This is the chapter on ART.
Back in March I decided what would grace the wall behind (over) the crib... shadowbox frames filled with vintage Barbie outfits. A collection. So I started my search with Ebay and Etsy. Took the plunge on a couple of outfits... this being the first purchase, a 1970s Barbie outfit:
That teeny tiny outfit cost me $50. The second outfit also cost me $50. Who was I kidding!? I learned very quickly that vintage Barbie clothes are EXPENSIVE. I was burning up my budget waaaay too quickly. So one night in a first trimester fog I started brainstorming (not easy for a tired pregnant girl)... I kept asking myself "how can I get this look for less?"
So... I googled: "Barbie Paper Dolls"
And what did I find...
A set on Etsy. 1962 Barbie & Ken Paper Doll Set. I threw 'em in my cart and checked out faster than lightening.
What did I do next? I emailed my Decoupage Guru Annmarie (Boston client-turned-friend, whose kitchen renovation I have yet to show you - sorry) to see what we could trade for her to decoupage these Barbie Paper Dolls to plates for me.
Do you know how difficult decoupage is? It is extremely time consuming and difficult. Glue, bubbles, tiny detail work. It is not for the impatient... and I fall into the "impatient" category. But, before I asked Annmarie if she wanted to trade I asked her for tips - as I was going to try it myself, despite the anxiety I knew it would bring on me and my unborn child. I'm rather crafty, I figured I could figure it out. Her response was "you will shoot yourself trying to do it yourself, let me do it for you" (or something to that affect). With all that is on my plate (and has been on my plate) - no pun intended, I agreed... better to leave the decoupage to the Master.
The colors in the set of paper dolls worked perfectly with those in the nursery. I sent her the paper doll set and told her to pick her favorite 12 outfits and I'd order some plate shapes so we could decide what works best. Even though Annmarie lives in Boston and I live in Florida... not a week has passed over the past 9 months that we haven't discussed the plates.
We ultimately decided on oval 7" x 10" oval plates. When I went to Boston Annmarie had a prototype complete... here she is in her home office with plate #1:
See daughter Lucy's expression? Lucy is 1/4 of the reason (Annmarie has 4 kids 5 years old and under)why I feel so humbled/honored that Annmarie is taking time to make these for me. They are seriously going to be my favorite thing the nursery!
And just because my husband LOVES to play the "will you hold this up for me" game... here's he is getting in on the action... just so I can give it the ole eagle-eye.
We may have decided to change the background from ivory vintage grasscloth to a burlap... but you'll just have to wait and see the finished product later!
Other art in the room...
On the wall behind the rocking chair... I wanted a more grown-up art piece. Selfish perhaps, but I looked it as an opportunity for a piece that Momma could keep forever and move around the house later if need be. About a year ago I was helping a friend/neighbor with her home, when one day I showed up and saw an amazing painting. When I inquired about it she said 'my friend Amanda Talley did it'. So I googled 'Amanda Talley' and kept seeing more of her work pop up around the blogosphere.
I couldn't get it out of my mind. I knew I couldn't afford an oil painting. But everywhere I turned I was being teased by more Amanda Talley. [she blogs too]
One day I got brave and emailed Amanda. I unabashedly praised her work and asked if she had any options for a girl on a budget. I figured if she came back with some greeting cards or something it wasn't meant to be... but she didn't. She does drawings too. And they are in my budget. So I ordered a drawing.
Can you tell I'm excited about it? I went this weekend to get a mat cut for it... and found out it is oversized, would have to be special ordered, and might take weeks... just my luck. I don't have weeks. So Chance and I spent Saturday morning making our own mat. I had some leftover grasscloth from my pantry project... and we went to Home Depot for some fiberboard. My very exact precise engineer husband cut the 45-degree angles and I'm happier than I would have been had we gone with a plain ole mat board.
I ordered the frame from PictureFrames.com... but you'll have to wait to see the final results!
PS- the PaperDoll set came from Etsy seller Kitschlandia!