I've been hoarding ideas for Cashew's room in my head for a couple of weeks now. Once I got the bug about the fabric for her room the ideas starting rolling in. The biggest thing is that I don't want it to be a baby room. I really want it to be a room for a little person, but still a person. I'm not into the animal things, overly pink, flowers and all that other stuff that fills baby's rooms frequently. Not that there's anything wrong with liking that, it's just not my bag, baby. The idea is that I really just want it colorful. And I think having the soft blue gray color on the wall really allows for all the color in artwork, etc. to really pop.
First up of course is the fabric for the curtains. After I decided that I wanted to design the print myself I got really excited and designed away in Photoshop. I was set on the pattern, so that was easy, what was hard was the amount of time it actually took. I feel pathetic admitting that I probably spent about 6-7 hours on it. First it was making sure that all the stars were close enough together so that things looked like they were interacting with each other, then it was creating more and more layers and outlining them over and over and over and over again and adjusting all the layer orders. In the end I came up with this
Very colorful :) I used Spoonflower to get the fabric printed. My design was about 20" x 20" in Photoshop and the fabric is 42" wide so I had to either enlarge the pattern or shrink it and repeat it. I decided to shrink and repeat. There were several repeating options
Ultimately I decided on the 1st, "half brick." And hooray, I got it ordered. But boo, it takes a long time to get. Understandable, but still makes me sad inside. That's just because I'm an impatient brat :)
Alright, so that's the fabric. Now for the other ideas :)
The mobile: In going with the non-BABY theme I was a little stuck on the mobile for a while. I looked on Pinterest for some ideas, but they still felt a little too baby to me. Our friends had a mobile for their daughter that was pictures of musicians and I loved that they made it so personal (her dad works for a record distribution company and he and Chris met and became friends while working at Tower together). I thought about what would make a mobile personal for me and Chris and I thought it would be so hilarious and fun if I made little items that represented us out of felt: a hammer, a baseball, etc. I'm still having a hard time coming up with the objects that I can make out of felt (for instance, we love movies, but I can't figure out how to represent "movies" in an object that will read visually as "movie.") But I'm excited to keep brainstorming and I really like the idea.
And those are just the ones I found in 42 seconds of looking that don't currently have a pile of bags of thinset on them. All those A's blankets have big ol' Pepsi, GM, Ross, etc. logos all over them. So I thought it would be a fantabulous idea to cut out all the parts of the blankets that I like and make an A's quilt out of them for her! I am honestly SO EXCITED about this idea, it is quite pathetic.
For the chair for her room I wanted to get one at a thrift place and get it recovered, so yesterday Chris and I drove over to a store just about 5 minutes away and got the perfect one for $39!
It may be really ugly right now (you don't like brown pineapple fabric?), but I know with some great fabric and a great recovering job it'll look fantastic. The place that recovered our couch gave us a pretty pricey quote, so we'll shop around a bit before we pull the trigger. The most important part though is that it is super comfortable. It swivels and rocks so it'll be nice to hang out in with Cashew and the higher back is comfortable for Chris because it's tall enough for him to be able to lean his head back.
Then comes the room decor. Right now the room is looking pretty plain
I guess messy is actually a more appropriate word.
There are 3 small paintings already on one of the walls and those will stay (that last one got taken down to accommodate the framing and installation of the back bathroom medicine cabinet, but it'll go back up after we patch the screw holes)
But I've got an idea for another painting. A very large painting.
I've had a really big canvas (I think 3 feet x 4 feet but I'm too lazy to go measure it) for over a year now. I've painted a couple things on it, but I haven't liked anything enough to let it stay and then hang it in the house. Obviously the canvas was just waiting for Cashew. I thought it would be a really cool idea to make a large scale word art painting. At the top would be the words "You are" and then below would be a modge podge of wonderful traits that I love in people. Things like strength, intelligence, bravery, beauty, positivity, ambition, confidence, kindness, etc. I'm excited to think of all the words I want to include.
For the time being I think I want to put it on this wall across from the 3 small paintings
The other artwork idea is an alphabet wall. I'm all about alphabet toys for kids. Chris and I make these for our friends whenever they have babies
We will of course be making Cashew one, but I also thought it would be fun to have the wall that her crib will be on...
...be full of alphabet letters a la this link I loved on Pinterest
I'm so excited for all the art projects! What do you think? (Chris thinks I'm a tad crazy, hehehehehehehehe)
And how is Cashew doing? Well, on Wednesday I hit 20 weeks, so I'm officially at the halfway point, hooray! I have been feeling her karate chops and dance moves in the last couple of weeks, and a lot more the last week. In fact, I woke up in the middle of the night last night and couldn't go back to bed for a little while because she was grooving so much. I'm excited for when Chris can feel her, but so far no dice. Yet. I'm also starting to look more pregnant and not just hello-you-ate-too-much, so that's exciting. It doesn't make it fun for tiling though. While we were working on the floor in the bathroom I was having a hard time being folded over and crouched down. She has officially started inhibiting normal movement. But I've still been really lucky in the discomfort of pregnancy department, so I count myself very, very lucky.