So, you’re out on a camping trip with the family and you decide to set up camp when you realize you don’t have your sleeping bags or tents. Yikes! But wait, you’re not in the least worried about that, why? That’s because you’ve got an alternative already lined up. We’re talking about the thicket hut.
This enchanting dwelling is right up there on the list of the most adorable things one would ever see. Talk about craftsmanship, aesthetic skill and the ability to create an allure of beauty from natural materials. Like making a prop for a Disney movie where the birds gather and start singing. (Take it easy though, we don’t want you creating an imaginary musical in your head).
Kelly English, the Minneapolis designer and mom responsible for the Cheeriup Thicket, wove the entire structure out of willow with her two bare hands, putting her in a superhero crafting league of her own.
The idea came about two years ago when Kelly, who describes herself as a compulsive maker of things and a natural materials snob, wanted to create an outdoor play space for her daughter Clover, who is now 3 years old.
Now that’s one heck of an inspiration.
She had just learned to knit and thought, “Why not knit a playhouse?” After doing some research, Kelly learned that saplings would be a good weaving material because they’re strong, pliable, and lightweight (Native Americans used them to build wigwams).
All she needed were some willows, her skills in knitting, her imagination and tada! A thicket hut was born and so was the business she’s well known for today. That truly is a stuff of fairy tales.
Kelly named her new business Cheeriup, which launched in October. The thickets are available in various sizes, starting at 4 to 6 feet tall. They can be installed indoors or out, and adorned with accessories: ceramic bells, colorful yarn fringe, felt flags, woven window boxes.
Even though the thickets originate in Minnesota, the good news is that Kelly will travel to build the thicket of your dreams anywhere in the country.
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