The Grandkids Room

A couple of months ago I shared with you a set of sheets I found that inspired me to make a star quilt for the room where my grandkids stay when they come to visit.  You can read that post here.  Those sheets and that quilt were the focal point for decorating the rest of the room that I finally finished this past weekend.  Here is the overall look.

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Here is another view that shows the 11″x14″ prints of the kiddos I printed on my new Canon Pro-100 series printer.  I am having so much fun with that printer…but that is a story for another post!

Bed-and-Crib

Now before you start yelling at me about the 34 year old Basset crib I am using let me state for the record that my husband thoroughly researched the problems with old cribs and ensured they were not an issue with ours.  The problems typically relate to how close the spindles are together and how well the mattress fits in the crib.

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Our spindles are close enough so a little head can not get through and the new mattress fits tightly up against the sides.  I also checked with both sets of parents to make sure they were ok with me using this bed.  I am so happy that the crib we used for all three of our girls now holds their little ones.

I also added some new curtains and made a window seat cushion.

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Check out this adorable little retro table and chairs that we pulled from the basement of my mother-in-law’s home.  When I saw the gray top and the red chairs I knew it needed to be in this room!

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My favorite part of the room is the new gallery wall.

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It took me a lot longer to pull that together than I thought it would.  I really wanted  to include items that the grandkids would enjoy, like pictures of all the granddogs and our kitty cleo.  Pinterest was a great source for inspiration.

Gallery-Wall

I made the ABC and Twinkle Little Star posters using Photoshop Elements but I have seen both for sale on Etsy.  I bought the map for $4.00 when I was at the Magnolia Market in Waco last month and I specifically wanted to mount it on something where I could use push pins for the cities where our family lives.  I had not originally planned on putting up a board for holding artwork but when I walked through the garage a week or so ago I noticed some old baseboard trim Dave had stacked in the corner.  I picked up a piece of it was the perfect size for the space.  All we did was fill a couple of nail holes, give it a few coats of paint and add twine for hanging the pictures.

Overall, I am pretty happy with how the room turned out and I did not finish too soon because my youngest granddaughter and her mom and dad are moving in with us on memorial day weekend for a few weeks while their new house is being finished!  I hope she likes it!

Trip Report – Magnolia Market

If you follow me on facebook then you know that on our last trip to Houston we stopped in Waco, Texas to visit the Magnolia Market, the retail establishment of Chip and Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper fame.

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I had heard that on the weekends the area was very crowded and that you need to stand in line to get into the store.  We planned our visit for a Thursday afternoon and although I was surprised at how many people were actually visiting during the week in the middle of the afternoon, we did not have to stand in any lines.

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The store was awesome and pretty much as I expected, you could almost envision Joanna walking around with her creative eye adjusting each display until it was perfect.

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Next to the actual store is a large play area complete with yard toys for children and adults to enjoy.  There are several picnic tables around and even a row of permanent food trucks.

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On one corner of the property is the little cottage that will soon be the Magnolia Garden Store.   The raised bed plantings are very structured and vibrant causing a little green thumb envy on my part.  There are even fairy gardens scattered throughout.

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There are also goats to pet and a wooden teepee sitting area for children complete with children’s books.  In another corner of the property is an under-construction bakery shop.  Overall it is a very family friendly area.

Had the hubby not been with me I probably would have spent much more time in the store and subsequently much more money, however  I did manage to pick up a few treasures.  My daughter had requested a specific metal wall sign and a tee shirt for her husband.

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The #shiplap shirt was especially appropriate for my son-in-law since they live in a 100 year old renovated Texas house and on their backporch is a stack of authentic shiplap waiting for a project.

For myself, I bought a candle, a US Map that you will see later in the grandkids room I am working on, plus this gorgeous bud vase.  I had to go right out and pick up some flowers from our new Sprouts Market to complete the look.

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This will be a good excuse to have fresh flowers all spring and summer.  In case you can not make it down to Waco, Magnolia Market has an on-line store with many of the same items that were in the physical store.

The Magnolia Market was a really nice stop on our drive to Houston.  We did not have much time to spare  in order to check out other parts of town, but I do know that the Gaines also recently opened a bed and breakfast in Waco.  What a great girl’s trip  that would be!!!

I already know what the hubby and mine’s next side trip will be on our next drive to Houston, Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile Store in Oklahoma scheduled to open this fall.  Good thing I have an accommodating husband!