding at the base so as not to scratch hardwood floors (which we have, though you see it set up on the rug here).
I filled it with faux (read: safe) luminarias for an extra touch of magic. Also easy to install/stash at will.
Priceless.

8 comments:

Jeanne-ming said...

Priceless indeed. Looks so cozy..When I was a kid in Chai Ti, I shared a bunk bed with two of my brothers. For "privacy" i would hang blankets and curtains all around it making a tent. I loved it! I would stay in there ALL day on a damp or rainy Saturday. My mother did finally put a stop to what I could move in when she discovered I had brought a chamber pot in to complete my self sufficient set up.

~commenting from Northern Thailand

Gillian said...

How beautiful. A fun cave to play in! Tents are magical things. love this thank you!

Gigi said...

Oh, I have seen those magical tents on Etsy, too, and keep thinking I should buy one for my nieces. This one you bought for Q is perfect, and I love the faux luminaria inside--like a secret cave. Everyone should have a secret hideout.

Simply Mel said...

We just returned from a hike and picking up dropped tree limbs. The crumb and her papa erected her teepee while dancing to The Last of the Mohicans! Seriously, can it get any better?

LOVE Q's magical hideaway!

Evelyne said...

Bonsoir Maïa,
tous les enfants aiment camper...dans les jardins d'enfants Waldorf,un long moment de "jeux libres" est réservé à ces créations de "tentes" ou "cabane"...le mobilier simple (étagères mobiles, tissus divers, cordelettes et sacs de sable) étant adapté à ces expériences.

Yoli said...

Maia that is positively enchanting.

MotherMotherOcean said...

You just gave me a gift clue and I needed one.

Juniper said...

beautiful photos and what a fabulous tent!! Now where did you find those lights??!!.... what a perfect new item to enjoy as the weather is chilly and being home and cosy is the order of the day. Priceless- spot on.