beach cottage does prairie chic
Tue 22nd, Mar, 2011
G’day! How are you?
Welcome to Prairie Chic in BC Land ;-)…and BC Coastal Prairie
When I was a child I loved Little House on the Prairie…it seemed so far away from the reality that I was living…all rustic and muted, farmhouses, cows and hens…and I would sit in my bedroom and dream about living that sort of life…I schemed how I could turn a tiny box room in the middle of a terraced house in the depths of old Blighty into a homestead… I dreamed that I would one day have wooden floors and thought about ways I could paste cardboard to the walls for a cabin effect…and I certainly had my own Nellie at school…
Years later I still love those Ingalls and all that goes with that, I just can’t quite pull off a smocked prairie dress with my shoulders, so instead I decided to, now in the depths of the beaches of Sydney, all these years later, go for a bit of Prairie Chic in the form of a crochet blanket draped around my Sitting Room.
Do not even ask about what the males said.
OK I will tell you what they said.
After Mr BC blabbered on about how I don’t have a clue about the practicalities of long screws, hmm I beg to differ on that I can do long screws when I want to ;-) he just raised his eyebrows and went to the deck with a beer.
The resident BC Teenager?
Well he was a little bit more vocal.
walking past the new Little Beach House on the Prairie curtain “Mum?! WHAT on earth is that on the door? I can’t even walk through it”
me : “crochet”
Teenager “Oh God” (envisaging his friends coming ’round & playing Playstation in there)
“You’ve hung a lacey blanket that goes on the bed on the doorway?”
me : “well that’s what they did in the old days on the prairies” all smug & happy & gleeful
me : “yeah, they didn’t have much money and so used their talents to create beautiful pieces of work and hang them around their houses or put them on their beds”
Teenager : ”But we don’t live on a prairie”
me : ”I know, that’s why I put that crochet up”
Teenager “OK so what about the boots?”
me : “boots, what boots?”
Teenager “yeah those new tan boots that are by the door…where’d you get those”
me : “I have no idea what you are talking about, I’ve had those boots years”
me : “and Prairie girls wear leather boots with smocked dresses”
Teenager ”Mum, you have lost it…there is an old blanket hanging in our doorway and you have bought cowboy boots and lined them up in the Sitting Room & are staring at them all weird”
Teenager “I’m going to bed”
and that my friends is what I have to put up with in this cottage for all my creative efforts…can you believe it :-)
I am thinking here that perhaps you could give me your input?
Wanna play Little Beach House on the Prairie with me?
oh and just wait ’til we play Sullivans
oh & the Beach Cottage Saturday Club details coming up soon…I am having the most fun I have had in ages with this
and last but not least get your BC Good Life Wednesday posts ready to rock this cottage…