Tree House Interior, by iPhone

House Style | Posted by Jannie on 1 June 2010 @ 8:28 PM 52 Comments


These photos are straight out of my iPhone and not fancy. The 3GS’ quality is “iffy” when light does not fall directly on the subject. Please excuse.

But wait ’til I get my Amazing Camera this summer! Oh, it’s gonna be sooooo Grrreat!!


This morning Kelly went up to her clubhouse to brush her hair and arrange Kirsten for breakfast.

I came back from dropping her at school to find Kirsten still at table.


She sat there all day like that.  Such amazing staying power!  Just sitting and sitting.


Kellllllly, where arrrrre you?? I’m waaaaaaiting.


The photo directly above is one of those “iffy” ones due to the 3GS’ lighting challenges.

But enough of that…


Yesterday Kelly and her pals had a little American Girl Doll party in the clubhouse.

The dolls got so sleepy…


Mid-afternoon I arrived with a tray of apple juice and popcorn to find Kelly wedged between the bed and the frame.


Luckily her friends managed to pull her free.


I still have to set the bunk bed up correctly. We got it off Craigslist, and one bolt was missing.

But I WILL get it together.  And take photos when I get my Amazing Camera!

See all the great stuff to look forward to in Funsterland??  :)


Yep, Jim had the clubhouse hard-wired.  That’s an A/C / heating unit in the back wall.

And Kelly amazed me the other day by asking for the little cuckoo clock I got in Germany to hang on her wall.  I said “Sure!  Why not?!” 

Who am I to stand in the way of an 8-year-old’s decorating dreams??

She arranged everything in there herself. 

She even brought her broom up and keeps the floor swept!!


And finally, a Kodak action shot of Kelly supervising her dad on construction in April, 2008…


Good-used American Girl Doll Kirsten off eBay, landed — $97.50.

Total building materials — $2000.00.

Jim’s labor for 12 months working part-time on tree-house —  Priceless!

Any questions?

Do you or have you ever had a cuckoo clock? Any cuckoo clock stories to tell?

Posted with love, from Jannie


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  • 1

    On 5 June 2010 at 5:43 am

    Claire - Gratitude Connection said, 

    My mother in law had a cuckoo clock? Love the tree house!

  • 2

    On 5 June 2010 at 8:55 am

    Ana Goncalves said, 

    Dear Jannie,
    I’m glad that you and Kirsten get on well, and that she is a sweet doll. :)
    My parents are well, yes. My father is doing something in the kitchen. (Construction) and my mother is doing some housework. You see I still live with my parents. :) And in regards to age, we aren’t that far apart as my mother had me quite young.
    I visit Portugal every year as we have the house we built there. Portugal is a very beautiful place, and I enjoy returning to it. :)
    Hope you are well and having a wonderful weekend.
    It’s good to talk with you.
    .-= Ana Goncalves´s last blog ..Listening in tune =-.

  • 3

    On 5 June 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. wonderful cuckoo clocks and music boxes .. really good quality pin music boxes with discs .. there was one round the corner from here in a shop – selling for £22,000 .. which my cousin’s husband would have loved to have bought – so would I!! Just a real treat for me!? I feel a post coming on .. when who knows – have so many subjects I’d love to cover .. ?! Cuckoo clocks and musical boxes could be fun ..

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend & hope the old h’ache has disappeared completely by now .. have fun – xo xo Hils
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Volcanic palette, translucent jet streams, passion-fruit paintings … =-.

  • 4

    On 5 June 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Jannie said, 

    This is a story ’bout a man named Jed
    Poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed.

    Whoops, my mind got away on me again, for a second.

    Good afternoon, Lance! Really — no cuckoo clock? You could pop out of a huge one — envision a Lance in tiara popping out every hour to cuckoo for us! :) (Bet that’s not a thought that springs to your mind every day.) :) I bet YOUR tree house is very very lovely!! Yep, I have not yet put the finishing touches on the table and chairs — I am letting my stenciling juices stew a little while longer. :) Yes Happy JUNE!!! The 5th now — how times does fly!!

    Good afternoon, Patricia. I am so impressed and delighted to hear about the recycled playscape for your planters. That is awesome!! Yes, I was quite impressed with Kelly taking initiative and getting her place all set up. She never ceases to amaze me. blueberries!! Umn, do you get many?

    Good afternoon, Teahouse Blossom! Always great to see you, thanks for gracing me with your visit. You know you are welcome to come and hang out in that tree house ANY time you want. I mean it!!

    Good afternoon, King — the one and only King! What’s up?? I guess it’s not such a bad little shack after all. :) Do you dig that “reflex” blue interior?? $1500 a month, eh? Sounds good!! Would it need to have plumbing??

    Good afternoon, Tony. Ahhhh, Kirsten is very very sweet! She would never.. Kirsten! What?! What are you doing with that butcher knife. Kirsten! Kirsten!! KIRRRRRRRRRRRR…

    Good afternoon, Mama Zen! Kirsten is head of her own Banyon Tree AG Meditataion & Enlightenment Center. I love it ’cause I get to collect all the retreat fees! :)

    Good afternoon, Lynn. I feel so so bad that you’ve written the word “ass,” as I’ve never seen you do so before, and I have corrupted your innocent mind. :) Oh, and you now what I read abou tpaintin ga room yellow — it is highly conducive to FIGHTS breaking out in said space! Probably true, as my first hubby and I had a yellow kitchen.

    Good evening oinky — yes, the first part of the comment I indeed write in teh after noon, and I now have just a few minutes to talk to you guys again, as Jim has taken the girls for a walk, adn te dinner cooks. Ahhh, I wish they all three girls were mine, We’ll be just “borrowing” the taller two for most of the summer! They are neighbors. :)

    Good evening Jingle!! Thank you. I look forward to seeing you soon on your blog and dancing with your poems!!

    Good evening Snaggle!! THANKS!!! I bet under one of those suggestions, I’ll find the answer. Oh, school got out yesterday, but I feel I’ve been goign non-stop since. We’ve decided against teh double sleep-over. THe girls will play here until 9;30 or so, then go home. Looking forward to a full night’s sleep. I know you can relate to sleep deprivation issues.

    Good evening gratitude Claire!! SO awesome to have you grace the pages of this blog. Thanks for your visit and comment. Your mother in law had a cuckoo clock? Was it a pleasant experience? See you soon!

    Good evening, Ana! Yes, Kirsten is always very pleasant to me, wonderful companionship. Never complains. Always cheerful. Wonderful cook! :) I see, you live with your parents. Your dad sounds like a handy guy. Does he dance the flamenco? Or your mom dance the tanantella? I am a fan of both but not blessed with extreme dancing talent.

    Good evening Hilary! So…. is that how you make your posts? Take 3 unrealated ideas, and find ways to link them up?? Like this… Now how ’bout this for a post trio… Nostradamus, eye glasses, and pumpkin pie. Holy cow!! That’s one fancy music box. I will be Googling, of course. Pin music boxes.


  • 5

    On 6 June 2010 at 12:21 am

    J.D. Meier said, 

    I’ve always been a fan of forts and tree houses and that is just way too cool. I was watching King of the Hill the other day and Bobby turned the dog house into a club house and it was pretty good, but nothing like what you’ve got here. Hats off to Jim.
    .-= J.D. Meier´s last blog ..Inspire Yourself with Skill =-.

  • 6

    On 6 June 2010 at 1:14 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. yup sometimes .. three things link together .. volcanoes, colours, wind .. well no – whatever interesting thoughts come to mind that I see, read, or know about – then I write. Food today! Music box – wiki it:

    Silent pianist .. silent films .. a little history: Joan of Arc ..
    the Reservoir .. is all things – a story about it ..

    Most of the photos come from Wiki .. hope you’re sleeping tight and the bugs don’t bite! .. thunderstorms were in the Channel last night .. so the rain is coming .. enjoy today – xo hugs to all – Hils
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Volcanic palette, translucent jet streams, passion-fruit paintings … =-.

  • 7

    On 6 June 2010 at 4:41 am

    Lance said, 

    Let that mind wander!! Now that Jed character…

    Okay – YOUR cuckoo clock idea has NEVER crossed my mind!! Wow, that would be pretty scary!! Time is REALLY flying now, it’s the sixth!! Which is reminding me of our constitution…I plead the sixth. Wait…that’s the fifth…which would have been yesterday. I plead I need a refresher in school….know of any good ones???

  • 8

    On 6 June 2010 at 4:57 am

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Lance .. & Jannie .. what you need is a Petition .. more anon at some stage during this month on my blog … food glorious food later on today ..

    Byeeee .. have great days .. H
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Volcanic palette, translucent jet streams, passion-fruit paintings … =-.

  • 9

    On 6 June 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Mia @ Finding Balance said, 

    Now *that’s* a tree house…even if she has to disappear in that bed from time to time. :-)

  • 10

    On 9 June 2010 at 11:49 am

    When I Get My Amazing Camera (a poem) | Jannie Funster said, 

    […] but a wooden sailing ship, slices up spray, full wind full sun, full adventure towards photographic shores still uncharted — brand new eyes capturing this garden, this deck and the reflex blue of these wonderful walls. […]

  • 11

    On 13 June 2010 at 1:43 pm

    Jannie said, 

    oh shoot! How long have the above comments been waiting for me??

    Sorry I missed them — but I’m on em now!! :)

    Hey J. D. I don’t think I’ve watched King Of The Hill. Or have I? I’ve watched The family Guy. :)

    Hey Hilary, did you know bedbugs are extremely disgusting. Luckily I’ve never been bitten by any. That I know of. Fleas are giving us a run for our money these days, but we’re fighting back!

    Hey Lance, just don’t plead the 2nd, after dark. After all, this is Texas. :)
    Schools? yes! The one of hard knocks has worked great for me! :)

    Lovely Hilary again! Food glorious food poast of your was AWESOME!!! But why am I still waiting for my invite to High grove?? :)

    Mia, Lovely Mia… I’m gonna sing “That’s a tree house” to teh melody of That’s Amore!! :)


  • 12

    On 13 June 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Hilary said, 

    Hi Jannie .. when the Prince invites me – then you may absolutely accompany me .. I jolly well hope we get a good dinner?! We should do shouldn’t we .. all organic .. byee .. enjoy tomorrow .. only three days to go .. for springing the cast time .. H
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Flora and fauna of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – a simple sample .. =-.

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