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(and even if you don’t, it’s a good place to see what’s going on with the podcast and you don’t have to sign up for anything just to see them), you’ll know that I spent last weekend redecorating my daughter’s room. Normally I would be sewing up a storm, but it was time for a room update since the periwinkle paint color is one I picked for a guest room before she was born. She loves all things “cats” (wonder where she gets that from?), so she requested a Hello Kitty room, and that it be painted yellow.
Here’s a before shot (I think she’s 3 years old here, on the throes of a Dora the Explorer phase given the wall stickers and Dora dress):
The bed quilt I made for her once she got that bed, which is a full-sized antique bed we got from my husband’s aunt. The quilt on the wall is her “baby” quilt, which I finished when she was two.
Here’s what that same shot looks like now, after the re-do:
That bed quilt I bought for $8 at a yard sale. It’s awesome and snuggly. That’s not a body hiding under the quilt – it’s the (VERY LARGE) collection of stuffed animals she sleeps with now. The wallhanging is one I just finished earlier today, and I’ll be posting a tutorial on how to make an applique wallhanging from a coloring page (and better pictures of it). Also, for those interested, the bed normally has boring finials on top of the posts, but I found these dragonflies as part of a landscape lighting set and thought they’d be perfect for a little girl’s room.
Here baby quilt is now hanging to the left of the bed:
Here baby quilt has little applique elements from her baby clothes. I still have plans to do some sort of fun garland to dress up the Ikea LACK shelf over it.
And here’s the curtains I made for her room (right side of the bed). I couldn’t find Hello Kitty fabric to make the curtains, so I went with just pink cat fabric for the top, and a bright pink with white Swiss dots for the bottom. The Hello Kitty “dangles” I found in the party section, and they hang from her memo board.
If you turn a little more to the right, here’s the chair I recovered for her
(same fabric as the memo board). I also made the Hello Kitty pillow by blowing up a coloring page I found online and using it as a pattern.
And finally, here’s the dresser, showing the baby quilt in reflection. The clock was the thing that started the Hello Kitty mania; it was a birthday present from my in-laws.
You can see that the yellow of the walls appears in varying brightnesses – that’s a hazard of taking pictures on two different days! We’ve got a couple other elements coming in – the garland, a poster, and I have plans for a little embroidery project to hang in there as well – but she’s still happy with it.