Sunday, May 12, 2013

the patch work cubby

The story of this cubby started about ten and a half years ago.

I know!!

Ten and a half years ago I told my farmer boy that I was going to buy Miss Indi a cubby house for her second birthday. You know, one of those cubbies made from reddish wood with a pitched roof, a little door, square windows, some window boxes to pop some flowers in and some floral curtains.

But my farmer boy said no.

At first he said no because of all the nasty, treated wood they were making cubbies out of back then. And then when I found an alternative, safer version, he said no because he wanted to build her one himself.

But soon after that our business took off, we had more little girls and the cubby house just never did happen.
Until a couple of months ago, after a boy's pool night out, my farmer boy showed me a photo on his phone of a cubby a friend of ours, Jobbo, had built for his girls. It was the cutest little cubby house I had ever seen. And what's more, Jobbo was thinking about making those cubbies as a little business.

I knew straight away that our cubby time had come.
So we got Jobbo over. And we spoke about what we wanted in a cubby - somewhere the little girls could play but also a space for Miss Indi to hang out with her friends. We spoke about size - small enough to feel like a teeny cubby but big enough for grown ups not to feel claustrophobic when invited in for a cuppa. And we spoke about materials - where available all from our farm (ie. farm junk).

And then Jobbo and his apprentice, builder Bren, got to work.

And over the next few Thursdays there was plenty of sawing and sanding and scavenging and deciding and designing and admiring and cutting and nailing.
And then last Thursday the front door was bolted on and our cubby was finished.
The girls swept it out and picked some roses from the garden and we lit a bon fire to celebrate.
Every time I look out the window and see it sitting there I can't help but smile.

I think it is the most beautiful patch work cubby house I have ever seen.

After ten and a half years I'm happy to be writing a The End at the end of this cubby-house story, even though I know it's really just the beginning.

You can find Jobbo on instagram  @TheBuilderRecycles.


I hope you have the happiest week peeps.
Me and my farmer boy are heading off on a little adventure tomorrow and I'm so excited I might not get to sleep tonight.

Bye! xx

57 comments:

  1. This is the coolest cutest cubby house I have ever seen. Your girls are so blessed. Great Job guys!!!! Xxx

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  2. Really lovely story Kate, and the cubby house looks sensational!!! Have a great adventure tomorrow, hope we get to hear of it too! - Michael from Suburban Digs

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  3. Oh My God - It's my dream house!I have such a thing about corrugated iron! Your cubby looks like a miniature version of the community hall where we had our wedding reception a year ago. Mr Asparagus Pea has built us a log store out of scrap sheeting just like that - he'll be getting more ideas once I show him this.The green bits are my favourite but I love the patchwork effect.

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  4. this is so fabulous. Well done to the builders!

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  5. It. is. all. sorts. of. fabulous. x

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  6. Cutest cubby ever, that last picture is a winner.

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  7. Verdaderamente sus hijas son afortunadas... es una preciosidad de casita!!! Parece de cuento, del bosque encantado ,tiene magia, felicidades a los constructores por su obra.Un cariñoso saludo desde España.

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  8. Such a lovely little cubby! Built and dreamt of with so much love : ) x

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  9. oh lordy lord. what a beauty! i want to move in!!

    rachel xo

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  10. A beautiful cubby which will now create so many happy memories for your little ones. Fantastic structure! Chel x

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  11. How amazing. How great to have a husband that can do stuff like that (and friends!) Lucky you. Most men are not able to do that kind of thing anymore. My husband couldn't that's for sure - ex husband now. What a great house that is. I really love it. What a great team you are in your family.

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  12. Awesome! I'm a teensy bit jealous, can't wait to hear about the mischief they get up to in there!

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  13. That's a great cubby house! We have a similar story here, although ours still isn't built and our daughter is now 14!
    xoxo

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  14. such a cool cubby house, surely every kids dream to have something like this.
    (Happy adventuring for tomorrow too!)

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  15. It's absolutely gorgeous, Kate!xx

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  16. That is the cutest cubby I've seen!

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  17. Beautiful cubby! Reminds me of Little House on the Prairie.

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  18. It's fabulous, get a couple of bigger ones made and you can rent them out as B & B cottages. I'd come and visit.

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  19. Your girls are so lucky Kate? You are giving them a wonderful lifestyle. May the new cubby bring them much fun and laughter.

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  20. That should be a . Not a ?

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  21. Gorgeous cubby Kate and lovely memories in the making for your girls.

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  22. It really is the best cubby house ever! Have fun on your adventure today..x

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  23. Wow! Coolest cubby house ever!

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  24. I LOVE IT!!!! It just makes me smile and smile, what a lovely hangout its going to be. How gorgeous does it look in amongst vegies and bonfire. I love the photo of your daughter looking out the window. Beautiful. Oh the fun youre all going to have! Sue

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  25. you're not kidding - tis the sweetest! i'm loving the colours of the corro. brilliant!

    louise (across the ditch)

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  26. I love love love it!
    Totally worth waiting for, and SO much better than a bought one!xx

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  27. That cubby house is awesome and has so much character....it will get a lot of use by you kids young and old I'm sure. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com

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  28. OMG!!! BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! So perfect for girls and your farm, I'm in awe!
    xxx

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  29. I love it! It looks so cosy with all those autumn colours. I love corrugated iron.

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  30. Gorgeous cubby and beautiful shots.
    My husband made ours and we demolished it ten years later for an extension to the house, oh my goodness, the tears... from me!
    Many happy days enjoying the cubby to you all.

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  31. I love this so much Kate. Keith and I have many plans like this that I think will be a decade in the making. It's lovely. And the school uniform the little ones are in is the same as Ivy's! How sweet is that. Good work Bren and Jobbo. x

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  32. It's adorable Kate! I'm showing this to Leo as soon as he gets home!

    These photos are so gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

    xx

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  33. Awesome cubby house. I hope your girls enjoy it very much xx

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  34. Divine! Real coffees too! Ours tend to be made with water, grass and sand...

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  35. Melissa KrafchekMay 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    Wow, I wish I had a cubbyhouse like that when I was young. I'm sure your girls will spend hours playing in it, imagining themselves in all sorts of fairytale settings.

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  36. Just adore the patchwork cubby house. What an awesome job the guys did building it. I love the last photo of your daughter looking out the window. Kate you take great photos.Love reading your blog.
    XX Richelle

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  37. Oh this is beautiful! It is indeed the most wonderful patchwork cubby I've ever seen! So lucky!

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  38. I love that REAL coffee is served in your cubby - we only get dirty water!

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  39. WICKED!! I want to relive my childhood at that cubby !! :) awesome guys!
    Lauren
    x

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  40. It's totally gorgeous! I would totally live in that...

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  41. How wonderful! You know, I'd like my house to be a little bit patchwork just like that, right now......

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  42. I love, love, love that cubby house! And especially love the photo of Jazzy in the window! I think I would just be hanging out for it to rain so I could sneak out there with a quilt and a book and just listen to the sound on the roof! What a beautiful addition to your home!!

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  43. How divine is that last photo! It needs to be a canvas.
    Your cubby makes me want to be 8 years old again ;)

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  44. Wow that is awesome. Some very lucky girls there (and momma CIA I bet you sneak in there pretty often). Brilliant!!

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  45. That has to he's the best cubby I have seen!!! So rustic and personal, love it!!!

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  46. this is really amazingly inspiring! Coolest little house- I want one for me!

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  47. am I allowed to be jealous? :) Just lovely Kate xxx

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  48. So beautiful. What a fab hideaway for them to imagine all things as they grow x

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  49. Oh that cubby is just amazing, I love all the autumnal colour in the metal sheets. mel x

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  50. woo hoo! The best cubby! I love that last photo!

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  51. The four comment above mine are cracking me up! Who writes these things, and who actually clicks on the links? I don't get it!

    The cubby is awesome! The boys have done a great job and I would be so super excited if I was one of your girls. We used to make our own cubbies out the back of a friends property, but other kids in the neighbourhood often stole out bits of wood and things to make their own cubbies. Of course we would go and steal them right back! Your post reminded me of that.

    I will have to show hubby this post. He has started work on a cubby for our two little ones. The posts have been concreted in and he has a plan. (But Dave is more apprentice than builder.) We went looking at the salvage yard today for materials to build it with.

    Here's hoping it won't take ten years though... no offence Bren!

    :)

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  52. WOW what an awesome cubby... I have to admit there is a tiny weeny little bit of envy in me, because I would love to live in a house looking like that. Rustic and old world - I hope your littlies get many years of enjoyment out of it.

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  53. The cubby house is amazing! I remember my cousin having a victorian style cubby house that my uncle made. We got to make biscuits and jam and sleepovers... they are very fond memories that I cherish very much. How wonderful to have it in your own back yard!

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  54. THAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND AWESOME THING I HAVE EVER SEEN...AND THAT PICTURE OF YOUR BEAUTIFUL (OH SO BEAUTIFUL) GIRL AT THE WINDOW! SURELY THAT'S ONE FOR THE WALL! XXXX now all i need to know is are you in the UK (sigh i suspect you aren't) and could you make me a bigger one with heating and light as an art studio in my garden? xxx

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