instagram challenge winner #2

Firstly, I’m terribly sorry I’m a day late with this announcement however we have only had intermittent internet all week – not ideal for an internet based business, but anyhooo, we are all fixed now!

Once again, it was a terribly tricky choice with lots of gorgeous images of your little ones living a rudy and the dodo life – creating, exploring, painting, playing and using their imaginations! This week’s winner is tarsh97 for this fab entry showing her girls building a cubby and preparing for predicted rains.  I used to LOVE doing stuff like this as a kid!

insta winner 2

Please contact us to claim your $50 gift voucher to spend in our store.  Yay you!

There are still 2 more chances to win so keep the entries coming. Entries from the first two weeks will be reconsidered in future weeks but we’d love you to add to the collection. Just remember to tag your instagram photo with #rudyandthedodochallenge

Thanks for playing!

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cubby love

We are preparing for a rainy Sunday here.  Rainy days often involve cubby houses at our place.   I have been searching for some inspiration so I am well armed tomorrow when the heavens open and my boys start climbing the walls.

If you are short on space, this ladder tent is a fab solution!  These happy little campers have used some fab IKEA fabric however an old sheet would do just fine.

ladder tent

 

How about a winter makeover for your sun shelter?  They make a fab indoor cubby and pop up in just a second.  Yay.

 

 

cubby sun shelter

 

Make a project of it and create your own tent with some PVC pipe and a tablecloth!  You can follow the tutorial right here

cubby pipe tentIf you’d rather someone else did all the making, visit our friends at Banana J Creations.  They have adorable tee pees available in all kinds of designs, colours and fabrics.

cubby teepees

And if all else fails, throw your biggest blankie over the lounge or dining room table, jump inside with the kids, snuggle up and enjoy!

 

cosy kiddy nooks

With the cooler weather setting in around here, I have gone in search of some inspiration for fabulous cosy nooks to create for our little ones to escape to read, chat and relax.

This make shift camp ‘ground’ would have been my ultimate escape as a kid.

image courtesy of pinterest

image courtesy of pinterest

And I always dreamt of an attic space to hide in.  This one would have been perfect! (Image courtesy of pinterest)

image courtesy of blogs.babble.com

This would no doubt become a race car in our house, but I love, love, love the idea.

If, like me, you only have a corner or small area to work with, it’s all about finding the perfect chair.  Yes, make it a statement piece, but be sure it’s comfy too!  Here are some ideas I found on pinterest;

reading chair collage

Do your kids have a reading nook, play nook or special place they escape to?

creative kids – living playhouse

JUST when I thought I would simply plant some herbs and a few vegies, this pops up in my pinterest feed!

living den

 

You can follow the tutorial here.

Do you have a living playhouse or vegie garden at your place?  What do you grow?

rock star cubby houses

I am currently on a quest to find a fabulous cubby house for our three boys to enjoy.  I always had cubbies growing up and they are the scene of some of my greatest childhood memories.  So, my mission has unveiled some AWE-SOME rock star cubbies that can and will only ever sit on my “dream list” but I had to share them with you.  Which one is your favourite?

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1. Orange two storey (source unknown)

2. Wonderland (source unknown)

3. Pirate ship (image courtesy of poshtots.com)

4. Vintage caravan (image courtesy lindycottagehill.blogspot.com)