Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Restoration Hardware Inspiration a.k.a. Noni's Copycat Tent


Have you ever caught sight of something that just excited your creative fires?  Well, the cover of the Restoration Hardware Baby and Child catalogue was a spark for this Noni!  I just loved this tent!


... which prompted a trip to Home Depot early on a Saturday morning while Pop Pop was off hunting and the Little Men were with some of their other folks.


Drop cloths and shoe mould (we use the things we know) became the materials for magic (at least in my own eyes.  lol.) A plan was developed...


I haven't sewn much in a long time... so it took me most of the day between searching for the supplies, coming up with a plan and then whipping it out. (And, yes... I have stuff strewn all over the kitchen, which was a little messy to start with... but, hey... I was on a mission.)


I was probably more excited with the outcome than the boys will ever be playing in it!  LOL!  Creating does something good for the soul... creating with love for someone, well that brings a whole other level of joy... Joy, I tell you.


We took it to The Weekender and set it up; so, it was ready when they got home from their other visits...


Little Man was just a blurrrrr... as he climbed in his new hideout.


Quick as a cat, he simultaneously reached to close his flap and put that little thumb in his mouth.  Priceless!! 

Yes, that is a dog bed instead of the expensive things in the RH catalogue.  Now... I just need some stencils and some white lights....

Hoping each of you find some inspiration in your day!   Check here at Kim's for some sparks:

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Blessings ~ tanna

52 comments:

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

OH IS THAT EVER FUN!!! The adventures to be had in that Tanna! You are fantastic to put that together for the littles! HOURS of fun.

Susan said...

Oh Noni...you did well!! In fact, if I can eye the dimensions well enough....there might even be room for you in there with the little men!!! (I would certainly try it) Priceless indeed.

TexWisGirl said...

yup, i was gonna say, break out the fabric paints and get busy! great job!

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

Wow! That project turned out fantastic! I wasn't quite as creative as you are. When my kids were little, I would just throw a large quilt over a card table and call it a tent! LOL!!
You are a wonderful g'ma, Tanna! The Little Men will enjoy the tent for a long time to come.
Have a great day!

From the Kitchen said...

I love it almost as much as Little Man seems to! I hope I have grandchildren while I can still see to thread a needle. Oh, what am I thinking, I don't have a creative bone in my body!! I may have to bring you up here for some help when the time comes.

Best,
Bonnie

Judy S. said...

Wow! You did yourself proud! Now all you need to do is write a pattern for the rest of us.... You even thought of stencils which I was going to suggest, maybe some signs. You'll think of something, but it looks like it'll be occupied when you do! Great job!

Carole said...

My cousin built a teepee for her grandchildren and they have the best time in it. Yours looks like great fun!

Susan S. said...

So flippin cute! Great Job....Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours from Houston, TX

Kelly said...

That's an amazing project! I can't get over how good you made it. I don't even own a sewing machine, so I could never make anything that unique. You even made little ties to close it. You are such a sweet grandmother! I'm sure your grandson will think of you every time he plays in it.

Kate I said...

Oh my word Tanna! This is just the most amazing thing...and YOU figured out how to create it...I would still be in a muddle of cloth and poles in the kitchen! What a beautiful and precious gift for your grandboys.

Terra said...

Brilliant, and a wonderful tent for the children to play and dream in.

Julie Harward said...

Awesome grandma...I made one too one year for my little kids, they loved it to death! ;D

steph said...

That is without a doubt the cutest thing I've seen this season!!!!

And to think, when my little grands were younger, I patted myself on the back when I threw quilts over the dining room and throw pillows under the table and created our "fort".

Donna said...

You just keep amazing me! What a wonderful tent. Now, will you be able to take it down or will it become a permanent fixture?
Oh, and I love the tile on the floor. Are they the linoleum type? I want some in my new house...

Town and Country Gals said...

Tanna,
what lucky boys to have such a great Nonie and Pop Pop! The tent is fabulous! You are very talented to be able to put that together!
Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season!
Merry Christmas!
Rebecca

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Tanna, you are just so smart and very creative. You are probably the best Noni on earth right now.

Stitchfork said...

Adorable and perfect for little boys! How fun!
xo Cathy

Tricia @ saving room for dessert said...

You are an amazing, talented, lovely lady! What a wonderful Noni you are! I want one. I would have had that in my living room when the kids were small. Wait - I have a grandson on the way - you should create a pattern and sell it! People like me would buy this and make it. Really fantastic. Congratulations on a job well done!

Ginny said...

Oh my word!!! You are SO creative, it looks just like the one in the picture! No, it looks much better. I love the top!!! And the dog bed is PERFECT!!! Your grandsons are so blessed to have you...the picture in the tent with the thumb really needs to be framed! I bet these are very expensive, and you probably paid next to nothing.

podso said...

Amazing! Great minds! I sent my son several links to make this tent and similar --thinking he might do it more easily than me? Jury is still out! But I love to go in tents myself. Little One and I have been found under tables reading stories or telling tales (especially Cinderella these days). Thanks for an inspiring post Tanna! What fun for you all. You did a beautiful job and I know all your hard work of love will pay off!

And I love your kitchen floor!

vicki said...

Hi Tanna- you are a pretty terrific grandma to do this for your sweet babes- the tent is just so cute. Perfect for play-- I totally love seeing it in the middle of your living room!!
Xoxo,
Vicki

Chatty Crone said...

I don't know what to say - I am standing here with my mouth wide open - you just whipped that up - your little ole self.

I am sooooooooo impressed and that little guy - priceless.

Love, sandie

Deb said...

oh my gosh Tanna...this Oma is going to have figure this out...I know a little britches that would love this...

Christine said...

I'm sitting here thinking how incredible. You saw and you did it!

By the way, your kitchen floor is really cool. It just goes to show us, that you are an artist of grandeur.

Buttercup said...

Terrific fun! Love the header on your blog.

Debbie said...

Tanna, that's awesome! You know that you'll have to blog your specs, don't you? Many memories will be made in that tent. Best Christmas present ever! Merry Christmas!

Tanja said...

Tanna, you are like a fairy from Cinderella . Oh, lucky little man! I hope he will know to appreciate his fairy-noni with a time.

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Look what you did! This is the kind of gift that makes memories. I remember Kate had a similiar tent (pink) when she was small (but I wasn't clever enough to make it) and she absolutely loved it.
Best,
Susan

Lauri said...

Oh what fun! Kind of like the dog crate that became the playhouse over here, haha! There is nothing like a little private area to make the perfect little play space for LM. Awesome job, Noni!

Cindy said...

You are one smart Noni!!! What a great surprise for your little men. I love it!!!
I also enjoyed seeing your kitchen, I love that floor.
Hugs, Cindy

no spring chicken said...

Brilliant. That's what you are. I don't even want imagine the pricetag on the one in the catalog... and it didn't provide near the satisfaction. Well done.

Blessings, Debbie

Kerin said...

What a treat for the little ones!!

How lucky they are to have you !!

Hope you have a week filled with lots more fun.. and inspiration.

nanny said...

OMG....How perfect! They will have so many hours of fun in this tent.

It's gonna be hard for them to leave the weekender and their sweet, sweet, talented Noni!

Jen said...

That is fabulous! What a great creative project!

Shug said...

Oh Tanna, I just love this post.
The little men will never forget this, I am sure...They will look back someday and remember the effort that their Noni went to in order to see smiles on their faces....
Can I say that you did a fantastic job...be careful, you just may be getting calls from folks or manufacturers to create more!

Hugs....

AudreyO said...

So fun. My nephew is just 2 years old. My brother recently posted photos of indoor camping. They put up the tent, got out the sleeping bags, had a BBQ dinner and my nephew just loved it.

Emily said...

Tanna you did a wonderful job! Gosh I wish I had one of my own to play in! :)

Mom2boys said...

The tee pee is incredible but that little cutie with his thumb in his mouth is the crowning jewel!!! What a good grandma you are!

Blessings to you and yours!
Lori

Dana said...

A-MA-ZING!!!! I have no doubt he must love it!

Vickie said...

Fun Fun Fun! I used to play like I was an Indian when I was a kid. I would have loved this tepee! Little Man will have a blast in his hideout - and maybe even a nap!

Betsy said...

that's like a blanket fort but a thousand times cooler!

Little Man looks like he owns it already! ha.

Debbie said...

I just wish you could see me right now. I am all scrinched up at the shoulders because of this post. I love this!! I especially love the Little Man booty crawling in and that last shot of him peeking out the door. You are just the best!

I'm showing this to my husband. Trust me. I rarely show him something in Blog Land, but this will classify as what he calls, "a toe curler." That's his phrase for the effect adorable kid stuff has on him.

Dianne said...

Applause here and happy laughter for a job well done!!! No doubt you were tired at this end of this long day of running around gathering up supplies, sorting it all out and sewing, but oh that little face was worth it all I'm sure! He will remember that tent for the rest of his life...

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Ok... this is like the best tent ever! Seriously. We had so much fun when we were young making tents in the house. Great memories!! :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a fun surprsie! You did a wonderful job making this tent without plans or a pattern, Tanna. It is perfect for two little boys to have hours of fun!

I just retuned home from celebrating an early Christmas with my crew in Colorado ..fun and happy times!

Kerin said...

Just stopping by to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!!

May you enjoy the blessings of the season.

Kellie Collis said...

How beautiful! What a fabulous creation! Have a delightful day, Kellie xx

Pondside said...

Well done! That is a very cute tent, and it was, obviously, a hit!

Ana said...

Oh my goodness Tanna. You are one amazing, talented, sweet, thoughtful, super fun and super sweet Noni...The tent turned out awesome...Great job Noni :-) Sending you a big hug my friend.

Much love,
♥Ana

nanny said...

Merry, Merry Christmas

I know you are having so much fun!

See you soon!

Amish Stories said...

Merry Christmas folks and thank you so much for being a reader to my blog. Richard

Betsy said...

just popping back over to say merry, merry to you! :) Enjoy your Christmas!

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