How to get your cubby back in the bag

Have you whipped your new table cubby house out of its bag, thrown it on the table to see how it looks, only to wonder how to fold it up into that nice neat package once again?

Of course there’s plenty of room in the storage bag for you to stuff it in any old how, but if you would like to fold it, then here’s how I do it.

(1)  Your cubby on the table. I like to have the curtains untied so they sit flat. By the way, did you know that the curtains don’t fully close so that there’s always plenty of airflow through the cubby?

(2)  Lift all the roof corners up and bring the short sides of the roof together. Hold by the corners of the roof and lay down with the side window facing up.

(3) & (4)  Fold each triangular-shaped section in towards the middle.

(5) & (6)  Fold those sides in again. In thirds works best for both the rectangle sizes. The square size will need to be folded in quarters.

(7)  Fold up the bottom.

(8)  Flip over and the label should be vaguely in the middle.

(9)  Slide it inside the storage bag.

(10)  And voila! You have a naked table and a nice neat parcel for popping away.

Does this make sense? I’ve done so many I could probably do them in my sleep, so please let me know if I’ve glossed over something crucial.

Happy folding!

Mumpreneurs masterclass video

I recently blogged about escaping from Playhouse Central to attend a fantastic masterclass featuring fabulous mumpreneur Cath from Lunch Boxes with Love and stylish blogger Andrea from Fox in Flats. Well the video camera was rolling and I snuck into this little clip. That’s me in the red dress.

Do I really talk with my hands that much??? Eeek!

 

Giveaway time!

I have just got back from one of Penny Webb’s fantabulous Working Mums/Mumpreneur Masterclasses. So inspiring to listen to and chat with uber-successful mumpreneurs Cath from Lunchboxes with Love and Andrea from Fox in Flats. And such a fantastic group of ladies in the room. I believe even Mrs Woog popped in for a few minutes, but I missed her. Damn! These celebrities lead such glamorous busy lives haha! I highly recommend you get along to one of Penny’s events if you can. A great opportunity for some mummy-time while learning something along the way.

Win a My Playhouse Adventures table cubby house

Anyway, I am such a huge fan of Penny’s events and her brilliant blog (Sshh Mummy’s on the phone) that I have contributed a My Playhouse Adventures table cubby house to her “Tip Tuesday” post this week. All you need to do is leave a comment on her blog with a rainy day activity suggestion and you’re in the draw to win! Clickety click here to enter.

Can’t wait for Penny’s next event. This time it’s a free on-line webinar on Working Wardrobes featuring the massively popular Nikki Parkinson from Styling You. Nikki is all about stylish, practical, yet affordable fashion for mums. I’m still trying to get my hands on the leopard print heels from Big W that she blogged about recently, but they never seem to have my size. But then, that is the power of this gorgeous bloggy lady. Last week she blogged about a dress from Seed and crashed their online store as women stampeded to buy one! Anyway, would love to see you there – next Tuesday night at 8.30pm. Register here. Feel free to wear your trackies. I will be!

Meanwhile, get your entry in and hopefully I will be sending your new table cubby house out to you very soon.

Brand spanking new shop goes live!

Woohoo! We have lift-off!

In the interests of continual evolution I have been keen to buy a proper shopping cart for my little cubby house shop. After much research (Shopify, Big Commerce, etc) I chose Big Cartel and so far am very happy with it. Many thanks to Clare Lancaster from Women in Business for setting the standard (and providing lots of very helpful advice) with her beautiful shop Stevie and Three.

I think the new shop makes everything look a lot neater. Click to have a look-see.

 

Adventurers in action

From time to time we custom-make dining table cubbies for customers with extraordinary tables. This is the biggest one that we have done so far. A table made for big family Christmas feasts at 280cm long transformed into a cubby by a Christmas gift for a very special little girl. I’m sure this cubby will fit all her brothers, sisters AND cousins inside!

And here is a lovely note from a lovely mummy –

“The cubby has been a fantastic present for my little girl. There have been a zillion tea parties in there. Was great to get one made specially for our table. Here’s a photo, and must find another of the kids using it outside.” Seana, Frenchs Forest, Feb 2012

Please note that we do still make custom-made cubbies, but my manufacturer has pushed the price sky-high. So, to avoid these fees we are introducing a new larger rectangle size to fit tables 200-220cm long and 90-105cm wide. These will be in stock in March. Enter your details here and I will email you as soon as they arrive.

Any questions just email me here or on kirralee [at] myplayhouseadventures.com.

 

Have you got a brilliant little biz idea?

There’s lots of us mums in biz around now and more starting every day. I love being a part of this awesomely supportive community and often feel like jumping on top of the nearest building to tell the world about the latest amazing woman that I’ve met. I find myself in awe of their bravery, creativity and determination.

Over the past few months I have been assisting Karen Gunton of build a little biz to create a stage where we can shine a light on these brilliant little biz builders for all to see. This stage is a website called Shine.

This past week it has been my turn to be featured, so if you’ve been tossing a biz idea around, read my story here. I would love if it helps you.

 

Do you dream of having your own little biz?

How to use your child’s imagination to survive dinner-time

When we first have our baby we hear a lot about “Happy Mummy = Happy Baby”. It’s generally about making sure you put your oxygen mask on first so that you can help others put theirs on. But once that little bubba learns to laugh and walk and talk, the giving doesn’t always have to flow in one direction.

 

With my kids now 4 and 2 I’m finding that they can truly make me happy at times if I relax enough to let them. And I don’t mean the big picture “Children bring meaning to my life” or “I was so proud when little Abraham took his first step”. I mean during a stressed out busy busy evening when you’ve raced around finishing work, picked up the kids from childcare, been to get petrol and to the ATM, posted a letter on the way home and tried to have a meaningful conversation with your child about their day (or tried to comfort a tired grizzly child while driving). You’ve continued to race around at home to get something edible on the table and are trying to coax some carrots into your child’s mouth.

 

“Eye-pah! Eye-pah!”

 

What the?

 

Once you translate, you work out that Master 2 has just spotted Swiper the Fox (from Dora the Explorer for the uninitiated) sneaking up to the table and is about to steal his dinner!

 

HA!

 

Now, I don’t often go along with this one (now that it has happened again and again and again), especially during dinner, but the first time Hamish did this it made me laugh. Yes, LAUGH. Now perhaps I have a low comedy threshold, but in my house where I think I spend far too much time stressed and grumpy, laughter is GOLD and I will take it where I find it. It is the ultimate relaxant (well it’s healthier than wine) and there’s even rumours that Happy Mummy = Happy Daddy if you know what I mean ;-).

 

So the next time something crazy comes out of your child’s mouth, don’t tell him to be quiet and eat his dinner. Say “Swiper, no swiping! Swiper, no swiping!”. They will think you’re hilarious and you might get a laugh too.

Slippery little suckers

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How cute are these kids’ chopsticks?

Alannah Bear found them in the “homewares” shop at Eden Gardens nursery this morning. Imagine, we went to a nursery and didn’t look at a single plant. Nice little playground and fabulous shop though. Some beautiful fake flowers that would look very nice on my dining table, but at $17.95 a stem I thought I should refrain.

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So the kids had a ball eating their sandwiches with them.

kids playhouse 1st birthday party ideasMister Hamish tried to grab a grape, but found that fingers are sometimes best really.

AB’s got them well mastered.

They’re called Zoo Sticks and AB’s have a camel on top, MH’s a giraffe.