I've been itching to make over my room for....okay...a couple of weeks. Once I set my mind to something, it's go hard or go home. But I have kinda been wanting to do something drastic for awhile. The divorce should be final in about a month, and redoing my room just felt right. Letting go of the pain and the heartache, dealing with the loneliness, trusting that my God has a plan for me, and perfect timing in that plan, has been a hard road. A long road. A road I'm still on more than I'd like to admit. And this project gave me lots of time to think. I did the entire thing by myself- from choosing the paint colors to every last stitch- and I spent all of it in prayer and meditation. I've listened to more Jeremy Camp and Casting Crowns in the last week than I probably have ever in my life combined.
Without further adieu.....the before-
(I didn't choose the paint color, it was there when we bought the house)
I reused this picture from when I redid my room the last time, featured here.
(FYI Mom, you can click on the picture and it will make it bigger and you can scroll through them)
I know. It's TOTALLY different. And not for everybody. But I love it. Jenn came over tonight to bring me a couple of prints she printed off for me, and she said it was exactly the kind of room she wanted. Now THAT is a compliment. The only thing I didn't make or reuse was the bedspread, sheets, and dust ruffle. Ta da!
While the window curtains were plain white panels I had sewn onto the teal curtains before, I just took them off and reused them. The curtain for the bathroom I made totally from scratch. I originally bought the blue fabric to make into pillows (it's from Amy Butler's new Cameo line), but I got it and loved it so much I couldn't cut it up. So I improvised this curtain out of another half a yard of red fabric and lined it with a sheet I couldn't use anymore. The sheet fabric was thicker than if I just bought some broad cloth, plus there was plenty to use as backing for the pillows. The pictures to the left of it are just clothes pinned to a piece of twine. In the right hand corner is Mom's old sewing machine. It used to have the tv on it, but not only does the tv not switch channels any more, I don't have cable, so I thought it was pointless to have in there. More space for picture frames and candles!
This is the other wall. I painted the dresser and the nightstand a mustard yellow. That dresser is what I grew up with in my room, which my parents got from my grandparents, who bought it for my dad at some point. Yeah. It's old. And it hadn't been repainted since I was 7, so, it was time. I scrubbed at the mirror to get all the tape glue off from over the years and put more twine across the top to clip bible verses or more pictures to. What can I say, I'm sentimental at heart.
Here's a close up of the wall art. I made the top canvas (it says "give me jesus, give me jesus, you can have all this world, just give me jesus"), the scrappy hoop, and the other hoop (it's not quiet finished. It says "halleluiah, grace like rain, falls down on me" and then it will have a rain cloud with drops coming down). I purchased the bible verse from Printable Wisdom and had Jenn print it and one of her Texas prints from her shop, HarperJubilee. The picture you've seen, it's one she took from our photo session last month.
And finally, the pillows I made. I love these pillows. I love that I was finally able to use all of my very favorite fabrics in one place. The yellow rose fabric was Evan's nursing cover. The navy floral is her diaper bag, and the navy/blue/green floral is one of my couch cushion covers. Yes. My sheet are ORANGE. The little yellow wooden sign says "god is so good, he's so good to me" and the picture frame I painted and holds this picture:
It's another one from our session with Jenn, and it's probably one of my very favorite family photos ever. Every time I see it I just wanna squeeze the stuffing out of that boy. I love him so much. And I love my girl too. They don't get much prettier than that one. And the mirror above my bed? I took it to the photo shoot too. My grandmother gave it to me for my first birthday, and I have this picture where it's laying on the floor and I'm looking into it. I really wanted that same picture with the same frame for Evan's first birthday, and I got my wish.
She did such a great job with my girl! I love how you can see all the pearls she's wearing. The short strand is mine, the middle strand is Mom's, and the longest strand is Grandmother's, so she's got three generations of jewels around her neck. It was just coincidence that they were all different lengths. Plus pearl is her (and my) birthstone- double whammy meaning right there.