01 December 2012


you just can't say cheeriup without an exclamation point. try it. cheeriup (exclamation point!) is a thoughtful new venture by our friend kelly. she takes native recycled willow branches and weaves and maneuvers them into simple yet intricate outdoor or indoor play structures (thickets) for kids of all sizes. i visited her brand new studio space a couple weeks ago and was blown away by both her process and the seemingly endless compositions and good bits littered all around her work space.

in kelly's words...

"CHEERIUP Thickets© was born from a desire to provide our spunky, city-mouse daughter a natural and enchanting outdoor play space. I imagined a wholesome place she could call her own, an inspiring place she and her friends could lose themselves for hours in imaginative play, a safe place she could escape to for nurturing solitude, and a timelessly lovely place our entire family could live alongside for years to come (vs. the onslaught of rainbow-colored plastic or digital simulacrums that overwhelm new families.) All this, combined with my own Art, Design, and Education background led to a giant hut made of sticks in our backyard: a Thicket. The unexpected outcome has been how much our ENTIRE family enjoys the Thicket. We share shady picnic lunches together, listening to baby birds cheeping from nests in the tree above. We curl up in blankets, reading books together on crisp Autumn afternoons. And from time to time, once our vigorous kidlet has finally fallen asleep for the night, we parents enjoy an evening glass of wine surrounded by rings of willow flickering in candlelight. Pure magic.
What will you discover in your dream Thicket?"

a thicket in the works, nearly complete 

if you're in minneapolis and want a real cheeriup experience, kelly has been hard at work all week weaving a 9 foot tall thicket that will reside in michelle's new impeccable, beyond perfect studio space, which is already becoming our new second home (an entry about that coming up, in fact).



Heather (love your space) said...

Oh no! The link is broken! I'm a minneapolis resident and working on a natural playscape project for my kids' montessori school. I love the idea of a willow structure as part of the landscape, but can't seem to find kelly through a google search. Help!

jen and emily / dD said...

hi heather ---- something must have happened on kelly's end, the links were working last night. we'll alert her!

bee said...

Hello Hello! THANK YOU dD for the love & support in this beautiful post...such an incredible eye for the sweet details!

So sorry for the site being down today all! (Perfect timing, right?) Someone hacked into my Paypal to buy a bunch of Batman collectables off ebay, wreaking havoc on all my accounts including my web hosting. But site should be back up shortly.

Heather, your project sounds AMAZING–let's talk! Feel free to email me directly, kellye@cheeriup.com

Heather (love your space) said...

Thanks Ladies! Emailing Kelly directly...