Spaces to Create, Play and Wonder

Home » Garden » Spaces to Create, Play and Wonder

Spaces to Create, Play and Wonder

(an update on the Cubbyhouse that became an ‘Art Studio’)

If you’ve been reading along with me for a while now you’ll know about PudStar’s self-named ‘Art Studio’…you can read about it here. After visiting illustrator Stephen Axelsen one Christmas holidays, she cleared out her cubbyhouse (by clean I mean she threw everything she didn’t want outside), then she found every pencil, crayon and piece of charcoal in the house and announced she was renaming the cubbyhouse her ‘Art Studio’ and would be an illustrator ‘in about six weeks’. What can I say? Everyone has their quirks.

artstudio2014 (4)

Nearly a year on she still spends hours and hours in there creating. I really thought it would be a fleeting cubbyhouse rename. Despite her love of this space she has not got the clean gene and doesn’t mind a bit of chaos. So this school holidays, when I had a meltdown about the paper flying all over the yard and the pencils and glitter covering every surface, I insisted on a clean up.

Everything was pulled out and washed down including the girls, the chooks who came to investigate and RexDog. We replaced the table and art supplies from Typo and Riot were neatly arranged by PudStar and then mucked up by The Wild Thing.


Some of Pud’s mobiles she had made through the year were hung up outside (which saved them from the bin where they were headed – did I say that?!) and her Typo ‘A’ scrabble tile became the ‘Art Studio’ sign.

artstudio2014 (1)

Pud is a big fan of the pictures in my Frankie magazines and after I spent all holidays reading Issue 57 I let her cut out her favourite pages. She has always wanted plates on the wall but china and outdoors and a little sister who likes to hammer and smash do not mix, so Pud was mighty excited to hang up these china plate pictures from Frankie on the wall – and use up a whole roll of my washi tape.

5artstudio2014 (1) 5artstudio2014 (2)

5artstudio2014 (3)



The cubbyhouse was given to us by good friends a few streets away. Their children spent many happy years playing in it and then we dis-assembled it and re-assembled it at our place. Then it became our girls much loved cubbyhouse and now it is apparently an Art Studio.  If ChickPea has her it may next become a dinosaur museum.


artstudio2014 (2)

I have the best memories of our childhood cubbyhouse (which then became the chook pen) and I’m pretty sure PudStar and ChickPea are going to be the same.

Sometimes I wish I was five again.

artstudio2014 (7)

The Clean Up and Wash Up

The Clean Up and Wash Up


You might also like:

About Me





  1. Janeen Brian on Feb 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I loved every bit of this post! And the colour green is still there – even after many years pretending to be an adult – I SO wanted a cubby house when I was little. So, you can guess what the colour green is . . .!

    lots of good, happy art/cubby wishes.

    • admin on Feb 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Thank you Janeen!!!

  2. Chic on Feb 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Such a wonderful adventure for all, the transformation of the cubby house! What will it become next, only time will tell. Here’s to many more adventures of Pud star and the Wild Thing xx

  3. Jay on Feb 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Love it, Megan!

  4. Mother Down Under on Feb 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    What a perfect space!
    I think C will be getting a cubby house for his third birthday…I doubt it will be filled with lovely Frankie bits and pieces and instead bet it will be filled with dirt and trains and dinosaurs.

  5. […] Children’s Books Daily: A cubbyhouse that became an art studio […]

Leave a Comment