Renovations are almost over! Today the carpet comes and after 6 years of sharing a bedroom, the kids finally get their own, plus a play room!
Nic keeps the downstairs bedroom and Mary will be moving to the newly renovated attic. She's asked for me to paint rainbows and fairies on her wall. She'll be 9 next month so I wanted to keep her room in a way that will allow her to grow. No painted rainbows and fairies on the walls, but that doesn't mean she still can't have them.
There's nothing like searching the internet for ideas and inspiration. I got the idea for making fairies from another blogger who made a clothesline of fairies out of Liddle Kiddle paper dolls (another cute idea!) I chose to make individual fairies that I can easily tac onto Mary's wall and remove.
Aren't these cute? It was a fun way to use fabric scraps and antique appliques for the headpieces.
We don't have any fancy-schmancy tools for making wings. I just printed a template and cut them out on glittered scrapbook paper.
Now Mary can have her little fairies flying above her, but we can take them down without needing to repaint walls when she outgrows them.
Another way to bring fairies into her room was by painting them on an old chest I've had stored away for the past 2 years, knowing it'd come in handy some day.
When I bought this chest, it was white and needed a good cleaning, but in really good shape. It's amazing how paint can transform a piece. I decided to go with a soothing yellow to complement the lavender in Mary's room.
I didn't intend to paint fairies and was very nervous about the whole idea, but Mary kept asking so how could I resist such a sweet request?
We decided on the word, "Keepsakes" for the chest and Mary liked the idea of painting patches on the letters.
With Tasha Tudor as my muse, an arch covered in ribbons, flowers, hearts and apples anchor the picture.
Fairies from old books and greeting cards are recreated in my own mind's eye.
And I sit here typing, trying to keep cool, as the carpet guys tell me the person who measured didn't account for patterns and working around spindles; therefore, they not only may not finish today, but we'll need to buy more carpet, which will not only cost more, but take another 2 weeks to come in.
"Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue."