Monday, September 15, 2014

Avery's Art Journal

Well, I have finished Avery's final art journal.  If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that I've done these art journals for all three of my kids, from pregnancy through their fifth birthday.  Since the journals are difficult to keep up with, after their fifth birthday, I make the switch over to a Project Life album, which is a little more manageable.
 
I probably don't have to tell you, but finishing this last journal has really hit me emotionally!  She's my last child, and of course every mother has those, "Oh, my baby's growing up!" moments.  But this has affected me more than her preschool graduation, or her fifth birthday, or her first day of kindergarten! 
 
These art journals have been a huge part of my artistic journey, and really shaped the artist I am today.  They were a large part of the book I wrote, as well as several magazine articles. 
 
When I quit working to stay home with Riley, nine years ago, I loved working in his journals, and they really became a large part of my identity as a mother.  I continued with Noah and Avery, but it became so difficult to keep up three of them!  I wasn't enjoying working in them like I had before, so with some regret, I made the decision to move forward with the Project Life albums once each of them turned five.  While I love doing those albums as well, there really just isn't anything like the personal element of an art journal!
 
Anyway, all this to say that I'm a little sad about the end to these journals.  The experience of doing them is something I'll cherish forever, not to mention the actual journals themselves (I already plan that these will be the first items to grab if our house were to ever catch on fire!!).  But I am also excited to start a Project Life album for Avery and to move forward with other artistic endeavors in the future!
 
In the next couple days, I plan to go back through all the journals (there are seventeen of them!) and post some of my favorite spreads from over the years- a fun trip down memory lane!
 
But, before all that, I'll show you the last few spreads from Avery's book:
 
 She split her lip open a few months ago, and got to go to the E.R.!
 
 This is the same little house (revamped at some point over the last few years) at a mini-golf course we go to when we visit Grandma.
 
 And our new little addition, Milo, of course!
 
Finally, her page about turning five years old...

 
 
I'll see you in a couple days with my art journal retrospective!
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Perfect Doll Cupboard

 I recently found this wonderful piece on Ebay, and thought I'd share some photos of this little bit of vintage yumminess.
 
I'm not really sure what to call it- a dresser? a hutch? a cabinet? a cupboard?  There are drawers, shelves, cabinet doors, and even a mirror!
 
 Regardless of what it's called, I think it's the perfect mix of vintage pinkness, shabbiness, and sweetness!
 
 Here it is with everything opened up.
 
There's even drawer liners inside!  As you can see, the decal on the top is a little worn, but that's okay because the vintage books can cover it up.
 
At this point, I haven't stored anything inside, but how perfect would it be for remote controls or something like that?
 
 
Don't you agree that it is just sheer perfection?
 
 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Blue Roof Keystone Dollhouse Tour

I think it's time for another dollhouse tour, don't you?  This house is one I've shown you here and here.  It was made by Keystone in 1942.  It is meant to have blue "shades" above the windows, but mine were pretty much disintegrated, so I removed the remains for a cleaner look.
 
Above us we see three beautiful young ladies- Ginny, Minnie, and Winnie.  They are triplets, in case you can't tell!  The actual owner of the house is Minnie, the one in the middle, and her pet dog.  Minnie was the first-born, and tends to do everything first, like buy her first house. 
 
Today she has invited her two sisters to come have some tea and listen to music.
 
 "Have a seat, Ginny and Winnie!  Take off your coats, get comfortable, I'll get you some tea!"
 
 "Sit and admire the beautiful urn I have over my fireplace while I go fetch a few more goodies!"
 
 While Minnie gets what she needs, we can look at her wonderful kitchen.
 
 She has a whole row of built-in cabinets along the wall.
 
And she bought all her appliances to match the built-ins!  See how they all have blue paint details?  Minnie is very proud of how everything matches so well.
 
The other thing she is extremely proud of is her bedroom suite. 
 
 It used to belong to the girls' grandmother, and since Minnie was the first to buy a house, she was the lucky recipient of the gorgeous set!
 
 The other sisters are a little jealous, but I guess Minnie's ambitious nature paid off!
 
Ginny decides to freshen up a bit in the bathroom.
 
 Ginny, why don't you take off your coat and stay awhile?
 
 Maybe if she's extra nice to Minnie, she will let her have the extra chair from the bedroom suite.  After all, the only thing it's doing in here is holding extra towels!
 
 Back downstairs it looks like the girls have moved away the coffee table to make room for dancing!  Crank up that Victrola, Minnie!  And finally, Ginny took off her coat!  Hope you girls have a good time!
 
 
 
 Here's a look at all the rooms together.
 
Here it is without a flash with the lights on inside.  They're dim, but still pretty!
 
 And here's another look at Minnie's gorgeous bedroom furniture!
 
 I found it on Ebay a couple years ago.  I don't know anything about it- there are no markings, but it is absolutely gorgeous!
 
I think I'd probably be a little jealous myself if I were Winnie or Ginny!
 
 
I hope you enjoyed this little tour!  Check my sidebar for tours of some of my other dollhouses!
 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Five Years Old!!

Miss Avery turned five on Saturday!  As always, I took the opportunity to do a little photoshoot with her.  I love the way the photos turned out, and think I may have found a couple new favorites!
 
 
 
 
 
 Here she is showing off all the Frozen loot she got!
 
 
 
It's hard to believe my baby is now five!  And even harder to believe that I dropped her off an hour ago for her first day of kindergarten (yes, just two days after turning five)!!!  She's such a fun kid to be around- she's always surprising us with the cute and funny things she says, and she is still young enough that she calls Mommy her best friend.  I hope that it stays that way as she grows up!
 
 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Avery's Big(ger) Girl Room

Well, as I mentioned not too long ago, Avery's room has received a makeover recently.  It was time to move up from a toddler bed to a big-girl bed, so I took the opportunity to do some re-decorating!  While I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED her old "big-girl room", I also LOVE the way her "big(ger)-girl room" came out, too!
 
The color scheme for the room came from the fabric I showed you here.  She loves owls, and I loved the colors, so it was win-win!  I knew I still wanted to use a lot of the vintage elements from her old room, so together, we picked out her favorite items (perhaps with just a tiny bit of guidance from me about which items matched the color scheme!) and worked them into the room.  I think the result is a really nice mix of vintage as well as modern and girly!
 
And so, onto the tour!
 
 Here's the view as you enter.
 
 Farther on into the room...
 
Wrapping counter-clockwise towards the window...
 
 The window wall...
 
 And continuing counter-clockwise to the closet wall...  (the door is just out of view on the right side of the photo)
 
The bed is the Canwood Whistler Junior Loft Bed, available lots of different places.  It was so difficult to settle on a bed- there are just not that many loft beds that are feminine!  So I settled on just going with a pretty generic white bed, knowing I would pretty it up with the bedding and the tent underneath.
 
 The stuffed animal net is a life-saver up in that corner!  The hot-pink duvet was on clearance from Target.
 
 Here's a closer look at the gallery wall above her bed.  She chose the photos to go into the two frames.
 
 Here's a peek underneath the bed.   There are cubbies all around to store toys, as well as her CD player (with Psalty CD's on constant rotation!  This girl loves her music!) and a couple of nightlights.  She sleeps under here as often as she sleeps up above!
 
This little dresser holds her play makeup and dress-up accessories.
 
The new dresser came from Rooms-To-Go.  Since her bed was white, I felt like she needed a colorful dresser to brighten up a the room a bit more.  And of course there's the dollhouse I found at Goodwill!
 
 I knew I wanted to do a cluster of lanterns and poufs- too many hours spent in front of Pinterest to resist this cute trend!
 
 This shadowbox was mine as a child.  And a lot of the items inside were mine as well! 
 
A mirror hung at just her height to check her hair!
 
 A sweet doll crib to hold all the handmade dollies.
 
 I had to keep the giant paper doll from her old room- it was one of my favorite elements!
 
 And Avery definitely wanted to keep the kitty wall hanging!
 
I repainted some of these shelves to match the new color scheme.
 
A closer look at the shadowbox (I used to collect teddy bears when I was young, so all the bears were from me!)
 
 I've always kept this doll closet on top of the piano, and it worked out that way in here, too!  The kids love this piano, and play it all the time...
 
Sweet dolly bunk beds...
 
 A closer look at some of the handmade dolls.
 
She wanted to keep the little school desk, and of course, I didn't argue! 
 
 The Bradley dolls are from various thrift shops (except for one which used to be mine), and she gets a Madame Alexander doll for her birthday every year.
 
 The owl canvas was on clearance at Hobby Lobby, and I made the navy and white "frame" to go around it.  I also made the felt garland to match the colors in the room.
 
 I try to decorate the kids' rooms in a way that allows their "kid stuff" to fit in just as much as the "decorator-y" stuff!
 
The rubber puppy is actually a nightlight.
 
 A closer look at the lanterns- I'm in love with the fabric on the turquoise one!
 
Sweet toy chest with a cardboard pegasus, of course!
 
 Hooks are also from Hobby Lobby...
 
 The hot pink bulletin board is from Ross, and hung at a height for her to reach.
 
 That windmill on the dresser was from a thrift store.  The blades wind up to play music, and the inside lights up as a nightlight and glows such a pretty pink!
 
The kitty paint-by-number was also thrifted. 
 
 I of course had to include this little doll dress that matched the color scheme so well!
 
And one last look at the new room!
 
Thanks for looking- let me know if you have any questions about sources, etc.!
 
 
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