So let's start with the crib! Let me first give a huge shout out to my dad and step-mom for going through all the trouble they did to get it to us! Ya'll rock & I love love love it! :)
The quilt...in January of 2011 my Grams passed away and like you do when people pass the things in their homes get sorted and family members take their mementos and the rest usually get put in a pile to be donated or sold at a yard sale. Well before the things were dispersed from my beloved Grams house I was able to make it back to Illinois to her house and reminisce one last time. There were a few things in the garage that were on there way to be donated and under a few of these things I found The Quilt! It's probably going to sound crazy (unless you know me of course!) but it was like a light shined down on it & I HAD TO HAVE IT! Now I have no idea where The Quilt came from, who made it or even have a memory of EVER seeing it in my Grams house prior to this minute. And for the life of me I could not understand why this beautiful, soft, perfect quilt was about to be given away. So it came home with me where it was put in a closet & then packed up, sent to Germany where it was shoved under a bed until it was time to clean out the guest room in order for it to be declared a nursery. This was about the same time that I absolutely could not find any crib bedding that I liked or wasn't a million dollars! So anyway I was clearing stuff out and along came the light again shining on this quilt! And you know what...it was perfect! The colors I was looking for I loved the design and I think of my Grams EVERY TIME I look at it! Plus there are these stupid red curtains hanging in this room that our landlord will not let us replace so whatever we chose had to at least blend with them! Another perfect element to my Grams quilt!
These baby friends are some that were bought and/or gifted to our baby we lost in 2012. And the I heart Berlin pillow baby daddy & I purchased on our trip to Berlin over the summer! The mouse baby daddy won at a game when we went to Oktoberfest in Munich! The bunny I bought for my niece shortly after she was born when they came to visit us & she forgot it here well that was almost 2 years ago now so sorry Aubrey but your cousin is going to play with it now! ;)
(Notice the red curtains!) The painting above the crib is 2 love birds sitting on a branch with a little baby bird sitting next to them that I painted back in August & signed it <3 mom! In the empty frame will be a special project for after our nugget greets the world & we name him/her! There is also an old wooden owl clock that doesn't work that was in the pile-o-stuff from my Grams house that will be hung above the painting soon! The blanket thrown over the ottoman was mine when I was a little girl & I have vivid memories of wrapping up my baby dolls with it! The pillow in the chair was an art class project my brother did when I believe he was in middle school? IDK but he gave it to me! He sewed it & painted a fish on it!! Moving on!
This nightstand has been in my life in one way or another for as long as I can remember! It used to be a dark brown & then about 15 years ago or so it was painted white! I think it may have been a microwave stand at one point but I could be way off on that one...mom?
This beautiful creation was a gift from a wonderful friend! The map is Amsterdam which is one of the most special & dearest places to our family! The verse she wrote is Joshua 1:9
"Be strong and courageous! Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
This book...my great-grandmother Bockstahler gave it to my mom & her brother as a Christmas gift sometime in the seventies I believe! My mom shared it with me when I was a little girl and I then tortuously made the 'rents read me THE SAME STORY over and over every night! It was always The Shoemaker and The Elves if anyone was wondering! I just loved the idea of these little elves coming in and finishing up his work to help him out! Now that I think about it my love of that story seems like some major foreshadowing of my pre-pregnant years (I'm not even gonna lie & only say my teenage years!)
Above the bed are these Raggedy Anne & Andy wall hangs I found on Etsy during the two weeks of being set on that being the nursery theme. Then I could not find ANYTHING that I liked and again was not a million dollars to go along with that theme. That theme came from not being able to find bedding but before I found The Quilt which were all after the original travel theme. Enter the postcards! The postcards in the frames are from the shower my dear friends in Germany had for me when I was about twenty-ish weeks and the theme was travel! My lovely friends gave us these postcards from there travels and left some very sweet messages on the backs of them for our sweet baby!
The dresser was mine from when I was a little girl!
In the shadow box is this card from the shower! It is in Deutsche and according to Google translate it translates to:
Birth for all love and a colorful time with the little creeper!
The turquoise bins on the changing table shelves were used at our wedding to hold beverages! I bought the baskets and the Exchange!
Our bin full of fluff!!
I can not wait for our little one to come out and greet the world and start living in this room that has been put together with lots of love, indecisiveness, memories and heirlooms! I hope you enjoyed your nursery tour today!!
Sidenote: there are A LOT of things in this nursery that were mine from my childhood and the only reason my husbands childhood is not represented as much is because, well growing up an Army brat you don't keep much since there is a weight limit to life for the military, however he put a lot of love into this nursery as well! Also, I have a horrible condition of being overly sentimental with just about everything (to the point where I have a pencil case in the basement full of un-sharpened pencils that I got from teachers in elementary school!) so things like my books & my blanket have always come everywhere with me!