Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Alice's Room

I think I'm finished with Alice's big girl room...for now...
and I love it.

It's nothing fancy.
Nothing that will ever be featured on baby/home decor blogs.
Nothing that will show up on Pinterest.
But, I love it.

We named Alice Claire after our paternal grandmothers,
Ben's Grandma AJ (Alice Jean) and my Granny (Nancy Clarenell).
She has an amazing legacy of beautiful, faithful women.
Her room is filled with things that remind us of our families and friends.

-Alice's great-great grandmother, Grandma Hartman, made that quilt for her.
-Her great grandmother, Grandma AJ, made the little pink blanket.
-The cow was a gift from Alice's first real (non friend or family) babysitter 
and the only thing she doesn't have to share. :)
-The picture of Jesus with the little children hung in Ben's childhood room.
His mama recently gave it to us with a beautiful frame, 
but I switched it out to a cheap, non-glass one in case it ever falls.
-Her name hung above her crib in her baby room.
-I printed the alphabet from online somewhere and hung it on lace.

-My Granny gave me that embroidered cloth years ago.
It's perfect for her little table.
-The book was a gift to Alice from Ben and I on her first Christmas.

-The bed on the right is where we pile on to read stories at night.
She'll eventually have two twin beds in here.
The quilt on that bed was made for me by my Grandma Hartman.
-The butterfly has hung in each of my classrooms. It was been loved by many children.
-The pink picture frame on the right was a gift from my friend, Carey.
It has Alice's handprint and footprint from when she was 1.
-I used vinyl to cut out the face for her side table to make it Side Table Drawer from Blues Clues.
Killed me a little, but she loves it. 

-I know the yellow part is supposed to hang in front, but it wasn't quite long enough.
This will have to do and really, I like it better this way. :)
-Found these at the Arc.

-This shelf came with Ben when we got married.
I painted it white and it's a perfect toy shelf.
-Holly Hobby was mine when I was a baby.
-The quilt was my mom's baby blanket. 
Also made by my great grandmother, I believe.
-A couple of those toys are from her Aunt Ki-Ki.
-The weeble-wobble bird was a gift from my friend, Anne.
-The bookends are invitations from my baby shower.
-Many of the toys were found at garage sales and antique malls.
I love hearing people say, "I had that toy when I was a kid!"
Fisher Price made their toys indestructible back then.
The "Tumble Tower" in the middle (laying on it's side) is from 1974 and still works perfectly.
-Rug is from IKEA.

-I made the banner out of vintage lace and scrap fabric.
-The desk was a $2 garage sale find.
I cleaned it and sprayed it with a protective sealant since the rust freaked me out a little.
-The quilt on the chair is made from my wedding dress.

So there you have it!
Alice's little room of memories.

I'm already preparing myself for the day she says,
"I don't like my room! I want a Barbie/Disney/Dora/etc room with pink walls!"
Sorry, Alice.
No pink walls. 
The family who lived in this house before us already ruined that for you.


Becky said...

I pinned this. I love her room! The pants hangers is a great idea. Let's hang out soon.

Carey said...

I love this. I love that you documented the details. Alice will love that too when she is older. The memories are perfect and it makes the room hers which is exactly what it is supposed to be....I can't even tell you how much I love this. Just wish I could see it in person!

Carey said...

Oh, and Ben's shelf...I would have never known! How perfect is that!

Noodles said...

whats hanging above the toy shelf? her room is awesome!

Melissa said...

Natalie, above the shelf is just wood pants hangers with free online printables. Easy space filler. :)

Thanks, you girls, for your sweet comments!

Ashlyn + Craig said...

I love the room. You did such a great job. It's perfectly cute and special.

Kat said...

Love it! What history and character! Will you come and do my kids rooms? (:

song said...

I love the whole room, but I would love to have the link to the alphabet! So colorful!

kendra said...

I LOVE it! Alice is lucky to have such an amazingly creative mama. And I bet she'll be too cool to want a Disney room...she's your daughter, after all. ;-)

kirstin @ kojodesigns said...

I love this! That desk for $2 kills me. There are so many great, meaningful things in here- that's how great rooms are made.
And NO PRINCESS ROOMS. Stand firm, friend. Encourage me to do the same. :)

Wife Strah said...

Love this! Not sure why I haven't been following earlier.

adwellingplacewithin said...

OH MY WORD. Love all the hangers with quotes. What a lovely, special room!