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Amelia’s Wall of Randomness

I would just like to start off by saying that Amelia’s nursery will never be “finished.” It’s always changing and evolving. I like to think that this will somehow encourage some creativity in her. Or something. It won’t encourage stagnation, that’s for sure.

The most recent finished project in her nursery is her wall of randomness. I had a sort of vague idea of what I wanted for this wall, but it took a while for it to come together. One day it clicked. I like it. Amelia loves it. Especially when it’s nap time. “But look, Mama, at my wall! It’s so cool! I couldn’t possibly sleep now….I need to talk to the wall.”

So here it is. It still needs a little something at the top I think, but I’m happy with it for now. For now.


OH. MYLANTA. I tried all day to get a good picture, but apparently taking pictures of walls is an art that I haven’t learned. The only window in Amelia’s room is directly across from this wall, so there were crazy shadows, glares, and pink tint (from her curtains) bouncing around all day. Ugh. Anyway.

One of my favorite features of the wall of randomness is the price. Let me break it down for ya

  • Je t’aime pour toujours – free print, $5  black frame

I found this print on etsy and immediately fell in love. I ordered one for my mom and one for my  baby. By ordering a gift for my sis in law too, I was able to take advantage of the seller’s buy 2 get 1 free sale. I count Amelia’s as the freebie. Side note: je t’aime pour toujours is French for I’ll love you  forever. My mom’s side of the family is French. In fact, Amelia Jane’s Great Grandmother Jane only spoke French at home as a child. So that’s the story there.

  • Button picture frame – free. It was a baby gift.
  • Hat Box “a” – $.25

Some friends of ours gave us a super cute gift basket of goodies for Amelia. The gift basket itself was actually a round hat box. I’m using the box for toys and repurposed the lid for the wall. The blue ‘a’ is cut from a 25 cent piece of scrapbook paper from JoAnn’s and mod podged on to the lid. I heart mod podge.

  • Embroidery Hoop “A” – $1.29

The hoop was $1.29 at…wait for it….JoAnn Fabrics. Of course. Scrap fabric, ribbon and buttons were from my box of random sewing things. The ribbon and buttons were actually donated to my sewing box by my mom, I think.

  • Cardboard “A” – $3.50ish

Cardboard letter from Jo’s, scrapbook paper, ribbons and whatnots from my craft box. Again, most of which was given to me by my mom.

  • Wooden “A” – $.59

Wooden letter from Mom, yellow craft paint from Jo.

Let’s see, that makes the grand total for the whole project….calculating…..


Ahhhh. If I could pat myself on the back I would.


….I have a few.

The elephant art is finished and waiting to be hung

But first we have to paint the nursery walls.

The bench for the nursery is sanded and ready to be primed and painted, but first we need the mailman to bring us our Home Depot Gift card. Gotta love those credit card points!



Yes, I’m aware that the bench needs new baskets too. Since I only paid $7.50 for this bench at an antique store, I’m willing to buy new baskets.

My other big project is our dining room chairs. They’re solid wood, but as old as Dave. In fact, you can see them in lots of home videos of Dave and his family. Look, there’s 3 year old Dave having birthday cake  – at the same table and chairs we use today. Needless to say, they need a little touching up. I thought it would be (relatively) easy to just sand, prime, and paint them. The sanding, however, is not going so well. Whatever the chairs’ finish used to be is now all gunky and tacky. I can almost scrape it off in areas. It goos up the sandpaper and makes me call it bad names.

So I’m not sure about the chairs. I think I’ll experiment on the one that I partially sanded. Gonna try just primer and paint with little to no sanding. It can’t look worse than it already does. And if it does for some reason look terrible, I’ll just have to sand it back down.

See how it’s all gunky on the knobs? What is that??

My last ongoing project is much less labor intensive, but still time consuming. I’m making a braided rag rug for the nursery. Sounds dorky, I know, but it’s coming out cute. This is the fabric for it.

And this is the fabric after I cut it all up into 1.5″ strips. That was fun.

Here’s where I was a few days ago. I’m either getting faster at braiding and sewing, or just spending more time watching tv (ie working on the rug.) It’s quite a bit bigger than this now.

And that’s all the time we have for today folks! Today’s post was brought to you by the letters D I Y.

Next project….dinner.

A little of this and that…and a lot of chocolate cake

It’s been a while since I blogged so I have lots of thoughts rolling around in my brain. Here are some of them.

1. Last week the doctor told me that I had lost a pound, but the baby was still measuring “perfect.” Who loses weight while they’re pregnant? My stomach is pretty squished these days, so I’ve been trying to eat more frequently and make sure that the foods I’m eating are nutrient dense so that our little chalupa continues to grow.

2. Which is why I made a chocolate cherry cake today. Nutrient dense indeed. A little old lady from church used to make this cake for potlucks and I found myself thinking of it recently. I couldn’t find my recipe for it, but here’s the allrecipes version which turned out very similar, if not exactly the same.

3. I told Dave he could share some of this cake with his friends at work, but now I’m rethinking that stance. I know 2 people shouldn’t eat a whole 9×13 cake, but that doesn’t mean we won’t.

4. Jack is still scared of our new floors. I’d say he’s about 67% of the way back to his normal self. He still gets stuck on his bed occasionally and needs encouragement to make it to the back door to go out. And while he can (and sometimes does) walk across the floor like a normal dog, he prefers to make a lunging start and send himself skidding across the floor to his destination. Which only makes him more afraid. Dogs are weird.

5. I am obsessed with this website I’ve spent a lot of time lately trying to read every word on this dang website. I prefer to think of it as time invested rather than time wasted because I have found tons of great project ideas for the nursery. I want to use her scrapbook paper art idea (found here) to make a piece of art to hang over the crib. I’m thinking of copying this painting from Land of Nod; changing the colors to match our nursery of course.

I can’t wait to buy the scrapbook paper for this project. And read more of Ashley Ann’s archives.