Monday, November 10, 2014

So, my kid's room nearly caught fire

Bobbin's room is sparingly decorated. I like it that way.

a) I'm all about that space, 'bout that space
b) I'm on a budget
c) She's just gonna pull everything down anyway, so why bother?

It could use a nice, framed picture on the wall, but the one that I would loooooove is expensive, plus I'm no style blogger and it would probably end up looking naff. So for now it's simple and uncluttered.

We have her cot, a 2x2 IKEA Expedit, a change table and the most awesome rocking chair ever. It's awesome because I upcycled it from a horrid brown and beige disaster to a funky aqua with cushions. BOOYAH. Still not a style blogger, though. Although yellow wall, aqua chair and bunting brings me close, yes?

On the IKEA thing is our placenta print (yes, it's blood) and a beautiful musical snow globe with a carousel horse that MapGuy's aunt gave Bobbin when she was born. On the change table I have the most used things; all our cloth nappies, some muslin cloths, and a purple basket with some nappy liners, nappy rash cream, hand sanitizer, disposable nappies and room deodorizer because SHE'S A LADY (or because I got it free when I had an ENJO party). Miss Bobbin decided this was the best toy in the world as soon as she became mobile and not wanting her to get fershnickered on the hand sanitizer, it made it's way up on to the shelf, toot sweet, away from little hands.

Anywho, one night a few months ago as I was folding nappies, I noticed a small hole in the front of one of them. I couldn't figure out where it came from, it looked like the fabric had melted a bit but how on earth could that have happened? I checked the washing machine, in case it had become caught or something, but couldn't find anything. Um, a moth? Had she caught a toy on it? No idea. The nappy made it's way to the bottom of the pile and was barely used because it was no longer very waterproof.

Fast forward to last week when I was changing Bobbin's nappy and I noticed the side of the purple basked had some big, melty holes in them. What the fuck? This ain't no moth hole. It's MELTED! Highly flammable nappy liners and disposable nappies oh and pure fucking alcohol in a container that was so hot it was melting.

It all clicked. The burn in the nappy, and now this big mofo melty hole. The snow globe had concentrated the sun's rays and burned the nappy and basket! I had never thought of it! I admit I felt pretty bloody stupid for not thinking about the danger (curved glass + sunlight = bonfire), but I never connected it. So far, everyone I've told has been surprised and said they wouldn't have thought it either. Which may be because they're trying to make me feel better. Who knows?

Luckily, it has only melted the basket and the other stuff hadn't caught fire by the time I got in there. I can only imagine how freaked out I would have been to walk in after her nap and find the corner of the room on fire. I shudder to think.

So if you have snow globes, go make sure they aren't next to a window!

1 comment:

  1. Oh my god! I wasn't a boy scout so I wouldn't have spotted that flame risk either. You know what, I reckon that horse in the snow globe wants to be a unicorn and was throwing out flaming rainbows! Michelle


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