My family is hosting a shower for her next week and I have been working on all kinds of projects that I will have to share at a later date. I don't want to ruin the surprises!
It made me remember doing Doodlebug's nursery and how much work and thought went in to it, and how much I loved it! We lived in an old 1950's cape cod and had a little room of the dormer that was the nursery.
For those of you who may have been reading along and/or know me - I prayed like crazy for a girl! Nothing against boys - I just wanted a girl!
I wanted a nursery that felt like you were in a little person's magical place when you walked in. I wanted her to ooohhh and ahhhh when she woke up or got her diapers changed. I wanted her to smile and laugh and know that this little place was all hers to explore!
It all started with a book I found ...
I knew I wanted to recreate these little guys in the nursery. I figured if by chance I did have a little boy - then we were covered! If I had a little girl, I would just play up the pinks!
So it started! I do not know what normal pregnant women do - but I was on a mission. We lived in Chicago at the time and I had the world of shopping in my back yard! I was determined to have some unique items in my nursery and for it to look child like, but not typical.
The items gathered for this nursery all over our 1200 sq foot house. Husband just kept asking, were exactly do you think all of this is going to go - the room is literally 9'x10' ... oh silly man were there is a will there is a way!
I enlisted my sisters and mom to help! They traveled to Chicago the October before Doodlebug came along! Husband and I prepped the room and had it all painted ... well Husband did a lot of painting, I did the picking of the colors and napping ... I was pregnant for the love. And once the girls got there we did not stop for almost 3 days straight. No napping was allowed.
|Outside the Nursery. Bottle Feeding time, book reading and snuggling before bed!|
|Friendly Greeter: Mr. Alligator|
We used shimmer paint on him for a second coat, to give him a little sheen.
|Crib: Pottery Barn Kids. Furniture: Land of Nod. Bedding & Drapes: Custom Made|
Honestly if I never paint another leaf it will be to long!
Our Friendly Lion was actually flocked. When you touched his face it was wonderful and fuzzy. My sister and I researched how to apply it to the walls. We contacted the seller and she gave us some more tips. It was really not difficult and cleaned up pretty well. LOVE HIM! (see site here)
This may be a little over the top for some people ... but I just think children's room should be a wonderful place. And it is all paint - so they don't like it in a few years - paint over! It was better than buying a bunch of framed pictures I would have nothing to do with. We have since moved from this little house and it is now a palace for a little boy ... although my sister did ask if we cut the drywall and take it with :)