Backyard Playhouse

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in backyard, playhouse | 45 comments

Sometimes you don’t recognize blessing when you’re in the middle of it.

Sometimes it’s years later before you recognize the gift.

You look at this playhouse and see a cute little building.

I look at this playhouse

and am reminded of

the blessing of creativity I was given so many years ago.

Here is the story of my Backyard Playhouse

Backyard Playhouse

It was about 35 years ago, when my dad came home with 4 little windows.

They were storm window samples that he had found.

He said, “I am going to build you a playhouse around these little windows.”

And, over the course of the next couple of weeks,

I watched my very own playhouse emerge

right there in my  backyard.

Playhouse DIY

When it was finished,

I remember my Mom and I

going to yard sale after yard sale,

my baggie of change in hand,

shopping for the perfect decorations.


I remember finding a little green oil lamp.

It would look perfect with my metal “golden harvest” appliances.

My mom made green and white gingham curtains for those little windows.

What precious memories.

(My parent’s house is still full of creativity.)

Backyard Ideas

My dad retired about 9 years ago.

The first thing he did,

was pack his truck full of lumber, saws, nails and 4 little windows.

And, over the course of the next couple of weeks,

my 3 little girls

watched this playhouse

emerge right there in their own backyard.

One day,

I hope my girls will look back

and recognize the gift of creativity

that has been passed down to them.

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  1. what a precious post…love the playhouse!!!

  2. The playhouse is so adorable, and what a lovely story!

  3. You and your daughters are truly blessed with such a creative, loving father/grandfather.

    My father passed away when I was quite young. He didn’t make me a play house but he was always so proud of us. He would hang my art on the walls around his work bench so he could see them all the time.

    Have a wonderful week. 🙂

  4. i am tearing up reading this- how sweet is your dad and how awesome that he built yours and then his granddaughters!

  5. Love it!

  6. Nothing to say except AWESOME!!! Your Dad rocks! 😀
    Beth P

  7. Oh what a precious post. i love the playhouse you have for your girls, and I am sure yours was just as precious. hugs, Marty

  8. Well I must say you did it again! I’m smiling and also more than a bit teary. You and your girls learner more than one lesson from those four little windows. A gift of love is never forgotten. I hope you and your family are having a wonderful time at camp!

  9. How sweet.

  10. So very true Melissa! That creativity is such a blessing and we don’t always see it until we are a bit older. Thank you for sharing your sweet memories and play house with us 🙂

    xo, Tanya

  11. What a CUTE playhouse! How special for your girls 🙂

  12. My dad built me a 1 room playhouse with a window (with a real window) in it and a full size door and tin roof. It didn’t look very pretty but we wore that playhouse out! When we moved from the farm, my mom gave it to the neighbor for their kids. Sure wish I still had it! – Karen

  13. How very special!

  14. Oh my goodness, that made me cry it was so sweet! How blessed you are to have such sweet loving parents, and guess what, love just oozes from everything you create~

  15. Oh I just want to cry. This is just the sweetest love story of a Dad and Grandpa for his girls. I too wanted my very own playhouse. I staked it out in the yard and imagined my Dad building it. He could have if only we didn’t move every 1 1/2 years in the Air Force. He could have if only he was a better person.

  16. What a terrific post! We have maintained a playhouse for our grandkids and it has inspired so many magic moments! We’ve added fairy gardens, opened a “Granny’s Mud Pie Bakery,” and acted out oh-so-many scenes from “Cinderella” . . . it’s been truly MAGIC. Thanks for reminding me of what pure magic a playhouse can bring!

  17. Oh that’s so sweet. Your dad recognized how important that little playhouse is for more than one generation. You reminded me how pretty their home is….I’m going to peek again. 🙂

  18. Precious memories!! Grandparents have so much to offer grandbabies. How about a post on the lady beside the playhouse!

  19. What an awesome story and a wonderful playhouse! You certainly take after your folks’ creativity 🙂

  20. wonderful story, Melissa. My dad built my daughters a “Little House on the Prairie” log cabin on their property about 32 years ago. When my dad died and mom sold the house and land we had to leave it behind. It was an actual adult sized little cabin. so many sweet memories! I know you all must love it!

  21. Thanks for visiting me. What a great story, and it sure reminded me of my dad. “I’m going to build a playhouse around these windows” sounds just like something my dad would have said, and done. The playhouse above is just gorgeous, and so is your yard. Y’all are blessed indeed. Take care – Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  22. Does Bobby read your blog? He needs to read this! This would be an awesome gift to give for Father’s Day. Maybe framed in an old window to hang in his workshop. I love this sweet post!

    • My dad doesn’t read the blog – my parents don’t have internet! I know what I am giving him for Fathers Day now! Thanks for the idea!

  23. I am forwarding this to my son. He is so good at building things and working with his hands. I know he will want to share this same experience with his little girl (my only granddaughter).

  24. First off all, the playhouse is beautiful and looks straight out of Little House on the Prairie! And two, your story and your Dad are beyond sweet. Blessed indeed! Take care, Laura

  25. What a neat story this is! I even showed it to my husband and we both teared up because right now he’s also building our almost 3 year old daughter a little playhouse as well! Thanks for sharing the story and the beautiful house with us all!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

  26. Thank YOU oh I just love it and the candle or oil lamps that you have hanging in the front.

  27. Hi,
    My first time to visit you.

    Wow! this doesn’t look like a playhouse. Wonderful

    Happy Monday.
    /CC girl from Stockholm

  28. Oh how precious! I love this story. The playhouse is so cute- and I love how the outside is decorated! Bless your father for his generosity and repeating this for your girls. I think my Grandfather would have done something like this for us when we were little- too bad no one ever thought of it! I know another blogger that actually moved her childhood playhouse from California to North Carolina!

  29. This is the most precious thing! They will definitely look back on this with amazing memories when they are older. All of the love that was put into it… it’s such a sweet story. And gorgeous, BTW! I would love to have a playhouse like this for my girls!

  30. How sweet, sounds like something my Dad would do!!!!

  31. I want one, I never was so lucky as a child to have my very own playhouse. That is so cute, love it. Kathy

  32. Oh how sweet- found myself with tears running down my face.

    What a precious post.

    I love that playhouse- wasngted one for as long as I can remember and if I am ever a grandma I am going to have one made in OUR yard! Hope so, for all of it, actually. Especially little girls so I can have tea parties with them all the time.

  33. What a treasure!

  34. I love this post, Melissa! What a gift–truly!!–has been given to you and your entire family!

  35. I love this story and the playhouse. I want a peek inside! My dad passed when I was twelve, and while I don’t have a physical testament to my creative lineage like you do, every time I made something, someone tells me that I get that from my dad! 🙂

  36. What a darling little playhouse. I’d love one of these in my backyard — for myself.

    And so very sweet your dad was able to continue this tradition with your children. I’m sure your girls will cherish their playhouse just as you cherished yours.

    Such a sweet post.

  37. What a sweet story and an adorable little cottage! Thank you for sharing!

  38. love your outdoor cottage! would love to have you share this at this weeks garden party at Fishtail Cottage! xoox, tracie

  39. How wonderful!!!! Reminded of the things my Dad did for me!!!
    xo Kris

  40. What a sweet story, Melissa! Love the playhouse too!

  41. What a beautiful story, Melissa ~ made me smile…from ear to ear. Thanks so much for sharing it.

  42. Oh my goodness Melissa, I love the playhouse! But I love the story even more! That is truly a house built with love!

  43. Everything I wanted to say has been said, but I just had to reply! Love the playhouse, love that your mom taught you to thrift shop at a young age, your Dad is talented beyond words and speaking of words- you really know how to put them together to tug at our hearts and to give us a mental picture of your wonderful family. I know some read the story and thought how their own father didn’t leave them a playhouse or maybe even a good memory. We can’t change the past but you have inspired me to be a memory making grandma to my 8 grandchildren! bless you!

  44. What an adorable playhouse and beautiful story! That dutch door is just perfect. I also like the way you have landscaped. I have very fond memories of decorating my playhouse with my mom too. I remember framing a greeting card to hang on the wall. It’s funny what memories stick with you. Thanks for sharing!


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