Katherine’s nursery had an annoying blank spot near her crib. And this over-decorator found that entirely unacceptable. So I mixed up some chalk paint and slapped it on the wall with a pretty painted frame. :)
I think, with some pillows, it will be a good spot to take monthly baby photos. If I manage to be that organized. ;)
And, for now, it’s a good spot to photograph Katherine The Great as a Great Big Inside Baby. Dudes. My belly is awesomely huge. It’s hilariously fantastic. :)
Also Hilarious? Getting up off of the floor…
… and tying shoes… painting toenails…applying pants…
Growing a baby in your belly is an awesome but totally impractical process.
I made chalkboard paint using Martha Stewart’s recipe: 1 cup of paint + 2 tbsp unsanded grout. I wanted a chalkboard that looked chalkboard-y, so I bought a black paint sample (which is almost one cup exactly) of Behr’s “Beluga”… chosen mostly because I thought the name was funny. I’ve been singing Raffi’s “Baby Beluga” to Katherine since I found out she existed 8 months ago. :)
The chalkboard paint was way goopy at first. Rob helpfully suggested that I use the electric hand mixer to stir in the grout. Darn it. Why is he so smart?? That totally fixed all the lumps. :)
I was inspired to make a curvy frame by this fabulous vinyl frame collection:
…but I opted for a much easier design. Because I’m lazy. ;)
The frame was painted using left-over paint from a very long-ago project. It’s more obvious in real life, but I was trying to photograph it in the 12 minutes before the sun went down when I got home from work. I have a certain sister-in-law who’s been emailing me daily demanding a chalkboard post. And since she’s DAYS (minutes? hours?) away from giving birth to my niece, we have to indulge her. ;) If the frame doesn’t show up more obviously in pictures at a more preferable time of day, I might have to pick a darker color. I do like the Cinderella blue though. And it makes me kind of sentimental because it’s the same color blue that’s on my baby cousin Aubrey’s ceiling. :)
Next on the list? Leaf Lamp.
Must have a fantastical reading lamp for reading our fairytales. And because I enjoy a challenge… must create said lamp for under $5. Wish me luck. ;)