Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Our Very Own Borrower House: Summer Activity

This summer the kids and I have been reading The Borrowers series.  I loved the books as a kid because they included one of my favorite things ever, miniature stuff... not to mention creativity and adventure.  :)  So I decided my kids might like the books as well as I did and we set out to read them.  Then once we were hooked on the characters and story, we thought it would be great fun to make our own borrower house for a summer activity.  We had a blast "borrowing" items from our junk drawers and craft supplies in preparation for our fabulous mini home.  I thought Q would die of anticipation as we prepared and gathered for a few weeks. 

I am a guest on Paging Supermom today, explaining just how we went about it.  Hop over and check it out.  I added as many items as I could that were referenced in the book just to stay true to the story.  My favorite part of the adventure was watching my kids get creative and work together to think of ways to build this or that.  And then of course rearranging furniture and staring lovingly at our masterpiece.

We built an attic bedroom for Arietty on the top floor, another bedroom for her parents, a lovely sitting room, a functional kitchen and of course a storage room/pantry for all of their borrowings. I think my favorite details are the mini matchbox dressers and the birthday candle pieces on thumbtacks for candlesticks.  Sigh...

Also, we had the hardest time picking our favorite room of the house. :)


  1. What fun! I love all the little details and textures! I love the mini glass bottle with a itty bitty cork! And is that a corn husk rug? Very creative!

    1. Marci, the rug is from a tamale I had for lunch! Then cleaned and dried. :)

  2. It's in a suitcase?! Geemanee! I like the wallpaper in the bedroom :)

  3. I wish I were you, Lou. Or at the very least, one of your children. My goal is to someday live by you so I can ride on the contrails of your great ideas, fun parties, and unrivaled memory making...

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