Around that same time is when I was searching for blue and lime green bedding. I couldn’t find anything that I liked…anywhere. When you know what you want that’s when you can’t find it. I ended up getting the bedding and curtains at Pottery Barn Kids.
With the patches from swimming I needed a way to have his little awards section. The shelf is a shelf we had in the original nursery. The rack below it is actually a match book display rack. My grandpa used to collect match books. Are you old enough to remember when restaurants, hotels etc. had them for you to take? Well, he collected them and my mom found this rack to display them with. He went on to replicate this and made a handful of additional ones. Around the time I was pondering all of my ideas for the room my mom asked if my brother or I had any use for them. I thought it would be perfect for ribbons, medals and those type of awards. The color of it was perfect so I didn’t have to refinish it and just hung it directly under the shelf. He even already has a 5K medal. He ran a virtual one with me…well he was in the stroller!
I also made the Been There Rocked That wood sign. I found the wood box at Michaels, lightly stained it and did another stencil on my Eclips and painted it in the lime green. The words don’t show up quite as much as I’d like but it’s fine. Someone had given us the J when he was born so I repainted it in the same lime green.
This was my first attempt at creating vinyl wall decals myself but these are so expensive on Etsy and I wasn’t finding anything that I really liked. They were all very ‘little kid’ style and I didn’t want that. I wanted him to be able to grow into the room. I actually had this train on one of my old Eclips cartridges so it was easy to cut out. Each train car is about 12×18 so it’s pretty big. I created a paper template first to make sure sizing was ok and going to look how I wanted before cutting the vinyl.
I found these frames at Michaels on sale and used the material I had from the party table backdrop for the matting. JP’s favorite movie is Polar Express so Tickets Please and All Aboard were no brainers as saying to put somewhere in the room. The post sign was on the same Eclips cartridge and I found the front view of the train online and then cut it out with the Eclips.
On the wall opposite the book shelf I will probably add another little piece of decor. JP has a handful of mini baseball bats, Cubs World Series, Sox (Blah) and others. My brother collected them growing up as we traveled to different stadiums. My parents got most of these I think at the Louisville Slugger headquarters. I also think it’s easy to make a rack to hang them in I just don’t necessarily want to take that on myself so I think we will have Uncle Scott and Papa take that project on. I have another shelf like the one above the awards so I’m going to do the same concept with the shelf and bat display directly under it on the wall opposite the bookshelf.