So hey, remember way back in early November when I was carrying on and on about Pumpkinpie's new room and promised pictures of some of my favourite parts? And then I actually got hold of a camera for my birthday and then took a while to figure out why it wasn't talking to my computer and the dialog box wasn't popping up and the option wasn't in the programmes menu and it turned out that Misterpie hadn't loaded the main programme, only the extras, because it wasn't clear he had to load the BIG part, and I finally just got it all together and started posting pictures, like, last week? 'Member? Well guess what? Now you can have pictures! These are just some of the things I liked the best, things that weren't just another cute purchase from a store all the rest of you shop at anyhow. (Well, with a tiny exception or two.) They are a few special touches I enjoyed adding in.
I found, when Pumpkinpie was a tiny baby, a cloth height chart at Winners. (Yes, my favourite store.) I think it cost two or three dollars, on deep clearance. And so as she grew, I recorded her heights, and this past fall, I stitched them on the chart, with the date of when she reached each height.
This painting is one of my mother's, one of many I have on my walls. It is of my own dress and shoes from when I was a young girl. I love that I can now give some of her best offerings to Pumpkinpie. Her art is so a part of her, and one of the parts that I remember being so special when I was younger, it's still one of my favourite things about her. I love being reminded of what she was, and I love that although Pumpkinpie may only really know
her as her crazy grandmother
, she has some tangible link to the amazing woman she was, and still is in some parts of her.Mo-Wo
will appreciate this one best, I think. This is actually a free publisher's poster for a gorgeous Jon Muth book, Zen Shorts. I put some japanese paper around it, framed it in a cheap Klips frame, and hung some lovely fans around it, some of which I already had, one of which came from Japan with an auntie, and a couple of which were bought for very little in Chinatown. She loves the fans.
This mobile is simply a purchase, but it was so lovely, in its bold, simple colours and shapes, that I bought it and worked it into the planning of her room.
This leaf, too, was just a purchase - but an Ikea item I so loved, I bought it while pregnant just in case they should ever discontinue it. They really do have the best children's stuff - there is plenty of it in her room, some practical, some whimsical. I just adored the fresh green colour, and the feeling of sitting in a little nest in a tree, or being covered over and protected while sleeping. I wish I'd had one as a child!
Her dresser is probably Ikea, too, though I found it on the kerb. I have put my own practical little stamp on it, since it is not precious, adding labels to the drawers so she can easily find her own clothes, and painted the boring white knobs with a bit of fun patterning. I am totally sending the labels thing into parenthacks
. I've never once had to help her go get her clothes.
The blank wall above her dresser needed a little something, and preferably something that would also distract from the badly done joint running through it, so I busted out some spare paint we had in the basement and dabbed on some fun, fresh little flowers for her, to go with the room's yellow, green, and pink tones. I have one little Christmas cactus on her dresser, but thought I would
add one or two other plants, which could kind of blend into the painted greenery a bit. I'm thinking maybe a jade plant, which are good air cleaners, too.
And finally, I made a lovely stained glass for her window in the pattern I was working on for another window in the spring
, though I am waiting on Misterpie to make the frame for it and hang it there. I will hang it in the lower portion of her window, where it will also serve as a sort of barrier. So much prettier than bars!
So there you have it - snippets of what was keeping me so busy in the fall. Finally.
Labels: house and home, Pumpkinpie