Thrifty Living: The Jellyfish Tent

8 Sep

At 7 a.m. my friends Angela and Melynda were putting the last items on the lawn of the yard sale. I rolled up, coffee in hand, and told them I wasn’t to take anything home. I was there to help. And then, of course, I saw this: a hoop of netting meant to drape gracefully at the head of a bed or even a cradle. Netting fine enough to see through but still keep the mosquitoes out. I knew I had to have it.

Anthony wasn’t so sure when I bought it home. He wasn’t as confident as I was that Isobel would like it and he was sure Poppy or Jupiter would tear it to shreds. He hung it up in the Pencil Room (soon to be Isobel’s big girl room) anyway.

Isobel, of course, loves it, and calls it her jellyfish. As Anthony was hanging it I remarked that it looked a little like a jellyfish trailing netted tentacles and the name stuck.

Mel was going to charge 5 bucks, which is a steal compared to what she paid for it, but in the end Anthony bought her a life-sustaining toasted bagel and mango smoothie and we called it even.

Originally I just shoved some old pillows under there after Anthony hung it in place, and that was fine for awhile. But the pillows were old and gross and I decided cute pillow covers were in order. Then while thrifting I found this felted blanket lined with pom-pom trim. God, am I a sucker for pom-pom trim. It was a dollar.


A quick but thorough Etsy search revealed these two pillow covers, and I couldn’t be happier. The gorgeous brown one is from this seller, and you need to check out her shop because this pillow cover is fantastic quality, came beautifully packaged, and the seller is one of the nicest I’ve met. Also, as if that’s not enough, look at this, this, and this. Such gorgeous covers.

I bought the pink floral case from this adorable shop. How can you not love a store called pillow happy?! Impossible. I wanted cases that coordinated without matching, and I think they look perfect together. She also has some really great stuff, like this, this, and the scrabble tile cases.

I couldn’t be happier with out they turned out, especially since those pillows were so old and mangy before.

I suppose I should mention I have not been compensated for those mentions, nor do those sellers even know who I am. I just love these pillow covers, and think that you should, too. Isobel, for her part, adores them.

It’s so calm and serene in the jellyfish tent. It almost makes me forget about the chaos just outside it.

15 Responses to “Thrifty Living: The Jellyfish Tent”

  1. ohnoAMY September 8, 2011 at 8:03 am #

    I want one! For me though, not the kid.

  2. keli hoskins September 8, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    oh gosh … LOVE IT!!! you are a thrifting QUEEN!

    • LittleBig September 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm #

      Thanks lady! This was so much fun to put together.

  3. K September 8, 2011 at 9:18 am #

    Pom-pom trip makes everything so much better.

  4. LaOrganista September 8, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    Yea! Glad she likes it!

    • LittleBig September 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      I’m so glad the cats have left it alone! I can’t wait to finish Isobel’s big girl room. This is such a lovely addition. Thanks again, Mel!

  5. Leah September 8, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    This is so cute! I just pinned it. Want to make one too.

    • LittleBig September 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      If you make one, let me know! I’d love to see it!

  6. emily bilbrey September 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    so cute. the contrast of the last shot if my absolute favorite! ;D

    • LittleBig September 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      I think it’s mine, too. 🙂

  7. Kelly (Let's Die Friends) September 9, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    I freakin’ love that pillow! And will be checking out both shops. And I used to have that same “jellyfish” and think I will copy your little set up!

    • LittleBig September 12, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

      Do it! Send pictures! Purchase some pillows! Those sellers are great.

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