… (or the room formerly known as Beautiful)!
You see, quite a few years ago when we moved into TeddyandTottieLand we had no trouble filling all the purposeful rooms with appropriate furniture and things we already had. But the room closest to the front door – and closest to my beloved Oasis Out The Front Door – took a while to evolve.
It was, for a large part of our occupation of TeddyandTottieLand, a “formal lounge room” that we actually sat in with guests just once!
It had a pretty floral couch, two matching arm chairs and a few paintings and statues dotted here and there. And that was it.
For a while it suited the control freak in me because, while the rest of the house was often in chaos, it stood as a monument to cleanliness and order. And a quick vacuum and dust every now and again was all it took to keep it that way.
One day, Teddy asked if he and Tottie, both about 5 at the time, could play in “The Beautiful Room”. I asked where that was and he walked me to this soulless but clean shrine to control that had no real purpose.
We giggled at tiny Teddy’s name for the room, though, and it stuck for a long time.
But then I had an idea.
What if I gave this room a purpose and turned it into something of a craft haven – for me! A bit of an indoor Oasis, if you like.
Sounds a little selfish to make it my own, I know, but Teddy and Tottie already had a few fun havens dotted around the place and The hardworking Committee isn’t really a “home haven” kind of guy.
So, gradually, over many years, “The Beautiful Room” has evolved into “The Doily Den”.
The Committee doesn’t dare speak ill of crafts (he, he, he!) and Teddy and Tottie, now 11, love coming into The Doily Den with me while I’m crocheting, writing a blog or taking photos. It’s the cats’ favourite room in the house and Jet occasionally pokes his nose in, but would much rather be outside in The Oasis.
The only people who aren’t all that happy about the demise of The Beautiful Room are The Givers. (Oh, I’m sure The Committee and The Travellers aren’t all that happy either, but they are probably a bit scared to say! Ha! I’m such an Ogre!)
On their visits, The Givers politely, and with tongues firmly planted in cheeks, despair at The Doily Den’s latest op shop (thrift shop) furniture configuration, or the (ahem!) new batch of wool that has been purchased, or the strewn vintage items waiting to be listed on Etsy.
But they all know I love this space of mine and we all have a laugh about it and move on.
So, would you like to come in and see what this creative space is all about?
Please do keep in mind, it has been years in the making – and has only recently become a functional, organised work space. (Just ask the funny Givers!).
I even have a tour guide ready to welcome you as you enter.
Take it away … Oscar!
Oscar: “Thank-you, thank-you”
“Yes, please line up in an orderly fashion for your tour.
“No flash photography or eating or drinking is permitted and if you need to use the bathroom there is The Oasis Out The Front Door to your right …”
Dani: “Ahem! Oscar, that’s where you go to the bathroom, but these good folks – um! I know you love your moments in the spotlight Oscar but do you think we should just get on with the tour.”
Oscar: “Righto, righto, but don’t blame me if people are looking for litter boxes half way through …
“Now, folks, step this way and instantly see some of the Teddy and Tottie creator’s true loves – crochet, wool and vintage suitcases (these are great for alternative storage apparently, but I’d rather sleep in them.)
“To your left you will see Dani’s recently created mini-photo studio, which you can read about here and here. (A lot of cussing still emanates from this part of The Doily Den and we cats cover our ears.)
“This is one of her latest creations – a star bunting – being photographed.
“And the flower bunting in the same colours is next …
“To the right of all of this is Dani’s late grandfather’s beloved wooden ladder.
“It serves as an interesting ‘prop holder’ during photography sessions.
“In fact, most of what you will see on this tour, folks has been reclaimed, recycled, thrifted – and best of all – been passed on from grandparents so a part of them resides in this creative haven, too.
“Now, moving right along – no stragglers please – next is the mantelpiece above the fire with the much-loved peony picture (The Givers love this!) and The Committee’s late grandmother’s old tea set.
“And some doilies, of course!
“Why doilies? Well, it’s a question me and the cats have asked Dani many times – and we still don’t get it!
“Apparently, they are thrifted and made into bunting and hung in this room because they are pretty, have history and are largely unwanted.
“See what we mean!?!
“Anyhoo, next is a lovely old sewing machine from a dear friend who very sadly passed away …
“And some sewing essentials …
… and material that might one day be made into something (but don’t hold your breath!)
“Flower bunting also hangs everywhere and we cats get very annoyed because it’s usually too high up for us to play with!
“Then there’s the thrifted dolls house/bookcase containing all sorts of craft books …
and the hub of Teddy and Tottie blogging and Etsy – the desk overlooking The Oasis.
“With doilies strung above …
“And who’s that we spy on the old chair?
“Yes, it’s Tigger fast asleep.
“Thanks for the help with the tour, buddy!
Next, is the main wool collection and “bunting blocking/steaming area”
“Leaving the best until last, we’ll move to the centre of the room now – where Slinky is sleeping on the job!
“Gee, sorry Slinky. Did I disturb you on this tour you and Tigger are supposed to be helping me with?
“So, it’s on these two, comfy, op shop chairs where the crocheting mostly happens, folks.
“Lots of Christmas colours at the ready there, I see.
“Good grief, it can’t be close to Christmas, surely! I must get cracking with my list to Santa!
“Now, we are coming to the conclusion of our tour, good people, but just before it ends, we cats have shown you some of our favourite places to lounge in The Doily Den and now we’d like to show you our favourite item in here.
“Don’t you love that book?
“And now, here’s Dani’s favourite items in the Den …
“Beautiful gifts from blogging friends from all over the world.
“These beauties are often used as bookmarks (especially the gorgeous stamp bookmarks!!!) but were put here for the purposes of this tour to display their collective beauty.
“So, I hope you have enjoyed the first ever tour of the newly purposeful Doily Den, folks
“Please have a safe trip home – and do hug your cats when you get there.
“This is Oscar signing off!”