A Room for Blaire Wilson

Blaire Wilson is the New American Girl of the Year for 2019. I took my kids into the city of Chicago on January 1st to check her out and ended up letting my daughter bring her home. Whoops. Who am I kidding we were never not going to leave with her, sorry honey. Anyway she is adorable and my daughter LOVES her to pieces.

Once Blaire joined my daughters AG family consisting of Nanea, Luciana, and Camille, we got to work reading her book right away and really enjoyed her story, along with getting a bigger picture of where she lives. Blaire’s book tells us her bedroom is on the third story of her families Victorian Bed & Breakfast in the Turret. So naturally my mind went to how can we recreate her room. Being an Interior Designer by trade has me always planning rooms and to get to make one in the scale to fit Blaire sounded like great fun.

My daughter has an American Girl “Dollhouse” consisting of two 16″ deep x roughly 50″ wide shelves in her closet. I’ll pop a little picture below to see it. It’s pretty full, with 3 dolls already residing there I knew Blaire’s room would have to be elsewhere, along with it being Turret shaped. We plan on making a big dollhouse this spring and I may try and figure out how to incorporate Blaire’s room room in that design.

(The light was there purely for pictures) We had just finished making a little kitchen area to fit all the kitchen supplies she got for Christmas.

I constructed the room base from Foam Core. Using 3/8″ thick for the walls and ceiling and 1/2″ thick for the floor. I planned out of graph paper the room plan after looking at a ton of turret floor plans. The one I model it closest to had a closet in the open space and the door in the corner. Once the plan was set I cut the walls out, I had to do a little bit of fancy cutting to get the angles on the edges. After cutting the walls to size and making sure they worked in the layout I had come up with I cut out all the windows and then constructed the room. I used painters tape to hold the walls in place on the outside while the glue set and then replaced the painters tape with masking tape. We will be “siding” and “shingling” the exterior with paper strips at some point so it will all be covered. You can see the outside in the picture above. The picture below is an in progress picture of which I took few. I seemed to take more videos in my Instagram stories more than anything.

Once the walls were glued I taped it to my cutting table to get a size and shape on the grid to cut out the floor foam board piece. Once the floor was cut to size I attached it inside the walls with glue and used painters tape to hold it in place, of which you can see in the exterior photo is still there. ; ) But it will get covered.

I ended up cutting each wall at roughly 12.5″ wide x 24″ tall, and the longer wall without a window at 15″ wide. The full room measures about 28″ deep x 30″ wide. It’s pretty big.

Okay onto the roof. The was the trickiest part. I am sure there is a scientific method to figuring out the exact size and angle to cut the wedges but I used the trial and error method. I cut two wedges to about the size I thought and trimmed until I had the proper shape and then cut out the rest. I decoupaged the ceiling before gluing it all together so the seams where a little cleaner. I ended up covering the seams with masking tape “beams” anyway. But I had a friend tell me it looks just like the ceiling of her turret attic so that makes me feel good.

I made a Window Seat from 1/2″ thick foam core. If only it opened for storage. Ha ha. I decoupaged wood grain paper for the seat part, and used hobby wood, similar to balsa, to add some moldings to the front of the seat. Blaire and probably a friend can sit and read a book or plan a party on the bench.

I found the cutest paper from Maggies Holmes Bloom line that both my daughter and I loved, I bought some pieces but couldn’t find enough anywhere to buy, which final lead me down the path of digital scrapbooking supplies. So cool. I was able to buy the digital file for the paper and print it on my printer. The color and scale is slightly different than the paper due to altering the file a bit in photoshop to print on bigger paper. But it’s still super close to the original paper, slightly smaller print, and more grey coloring probably due to my printer settings.  I decoupaged all the walls with this paper.

I used a different scrapbook paper from the same line to decoupage window mullions, and then used hobby wood, similar to balsa, to make actual window frames and baseboards. The floor is actual vinyl plank flooring that looks so much like real wood. It’s from Lowe’s as is very inexpensive and easy to install. I would use it again in a heartbeat and probably will when we build the big dollhouse.

Once all the “building” was done I was able to get more into the decorating. My daughter helped select all the fabrics from curtains, bedding, and pillows. I really tried to just direct her towards a selection that would all work well and let her decide on final choices. Boy was that hard! She did a good job picking stuff if I do say so myself.

I made simple little rod pocket curtain panels and used dowel rods for the curtain rods. I cut small rectangles from square wood and drilled holes big enough for the dowel to slide through. I ended up gluing them to the wall since it’s foam core. I would definitely have used screw cup hooks or eyelets if the walls were wood.  My daughter requested the little garlands be cut from scrapbook paper and hung on each window. So cute.

I found adorable butterfly scrapbook paper and thought if we could make the ceiling vaulted I would string the butterflies from the ceiling. I cut out two of each butterfly and glued them together so they look the same on each side. I used a long needle and regular sewing thread and strung them through the ceiling seams. It was super easy to do and makes a big impact.

We couldn’t find a desk my daughter liked so I made one from foam core based on a picture of a real desk we found. The drawers even work. LOL. I don’t imagine this will last long. It doesn’t have a lot of weight to it so the drawers are hard to open. I’m also not sure how long the decoupaged paper will hang on for since it’s on foam core. It’s all kind of an experiment. But Blaire needs a workspace right? I used some beads and gold wire I found in my bead stash and strung some little handles. The legs are made from hobby wood and painted gold. I do think I could make this out of wood now that I have made a foam core prototype. Once it warms up and I can stand to spend more than a couple minutes in our unheated garage, where my saws are, I will try it out. Hopefully at that point I will be better at documenting the process and can make a tutorial for it.

For a Bed I scored Ebay and Tutorials on Pinterest but ultimately I settled on the American Girl Bed for Molly. It wasn’t her original bed but a special release bed available the last year she was available. I found it on Ebay from a wonderful seller and was pleasantly surprised when it arrived in it’s original box in even better condition than described. I made new bedding for it, storing the old in the event we need it in the future. I made a fitted sheet for the existing mattress, a matching pillow case for the existing pillow, a reversible comforter, and a handful of pillows of which my daughter dictated fabric and shape for each.

Well that may be it! Whew.

I do have to say I would like to make from wood. Yikes! But we will see how well this holds up. My daughter although only 5.5 yrs is very good at playing with her dolls gently and carefully. If it feels like it could get ruined by the time we make the BIG dollhouse I’ll incorporate a wood version in that. If this one is doing good I have thought on making an attached garage on the BIG dollhouse and could set this on top of the garage so it’s “attached” to the house. The main reason I didn’t use wood to start is I was sure of cutting all the angles to construct it. Plus, cold garage, time, cost, lol all those factored in. This was supposed to be another “quick” project like the Snow Chalet. Oh well.

My daughter is a huge fan, and I had a blast making it. Designing in this small scale is infinitely quicker and easier than designing in real life.

Check out a little tour video my daughter did of the room down below or on my Youtube Channel. It’s the first video ever over there. Yikes! Lots of Learning to do on that front, like turn the camera sideways. ;)

 

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Norah’s Fancy Room

I’m finally sharing Norah’s room here.  Her room is bright and full of cuteness and she loves it and so do I. Win win if you ask me. :)

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

Norah’s middle name is Brave so this print was perfect for the entrance to her room. The Print is from Holly Casto Design but doesn’t look to be available anymore.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

I made Pinch pleated drapes with semi black out lining for her windows from a Nate Berkus fabric found at Joann fabrics. They are white with a simple navy leafy detail. The print between the window is a blonde girl holding bears and it’s by Emily Martin of  The Black Apple. The abstract art is all Norah. I just show her a selection of colors I like and she picks what she uses.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

She has a little reading nook at the end of her bed since she LOVES to read. I found the cute little rocker at a vintage shop and she is constantly rotating books to here from the playroom.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

I did a board and batten treatment on the back wall so as to break up the bold Coral on all the other walls. The bed is from Overstock can you believe it. It was so inexpensive and has been super durable even though I catch the kiddos swinging on it occasionally.

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We hung a little bit of fun art over her bed and chair. The Giraffe is affectionately dubbed Dorothy and we found her at Homegoods. The Hooray pendant is from Hobby Lobby. The N is a vintage marquee cover and the little girl painting is also vintage. I found the brown craft paper letters that spell be brave at Joann Fabrics. The abstracts are Norah’s handiwork again. The rug is from Rugs USA and looks to no longer be available since I purchased it 4 years ago, and the chair is vintage and recovered.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

The arrow sign is from Hobby Lobby as is the Flamingo. I used some Denyse Schmidt in a thrift store frame to make her a little pin board. The white bulldog is a night light from Target and the gold bulldog is a bank from Homegoods. The bear picture is from Target. Everything else is Vintage.

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Norah’s closet is nice and large and since her clothes are small she has amble room to store a lot of toys so they don’t clutter up her room. She plays in here ALOT. Someday I think it would be super fun to paint a fun design on the walls.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

I put her fancy forest on her bed when I finished it a month or so ago and it so completes the room.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

She has a Frances Firefly quilt tucked on the end of her quilt so she can lean on it if she sits down by her books.

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

www.woollypetals.com Norah's Bedroom and Fancy Forest

www.woollypetals.com Norahs Room Fancy Forest

I love this Fancy Forest. It is so bright and fun. The pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman.  

I used the whole line of Maribel fabric by Annabel Wrigley and added in a couple others from Michael Miller and Cotton and Steel.  This quilt really is a labor of love. There are a lot of hours in it. But the end result is totally worth it to me and Norah super loves it.

The back of the quilt is a handful of coordinating prints made into some fun patchwork. I free motion quilted this quilt with a wood grain pattern and couldn’t love it more.

I hope you enjoyed Norah’s little room tour. I so love to decorate kids spaces. They are so bright and full of color and don’t have to be totally serious. :)

 

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Kids Clothes Week

I decided to join in on Kids Clothes Week this fall. I feel like I never make time for sewing clothes for the kids and I, and I would like to change that. Especially since I bought all the fabric for my wardrobe. :) Plus I’m never going to have “enough” time right?

Kids Clothes Week is a community and Blog that host quarterly week long challenges to sew 1 hour each day for your kids.  This time the prompt is Disguise. Which you can join in on or not as long as your sewing. You can browse past projects and post new projects, keep a list of thing you want to make and see lots of patterns in one spot. It’s free and a great kick in the pants.

So I jumped in with both feet yesterday, ( I was out of town till Sunday night) and made Norah a Oliver + S Playtime Tunic.  This project took way more than an hour and while I could have stopped sewing it and saved some for the following day I just keep going. I love a good finished project. 

Norah Catnip Tunic

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I used Lizzy House Catnip fabric: Cattitude in Spice. This is more dress then Tunic, maybe I made the wrong size for Norah. She is a little peanut. But I had to hem it double the dimensions it said and the sleeves are full length when I would have preferred 3/4. So I will make some adjustments the next time I make it. It would also be a super cute tunic without the sleeves. I love the fullness of it and that’s it’s loose and swingy so it will grow well with her and looks modern at the same time. The Stitching detail to hold down the neck interfacing and the pockets is a detail that I love. Of yes it has hidden pockets!!! which is so fun to me. A place for all the treasures. Now I just have to remember to check them before it gets washed. :)

When I showed it to Norah she loved it and wanted to wear it right away! So that’s a win. She’s a picky one.

Okay now I must decide on what to sew next and use the precious naptime I have left.

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Quilting + Baby = Happy

Plus Quilt!  Something I’ve had in my head for awhile and a stack prepped for it. The plus blocks come together sooooo quickly! I used this tutorial by Jennifer at Ellison Lane and just changed the measurements to make them bigger. Each block measures about 18 inches square.  The trickiest part was making sure I cut and sewed the directional prints the right way. :)

 

The back had to be a giant plus sign because…. well why not? I am seriously loving the 8 days a week fabric on the back, so much fun. I quilted it in black, white ended up being to stark on the front even though it’s my go to quilting color. Maybe I’m going to switch to black not that I’ve used it twice recently!  I did a free motion loopy quilting which is NOT in my comfort zone at all. I think it turned out pretty good. If I would’ve had the time I would have loved to do straight line quilting on this one like I did on my feather quilt. but that takes far to long.

I bound it in a lovely emerald and white polka dot. For that extra punch of color. Bonus the binding matches my sandals which is a must right?!?!?!!?

Oh my sweet and Spunky 10.5 months old. Where does the time go. She absolutely loved it when I spread the quilt on the ground, kept crawling all over it laughing. Sweetest!

 

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Norah 5… and a half months

Oh Norah, why must you grow so quickly! We..ahem….I , was a bit late in getting monthly pictures this month. But I did and there adorable! ;)

She is happy a lot! Always smiling at home. But boy is she serious when we are out. It’s not often she gives smiles to easily when we are out and about. :)  She has mastered the rolling from back to tummy and added the tummy to back roll to her list of skills this month. She not only rolls but can scoot around on a blanket from end to end rather well, although not necessarily intentional in those movements yet.  She is also much more involved in holding and playing with toys and is enjoying a wider range of toys. Oh and she loves her feet, socks, and kicking. Also it is adorable when I put her on my bed at night to get changed and in pjs, she gets soooo happy!

 

 

The love each other! It’s so cute how Luke always makes sure to include Norah and shows her affection, and he is still her favorite little person, eyes always following him when he’s around.

That last one of them is only one of many too cute ones of him hugging her. If we hadn’t already printed our Christmas cards…..

 

And a side by side comparison of them both at 5 months. I think they look a lot more alike here even though you can’t really see Luke’s face. They are both round and chubby and I love it!

And apparently I completely skipped posting about 4 months so here are Luke and Norah’s 4 month pictures for comparison at least. :)

 

 

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Growing Girl

I figured I better post these before Norah turns 4 months.

 

2 months old.

She was 12 lbs at her 2 month appointment. My little chub. We call her Norah Bear because she is soft, squishy, and cuddle like teddy bears, but also she gets angry real fast when you don’t give her what she wants like a real bear. It’s so cute when Luke calls her Norah Bear. :) She’s smiling a lot and is starting to settle into a routine.

 

3 months

Even more squishy.  She is really showing her personality. Smiling, talking so much, giggling which melts my heart. She still gives most people she doesn’t see often her super serious face. :) But when you get her to smile it lights up her whole face. :) She has also mastered rolling over this month. Whenever you put her down she will roll immediately to her tummy.

And for comparison. Both at 2 months…

and at 3 months….

 

Oh my sweet babies! Some fun recent pictures of them.

And lastly a picture of that beautiful smile she is so good at hiding. :)

Here’s to late night blogging after the babes are finally asleep.

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one month

Norah is one month already! Where did the time go?

She has already changed a lot and is challenging me daily.  In a good way mostly! She is definitely a different baby than Luke. It is fun to see there relationship develop. He loves her and is very sweet and comforting towards her. She loves to look at him when he’s still enough to stay close for a bit and smiles at him a bunch. Two Children is definitely harder than one but we are finding our groove and getting used to the new us.

 

And her is a side by side look at Luke and Norah at One month. They look so different here even though I thought they looked more alike.

 

Thanks for stopping by hopefully more sewing and diy will be happening around here soon. :)

Norah

July 4th arrived and so did our Norah Brave!

She made her appearance via a successful VBAC just before 9pm after 24+ hours of labor.  Weighing in at 7lbs 13oz. 21″ long and screaming her lungs out! :)

We are smitten and enjoying our time at home with the four of us. Big brother Luke is doing great with the transition and I am feeling super good.

 

I snapped this picture yesterday during her photo shoot with her Uncle. :) Can’t wait to see and share those pics.  She is laying on the quilt I finished for her the week she was born. I will share more of it later once I get a full shot.

 

Thank so much for stopping by! I am off to snuggle this babe.