I shared a wall treatment I created with a large world map. That wall is in our nursery – the bedroom I spend the most time in next to my own.
I had the idea for the world map and created it long before other elements started to take shape. I thought I would be able to get the whole thing put together before our baby arrived. I was wrong. In fact, after Cannon arrived I didn’t touch the room for months, such is the life of a new mom.
But piece by piece it came together and it might be the only room I consider “done” in the house. And it’s for a baby who couldn’t care less. But like I said, I spend a lot of time in their and I quite enjoy it.
My mother-in-law made the quilt just as she has for each of our children. It uses some of the same fabrics that were ironed to the wall.
This bookshelf was my very first wood project just 5 years ago. It was the project that gave me confidence and made me fall in love with the process. It’s been in Hunter’s room, Bennett’s room and now resides with Cannon. It’s still one of my favorite creations.
Source List: (many of these items we’ve had since Hallie was a baby – when I worked at Pottery Barn Kids and received an unreal discount.) Paint Color: Benjamin Moore Cumulus Cloud Crib: Pottery Barn Kids Chair: La-z-boy Outlet Dresser: DownEast Home Curtains: Made with fabric from TonicLiving.com Rug: Rugs USA Lamp: TJ Maxx A-Z Bookends: Pottery Barn Kids Plane: Pottery Barn Kids (the same plane that hung in Hunter’s nursery in his vintage planes room – now with a new coat of paint!) Wire Globe and orbs: Pottery Barn Kids/West Elm Snow Leopard Bean Bag: DownEast Home Navy Honeycomb blanket: TJ Maxx
I avoid Target at all costs. Not because I don’t love it – because I do – I just can’t seem to walk out without additional items I forgot that I “needed”!
One thing I’m a sucker for at Target is tablecloths. Not your everyday tablecloths – but their outdoor line. They usually show up toward the end of April and it’s hard to find once their back-to-school stuff hits the shelves. They’re nestled in the back of the store in between the bocce ball set and the picnic ware. There’s usually a couple designs to choose from and they’re made of polyester – easy to clean and even easier to throw in the dryer to get wrinkles out.
Every year, I treat myself to their new line and buy two tablecloths with the same print; I’ve done this for several years and I’ve accumulated quite the collection. (we often entertain with two long tables which is why I buy 2 of each print) And before you think I’m crazy – I use them all the time. In fact, on the last day of school I was gearing up for the party we were hosting and I went to my beautiful linens closet and pulled out two tablecloths and thought to myself, I love all of them.
Each one has been used and loved. Every birthday party I throw I walk to the closet and look through to see which tablecloth I can decorate around. Often times I’m layering tablecloth on tablecloth, not to mention the solid red ones I have are used the most. I’m convinced red is the universal party color!
Have I mentioned that we host a lot of gatherings and parties?? Here’s just a few examples of how I’ve used them:
Because they’re polyester they look just like they did the day I bought them. They’re perfect for fun parties – however, you can probably give them a miss for your fancy holiday dinners!
I tell you all of this because they’re currently in stores and I just picked up this years print. In the past I’ve stayed pretty consistent with basic geometric shapes and this year it is not quite as universal, but I really loved them. It just means I need to start throwing Memorial day and 4th of July parties.
Everything is branded “Peanuts” this year for their outdoor line – but I assure you there are no characters on the actual fabric.
There’s another print that I have my eye on, and only if it’s around when they start marking everything half off will it end up in my closet. Fingers crossed.
The first great-grandchild is on its way to the Pothier family. When I heard the exciting news I quickly claimed – if Kathryn, the mama-to-be, can make her way to Phoenix (they live in Wisconsin) I will throw her a family baby shower. (I’m always up for a fun party!) She loves us enough that she came for a visit!
This woman has to be one of the most talented pianists you’ll come across and it only seemed appropriate to throw a Grand Adventure baby shower with a delicious crepe bar.
A fabric banner with two simple banners – piano music and gold circles.
I tried my hand at coffee filter garlands for the first time and I’m in love. Simple. Cheap. Big impact.
Baby boy already has a name – he is going to be a 5th generation Robert, or Bobby. Kathryn’s mother had a picture of her when she was just a little girl holding her little baby doll and on the back of the picture, dated “1990”, it read, “Singing to Baby Bobby”. Way back when, Kathryn had a baby Bobby in her arms and she’ll have one in her arms again shortly. We displayed the picture on the TV.
I’m not typically a shower game kind of person, but we had all the girl cousins there and I knew games would be fun for them so we played two little games. The first – we examined a tray of baby items and they tried memorizing everything on the tray.
The second game – we divided into two teams and we went back and forth singing songs with the word “baby” in it. Even the young girls contributed songs and it was fun to listen to the performances!
What’s hard is knowing she’s going to have that baby in Wisconsin and we’re all going to have to wait to hold him!
A while back I came across a world map mural that I loved and I knew exactly where to hang it – in Cannon’s room. I didn’t pull the trigger for almost three weeks and by the time I was ready it was gone. I called the company and begged for them to find one in a warehouse somewhere, but they had nothing for me.
I was convinced that I wanted a large mural map to sit on the wall behind the crib.
I searched high and low and I couldn’t find anything I liked as well as the one that slipped from my hands. So I improvised.
I decided to iron fabric to my walls. Yes, you read that right…iron. I’ve used pellon before in craft projects and it worked like a breeze. I was hopeful that I could get it to stick to my orange peel texture walls and it worked just like I had hoped.
I started out by laying out the wall to scale on my computer. (Anyone that reads this blog long enough will know that I always draw everything to scale on the computer first!) When I knew how large I wanted to make it, I carefully laid the countries in their final size out on a banner to be printed at staples.
I took some time and cut out each country. I picked out my fabric for each country, attached the pellon and then traced the country on to the pellon and cut out. It’s a little monotonous to cut out the detail of every country twice – but it seemed like the best route at the time. Now that I own a projector, I would probably just trace it using the projector which would save at least one session of cutting out countries!
Once the countries are cut out, pull back the pellon and tape them to the wall for placement.
With a warm iron, slowly run the iron over the fabric and make sure to get all the edges.
The pellon attaches nicely to the wall and can just as easily be removed. I did learn this the hard way as my son’s crib was next to the wall and while he was in his crib he liked to pull the edges on one of the countries. The good news is I found out it doesn’t leave a residue!
It was apparent I needed to move the crib and we haven’t had any problems since. I love the statement that it makes and it was a fraction of the cost of the original map mural I had my eye on.
With Easter just two weeks away, we’re a little behind in pulling out our Easter decor but it’s a high priority for the weekend!
Hallie and I were at the store this week and I found myself putting several Easter decorations in the cart only to realize I couldn’t remember what we already had…so I committed to get everything out before buying yet another moss covered bunny.
Here are some fun decorations we made last year that we’re excited to pull out again.