Our Den – My Captured Moment

Today’s ‘My Captured Moment’ which I’m linking up with the fabulous Heledd at Running In Lavender was taken in the comfort of my little home.

And unfortunately it was taken on my phone and in rather poor light so it’s actually pretty fuzzy.

But hey – I’m not going with lighting perfection with this one, as it’s just a moment in time which I needed to look back on.

Just over a week ago, when I was still off work *sobbing right now*, I decided to make Ella a den.

I mean, what little kid doesn’t love a good old den!

So, at about 8 in the morning, just as her big sister Holly had been taken to pre-school, and with Ella crying as she wanted to go too, I thought I’d try a bit of a distraction technique.

I put together a clothing rail and a washing stand and then went rummaging in the airing cupboard fro some old duvet covers.

Then I collected up a few pillows, which, when I led these out over the shoe rack part of the clothes rail, made for a perfect little make shift bed for a small two year old! I gave her another pillow, gathered up her blanket and favourite teddy, and as the pice de resistance, I added an iPad as a wall mounted TV!!

She was so excited to get in and play.  Once she was inside she asked for books – her favourite things – and we sat in there for quite a while and just read stories together.

Since then, I’ve been absolutely dying to take the monstrosity down, which is taking up most of our upstairs landing, but both girls have made it their own, moved ALL their teddies and dolls in, and spent the majority of time in when inside the house.

They watch the TV, they read to one another, they play make-believe and then argue a bit too – but they absolutely love it.

So for the time being, our den is a bit of a permanent fixture in the Midlife Mummy household!


love steph

Running in Lavender


  1. 28th November 2015 / 7:41 am

    Awesome post.

  2. 22nd June 2015 / 2:45 pm

    OOOoh we love a good den here too!! And this looks like a great one, especially as it has a TV – amazing!! Thank you so much for linking up to #MyCapturedMoment and it was so lovely to see you over the weekend xxxx

  3. 21st June 2015 / 7:16 pm

    I remember doing that as a kid! It was great fun. I need to remember this for when Charlie & Noah are bored xx

    • 22nd June 2015 / 5:59 pm

      It’s great isn’t it – indoors or out!! Glad to have re-inspired you of them Steph xxx

  4. 21st June 2015 / 12:38 pm

    Wow what a fab little den! The twins would love one, thank you for sparking an idea 🙂 x #mycapturedmoment

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:06 pm

      My absolute pleasure. They’re just brilliant as spur of the moment activities, and can be made out of anything really don’t you think. So please to have sparked your imagination, Steph xxx

  5. 21st June 2015 / 7:36 am

    Super picture! I loved doing this as a kid. Special moments.

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:12 pm

      Thank you so much – easy Peasy for anyone to make huh. Steph xxx

  6. 21st June 2015 / 12:27 am

    Aww this photo is so cute! I love it! Such a beautiful moment! I’m dying to get my two girls playing in such a way. I will need to wait a little bit though as my youngest is only 10 months. Thanks for sharing! xx

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:27 pm

      Oh bless you – yes – you do have a little way to go just yet. Now that Ella is back out of hospital both girls have been playing amazingly well and we just love to watch them giggling away with one another. Steph xxx

  7. 18th June 2015 / 7:13 pm

    I loved making dens as a kid probably because it felt a bit like camping out but not as cold 🙂 #MyCapturedMoment

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:28 pm

      Gosh – you just reminded me that we used to pitch our old 70’s tent in my parents back garden. Hahaha. Steph xxx

  8. 18th June 2015 / 12:52 pm

    This is amazing! They’re even using the maiden as a bookshelf! Can’t believe Den’s have TVs these days. I remember the days when…

    We got our daughter a tipi for her first birthday – not as fun to construct as a den I’m sure, but she loves it just as much!

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:29 pm

      I’d love to get a teepee for our girls, but this was the cheaper version!!! Hahaha. Steph xxx

  9. 18th June 2015 / 11:57 am

    I love den building, yours looks so snug #capturedmoments

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks Ali, five minutes putting it together, hours of fun! Result!! Steph xxx

  10. 18th June 2015 / 10:53 am

    This is brilliant! My little one also loves playing in a “den”, but so far we have always been able to “dismount” everything in the evenings. #MyCapturedMoment

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:33 pm

      Lucky you! Ours is STILL up!! I might try and sneak it down one day and see what happens. If all hell breaks loose then I suppose it’s simple to put back together again! Steph xxx

  11. 18th June 2015 / 10:51 am

    You’re right, kids can’t resist a den 🙂 This looks like a brilliant one, good luck on taking it down anytime soon! #mycapturedmoment

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you Sara – but it’s still up I’m afraid!! Hahaha – Steph xxx

  12. 18th June 2015 / 10:28 am

    What a lovely idea! They look so cozy and snug in there! #MyCapturedMoment

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Yes, the height of den luxury!!! Hehehe, thanks so much for commenting. Steph xxx

  13. 18th June 2015 / 8:32 am

    This is fab! I’m with you and would be wanting to clear it away but what a fab idea.
    Maybe when we are home! #mycapturedmoment

  14. 18th June 2015 / 7:51 am

    Ah bless that is so cute,kids love dens don’t they, Joe would love that even now but I bet its driving you mad ha ha x

    • 22nd June 2015 / 6:37 pm

      It’s still up Sarah!! it is very snug and cosy in there though!! Steph xxx

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