Hey friends! So we’re still on vacation in Gulf Shores… I promise that I fully intended to post as usual, but apparently we’ve just been having too much fun. I saved a couple of posts before we left, so that’s what you’ll see tonight and tomorrow night. And then on Sunday I’ll be back to nightly posting (with tons of beach pics, obviously). Hope everyone is having a great week! -HB
Poor Jack. For months his room has been in this weird limbo between baby and big kid. We took down some of the baby-ish artwork and added a cool US map. Moved his bed but weren’t 100% sure if we were going to keep it or move it back. Where it is now allows for a nightstand and seems a little more grown-up, but where we had it before (pushed into the corner, against one wall) gave him a lot more floor space for playing. It’s definitely a work in progress.
But… BUT… I did manage to finish one project during naptime this week. Before Jack was born (so 5 years ago) I was super excited to order this Keep Calm and Carry On print for his nursery:
And then within a few months that stupid graphic was EVERYWHERE. When we started toying with the idea of the big boy room, I looked on Etsy and found a bunch of prints that I liked, but they were all pretty pricey. At this point we’re going with kind of a travel/geography/science theme so I liked the idea of incorporating a map (yet another map) into the artwork.
On a side note- maps are surprisingly hard to find. Did you know this? I didn’t. And yet again, what I found online was $$.
But guess who has them??? Lots and lots of GIANT, classroom-type maps? Half-Price Books. A big display of these tall tubes of maps, and they’re $10 each. I will say that some of them are pretty random/specific (giant map of Idaho anyone?) but I dug around and found a huuuuuuuuge map of Texas. Score.
See? Huge. I told you.
I ripped that Keep Calm print out of the frame and used it as a template to cut a poster-sized portion out of the map. Sorry, Texas. I cut you.
I wanted to have Dallas in there somewhere, but also wanted some variation in color and topography, so I just moved the matting around until I liked what I saw. So scientific.
Then I used giant black stick-on letters from the scrapbook section at Michael’s for the text (Who doesn’t love Fleetwood Mac? And can you guess what’s been playing nonstop in my head for the past week?), and re-framed that bad boy:
Woohoo! Overall I’m really pleased! And since I already had the frame and matting, this whole project cost less than $20.