A good night's sleep

Dear Diary,

Hans: Since arriving here, I've been sleeping in my chair which is like sleeping in an airplane seat, economy class.  No comfort and all bad sleep.  It didn't look like anyone was going to offer me any assistance so I decided to take matters into my own hands and go out in search of a bed.

The first bed I came across was Adam's.  I lay down to try it out.

"This bed is too hard!"
The next bed I found was Angelo's.  Again, I gave it a test.

"This bed is too soft!"
This wasn't going well.  There were no other beds to try.  

As I was sulking about having to sleep another night in the chair, a package arrived for me.  I was very surprised because no one had said anything about it and it wasn't my birthday.

"Ooh la la - a parcel for me from France!"
This was indeed a mystery.  What could be coming for me all the way from France?  I hurriedly opened it.

"Wow - springs!"

Mein Vati must have decided that it was time for me to have my own bed.  Perfect timing as I had no intentions of another night sleeping in that chair. 

I found some antique embroidered silk doll bedding and made up the bed.  I crawled into it to test it out.

"Ah, this bed is just right!"
"Guten Nacht!"
"Imagine the hutzpah of Hans, thinking he could poach one of our beds!"

"Good night, Adam."  
"Good night, Angelo."  
"Good night, John Boy."

Jesse:  The "spring" underlay was pretty cool.  In my experience, the European beds have the chain mail type underlay while the American beds, when they have anything other than wooden slats, have a more traditional style of springs with interlocking wire.


Jesse: Has this ever happened to you? You know in your mind exactly what you want and you search everywhere for it but it's nowhere to be found.  Finally, you give up searching and settle for buying the second best.  Now, you know what happens next: the exact item you were originally looking for suddenly appears for sale.  Sound familiar?  It happens to me all too often.

I had searched for just the right bed for Hans but it never showed up.  During my search, I'd admired this old doll bed from France for quite some time, having seen it on Etsy.  I kept it on my watch list, but it wasn't exactly what I wanted. The bed is 70 cm long which is perfect to Hans who is 52 cm long.  It's very, very difficult to find a long doll bed as usually the maximum length is about 46 cm and shorter.  Longer beds seem to be more available from Europe. I waited, I searched.  Finally, I gave up and bought the bed from France.

And, naturally, not long afterward I found the doll bed of my dreams!  Well, what could I do except buy it, too?

As you can see, it is European Arts & Crafts (I'm a huge fan of American A&C and this bed is very close in style), made of quarter sawn Oak and styled beautifully.  And, look at the paintings on the headboard.  Anyone with a bit of Kathe Kruse familiarity will recognise immediately how close the children are to the original Kathe Kruse dolls.

Headboard details.

Hans is chuffed and had no problem jumping from the French bed to the new bed.  He says that, even without the springs, it is more comfortable.  I'm glad he's happy since I'm really out of pocket for both beds!


While I'm confessing, I'll make a clean breast of it and show this bed which I bought before I found the Arts & Crafts bed. It's still on the way; these photos are from the eBay listing.

It's the perfect size for Timothy but the others can use it too.


Moving out of the bed department and into patio & lawn furniture department, I unveil here the latest item which arrived 2 days ago. It's in anticipation of the Spring and Summer months.  The colour and the fringe remind me of the patio furniture we had when I was a kid.

This is a real salesman sample/store display item.

Angelo thinks it's the perfect size for him (which it is).

Just waiting for summer! "Please bring me a lemonade."

Next, the sporting goods department.  I bought this set today after having missed its first listing.  As a friend said, this looks like "the real McCoy". Agreed. As the item is on it's way to me, these are photos from the eBay auction listing.

The bag is 8.5" (21.6 cm) long.

The clubs are 9" (22.6 cm) long.

This set is perfectly scaled for Hans who is about to take up golf - but he doesn't know that yet.  Next, he needs an Edwardian jacket & knickerbockers, shirt & tie, a Fair Isle slipover and Argyle knee socks.  I'll lure him onto the green with the promise of sewn clothing. Fore!

I believe that I have successfully demonstrated that for me, playing with dolls is mostly about the accessories!


  1. Love all the beds, but especially the one you settled on for Hans. It really is the most perfect bed for him with that wonderfully painted headboard. It seems par for the course (tee hee) that you end up with several before you find the perfect and most fitting bed...and anyway in the process, they all ended up with beds, so that works out just fine. My husband thinks they actually use mind control on us to get what they want!

    I am sure Hans will want to take up golf, especially with the promise of new clothes!

    You are so right about the accessories.

    1. Forgot to add just how much I also LOVE the blue fringed swing patio chair. It is perfect for Angelo.

  2. Wow! No wonder you never have any money Jesse...and I thought I was bad :) Fantastic choices, I just adore the swing chair and the golf clubs are divine...well done!!

  3. I have been thinking about a bed for Ezri. I have asked my husband to make the farmhouse bed I saw on Ana White's blog, but he doesn't have the tools for it :( I have looked at some more simple ideas, so perhaps a more modern platform style. These don't appear to need much more than a saw and set square to measure and cut. I'll see if he can be persuaded. Those beds you bought are just stunning! Your boys are sooooo lucky to have a dad like you. Sometimes I feel like a bad mum to Ezri and Ayza as everything I want to do with, and for them, seems to stay in my head as an idea and never actually materializes! I'm looking forward to seeing Hans in his golf outfit and learning to play golf :) Jane x

  4. Wow! It's like Christmas in July! All of the beds are beautiful, but the A&C one is truly a masterpiece and absolutely perfect for Hans. I love the swing too! My grandparents had a glider and I really wish I had kept it. So much of the outdoor furniture available today is total junk that falls apart after one season.

  5. This post made me smile :) I know just what you mean about waiting for the perfect item and then buying something only for the one you really want to come on sale! I've also found that things will turn up for sale all at the same time causing dilemmas on which one to buy and in some cases meaning multi purchases!
    I loved Hans male version of Goldilocks! and I love his bed with the painted figures, it's wonderful and the arts and crafts bed gorgeous!
    We have about five beds here in the village but I'm sure it won't stop another arriving , if it's perfect!
    The garden swing seat is a great find and great size, and those golf clubs look the real MacCoy in miniature.
    I do love a good confession and this was one! Thanks for your confession now you can start buying for the next one ;)

  6. That sounded familiar indeed! Items I was looking for very often turn up after I already spent my money on something else... but there are enough boys in your family, so all those lovely beds will come to use.
    I agree, the paintings on the headboard are very Kruse. So Hans will have nice dreams in his new bed!


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