|The Old Man's Beard is going crazy in this rain. Some strands are fifteen,|
twenty feet long.
|Sedums are having a final hurrah before|
the real cold sets in.
|But I'm helping, Mama.|
I started by painting it. I used very light values of the blue and yellow in my sister's pony painting, and painted one wall a pale blue, and the rest a buttery yellow. I then painted the birch forest on it. This painting is by no means finished. I will, at some point, at least hopefully before Alex's teens, add some forest creatures to the branches. A Steller's Jay, a chipmunk, a raven, etc. So here comes the glut of photos. My sister asked me to do some graphic art for her and she paid me with a new camera. I was having some fun.
|This is called the 'Book Nook', an homage|
to my fifth grade teacher who had such
a space in her classroom. There aren't many
books yet. But we'll get there.
|The chair is a twin sleeper. It fits pretty|
nicely in the bay window.
|The window is new. It used to be a narrow,|
salvaged single pane leaky thing. But a few
weekends ago, my husband and his 'work wife'
installed the window while I dealt with mom issues.
|IKEA is the source for almost everything|
in this room. The furniture, the linens,
many of the toys, the lighting, the rugs... you just can't
|My sister Anna sent Alex the rocking dolphin.|
He has a large rolling drawer toybox there under the
window. It hugs up against his little closet unit.
|We took out the crappy beige carpeting I seem to find in almost|
every house I've ever lived in, and replaced it with vinyl plank.
It's 100% waterproof for one. Although it does scratch rather easily.
|Alex enjoys his play cube. Another auntie gift.|
|I ADORE these curtains.|
I got a single panel originally for the bathroom before I got pregnant, but decided I wanted them for the baby's room when I found out. By then, my source had stopped carrying them, and I had to hunt them down. They weren't cheap either. They also weren't long enough. Five inches short. So I went to the fabric store, found a leafy white-on white cotton, and added five inches to the bottom.
|The stars are from IKEA and they change colour.|
There is also a moon-shaped light in the book nook,
to illuminate bedtime stories.
|Baby J is comfortable in his little space.|
|He is a master at hiding little bits and bobs all over his room. Drives me crazy|
when I'm trying to reassemble his toys and clean his room.
|He demonstrates the best use for dowels.|
First you chew them, then you direct
air traffic with them.
|*Sparkle*Sparkle* -- they help hide the shittiest wallboard job I've ever|
seen in all my life. Someday, we will gut this room and redo it properly.
|The Book Nook's modest beginning.|
There are a few more books that
have yet to be gathered and added. But hopefully
as time goes on, those shelves will be crammed.
|This is the 'Crew'. The Monkey boys, and the basket of costumed teddies, and Angus,|
who's toppled over, the plaid bunny, a gift from a friend from Scotland.
|I put the stacker high because if I don't, I'll be hunting for its components for hours.|
He hides them EVERYWHERE in impossible places!
|The door. My sister's first painting for Alex.|
|From the book nook. Soon, the changing|
table will be replaced with a little desk and chair.
|The mess begins.|
|Alex gets into EVERYTHING already.|
|This duck is from Great Grandma Georgia's house.|
|I've had these Beatrix Potter books for at least twenty years. They|
were purchased for this reason. Somewhere, there is a copy of the Velveteen
Rabbit too, that will be added. They mattered to me, so I want them
to matter to him too.
|Possibly the best toy in the universe.|